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Is it der, die oder das Groteske?


The correct article in German of Groteske is die. So it is die Groteske! (nominative case)

The word Groteske is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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 Groteske?

How does the declension of Groteske 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 die Groteske die Grotesken
Genitive der Groteske der Grotesken
Dative der Groteske den Grotesken
Akkusative die Groteske die Grotesken

What is the meaning of Groteske in German?

Groteske has various definitions in German:

[1] Art science: artwork with distorted (strange and at the same time threatening) representation of reality, mostly a fantastic ornament with animals or plants

[1] Kunstwissenschaft: Kunstwerk mit verzerrter (komischer und zugleich bedrohlicher) Darstellung der Wirklichkeit, meist ein fantastisches Ornament mit Tieren oder Pflanzen

[2] Art science, literature: narrative form, in which contradictory, mostly coarse and horrific elements are connected

[2] Kunstwissenschaft, Literatur: Erzählform, in der widersprüchliche, meist derbkomische und grauenhafte Elemente verbunden werden

[3] Translated: Something that appears like an absurd distorted/grotesque reality

[3] übertragen: etwas, das wie eine absurd verzerrte/groteske Wirklichkeit erscheint

[4] Dance: Grotesque dance with distorting movements

[4] Tanz: grotesker Tanz mit verzerrenden Bewegungen

How to use Groteske in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Groteske with translations in English.



[2] „Vor allem ist es die Groteske, die das Merkmal der zerfallenen modernen Welt markiert.“

[2] "Above all, it is the grotesque that marks the characteristic of the decayed modern world"

[3] „Die Situation in der Familie des Glasbläsers hatte sich durch die Rassegesetze inzwischen zur Groteske ausgewachsen.“

[3] "The situation in the family of the glassblower had meanwhile become a grotesque law through the breed laws"



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