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I used to study German in highschool, and our teacher there thought us that writing "ss" is same as "ß". Is it correct, 'cause Duolingo doesn't recognize it?

June 26, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/kcin

According to the new German grammar rules ss should be used after short vowel sounds (muss) and ß after long vowel sounds (Fuß).

June 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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It's "ss" after short vowels and "ß" after long vowels and diphthongs (ai, ei, eu, au, äu, ie). I highly recommend you don't just use "ss" everywhere as the distinction lets you know how to pronounce the preceding vowels.

June 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/gajaloc
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kcin is absolutely right. the german ortography reform dates back to 1996.

June 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Drekir
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Also, Capital ß too is recognised by unicode as ẞ ( U+ 1E9E) as opposed to lower case ß(U+00DF).

June 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/scampaforche
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@kcin and @gajaloc are right, there is a rule about the use of "ss" and "ß", they are different and are not freely exchangeable. It's not true, like @christian and @JacobWilliams said, that people is losing the use of ß. I live in Germany and everybody here, in official papers as in everyday writings, use it correctly. German keybords of course have the special ß character.

October 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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@scampaforche: I think you misunderstood what I said. I didn't say that the ß was disappearing. I was referring to the upper case ẞ, which is a relatively recent invention and hasn't really caught on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_%E1%BA%9E Trust me, you definitely can't type this letter on a Germany keyboard. When writing in all caps, most people either use the normal lower case ß or they use SS.

October 29, 2012
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