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Looking for abbreviations to replace the word Anz. (for Anzahl), owing to a lack of tabular space, I came across the abbreviation Z. for Zahl on these websites:

http://www.abbreviations.com/Z http://www.dw.com/en/best-german-abbreviations-from-aa-to-zz/g-18791484

Does Zahl mean the same as Anzahl? More specifically, would a very narrow table column titled Z. explain the same information as a column titled Anz.?

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    I have never seen Z as abbreviation in that context, "No" for "Nummero" coming closest, but this more corresponds to an incrementing counter. I'd propose to use the somewhat international symbol # instead. – guidot Feb 1 '17 at 12:41
  • Does this column contain a consecutive number (of the row) or any number of things in this row? – IQV Feb 1 '17 at 12:45
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    Another possibility can be to use n, which is regularly used to denote a number in mathematical or scientific contexts. – jonathan.scholbach Feb 1 '17 at 12:45
  • @IQV No. jonathan.scholbach, n sounds like English doesn't it? – user25590 Feb 1 '17 at 13:44
  • @guidot # sounds like its being tallied or given a no. It is derived and is formed through different groups.U might, but groups won't understand "#". – user25590 Feb 1 '17 at 13:54
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n

I would not recommend to use Z as an abbreviation for German Anzahl it will likely not be understood.

In a scientific context, and also in school maths or physics we also do use the international symbol n (or upper case N) for Anzahl. In German this would then not be derived from the English number but from Latin numero (in case you are concerned about this).

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  • Maybe even use N, because n could be misinterpreted as an index sometimes. Really depends on the table in question, though. – Chieron Feb 1 '17 at 17:04
  • @Chieron: thanks, edited into the answer. – Takkat Feb 1 '17 at 17:07
  • @Chieron indices more often get abbreviated as i. – fer-rum Feb 1 '17 at 17:30
  • @Takkat Doesn't "N" mainly suit a column describing numbers in scientific, legal or political domains, because it is a Latin term? The context for the Anz. column does not lie in these domains. – user25590 Feb 2 '17 at 7:48
  • @user25590: basically you are free to use any letter as long as you explain it somewhere. From all letters it is the n that would likely be recognized by most people as standing for a number. – Takkat Feb 2 '17 at 8:24

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