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Is it der, die oder das Befehl?


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

The word Befehl 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 Befehl?

How does the declension of Befehl 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 Befehl die Befehle
Genitive des Befehles des Befehls der Befehle
Dative dem Befehl dem Befehle den Befehlen
Akkusative den Befehl die Befehle

What is the meaning of Befehl in German?

Befehl has various definitions in German:

[1] Binding instructions (in the military, police and the like)

[1] verbindliche Anweisung (bei Militär, Polizei und ähnlichen)

[2] Smallest functional unit of a program in data processing

[2] kleinste Funktionseinheit eines Programmes in der Datenverarbeitung

How to use Befehl in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Befehl with translations in English.

[1] Er gab den Befehl zum Auslaufen.

[1] He gave the command to the expiry

[1] Die Befehle des Generals kann ich nicht nachvollziehen.

[1] I cannot understand the general commands

[1] „Ohne Befehl hätt' ich nie gewagt, was ich gewagt hatte.“

[1] "I would never have dared to do without command what I had dared"

[1] „Aber wir dürfen es nicht, wir müssen auf den Befehl oder wenigstens die Erlaubnis zum Treck warten, die ein bestempeltes Papier ausweist.“

[1] "But we are not allowed to, we have to wait for the command or at least permission to take a trek that shows a stamped paper"

[1] „Die zweite Gruppe von Befehlen besagt, Poniatowski solle in Richtung auf Utiza durch den Wald vorrücken und den linken russischen Flügel umgehen.“

[1] "The second group of commands says that Poniatowski should move forward in the direction of Utiza through the forest and avoid the left Russian wing"

[1] „Mir fiel ein, dieser Befehl könnte Barbaruccia oder ihrem Geliebten gelten.“

[1] "I remembered that this command could apply Barbaruccia or her lover"

[2] Der Befehl lautete: print X.

[2] The command was: Print Xä

How do you pronounce Befehl?

Befehl (Österreich)

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