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Heinzs Bruder or Heinz' Bruder?

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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?

5/31/2017, 6:07:43 PM

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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 ;)

5/31/2017, 6:27:55 PM

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

5/31/2017, 7:44:18 PM

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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.

6/1/2017, 12:54:55 AM

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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

5/31/2017, 8:11:09 PM
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