"Zahlt" vs. "Bezahlt" - "Zahlen" vs. "Nummer"

Hello everyone,

What is the difference between the German words "Zahlt" and "Bezahlt", and how are they conjugated?

What is the difference between "Zahlen" and "Nummer".
I believe that "Zahlen" is The Numbers and "Nummer" is like A Number. Is that correct?

Thank you! AP4418

May 26, 2018


zählen-> to count

ich zähle = i count

du zählst = you count (sing inf)

er/sie /es zählt = he/she/ it counts

wir zählen = we count

ihr zählt = you count (pl.inf)

sie/ Sie zählen = they count /you count (sing/pl formal)

bezahlen -> to pay (bezahlen is sometimes shortened to "zahlen")

ich bezahle = i pay

du bezahlst = you pay (sing. inf.)

er/ sie/ es bezahlt = he/she / it pays

wir bezahlen = we pay

ihr bezahlt =you pay (pl. inf.)

sie/Sie bezahlen = they pay / You pay (pl/sing. formal)

as you assumed :

Zahlen are the numbers

Nummer is a number like a phone number for example

May 27, 2018

Hi Dessert-Rose, I think you meant "zahlt" without "ä".

May 27, 2018

Yeah, I think I did! : ) Thank for that website, it's simple!

May 27, 2018

You are welcome. : )

May 27, 2018

bezahlen and zahlen is the same. in everyday language we tend to shorten bezahlen zu zahlen. :-) (konjugation is also the same)

May 27, 2018

They are not always interchangeable and the following cases change also.

Er zahlt ihm zehn Euro in der Stunde.

Er bezahlt ihn für seine Hilfe.

May 27, 2018

you can also say "Er zahlt für seine Hilfe". "Er bezahlt in für seine Hilfe" sounds too formal for everyday use.

May 27, 2018

Well, as a native speaker ;-) I use both.. depending on what I want to express. And in your example "Er" could also pay anyone else..

May 27, 2018

i am a native speaker too and i think it is clear enough. Who else should he pay for the help if not the person who actually helped?

May 27, 2018

What about the company he works for? Or even to say he pays a high prize for his help ( and has to pay for it now)? There are endless possibilities and scenarios.

I couldn't add anything under your comment so I am sorry if it seems a bit misplaced now.

May 27, 2018

if the helper does it in the name of a company he is doing his job. i wouldn't consider that as paying for help. in that case he is paying a company for a job ( that doesn't mean i that i won't think the worker was helpfull. if he did a good job i might give him a tip or something but that i give to the company is just paying for the job). if it is about paying someone for his help, i consider it to be a private thing between two parties without a company or anything in between.

May 27, 2018

Hi 7hAu0bvY, I am agree with birgit72635. In my view, the words "zahlen" and "bezahlen" are not always interchangeable. There are minor differences.

Julian von Heyl is a Germanist. Please have a look at his comment:

May 27, 2018
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