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I know that


means straight. But I also heard its variation:


Is it appropriate to say or write this word like this?

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Its meaning is the same.


is a kind of idiom. The written word is always


both words are translated to straight.

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Are you sure that you mean "idiom"? – Carsten S Apr 14 '14 at 13:54
Slang / Jargon trifft es nicht ganz, da es doch ziemlich weit verbreitet ist (zumindest im Süden Deutschlands). Es ist eher ein Wort welches ich den Dialekten zuordnen würde daher "idiom" ( – chill0r Apr 14 '14 at 19:09
Das ist kein Idiom, da kein anderes Wort, ein unbetontes "e" wird in vielen Dialekten einfach weggelassen. – adhominem Nov 9 '14 at 14:01

"Gradeaus" is a contraction for "geradeaus."

Think of geradeaus spelled with an apostrophe instead of the first e: g'radeaus.

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where I am from (Swabia) we even further contract it to gradaus ;) – Takkat Apr 16 '14 at 18:34
@Takkat: Good to know. Is Swabia the home of "Auf der Schwaebscher Eisenbahn"? – Tom Au Apr 16 '14 at 18:54
it is:… ;) – Takkat Apr 16 '14 at 19:04

In spoken language unstressed e often is omitted. You can hear gerade, grade and grad. It's all the same. But you write gerade.

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It also depends on the location you are in. In South Germany, they say gradeaus, but in the north, they say greadeaus.

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Do you have any evidence for your claim? Maybe a map? Additionally google says: gradeaus is a non-correct spelling... – Vogel612 Nov 9 '14 at 13:00
Did you really want to write greadeaus instead of geradeaus? (I did not correct it, because it might be intended.) – Wrzlprmft Nov 9 '14 at 13:11

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