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Why does Gauß' signature have no ß?

Gauss’s signature on Wikipedia does not use an ß ligature because it is written in roman script, and an ß ligature in roman script did not yet exist at the time. Historically, German ß originated in ...
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Why does Gauß' signature have no ß?

Historically, the "ß" originated from a ligature between two originally separate letters. There are two important ligatures to mention: One is the ligature between a "long s" and a ...
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Does capitalization work differently in German than it does in English?

Yes, the rules of capitalization are different. In English, only the beginning of sentences as well as proper names (of people, of organisations, of "special things" such as specific celebrations, e....
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Who was married?

Indeed after reading the whole section it is unclear who was meant with "both" (beide). The author talks about the poor circumstances where in one of two houses the Major Krupskoi lives, the other ...
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When to form compound words?

Duden states that you are allowed to add hyphens to emphasize certain parts [§45(1)] or in confusing/unclear composita [§45(2)]. This means, that Schokoladenhafermilch itself is correct. But in order ...
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Is there any difference between "ein bisschen" and "ein wenig"?

In order to find the differences in use cases for the two, we need to take a look at how they can be used. Usage of: bisschen In combination with 'ein' to mark a small amount to mark a small amount ...
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Das Wort 'haben' fallen lassen?

Das ist archaisches Deutsch und wird "afinite Konstruktion" genannt - sie wird in modernem Deutsch praktisch nicht mehr verwendet. Die afinite Konstruktion tauchte zuerst im Amts- und Juristendeutsch ...
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hanging hyphen at the end of the line

From the viewpoint of the German language orthography, the hyphen must be attached to the word, that is, it needs to go on the next line. And from the viewpoint of German language typography, it ...
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Bindestrich bei Schrägstrich-Alternativen wiederholen?

Die Liste der Alternativen wird mit drei Bindestrichen geschrieben, also der VGA-/DVI-/HDMI-Kombiadapter Der Bindestrich wird hierbei zusätzlich in seiner Funktion als Ergänzungsstrich verwendet. ...
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Gibt es eine Abkürzung für "letzter Zugriff" oder ähnliches?

Schon an (Zugriff: TT.MM.JJJJ) gedacht?
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How to say in German "The end of part A"

It really depends on what exactly you want to say. I finished part A can be translated as Ich habe Teil A beendet. Ich habe Teil A abgeschlossen. or, if you want to focus on the status of your ...
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How to say in German "The end of part A"

In addition to @Sentry: To focus on Part A and indicate that other parts will follow: Teil A habe ich abgeschlossen. or Mit Teil A bin ich fertig. If your are looking for a remark in a ...
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Omitting subject and coordinating conjunction in written German

This sentence is perfectly fine. In particular, it is considerably better than it would be if you repeated the subject. Consider: ?Der Aufsatz ist inhaltlich gut, der Aufsatz hat aber zahlreiche ...
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Leerzeichen und Strich in »Zusammenhang Sex – Liebe«

Gedankenstrich In diesem Fall ist nur der Gedankenstrich richtig (Halbgeviertstrich, “n-dash”, –). Der gewöhnliche Bindestrich würde eine Begriffskopplung bezeichnen (Sex-Liebe im Sinn von ‘Sexliebe’)...
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Who was married?

I'd interpret the sentence ... dieser guten Leute, die überdies beide verheiratet waren. as two people, who are married to someone else but not to each other. If I'd like to emphasize that the two ...
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Written vs. Spoken German

Concerning the use of Präteritum in spoken German: the Perfekt-construction is definitely used more often. It only happens rarely that Präteritum is used. Additionally, it seems that if someone uses ...
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Where to read German essays online?

Just as in English, German essays (as school assignments or journal publications - I assume this is the type of essay you refer to) are only loosely defined by their structure and some basic ...
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Who was married?

I agree to the points made by Takkat. I would add that the writer is not a writer by profession and might not detect misleading passages in his own writing that easy. He mentions 3 people first and ...
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"Taboos" of German Writing

Taking up a suggestion by Jonathan Scholbach in one of the comments above, here is the ultimate solution for learning good style in German writing: Ludwig Reiners: Stilfibel. Der sichere Weg zum guten ...
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Do English and German languages share 60 % of their vocabulary?

It seems to be true in terms of lexical similarity In linguistics, lexical similarity is a measure of the degree to which the word sets of two given languages are similar. A lexical similarity of 1 (...
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WW1 German Postcard transcription

Geschrieben, den 26.8.17 Lieber Bruder! Habe Deine liebe Karte erhalten was mich sehr gefreut hat und wofür ich Dir recht herzlich Danke. Wie ich daraus ersehen habe geht es Dir noch ganz gut was ...
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Does capitalization work differently in German than it does in English?

All nouns in German are capitalized. Interesse - interest Bruchstück - snippet / shard Schluss - ending / conclusion Bestand - collection / population / etc. These are all nouns, so they should ...
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hanging hyphen at the end of the line

Force your typesetter to keep hyphen and word together in the next line. Maybe try other dashes instead of the hyphen. The Non-Breaking Hyphen is the best choice, but not available with all fonts; in ...
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Leerzeichen und Strich in »Zusammenhang Sex – Liebe«

Auf jeden Fall muss ein Leerzeichen vor und nach dem Strich gesetzt werden. Ohne Leerzeichen wäre es ein einzelnes Wort, das man auch ohne Strich schreiben könnte: Sexliebe. Auto-Bahn = Autobahn ...
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War das Deutsch des 18., 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts präziser, ausdrucksstärker und wortgewaltiger als das heutige?

Ich finde die Frage widersprüchlich in sich. Einerseits sprichst du von der (ehemaligen) vokabularen und grammatikalischen Vielfalt der deutschen Sprache, von der Verkümmerung der Sprache und einem ...
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Why does Gauß' signature have no ß?

You wrongly assume, that handwriting rules and conventions were unmodified since Gauß, which is not the case. For a start you may look in Wikipedia, especially the section Lateinische Schreibschrift. ...
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"Auf Wiederschreiben" als Abschiedsgruß?

Den Ausdruck "Auf Wiederschreiben" gibt es nicht. Deshalb kann man ihn auch nicht als Grußformel in einem Brief verwenden. Auch "bis zum nächsten Schreiben" klingt sehr ungewöhnlich und wird ...
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How to say in German "The end of part A"

Everybody translates "Part" with "Teil". I think "Abschnitt" or "Kapitel" is a much better wording if this is non-fiction. "Teil" is usually a phyical object, coloquial or a very unspecificy concept. ...
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Pronouncing "chs" as /ks/

Pronouncing "chs" as "ks" is just a simplification that has been made official over the original /çs/ and /xs/ pronounciation, akin to pronouncing -ig as /iç/ instead of /ik/ for the Auslautverhärtung ...
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