Rammstein sings "Sie kommen zu euch in der Nacht" in the "Mein Herz brennt" song, but to my knowledge "Nacht" is of female gender and it's supposed to be "die Nacht". So what am I missing?

And also http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Nacht says it's die Nacht.

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    You are missing declension tables.
    – rogermue
    Commented Feb 15, 2014 at 7:59
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    How come this question is so highly upvoted? (Nix dagengen, aber wenn man jetzt so was fragen würde, wird in der Regel die Frage sofort entweder geschlossen oder heftig downgevoted).
    – c.p.
    Commented Feb 15, 2014 at 14:22
  • Since we close other questions as a duplicate of this one, we should reopen this one so that it accepts answers.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Jul 18, 2021 at 14:46

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It's "die Nacht" in the standard nominative case, but Rammstein's line is using it in the dative case, which is "der" for feminine nouns.

Remember that there are 4 cases for nouns, and that the article and adjective declinations change depending on what case you are using.

See here for all the different cases for Nacht.

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    Die Torte, die Torte, es ist Zucker in der Torte! Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:21
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    The more interesting question would be: Why can you say des Nachts?
    – chirlu
    Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 18:59
  • Related: Why "des Nachts"
    – fifaltra
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 15:47
  • Des Nachts der Torte Versuchung ...
    – user41853
    Commented Jul 18, 2021 at 18:53

As StrixVaria said, "in der Nacht" is dativ. Here are the general cases:

Singular                             Plural
Nominativ/Accusativ/Dativ/Genitiv    Nominativ/Accusativ/Dativ/Genitiv
der        den      dem     des       die        die     den     der (+n)
die        die      der     der       die        die     den     der
das        das      dem     des (+s)  die        die     den     der (+n)

So for example, school is female, "die Schule", but you must say: "in der Schule".


  • Thanx for details!
    – Denys S.
    Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 10:03

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