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"Das" vs "Dass" - Using "Das" for 'The' and 'That'

Hello everyone!

What is the defference between "Das" and "Dass" in German?

If someone uses "Das", is there a way to know weither they mean 'that' (as in "Das ist groß ") or if they're talking about the article (as in "das Wasser")?

Thank you all! AP4418

May 2, 2018

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    It's a (demonstrative) pronoun when there's no noun after it: Das ist groß!

    It's a (definite) article when there's a (neuter) noun after it: Das Wasser

    The word dass is a (subordinating) conjunction, and is at the beginning of a subordinate clause.

    May 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hermesianax

    Very briefly put: das = "the" or "that/it", dass = "that".

    Due to German punctuation rules, you will always find a comma before dass, as it indicates the start of a subordinate clause.

    If someone uses "Das", is there a way to know wether they mean 'that' (as in "Das ist groß ") or if they're talking about the article (as in "das Wasser")?

    Das before a verb means "that/it". Das before a noun (which is conveniently always spelled with a capitalised first letter) refers to the article.

    May 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    Awesome, thank you!

    May 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jussel11

    If you can exchange "that" by "which" or "who", by "it" or by "this" it is "das", if not it means "dass". In German we have the rule "Das s im "das", es bleibt allein, passt "dieses", "jenes", "welches" rein." (If you can exchange "das" by "dieses", "jenes" or "welches", it has just one s.)

    I think after reading (and understanding) all these comments you will make less dass/das-mistakes than an average German.

    By the way: When you read German texts you might sometimes find the word "daß". This is the old version of "dass". There was a orthography reformation in 2006.

    May 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Wildpinkler

    Just to give an example of "that" being used as a conjunction in English:

    "It was so hot that I took my shirt off."'

    The "that" in that sentence would be translated as "dass."

    (I needed an example to first understand the difference. Hopefully that helps!).

    May 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    Great! Thanks! This makes sense now!!

    May 5, 2018
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