So is it true that i can change ss to ß and vice versa? thanks for your answers!!!

March 1, 2018


Words like Waßer, wißen etc would simply be wrong. The ß is only used if a "sharp" (English) s follows a long vowel or a diphtong, like in weiß, außer, ließ, schießen, aßen etc. An "ss" can be used as a replacement if "ß" is not available and it's even the standard in Swiss German.

PS: There's a joke about this: "Der Arzt hat gesagt ich soll Bier in Massen geniessen". Here the replacement just reverts the entire meaning....

Not vice versa, no. But if your keyboard does not have the special character ß you can write ss instead.

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