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German alphabet and characters

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German characters (lower case)

German grammar rules

German nouns have three genders: masculine, feminine and the neuter. Nouns decline for case and number. All nouns are capitalised, except for proper nouns.

German formatting rules

First day of the weekMonday
Working daysMonday to Friday
Short date formatd.MM.yyyy, as well as dd.MM.yy
e.g. 24.03.2016 or 24.03.16
Long date formatd. MMMM yyyy or full day name, dd. MMMM yyyy
e.g. 24. März 2016 or Mittwoch, 24. März 2016

German capitalisation usage

  • All nouns.
  • People’s names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.), language names.
  • Nominalized cardinal and ordinal numbers.
  • Only the German personal pronoun “Sie” must be capitalized, other pronouns (du, dich, ihr, euch, ) should be in lower case letters.

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