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Is it der, die oder das Zahl?


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

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

The importance of number may be better for German non-mother speakers if they know the meanings of number and number

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 Zahl?

How does the declension of Zahl 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 Zahl die Zahlen
Genitive der Zahl der Zahlen
Dative der Zahl den Zahlen
Akkusative die Zahl die Zahlen

What is the meaning of Zahl in German?

Zahl has various definitions in German:

[1] Mathematics: numerical value, quantity (how much)

[1] Mathematik: numerischer Wert, Quantität (das Wieviel)

[2] Short for: Number

[2] kurz für: Anzahl

[3] colloquially: digit

[3] umgangssprachlich: Ziffer

[4] Linguistics: Numerus

[4] Linguistik: Numerus

[5] Coarse: the number or font of a coin

[5] Münzwesen: die Zahl- oder Schriftseite einer Münze

How to use Zahl in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Zahl with translations in English.

[1] Eine Trillion ist eine sehr große Zahl.

[1] A trillion is a very large payment

[2] Die Zahl der Tierarten ist nicht genau bekannt.

[2] The number of animal species is not exactly known

[3] „Ein paar Zahlen ohne Namen“

[3] "A few numbers without names"

[3] „Ganze Zahlen können von der Endziffer aus durch Zwischenräume in dreistellige Gruppen gegliedert werden.“

[3] "Whole numbers can be structured from the final digit through gaps into three -digit groups"

[3] „Robert ist der Meinung, dass man den Zahlen einen Sinn zuordnen sollte.“

[3] "Robert is of the opinion that the numbers should be assigned a meaning"

[4] In der Deklination unterscheiden wir den Fall (Kasus), die Zahl (Numerus) und das Geschlecht (Genus).

[4] In the declination we differentiate the case (case), the number (numerus) and gender (genus)

[4] „Der bestimmte Artikel wird nach Geschlecht, Zahl und Fällen gebeugt.“

[4] "The specific article is bent by gender, number and cases"

[5] Lassen wir die Münze entscheiden. Was willst du? Kopf oder Zahl?

[5] Let's make the coin decide what do you want to head or number?

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Pictures or photos of Zahl

[5] Zwei Seiten einer Münze: Kopf und Zahl
[5] Zwei Seiten einer Münze: Kopf und Zahl

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