I want to say that the stress on the word "Banane" falls on the second 'a'. What's the gender of 'a'?

Die/Der/Das zweite "a" wird im Wort "Banane" betont.

Which one is correct?


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Nominalised single letters are neuter:

das A
das B
das C
das D

However, the letter case of individual letters of a word is not changed:

das a in Land
das b in Abend
das c in Tacitus
das d in Bude

On the other hand, the word „Buchstabe“ is masculine:

der Buchstabe A
der Buchstabe B
der Buchstabe C
der Buchstabe D

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    Additionally note, that digits are typically female (die Drei) and punctuation have no universal rule. (Das Komma aber der Punkt).
    – guidot
    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:34
  • Auch ein schönes Beispiel dafür, dass sich das Geschlecht nicht aus der Oberkategorie ableitet. Feb 4, 2020 at 15:57

Definitely neutral (as all letters).

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