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Is it der, die oder das Gewissen?


The correct article in German of Gewissen is das. So it is das Gewissen! (nominative case)

The word Gewissen is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

Finding the right gender of a noun

German articles are used similarly to the English articles,a and the. However, they are declined differently (change) according to the number, gender and case of their nouns.

In the German language, the gender and therefore article is fixed for each noun.

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The most difficult part of learning the German language is the articles (der, die, das) or rather the gender of each noun. The gender of each noun in German has no simple rule. In fact, it can even seem illogical. For example das Mädchen, a young girl is neutral while der Junge, a young boy is male.

It is a good idea to learn the correct article for each new word together - even if it means a lot of work. For example learning "der Hund" (the dog) rather than just Hund by itself. Fortunately, there are some rules about gender in German that make things a little easier. It might be even nicer if these rules didn't have exceptions - but you can't have everything! The best way to learn them is with the App - Der-Die-Das Train! (available for iOS and Android)

German nouns belong either to the gender masculine (male, standard gender) with the definite article der, to the feminine (feminine) with the definite article die, or to the neuter (neuter) with the definite article das.

  • for masculine: points of the compass, weather (Osten, Monsun, Sturm; however it is: das Gewitter), liquor/spirits (Wodka, Wein, Kognak), minerals, rocks (Marmor, Quarz, Granit, Diamant);

  • for feminine: ships and airplanes (die Deutschland, die Boeing; however it is: der Airbus), cigarette brands (Camel, Marlboro), many tree and plant species (Eiche, Pappel, Kiefer; aber: der Flieder), numbers (Eins, Million; however it is: das Dutzend), most inland rivers (Elbe, Oder, Donau; aber: der Rhein);

  • for neutrals: cafes, hotels, cinemas (das Mariott, das Cinemaxx), chemical elements (Helium, Arsen; however it is: der Schwefel, masculine elements have the suffix -stoff), letters, notes, languages and colors (das Orange, das A, das Englische), certain brand names for detergents and cleaning products (Ariel, Persil), continents, countries (die artikellosen: (das alte) Europa; however exceptions include: der Libanon, die Schweiz …).

German declension of Gewissen?

How does the declension of Gewissen work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

1 Singular Plural
Nominative das Gewissen die Gewissen
Genitive des Gewissens der Gewissen
Dative dem Gewissen den Gewissen
Akkusative das Gewissen die Gewissen

What is the meaning of Gewissen in German?

Gewissen is defined as:

[1] Psychology: Mechanism that evaluates one's own actions and judgments on the basis of prevailing moral concepts

[1] Psychologie: Mechanismus, der die eigenen Handlungen und Urteile anhand geltender Moralvorstellungen bewertet

How to use Gewissen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Gewissen with translations in English.

[1] Nachdem er den einzigen Ochsen des verarmten Bauern erlegt hatte, befiel den Wilderer ein schlechtes Gewissen und er bot dem Bauern eine Entschädigung an.

[1] After killing the impoverished farmer's only ox, the poachers felt guilty and offered the farmer compensation

[1] Sein Gewissen plagte ihn solange, bis er sich entschloss, das Geklaute unbemerkt zurückzulegen.

[1] His conscience plagued him until he decided to put the stolen goods back unnoticed

[1] Er fragte, wer die Statue auf dem Gewissen hat.

[1] He asked who had the statue on his conscience.

[1] „Bis jetzt hat sie mit den Dänen verhandelt, einer früheren Kolonialmacht, der man den guten Willen nicht absprechen kann, und sei es aus schlechtem Gewissen.“[1]

[1] "So far, she has negotiated with the Danes, a former colonial power whose goodwill cannot be denied, even if it is out of a guilty conscience." [1]

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