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Is it der, die oder das Umweg?


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

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

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 Umweg?

How does the declension of Umweg 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 Umweg die Umwege
Genitive des Umwegs des Umweges der Umwege
Dative dem Umweg dem Umwege den Umwegen
Akkusative den Umweg die Umwege

What is the meaning of Umweg in German?

Umweg is defined as:

[1] WEG that does not lead to the goal, but around something around something

[1] Weg, der nicht direkt, sondern um etwas herum zum Ziel führt

How to use Umweg in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Umweg with translations in English.

[1] »Aber auf dem seltsamsten Umwege kam ein deutscher Handwerksbursche in Amsterdam durch den Irrtum zur Wahrheit und zu ihrer Erkenntnis«.

[1] »But on the strangest detour, a German craftsmanship in Amsterdam came through the error to the truth and their knowledge

[1] „Nur auf Umwegen lässt sich mitunter eine Lineatur des Sinns nacherzählen, bis an unverhoffter Stelle das Blau aufblitzt und erst im Zusammenhang seine Bedeutsamkeit preisgibt.“

[1] "Only in a detour can a linear of the meaning be called up, until the blue flashes unexpectedly and only reveals its importance in connection with"

[1] „Wir verließen die Stadt auf Umwegen.“

[1] "We left the city on Vantewändere"

[1] „Nach einigen Umwegen kamen wir in eine ziemlich lange laubüberdachte Allee, an die sich auf halbem Weg eine Art Kammer mit Rasensitzen in den verschiedensten Formen anschloß.“

[1] "After a few detours we came to a fairly long deceived avenue, to whom a kind of chamber with lawn seats in various shapes join in by halfway"

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