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? (And since the question doesn't yet meet the quality standards: It would also be interesting to know whether the last spelling reform changed the rules.)


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Since the spelling reform, the two word-version is the correct one ("zu viel"), unless you are using a noun as in "ein Zuviel an Schokolade".

  • Great, so I don't need to be uncertain anymore in the future. Do you know when zuviel was used before the reform? Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 18:25
  • @Hendrik Vogt in nearly any case, as Olaf stated, the one is the old form, the other the new one…
    – feeela
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 22:24
  • @Hendrik Vogt: I think the rules were the same as for "wieviel": For countable things, it's "wie viele" / "zu viele", else it is "wieviel" / "zuviel". This is one of the things that became simpler with the reform. Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 19:30
  • @OregonGhost: Ah, thanks! So it seems my feeling above was right as far as the old rules are concerned. Do you know any reference? Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 20:20
  • @Hendrik Vogt: No, no reference. This is just what I learned in school. Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 20:30

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