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I know that

geradeaus

means straight. But I also heard its variation:

gradeaus

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

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Its meaning is the same.

Gradeaus

is a kind of idiom. The written word is always

Geradeaus

both words are translated to straight.

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Are you sure that you mean "idiom"? –  Carsten Schultz Apr 14 at 13:54
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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" (dict.cc/?s=idiom) –  chill0r Apr 14 at 19:09
    
Das ist kein Idiom, da kein anderes Wort, ein unbetontes "e" wird in vielen Dialekten einfach weggelassen. –  adhominem Nov 9 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 at 18:34
    
@Takkat: Good to know. Is Swabia the home of "Auf der Schwaebscher Eisenbahn"? –  Tom Au Apr 16 at 18:54
    
it is: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ;) –  Takkat Apr 16 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 at 13:00
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Did you really want to write greadeaus instead of geradeaus? (I did not correct it, because it might be intended.) –  Wrzlprmft Nov 9 at 13:11

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