map of ubahn

Is it der, die oder das Datei?


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

The word Datei 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.

Test your knowledge!

Choose the correct article.





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 Datei?

How does the declension of Datei 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 Datei die Dateien
Genitive der Datei der Dateien
Dative der Datei den Dateien
Akkusative die Datei die Dateien

What is the meaning of Datei in German?

Datei is defined as:

[1] EDP: Data stored on a data carrier and identified by a name

[1] EDV: auf einem Datenträger gespeicherte und durch einen Namen identifizierte Daten

How to use Datei in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Datei with translations in English.

[1] Die Datei wurde gelöscht.

[1] The file was deleted

[1] Einer der Unix-Grundsätze lautet: Alles ist eine Datei.

[1] One of the Unix principles is: Everything is a file

[1] Die heruntergeladene Datei muss nun noch entpackt werden.

[1] The downloaded file must now be unpacked

[1] „Nun ist die Sprache der Aweti mit all ihren Besonderheiten in 1512 Dateien abgelegt und auf den - immerhin 250 Terabyte fassenden - Servern im Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik in Nijmegen konserviert.“

[1] "Now the language of the Aweti with all its special features has been stored in 1512 files and on the - at least 250 terabytes - servers in the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen" conserved "

How do you pronounce Datei?


The content on this page is provided by and available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.