I know that


means straight. But I also heard its variation:


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

4 Answers 4


Its meaning is the same.


is a kind of idiom. The written word is always


both words are translated to straight.

  • 1
    Are you sure that you mean "idiom"?
    – Carsten S
    Apr 14, 2014 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, 2014 at 19:09
  • Das ist kein Idiom, da kein anderes Wort, ein unbetontes "e" wird in vielen Dialekten einfach weggelassen.
    – adhominem
    Nov 9, 2014 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, 2014 at 18:34
  • @Takkat: Good to know. Is Swabia the home of "Auf der Schwaebscher Eisenbahn"?
    – Tom Au
    Apr 16, 2014 at 18:54
  • it is: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ;)
    – Takkat
    Apr 16, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 13:11

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