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Is it der, die oder das Happening?


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

The word Happening 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 Happening?

How does the declension of Happening 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 Happening die Happenings
Genitive des Happenings der Happenings
Dative dem Happening den Happenings
Akkusative das Happening die Happenings

What is the meaning of Happening in German?

Happening is defined as:

[1] Art: More or less improvised event, demonstration of artists, in which the viewers are included and shocked by unusual actions

[1] Kunst: mehr oder weniger improvisierte Veranstaltung, Vorführung von Künstlern, bei der die Zuschauer miteinbezogen und durch ungewöhnliche Aktionen schockiert werden

How to use Happening in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Happening with translations in English.

[1] „Auf dem Weg zu den Zimmern im vierten Stock kommt man an Fotos von Roman Signer vorbei, die ein Happening dokumentieren, bei dem der Aktionskünstler auf der Wiese vor dem Hotel Drehsessel in die Luft gejagt hat.“

[1] "On the way to the rooms on the fourth floor you come past photos of Roman Signer, who document a happening, in which the action artist hunted up on the meadow in front of the Hotel Spring armchair"

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