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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melzzz123

Heinzs Bruder or Heinz' Bruder?

My textbook says that, for possessive proper nouns, you use an apostrophe if the noun ends in -s. Is this also true when the noun ends in -z?

May 31, 2017

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

The apostroph is used for names ending in s, ss, ß, tz, z and x, so it's "Heinz' Bruder", "Marx' Werk", "Grass' Romane". Thanks for asking, I didn't know this and just looked it up in the Duden ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melzzz123

Thank you! Is ß not the same as ss? I was told you can write it either way.


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

ß gets written as ss when you do not have a ß-key, but its not the same. A ss should be spoken with a short vowel, while a ß doesnt get spoken with a short vowel.

If you hear the words Straße and Trasse, you will notice the difference of the a.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

Mostly. There are special rules when to use which. While there is no ß in Swiss German, we others still use it. If you have no ß on your keyboard then ss will do

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