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Is it der, die oder das Habilitation?


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

The word Habilitation 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 Habilitation?

How does the declension of Habilitation 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 Habilitation die Habilitationen
Genitive der Habilitation der Habilitationen
Dative der Habilitation den Habilitationen
Akkusative die Habilitation die Habilitationen

What is the meaning of Habilitation in German?

Habilitation is defined as:

[1] High -ranking university test, with which the teaching qualification (Facultas Docendi) is determined in a scientific subject

[1] höchstrangige Hochschulprüfung, mit der die Lehrbefähigung (Facultas Docendi) in einem wissenschaftlichen Fach festgestellt wird

How to use Habilitation in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Habilitation with translations in English.

[1] „Eine Habilitation ist im Lebenslauf von Schavans Doktorvater nicht vermerkt.“

[1] "A habilitation is not noticeable in the résumé of Schavan's doctoral supervisor"

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