https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GooDDmann

sicher und sicherlich!

what is the difference between sicher and sicherlich?

May 18, 2017

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Facelezz

Some examples:

-Du bist sicher. -Die Arbeit wird sicherlich schwer. -Es wird sicherlich anstrengend. -Es wird sicherlich ein heißer Tag. -Hast du mein Geld morgen sicher? -Sicher ist sicher. -Du bist sicherlich schon 18, oder?

I'm german, and I'd use it like that. Yes, probably it wouldn't make much of a difference if you'd change "sicherlich" with "sicher". But "sicherlich" sounds more like something that isn't 100%. Like tomorrow it's "probably" hot or he can "probably" help you". So it doesn't really matter, don't think about it, think about more important things. :)

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kansokusha

I'm no expert, but...

Sicher = Sure (adj)
Sicherlich = Surely (adv)

I also used Dict.cc German Dictionary to confirm this.

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GooDDmann

thanks but in German both can be used adjectives and adverbs !

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kansokusha

"Sicherlich" can never be adjective. "Sicher" can be both, just as how "sure" can fulfill both functions in English as well.

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

Sicher and sicherlich can be used interchangeably if to mean sure, surely, for sure, etc. But you must use sicher if you want to express secure, safe/safely.

There may be some exceptions, though I can't think of any right now.

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GooDDmann

thank you indeed

May 18, 2017
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