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"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

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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

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

http://konjugator.reverso.net/konjugation-deutsch-verb-zahlen.html

May 27, 2018

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

May 27, 2018

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You are welcome. : )

May 27, 2018

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

May 27, 2018

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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

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

May 27, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

https://m.korrekturen.de/forum.pl/md/read/id/104218/sbj/zahlen-bezahlen/.

May 27, 2018
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