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

SS?

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

March 1, 2018

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max.Em

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....


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

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

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