Does the particle ne in "In meinem Keller liegt ne Leiche" mean something or is it just an empty word for the poetic reasons (I've heard this line in the song)?


In this case 'ne is short for eine, i.e. the indefinite article.

  • Oooh, beautiful. Das macht Sinn. – optim1st Jan 27 '15 at 15:38
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    "ne Leiche" is spelled with apostrophe ('ne Leiche) to show that a syllable was dropped. It is spoken language only. – rogermue Jan 27 '15 at 17:07
  • @rogermue Are there other colloquial shortening for the German articles? – optim1st Jan 29 '15 at 15:45
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    In spoken language influenced by dialect das can become des, and ein can become ä (a weak e as English a). – rogermue Jan 29 '15 at 15:59
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    If you leave out various dialect pronunciations, I can only think of ein => 'n and das = 's. – Ingmar Jan 29 '15 at 16:12

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