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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Warum hat »nächtlich« einen Umlaut und »weihnachtlich« keinen?

Weihnachtlich und nächtlich sind Adjektive, die vom gleichen Wort abgeleitet sind. Warum hat ein Wort einen Umlaut und das andere keinen?
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Split or concatenate words like “kennenzulernen” or “kennen zu lernen”, respectively?

Most of the times I read Es freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen. but a couple of times I've also read Es freut mich, Sie kennen zu lernen. Is the latter form correct as well?
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Trenne nie st – warum?

In der alten Rechtschreibung bildete die Buchstabenkombination st eine Ausnahme bei der Silbentrennung, da sie nicht getrennt wurde, auch wenn es im Widerspruch zu den sonstigen Trennregeln stand. Man ...
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Should I use the “neue Rechtschreibung” even with people who capitalize “Du”, “Dich”, usw.?

I write sometimes to people which answer not using the neue Rechtschreibung. Some of them write daß instead of dass and use some other spellings for words which already were changed. I have no problem ...
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Is there a division in society (according to age) about the post-reform orthography?

I read that in 1996 the German language underwent an orthography reform: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_orthography_reform_of_1996 Wikipedia says that the rules were compulsorily taught in ...
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Regel für Abtrennung des Vornamens vom vorangestellten Nachnamen

Wo steht die Regel, dass der vorangestellte Nachname vom nachfolgend geschriebenen Vornamen durch ein Komma getrennt wird?
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Gibt es ein Verb für “Ein Zeichen wird durch seine Escape-Sequenz ersetzt”?

Beim Programmieren (oder LaTeX-Schreiben) müssen manche Zeichen durch Escape-Sequenzen ersetzt werden. Beispiel (in LaTeX): Ich habe 10$. Wird zu Ich habe 10\$. da $ ein für den mathmode ...
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Is this the correct way to spell the slang term for 'toilet' in German — 'Scheißehaus'?

I'm after a particular slang term for 'toilet' in German but I'm not sure of the spelling of it. I think it's Scheißehaus. If this is the correct term, should it be written as one word, two words or ...
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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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'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 ...