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"Das Wort wurde geschrieben."

Translation:The word was written.

January 6, 2014


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And, Das Wort wird geschrieben = The word is being written. Right?

January 6, 2014



January 7, 2014


and future? das Wort wird geschrieben werden

April 2, 2016


Yes, German Futur 1.

November 29, 2017


That means, "the word will have been written".

July 20, 2017


Wrong. Das Wort wird geschriben werden. = The word will be written. (German tense: Futur 1) Das Wort wird geschriben worden sein. = The word will have been written. (German tense: Futur 2)

November 29, 2017


How would you translate "The word will be written"?

September 21, 2017


Das Wort wird geschrieben werden. (Literally, "The word will written become.")

October 4, 2017


Can somebody explain to me what this section is all about? I don't understand the sentence construction. If you can't explain, links would be nice too. Thanx!

October 26, 2014


This is a passive sentence, so the subject of the sentence (das Wort) is not the agent doing the action (words can't write themselves, something else, unmentioned, does the writing). The German passive sentence construction uses werden + partizip II (ie, Perfekt), with werden (conjugated to match subject and case, of course) meaning 'to become' or 'became' depending on tense.

So: Das Wort=the word / wurde = (simple past 3rd person) became / geschrieben = written.

But in English, we wouldn't normally use the construction with 'became', so we simply say 'was written' instead.

If you want to add the agent to the passive sentence, just use 'von'.

Eg, in present tense: Active: Tinxies cooks the dinner. = Tinxies kocht das Abendessen. Passive: The dinner is being cooked (by Tinxies). = Das Abendessen wird (von Tinxies) gekocht.

November 1, 2014


Bonus! If you want to mention the means of which something is done, use 'durch.'

Eg: Das Wort wird durch einen Bleistift geschrieben. (The word is written with a pencil.)

January 19, 2015


Correct is:

Das Wort wird mit einem Bleistift geschrieben.

Using "durch" is wrong.

June 28, 2018


It is better to use 'mit': Das Wort wird mit einem Bleistift geschrieben.

November 5, 2017


It does not make sense that this is not in the footnotes of the skill

August 15, 2017


Thank you - most helpful.

March 28, 2016


Using Werden (to become) as the auxiliary verb makes a lot of sense when constructing the passive mood - the literal translation of the sentence is "The word became written". There is no "agent" doing the writing, it just happened by magic. Of course in English the literal translation sounds odd and we say "The word was written", still with no indication of who did it.

Grammatically one could say that in a passive construction, the direct object (receiver of the action) is treated as the subject because the doer of the action, which would ordinarily be the subject, is missing from the sentence.

September 14, 2019


what is this construction? can you still say "Das Wort war geschrieben"?

February 10, 2014


No, but you can say "Das Wort war geschrieben worden." which is passive past perfect (Plusquamperfekt).

April 5, 2014


Kill me.

July 27, 2014


You and me can go together. This section is a nightmare.

September 1, 2014


Count me in: I have a cough, cold, sore throat and a fever - and this is what that wretched owl throws at me.

December 4, 2014


...um, help?

March 24, 2015


    Das Wort war geschrieben means something like "The word exists. At first, it was a written word, with a pen for example. But since then, the nature of the word has changed. It is no longer a written word, but perhaps a typed word, for example". So, altogether a very obscure meaning unlikely to be used.

    March 8, 2018


    Most of the comments here are more than a year ols . So I don't know how useful my comment is going to be... But for others, here are the couple of links that explain the concepts very well. Please take a look at them.



    September 13, 2016


    Excellent links. Maybe I'll drop Duo and go to Dartmouth. Just kidding--I love little birds.

    September 19, 2016


    Why The word has been written is not correct?

    February 11, 2014


    "The word has been written." = Das Wort ist geschrieben worden. (passive, present perfect) "The word was written." = Das Wort wurde geschrieben. (passive, simple past)

    The difference lies between the tenses, present perfect and simple past.

    April 30, 2014


    I agree that this should be accepted. German does not make the same distinction between simple past and present perfect that English makes. For example. "Da war ich noch nie" Would be translated as "I've never been there." German uses Präteritum and Perfekt but in practical usage, the difference is more in style than in tense.

    January 4, 2015


    wurde = war ?

    February 6, 2015


    No: "war" is the past tense of "sein"; "wurde" is the past tense of "werden".

    March 29, 2015


    Seriously, no little pre-lesson primer to explain this difficult concept, like there was in Future tense for example?

    August 3, 2016


    Das wort wrid geschrieben werden /orDas wort wird geschrieben sein=The word will be written///FUTURE TENSE

    April 30, 2017


    Can someone please explain why 'war' cannot be used here? Is it because the subject isn't the "agent of action"?

    June 9, 2017


      I just answered this in a comment further up the page, if you're interested.

      March 8, 2018
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