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Is it der, die oder das Know-how?


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

The word Know-how is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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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 Know-how?

How does the declension of Know-how 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 Know-how
Genitive des Know-hows
Dative dem Know-how
Akkusative das Know-how

What is the meaning of Know-how in German?

Know-how is defined as:

[1] Knowing how to do something

[1] das Wissen, wie man etwas macht

How to use Know-how in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Know-how with translations in English.

[1] Wenn dir das entsprechende Know-how fehlt, musst du zu diesem Thema noch eine Schulung machen.

[1] If you lack the corresponding know-how, you have to do a training course on this topic

[1] „Ihnen fielen die Produktionsstätten und teilweise das Know-how der mächtigen deutschen Konkurrenz praktisch in den Schoß.“

[1] "The production facilities and partly the know-how of the mighty German competition fell practically in the lap"

[1] „Die Franzosen beabsichtigten, dieses Know-how des Kriegsgegners nicht den Amerikanern zu überlassen, sondern die Spezialisten stattdessen nach Frankreich zu bringen.“

[1] "The French intended not to leave this know-how of the war opponent to the Americans, but instead bring the specialists to France" instead "

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