I know that


means straight. But I also heard its variation:


Is it appropriate to say or write this word like this?


Its meaning is the same.


is a kind of idiom. The written word is always


both words are translated to straight.

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    Are you sure that you mean "idiom"? – Carsten S Apr 14 '14 at 13:54
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    Slang / Jargon trifft es nicht ganz, da es doch ziemlich weit verbreitet ist (zumindest im Süden Deutschlands). Es ist eher ein Wort welches ich den Dialekten zuordnen würde daher "idiom" (dict.cc/?s=idiom) – chill0r Apr 14 '14 at 19:09
  • Das ist kein Idiom, da kein anderes Wort, ein unbetontes "e" wird in vielen Dialekten einfach weggelassen. – adhominem Nov 9 '14 at 14:01

"Gradeaus" is a contraction for "geradeaus."

Think of geradeaus spelled with an apostrophe instead of the first e: g'radeaus.

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    where I am from (Swabia) we even further contract it to gradaus ;) – Takkat Apr 16 '14 at 18:34
  • @Takkat: Good to know. Is Swabia the home of "Auf der Schwaebscher Eisenbahn"? – Tom Au Apr 16 '14 at 18:54
  • it is: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ;) – Takkat Apr 16 '14 at 19:04

In spoken language unstressed e often is omitted. You can hear gerade, grade and grad. It's all the same. But you write gerade.


It also depends on the location you are in. In South Germany, they say gradeaus, but in the north, they say greadeaus.

  • Do you have any evidence for your claim? Maybe a map? Additionally google says: gradeaus is a non-correct spelling... – Vogel612 Nov 9 '14 at 13:00
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    Did you really want to write greadeaus instead of geradeaus? (I did not correct it, because it might be intended.) – Wrzlprmft Nov 9 '14 at 13:11

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