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Is it der, die oder das DNA?


The correct article in German of DNA is die. So it is die DNA! (nominative case)

The word DNA is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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 DNA?

How does the declension of DNA 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 die DNA
Genitive der DNA
Dative der DNA
Akkusative die DNA

What is the meaning of DNA in German?

DNA has various definitions in German:

[1] Desoxyribonucleic acid, DNS

[1] Desoxyribonukleinsäure, DNS

[2] Depending on the time: German standards committee, German Standard Committee, German Institute for Standardization

[2] je nach Zeitpunkt: Deutscher Normenausschuß, Deutscher Normenausschuss, Deutsches Institut für Normung

How to use DNA in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using DNA with translations in English.

[1] „Allerdings ist die Liste dessen, was man einst als unvermeidlich angesehen, später aber als Unfug erkannt hat, länger als unsere DNA.“

[1] "However, the list of what was once considered inevitable, but later recognized as nonsense, is longer than our DNAE"

[1] „Und sie entdeckten an der Schutzfolie und an den Betonbrocken von der Fahrbahn Spuren einer DNA, die sich auch in der Datenbank des Landeskriminalamts fand.“

[1] "And they discovered traces of a DNA on the protective film and the concrete chunks from the road that also in the database of the State Criminal Police Office"



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