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deinetwegen: polite form?

deinetwegen: can this word only be used for friends? Is there a polite/formal form? (I tried looking up Ihretwegen but it seems not to exist) :(

February 26, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

The polite form of "deinetwegen" is "Ihretwegen" (derived from the formal "Sie"). The word does exist; you constructed it correctly. It's in the LEO dictionary: https://dict.leo.org/german-english/ihretwegen

Someone who wants to curry favor with the person they are speaking to could say, after doing a good deed:

"Das habe ich nur Ihretwegen getan!"

And yes, you can use "deinetwegen" among friends. For example:
Du hast dich schon wieder versp├Ątet! Deinetwegen verpassen wir den Zug!

February 26, 2018

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

thanks! Most helpful. I can only think i mis-typed my search. I promise I'll be more careful next time.

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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I guess you didn't try to "look it up" on google http://lmgtfy.com/?q=deinetwegen+ihretwegen

February 26, 2018

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

DOH! curse my chubby fingers.

February 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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It happens :-)

February 26, 2018

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

What a cool word. Also that was a very good question.

February 28, 2018
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