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sicher und sicherlich!

what is the difference between sicher and sicherlich?

May 18, 2017

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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.


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

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


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.


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.


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

thank you indeed

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