In dict.cc, it shows that the single form of "Einzelne" is a NOUN, which can be der, das or die.

However, in other places (e.g. linguee, or Google translate), it is der.

Which one is correct?


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Which one is correct?

dict.cc is correct. "Einzelne" can be used for all genders in german, hence with all articles der, die und das.

  • Der Einzelne (Mann) ist da machtlos.
  • Die Einzelne (Frau) kann viel für die Gemeinschaft tun.
  • Das Einzelne (Ding) ist nicht viel wert.
  • Your examples use it as adjective not a noun, also they should be lower case then Mar 31, 2018 at 9:40
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    @AhmedAshour No it's not adjective. Note that I've put Mann, Frau and Ding in parenthesis there. If "Einzelne" is used as a noun, its mostly in reference to another sentence, but it can stand alone. Also if used as adjective the word wouldn't be capitalized. Mar 31, 2018 at 9:43
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    Nouns made from adjectives are capitalized as all other nouns are. Unlike other nouns, they always come in all three genders. Der/die/das Nächste, bitte.
    – Janka
    Mar 31, 2018 at 11:59
  • @Janka What is the correct term for these? Adjective noun is a different thing as I've researched. Mar 31, 2018 at 12:01
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    In English, this is called nominalized adjective, e.g. the rich. In German, nominalisiertes Adjektiv is at least understood.
    – Janka
    Mar 31, 2018 at 12:03

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