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I've heard many people say that in German every now in capital, is this true? I would like to know so I don't mess up when writing in German. Thanks!

February 14, 2018



When I was studying German intensely I got so used to capitalizing the nouns that I started to capitalize my English nouns. :)


I still do (and in French too)!


If you mean every noun (typos, I know ;p), it's very true. On some phrases, not all unfortunely, you'll have Duo reminding you if you don't capitalise. I find it extremely convenient, as you see the nouns at first glance. Here is an exemple for you to see first hand https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Hauptseite


also other words used as nouns: Das Rauchen ist hier verboten."


well, rauchen is a verb, but das Rauchen is a noun.


It's not an original noun, it's a nominalization of a verb. There are some of them in German that are very common, and you can construct them from every verb. It's also possible with adjectives, mostly if you omit the noun they refer to: "Der andere Apfel ist schöner." -> "Der Andere ist schöner". "Ich finde die beiden Äpfel schön"->"Ich finde die Beiden schön".


Thank you so much!


Yes, that is correct. For example:

Das Pferd frisst die Kartoffel - The horse is eating the potato

Der Hund frisst Brot und trinkt Wasser - the dog eats bread and drinks water

NOTE: If any more advanced learners notices a mistake in one of my sentences, please correct me.

[deactivated user]

    Just that Hund is masculine and not neuter.


    You can just press the "Edit" button written in gray writing to correct mistakes like that, for future reference :)

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    Woof. - What edit button, where?

    [deactivated user]

      Right below your posts... Reply Edit Delete

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      Oh, I thought Woof was referring to the Duo lessons and that there was an edit button that automatically fixed errors like that.


      Correct. Each noun will be capitalized.


      Yes, all nouns get capitalized, including verb infinitives used as nouns. For details see the book "Das Kapitalization" by Karl Markmywords. :-)


      Yes, this is true.

      Actually, this fact ("In German, all nouns are capitalized.") is the first sentence of the first paragraph of the tips and notes for the very first unit of the Duolingo German course: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Basics-1

      I highly recommend that you read through the tips and notes for each new unit before starting to learn a new unit.

      The lessons themselves can teach grammar and vocabulary only by example; there are no explanations -- but the tips+notes try to explain the most important points of grammar.

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