I have come across this strange use of "ob" where "ob der Tatsache dass" appears to mean "because of the fact that".


Jens Spahn schließlich wurde von Bunte mal einschmeichelnd „der prominente CDU-Gesundheitsminister“ genannt, was ob der Tatsache, dass Spahn tatsächlich prominenter ist als andere im Kabinett (oder, Frau Karliczek?) okay ist.

None of the standard dictionaries mention this use. I have checked Collins, Oxford and even Duden.

  • Compare Greek apo "off" latin.stackexchange.com/questions/13132/… not exactly the same, off course. There was something about again, against that meant roughly "towards", if not "for", that I can't quite remember. *jabai (whence conj. ob, En if) reminds a bit of bei, too, by the way.
    – vectory
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:35
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    What's the question? Your text only suggests it.
    – c.p.
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 20:25
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    Is there a way of voting down stupid comments?
    – PBH
    Commented Feb 29, 2020 at 9:54

2 Answers 2


You probably search for "ob" in its role as conjunction, but here it's a preposition. https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/ob_Praeposition shows some example uses of "ob" + genitive. As Duden says, today it's no longer common to use it that way.

  • dict.cc mentions this as well Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 15:47
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    Und ob es das ist! naja, beinahe.
    – vectory
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:29
  • To say that ob is a conjunction and ob+genitive is the use, is not to answer the question. The meaning remains unknown. Please do not write only-link answers, could you extract the information of the source?
    – c.p.
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 7:02
  • @c.p. I don't see a question.
    – David Vogt
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 8:40
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    @c.p. The question that I answered is: Why didn't I find something, e.g. in Duden. And gave a link to where I found something in Duden. OP answered the question about the meaning of the phrase himself already.
    – mic
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 10:10


  1. (formal, literary, + dative or genitive) on account of

To give you synonymous expressions: angesichts; in Anbetracht

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