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Is it der, die oder das Initiative?


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

The word Initiative 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 Initiative?

How does the declension of Initiative 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 Initiative die Initiativen
Genitive der Initiative der Initiativen
Dative der Initiative den Initiativen
Akkusative die Initiative die Initiativen

What is the meaning of Initiative in German?

Initiative has various definitions in German:

[1] impetus to an action or the first step towards this action

[1] Anstoß zu einer Handlung oder der erste Schritt zu eben dieser Handlung

[2] Ability to act independently and make decisions

[2] Fähigkeit, selbstständig zu handeln und Entscheidungen zu treffen

[3] Interest community, working group

[3] Interessengemeinschaft, Arbeitskreis

How to use Initiative in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Initiative with translations in English.

[1] „Als Cäsar zugetragen wurde, dass Nachschub für die Germanen unterwegs sein sollte, ergriff er die Initiative und brach mit seinen Legionen auf.“

[1] "When Caesar was added that supplies should be on the move for the Germanic tribes, he took the initiative and broke up with his legions"

[1] „Als Kardinal Anton Gruscha die Initiative ergriff, ordnete Franz Joseph I. am 18. April 1896 dem Kultusministerium die Bereitstellung der Geldmittel an; die Grundsteinlegung erfolgte am 10. Oktober 1896 in seiner Anwesenheit.“

[1] "When Cardinal Anton Gruscha took the initiative, Franz Joseph Iä ordered the Ministry of Education to provide the funds on April 18, 1896.

[1] „In der Metropole Berlin gab es ähnliche Veranstaltungen, aber meist auf lokale Initiative von Aktivisten hin.“

[1] "In the metropolis of Berlin there were similar events, but mostly at the local initiative of activists" "

[1] „Eine kleines Land hatte gegenüber einer Großmacht die Initiative ergriffen und die Welt wissen lassen, daß es sich im Schachspiel der europäischen Machtpolitik nicht als bloßer Bauer mißbrauchen lassen wollte.“

[1] "A small country had taken the initiative towards a great power and let the world know that it was not wanted to be misused in the chess game of European power policy as a mere farmer"

[1] Wer ergreift die Initiative?

[1] Who takes the initiative

[2] Nun zeigen Sie mal Initiative! Machen Sie mal einen Vorentwurf und präsentieren Sie den dann morgen.

[2] Now show initiative diet make a preliminary draft and present the then morning

[3] Die Initiative hat zu einem Informationsabend geladen.

[3] The initiative invited you to an information evening

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