I can think of philosophical examples from existentialism and phenomenology... "The 'yes' which precedes all thought, all action..." or something like that.
Translate "The yes" into English please. Hmm. "Das ja" was accepted but I'm not really sure what that phrase means in English or German.
- "Do you want me to hit the "yes" button or the "no" button?"
- "The yes."
That would be referring to the gender of button, so I'm still unsure. I know they use articles more, but maybe it's obscure.
I think it's to do with votes, perhaps abetter translation would be aye, yea or yay
"Ja" as a noun, is neuter. "Das Ja".
Do most words not normally used as nouns have neuter case, like yes?
This is a weird translation-- as a native English speaker, I would never refer to 'yes' with the article 'the' unless a word followed it, like Hohenems suggested.
It's just as weird in German.