Rechtschreibung - Questions on German orthography that cannot be resolved by an online dictionary like http://de.wiktionary.org or http://dict.leo.org. Use the tag 'orthography' for question on the scientific backrground of spelling rules.

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Wie schreibt man “in-situ-Verfahren”? Groß, klein, getrennt?

Ich möchte gerne wissen, welche Rechtschreibung nach welcher Regel korrekt ist. a) in-situ-Verfahren b) In-Situ-Verfahren c) In-situ-Verfahren d) in situ Verfahren e) weitere Vorschläge
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“das neue” oder “das Neue”?

Ich korrigiere gerade die Abschlussarbeit eines Freundes und bin mir bei einer Stelle unsicher: Da in einem zukünftigen Labor sowohl die alte 3-Lagen-Schwenkvorrichtung als auch die Neue parallel ...
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'Dass' since the spelling reform

I haven't used German very much since the "reform" of 1996, but (for instance) I see that "daß" seems to have been replaced by "dass." My question is: how seriously do people take the change? As an ...
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Spelling to pronunciation

It is said that German spelling is largely phonetic (unlike English spelling), and that there is a fairly reliable set of rules to convert spelling to pronunciation. (Sure, there are some exceptions, ...
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Why is “wieviele” not recognized as a word in my spell checker?

When I write the word "wieviele" in my German spell checker (Thunderbird), it tells me it is an error: Although a quick search at linguee.de tells me that it is an often-used word.
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“küssen” - usage of sharp S (“ß”)

The verb "küssen" is conjugated in second person singular, plural and in the third person with 'ß' du küßt er/sie/es küßt ihr küßt Source Is it incorrect if I use it for the others too? ...
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Spelling of noun-verb compounds

I'm wondering about the spelling of verbs composed of a noun and another verb, e.g., korrekturlesen. First off, there appears to be a difference between korrekturlesen - which is compound - and ...
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“Befreyung”: Was there an ey→ei spelling reform?

I recently saw a monument with the following text: AUCH SIE STARBEN FÜR DES VATERLANDES BEFREYUNG The spelling of "Befreiung" piqued my interest. Has there been a spelling reform changing more ...
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Why is “eu” used for spelling the sound “oi”?

My little daughter, allthough not being in school yet, is very keen in writing words - naturally, she writes them as she thinks they are written by translating each sound to a letter. Recently, she ...
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Changing the spelling of English words in German (Kop)

Yesterday I saw a headline in a German newspaper using the word 'Kop' and yes, they were writing about policemen. Okay, I don't read much in German but I have not seen the usage of the word 'cop' ...
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Why is it nummerieren but numerisch?

Neue Rechtschreibung changed numerieren to nummerieren. This is not optional, so numerieren is incorrect now. How come numerisch did not change?
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“zuviel” versus “zu viel”

I'm always uncertain when writing zuviel (or zu viel?). From my feeling I'd write Das sind zu viele Aufgaben. Ich sehe zuviel fern. Is this correct? And what is the spelling rule behind this? ...
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Großschreibung von Hauptwörtern und schnelles Lesen

Es gibt Studien, dass deutsche Leser einen Text langsamer lesen, wenn alles kleingeschrieben wird. Das könnte aber auch an der Gewohnheit liegen. Ich erinnere mich, gehört zu haben, dass es eine ...
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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 ...