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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“Dank' ” oder “Dank”?

Ist der Gebrauch des Wortes Dank eine Verkürzung des Wortes Danke, der sich nur mit der Zeit dahingehend gewandelt hat, dass der Gebrauch nicht äquivalent ist? D.h. muss in einem solchen Fall: ...
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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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What caused “ss” to gain popularity over “ß” in the 19th century?

From Google Books' Ngram Viewer: Notice that the "hasst" form gained popularity towards the end of the 19th century, only to drop again in favor of "haßt" later on. I noticed the same pattern on ...
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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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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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“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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“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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Deppen Leer Zeichen

Für falsch geschriebene Substantivverbindungen wie Holz Tisch statt Holztisch, oder häufiger Diät Apfel Saft statt Diätapfelsaft, insbesondere im Bereich Marketing und Produktbezeichnungen zu finden, ...
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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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“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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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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Should I use the old spelling rules?

There seems to be a strong negative emotional reaction among (some?) native German speakers to the new spelling rules. They use the old spelling rules themselves and dislike the new spelling. Should ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it still good form to use a capital D for Du or Dir in a letter?

I was taught (several decades ago) to write a capital D for all pronouns such as Du, Dir, Deine, when writing to my German penpals. I am afraid it would look antiquated or very formal these days. Is ...
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What is the origin of the rules about the capitalization of the first letter of each noun?

To my knowledge, German is the only language which capitalize the first letter of each of its nouns. Why is there such a rule? Meines Wissens ist Deutsch die einzige Sprache, in der der erste ...