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At the end of a CV, do we write:

Musterort, der 25.08.2021

Or:

Musterort, den 25.08.2021

Or are both acceptable?

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    Related question.
    – guidot
    Aug 27 at 7:14
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    If you want to be avantgarde (i.e., following the international standard since 1988 :-)), you can write Musterort, [der/den] 2021-08-25. I made writing dates like this everywhere a principle of mine.
    – ComFreek
    Aug 27 at 12:46
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Neither DIN 5008 nor Duden state clear rules for that. So let's not talk about right or wrong but about style.

Musterort, den 25.08.2021

is kind of old-fashioned but ok.

Musterort, der 25.08.2021

is weird. The part der [Datum] is used as post clarification if you write something like

Freitag, der 21.03.1823

You want to specify what Friday you are talking about and therefore use a comma-separated der [Datum].

In your example you state the place instead of the weekday. So it's not a clarification but an additional information separated by comma.

Just drop the article and write simply

München, 25.08.2021

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  • Can you please clarify why the accusative case can be used in "den 25.08.2021"? Is it the same as "jeden Tag"? Aug 27 at 6:06
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    @KeNSmilePachI It's a convention and a pretty old one. "Ortsangabe, den Datumsangabe" is a fixed construction and not actually part of a sentence. It's not really known why the accusative is used, maybe it's short for "Wir schreiben den 25.08.2021.", which is a sentence you could find in historical (like in the middle ages) letters.
    – Roland
    Aug 27 at 7:13
  • @KeNSmilePachI: See the linked question in my comment above.
    – guidot
    Aug 27 at 7:15
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    @guidot That question is about a related but different issue.
    – Roland
    Aug 27 at 7:17
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Musterort, 25.08.2021

or

Musterort, am 25.08.2021

"der" and "den" doesn't really fit here at the end of a letter.

You're signing it as "in this place, on this date" so "Musterort, am XX.XX.XXXX" would fit the best. You can however just just use "Musterort, 25.08.2021"

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    '"den" doesn't really fit here at the end of a letter.' is simply wrong.
    – Roland
    Aug 27 at 7:49
  • But it's not a letter, it's a CV to apply for a job Aug 27 at 10:54
  • @Roland any reason why it would fit? Because I really don't see it fitting unless the format is entirely different in the first place
    – Trae
    Aug 27 at 10:55
  • @KeNSmilePachI a CV would traditionally be sent as a letter, even as an email it would still have to stick to a "letter" format
    – Trae
    Aug 27 at 10:56
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    Because it is a common convention to end a German letter with <place>, den <date> <signature>.
    – Roland
    Aug 27 at 10:58

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