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Is it der, die oder das Dunkelziffer?


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

The word Dunkelziffer 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 Dunkelziffer?

How does the declension of Dunkelziffer 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 Dunkelziffer die Dunkelziffern
Genitive der Dunkelziffer der Dunkelziffern
Dative der Dunkelziffer den Dunkelziffern
Akkusative die Dunkelziffer die Dunkelziffern

What is the meaning of Dunkelziffer in German?

Dunkelziffer is defined as:

[1] Estimated number/number of events or cases that are not recorded in official statistics

[1] geschätzte Zahl/Anzahl von Ereignissen oder Fällen, die in offiziellen Statistiken nicht erfasst sind

How to use Dunkelziffer in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Dunkelziffer with translations in English.

[1] In China sollen laut Behörden pro Jahr etwa 3.400 Menschen hingerichtet werden, es wird jedoch vermutet, dass die Dunkelziffer bei circa 10.000 Todesstrafen liegt.

According to the authorities, around 3 people are to be executed in China, but it is believed that the number of unreported cases is around 10,000 death penalties.

[1] Eine Dunkelziffer wird oftmals bewusst von Organisationen oder Ländern geheim gehalten, da die offizielle Anerkennung sie in ein schlechtes Licht rücken würden.

[1] A number of unreported cases is often consciously kept secret by organizations or countries, since the official recognition would put them in a bad light

[1] „Und die Dunkelziffer liegt vermutlich noch höher.“

[1] "And the number of unreported cases is probably even higher" "

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