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Is it der, die oder das Autokennzeichen?


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

The word Autokennzeichen is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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 Autokennzeichen?

How does the declension of Autokennzeichen 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 Autokennzeichen die Autokennzeichen
Genitive des Autokennzeichens der Autokennzeichen
Dative dem Autokennzeichen den Autokennzeichen
Akkusative das Autokennzeichen die Autokennzeichen

What is the meaning of Autokennzeichen in German?

Autokennzeichen is defined as:

[1] Traffic: A license plate with a unique combination of numbers and/or letters, which must be visibly mounted on cars and thus enables clear identification

[1] Verkehr: ein Kennzeichen mit einer einmaligen Kombination aus Zahlen und/oder Buchstaben, das an Autos sichtbar montiert sein muss und somit eine eindeutige Identifikation ermöglicht

How to use Autokennzeichen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Autokennzeichen with translations in English.

[1] „Auf der gleichen Basis könnte ein Gesetz erlassen werden, dass jeder Autobesitzer jede seiner Fahrten samt Herkunft, Ziel, Zwischenstopps und gefahrener Kilometer in ein zentrales elektronisches Register einzutragen hat, und Autokennzeichen europaweit ohne Anlass gescannt und gespeichert werden dürfen.“

[1] "On the same basis, a law could be enacted that every car owner has to enter each of its journeys, including the origin, destination, stops and kilometers driven into a central electronic register, and to be scanned and saved across Europe without any reason"

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