Orthographie - Questions on the scientific background of spelling rules, hyphenation, capitalization, word breaks, emphasis, or punctuation. Use the tag 'spelling' for simple questions on how to spell a word or phrase.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

20
votes
8answers
4k views

Is it acceptable to omit umlauts and put an extra 'e' instead?

It's a pain when you haven't got a German keyboard to figure these characters out. Is it acceptable from a style perspective?
10
votes
1answer
451 views

Neue Rechtschreibung: What has changed? [closed]

I see people discussing Neue Rechtschreibung versus Alte Rechtschreibung. What is the difference? What has changed in German orthography since the 1996 Rechtschreibreform?
16
votes
2answers
689 views

Zusammen oder getrennt? Gibt es eine Regel?

Es gibt viele Wörter im Deutschen, deren exakte Schreibweise sich meiner Kenntnis schon immer entzogen haben. Das größte Problem ist dabei die Frage: zusammen oder getrennt? Ich nenne mal ein paar ...
21
votes
5answers
2k views

Is there a rule that dictates whether to use the eszett (scharfes S) or double s?

It's clear in the case of compound nouns, double s should be used e.g. Bundesstraße, but with other words I cannot see a pattern. To me it appears to be used somewhat randomly, e.g.: besser ...