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No, it may be understandable, but it looks extremely ugly.


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I swear by a fantastic little app called DE Key, you can get it for free from this website: http://german.about.com/library/blcomp_dekey1.htm It is a safe app developed by an English speaking programmer who started learning German and, like you got frustrated at not being able to type the German umlauts. It is very simple to use as all that one needs to do ...


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Bei Anwendung von "erkranken" schwingt die Konsequenz mit, dass man deshalb in seinem Leistungsvermögen eingeschränkt ist. Deshalb wird dies oft (aber nicht nur) mit "harten" Krankheiten verbunden. Man würde also sagen "Ich bin leider erkrankt und kann deshalb nicht kommen." oder "Ich erkrankte an Parkinson und musste mich deshalb aus dem Berufsleben ...


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I think one very important aspect is that "erkranken" is in most cases used with a particular sickness and only in very formal context without one: So, it's perfectly idiomatic to write "Ich bin leider erkrankt." in an automatic email notification. But in an essay describing your holidays "Ich erkrankte." sounds horribly stilted. (I'm guessing here, but I ...


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To answer this question with some authority one would have to count occurrences. Unfortunately, a quick Google Ngram chart will not help, because I would not know how to exclude the past participle „erkrankt“. That said, I do not have the impression that „erkrankt“ is dated. It is true however that compound constructions are often perceived as simpler and ...


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I don't think it is so much dated as being the wrong context. "krank werden" means that you start to feel sick, usually from a more harmless sickness such as a cold. "erkranken" usually implies severe diseases, such as cancer: Mit 86 Jahren erkrankte er an Krebs und starb innerhalb eines Jahres. (At the age of 86, he developed cancer and died within a ...



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