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Is it der, die oder das Grundlage?


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

The word Grundlage 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 Grundlage?

How does the declension of Grundlage 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 Grundlage die Grundlagen
Genitive der Grundlage der Grundlagen
Dative der Grundlage den Grundlagen
Akkusative die Grundlage die Grundlagen

What is the meaning of Grundlage in German?

Grundlage has various definitions in German:

[1] Something (already existing) that you build something on or from which you can develop a little further (an idea, teaching, theory)

[1] etwas (bereits Vorhandenes), auf das man etwas aufbauen oder von dem aus man etwas weiterentwickeln kann. Wesentlicher Bestandteil (einer Idee, Lehre, Theorie)

[2] Technology: Output substance of a synthetic substance

[2] Technik: Ausgangssubstanz eines synthetischen Stoffes

[3] Food: strong, fatty meal

[3] Nahrung: kräftige, fetthaltige Mahlzeit

How to use Grundlage in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Grundlage with translations in English.

[1] „Sein Verdienst ist es, dass der Prozess von Nürnberg zur Grundlage des modernen Völkerrechts wird.“[2]

[1] "His merit is that the process of Nuremberg becomes the basis of modern international law" [2]

[1] Die Geologie bildet die Grundlage der Wissenschaften von der Erde.[3]

[1] Geology forms the basis of the sciences from the earth [3]

[1] „Seine aerodynamischen Erkenntnisse aus dem Studium des Windes und der Vogelflügel waren die Grundlage für den modernen Segelflug.“[4]

[1] "His aerodynamic findings from the study of the wind and the bird wing were the basis for the modern glider flight" [4]

[2] Synthetische Polymere werden häufig auf der Grundlage von Erdöl hergestellt.

[2] Synthetic polymers are often produced on the basis of oil

[3] Grünkohl ist eine gute Grundlage für einen feuchtfröhlichen Abend.

[3] Kale is a good basis for a wetful evening

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