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Is it der, die oder das Merkmal?


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

The word Merkmal 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 Merkmal?

How does the declension of Merkmal 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 Merkmal die Merkmale
Genitive des Merkmals des Merkmales der Merkmale
Dative dem Merkmal dem Merkmale den Merkmalen
Akkusative das Merkmal die Merkmale

What is the meaning of Merkmal in German?

Merkmal has various definitions in German:

[1] Typical property where you can recognize what differs something from the like

[1] typische Eigenschaft, an der man erkennt, wodurch sich etwas von Ähnlichem unterscheidet

[2] Linguistics: Property that is attributed to a linguistic object (phonem, lexem, ...)

[2] Linguistik: Eigenschaft, die einem linguistischen Gegenstand (Phonem, Lexem,…) zugeschrieben wird

[3] Statistics: Logical predicate of a statistical unit (= a characteristic), for example "willingness to pay" on the statistical unit "Customer"

[3] Statistik: logisches Prädikat einer statistischen Einheit (= eines Merkmalsträgers), beispielsweise „Zahlungsbereitschaft“ zur statistischen Einheit „Kunde“

How to use Merkmal in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Merkmal with translations in English.

[1] Die langgestreckte Rückenflosse ist ein Merkmal des Karpfens, aber auch der Karausche.

[1] The elongated dorsal fin is a characteristic of the carp, but also the carusche

[2] Phoneme werden in der Linguistik unter anderem als "Bündel distinktiver Merkmale" definiert.

[2] Phonemes are defined in linguistics, among other things, as "bundle of distinctive characteristics"

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