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Is it der, die oder das Datum?


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

The word Datum 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 Datum?

How does the declension of Datum 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 Datum die Daten
Genitive des Datums der Daten
Dative dem Datum den Daten
Akkusative das Datum die Daten

What is the meaning of Datum in German?

Datum has various definitions in German:

[1] Specification of the calendar day

[1] Angabe des Kalendertages

[2] IT, science: an information unit (often only in the plural)

[2] EDV, Wissenschaft: eine Informationseinheit (oft nur im Plural)

How to use Datum in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Datum with translations in English.

[1] Welches Datum haben wir heute?

[1] What is the date today?

[1] „Er hat die Daten und Zitate, die den Präsidenten belasten, genau im Kopf.“[2]

[1] "He has the dates and quotations that incriminate the President right in his head." [2]

[1] „Nach DIN 5008 wird das nur in Zahlen angegebene Datum ohne Leerschritte gegliedert.“[3]

[1] "According to DIN 5008, the date, which is only given in numbers, is structured without spaces." [3]

[1] „Das Datum dieser Erfindung wird als Wendepunkt in die Geschichte der deutschen Touristik eingehen.“[4]

[1] "The date of this invention will go down as a turning point in the history of German tourism." [4]

[2] Ich benötige noch ein paar Daten von Ihnen.

[2] I still need some data from you.

[2] Aus dieser Liste von Daten brauchen wir das bestimmte Datum an der Stelle x.

[2] From this list of dates we need the specific date in the position x.

How do you pronounce Datum?

Datum (Österreich)

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