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Is it der, die oder das Missbrauch?


The correct article in German of Missbrauch is der. So it is der Missbrauch! (nominative case)

The word Missbrauch is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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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 Missbrauch?

How does the declension of Missbrauch 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 der Missbrauch die Missbräuche
Genitive des Missbrauchs des Missbrauches der Missbräuche
Dative dem Missbrauch dem Missbrauche den Missbräuchen
Akkusative den Missbrauch die Missbräuche

What is the meaning of Missbrauch in German?

Missbrauch has various definitions in German:

[1] The use of something for a purpose for which it should not originally be used

[1] der Gebrauch von etwas für einen Zweck, für den es ursprünglich nicht genutzt werden sollte

[2] No plural: a sexual act frequently introduced and forbidden by violence (sexual abuse)

[2] kein Plural: eine häufig durch Gewalt herbeigeführte und verbotene sexuelle Handlung (sexueller Missbrauch)

How to use Missbrauch in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Missbrauch with translations in English.

[1] Im Dritten Reich kam es zu einem Missbrauch der Sprache – Bürger wurden mit ihrer Hilfe vom Nationalsozialismus überzeugt.

[1] In the Third Reich there was a misuse of the language - citizens were convinced with their help of National Socialism

[2] Ich bin in einen Verein eingetreten, der sich für härtere Gesetze gegen Missbrauch einsetzt.

[2] I joined an association that is committed to harder laws against abuse

[2] Das Mädchen war Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch.

[2] The girl was the victim of sexual abuse

[2] Der Lehrer wurde wegen Missbrauchs einer Minderjährigen verurteilt.

[2] The teacher was sentenced to abuse of a minor

[2] Über das Thema sexueller Missbrauch wurde lange Zeit in katholischen Schulen geschwiegen. Anfang 2010 wurden viele Missbrauchsfälle bekannt. Die Seeschule in Rangsdorf hat ein Konzept, um Missbrauch zu verhindern.

[2] Many abuse cases were known for a long time in Catholic schools on the subject of sexual abuse in Catholic schools. The lake school in Rangsdorf has a concept to prevent abuse.

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