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Can an umlaut be written as a line in handwriting?

Ü/ü should not be written as Ū/ū in handwritten documents. The 'ū' used to be the distinction between 'n' and 'u' in handwriting because they look very similar. It was a part of the 'Sütterlinschrift' ...
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Deutsche Wörter mit allen deutschen Sonderbuchstaben

Ein Übergrößengeschäft ist ein Laden, der sich auf Kleidung oder Schuhe in Übergrößen spezialisiert hat.
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What is the umbrella term for ä, ö and ü and the little dots on them?

Multiple questions, multiple answers: In English, the sounds like a, e, i, o, u are called vowel sounds. Erm, technically true, but you’re forgetting y. And there are a lot more vowel sounds that ...
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Ordering German special characters and those from other languages when sorting

Short answer: Take a look at MySQL and different character-collations. Choose one and follow its rules. Or as @RHa and @cbeleites suggest find a library that provides locale-dependent sorting. Long ...
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Can an umlaut be written as a line in handwriting?

Some people do this, but that doesn't mean it's correct. It is just sloppy writing and (maybe) a remnant from "Sütterlin" that distinguished the "n" from the "u" that way, and thus has no relationship ...
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What is the umbrella term for ä, ö and ü and the little dots on them?

The result of the dots, so the letter with the dots on it, is an Umlaut – literally a “resounding” – of the vowel. The dots themselves are commonly known as ä/ö/ü-Striche (or Strichelchen), ...
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Gödel but Noether?

What you learnt is correct. You always write the umlaut unless you don’t have it on your keyboard. However especially in names the rules are somewhat flexible. So you might see people using the e ...
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Gibt es eine vollständige Liste von Adjektiven, die einen Umlaut im Komparativ und Superlativ haben?

Abgesehen von einigen zusammengesetzten Adjektiven, die sich analog zum Stammadjektiv verhalten (z. B. wasserarm), werden im Deutschen meines Wissens nur primäre Adjektive¹ mit Umlautung gesteigert. ...
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Evolution of the digraph “ae” in the German language during the centuries

All images are hyperlinks to their sources. As with all historical typographic and linguistic developments, it’s much more easy to say what happened than why it happened. The following is a brief ...
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Gödel but Noether?

Proper nouns are not covered by orthographic rules, full stop. That is the essence when asking for why a given person or a given place is spelt the way they are. Excursion on the use of umlauts For ...
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Can an umlaut be written as a line in handwriting?

I'd say it can be written this way. Not that it is taught to be written so, or even encouraged, but everyone who reads it will understand what is meant. I do not believe this is a remnant from the ...
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Deutsche Wörter mit allen deutschen Sonderbuchstaben

Oh Mann, was für ein Freitag! Da kommt man motiviert in die Firma, um der Arbeitswoche die letzten paar Stunden abzuringen, und dann gibt’s nur Probleme. Seit ein paar Tagen ist in der Produktion ...
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Spelling of Grüß Gott

It's an "umlaut transliteration", if you will, and was quite common in the days of typewriters. In these days of ubiquitous Unicode, there's little excuse for it (US-keyboard or no). Here's probably ...
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Spelling of Grüß Gott

If there is no way to type an umlaut character, then replacing e.g. ü by ue is the only correct option. Replacing it by u as you did in your question before the edit is incorrect. Indeed Gruß and grüß ...
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Can an umlaut be written as a line in handwriting?

I suggest that the premise of this question is somewhat incorrect. The umlaut dots cannot be written as a single line, but a single line is well what might end up on paper when writing quickly. The ...
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Deutsche Wörter mit allen deutschen Sonderbuchstaben

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Why do some words that are not inflected have an umlaut?

Umlaut marks are usually used to show that an inflection has occurred, that is the umlaut is a synchronic change. Umlauted vowels are less common than unumlauted vowels, but I think it's going too ...
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Gödel but Noether?

A even more famous example is Goethe: The grandfather of the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe did not have the Name Goethe. His name was Friedrich Georg Göthe (with ö ...
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Umlaut over consonant preceding a vowel

This simply is wrong. It should be: BEI VÖLLIGER DUNKELHEIT ENTWICKELN There is a letter »V̈«, but it is not part of the German language. (Some Oceanic languages use this letter, for example ...
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Warum gibt's keinen Umlaut für e und i?

Das liegt an der Entwicklung der deutschen (und anderen germanischen) Sprache aus dem indoeuropäischen Vorläufer. Das Indoeuropäische kennt nur fünf verschiedene Vokallaute, die sich in den meisten ...
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Why do some words that are not inflected have an umlaut?

In most of your examples the vowel ä is an actual Umlaut, i.e. a changed vowel a or ā: Ärger relates to arg, https://www.dwds.de/wb/Ärger Hälfte relates to halb, https://www.dwds.de/wb/Hälfte Träne ...
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Why do some words that are not inflected have an umlaut?

First of all, let's distinguish between the linguistic phenomenon (Germanic) umlaut (or i-mutation) and the grapheme umlaut diacritic. In German, these two concepts are very closely related, because ...
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How to learn/explain to pronounce Ä,Ö,Ü,Z,CH?

Ä There's no obvious difference in pronouncing Ärzte or Ärmel. As for ätzend, the ä is slightly more "e-like" than the usual ä, as it is a short vowel. Ä is close in pronunciation to the a in that or ...
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Do any German words contain "ae", "oe", or "ue"?

In other words, if I encounter a word containing "ae", "oe", or "ue", can I be sure that the correct way to write the word is with the appropriate umlaut? No, you can't. Counterexample: Oboe
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Is it normal that the "ä" is pronounced this way in this word? (Swiss German)

There are several things happening with ä in Swiss German: The very open front vowel that has developed from Germanic e or from the secondary umlaut of a is consistently transcribed with ä. While ...
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Do all verbs form the conjunctive II with an umlaut?

The rule you cited only applies to strong verbs (also called irregular verbs): lesen: las, läse biegen: bog, böge schaffen: schuf, schüfe laufen: lief, liefe It is not applicable to weak ...
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What is the umbrella term for ä, ö and ü and the little dots on them?

To be absolutely accurate, “Umlaut” is a technical term for the phonological/historical process which transforms - for example - /u/ to /y/. This is the only meaning recognised in the standard ...
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Umlaut or not on "ihr" form of verb

Ihr lauft is the only correct form, see for example this conjugation table. Same goes for ihr schlaft. However, in spoken German you may hear ihr läuft. The reason could be the influence of local ...
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