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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 so?

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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

"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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