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

"ß" as "ss"?

Hello,

Is it ok if I type out 'ss' rather than ß when typing in German? My computer doesn't have a shortcut that I'm aware of for typing ß and I am forced to copy and paste from google. Just wondering if 'ss' is an ok substitute or if it would confuse the reader.

Thank you

September 1, 2019

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Greebo2

It should be okay. Actually that is the advise of Duden (the most leading instance for german grammar) for people without appropriate hardware. Also ß is not used in all german speaking countries. For instance it is not used in the swiss anymore.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert-Alexan

And before they officially introduced the uppercase ẞ a couple of years ago, SS was used in all caps titles. I still would use SS (retreating to my inner Swiss spelling Reduit), this new ẞ just looks stupid.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomasco3

SCHLOẞSTRAẞE

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthiasBe612802

Actually, it is SCHLOSSSTRAẞE, since Schloss ist written with ss.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomasco3

Die sehr bekannte Straße und Einkaufsgegend in Berlin-Steglitz heißt definitiv Schloßstraße:

https://berlin.kauperts.de/Strassen/Schlossstrasse-12163-12165-Berlin

https://onlinestreet.de/strassen/Schloßstraße.Berlin.196017.html

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert-Alexan

Straßen, die vor der Rechtschreibreform von 1996 schon so geschrieben wurden, behielten ihren Namen bzw. Schreibweise in den meisten Fällen.

September 2, 2019

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

And to us newbies, we can hardly tell the difference. :-)

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bea707

Yes you can type ‘ss’. If you use a PC you can type the ASCII code for ß that is alt+225 If you use an iPad or iPhone you can type the ‘option’ key and the ‘S’ key.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee1561

and alt+223 if you're on a UK keyboard

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MooO0O

Yes, additionally you can write ae for ä, oe for ö, and ue for ü. The umlauts and Double S (ß) are just things printers came up with to save space and work.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jarrett294629

I honestly didn't know that, Thanks mate!

September 2, 2019

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

Double S (ß) are just things printers came up with to save space and work.

Not so. These words are pronounced differently:

  • Masse (short 'a' vowel)
  • Maße (long 'a' vowel)

Also, my understanding is that umlauts originated in manuscripts, rather than in printed text.

September 3, 2019

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

I hold down ALT and press 0-2-2-3 on the number pad to get ß. Although I have found that to use an 's' instead of ß counts as one of the 2 spelling errors allowed per word.

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jarrett294629

No, I think Duo doesn't allow that; But, that letter does mean "SS" but you just cant say "ss" just to mean that letter... Sorry If I sound confusing lol

September 2, 2019

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

I added a browser extention called AutoTextExpander and set up shortcuts for ß ä ö ü. In my case I used = as the shortcut (but you could use some other key) so when I type s= it changes to ß for me.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/travis.font

Double s should be completely acceptable.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich-heisse-emily

yes, duolingo allows it, my german teacher allows it, and also my friend tony from germany says to do it. :) hope this helps

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steven303536

If you really want the symbol, you can hold ALT and type 0129 on your NUMPAD to get the ASCII character

Edit: Code is actually 0223

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomasco3

If you really want the symbol, you can hold ALT and type 0129 on your NUMPAD to get the ASCII character

0129 is a box. Esszett code is 0223.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steven303536

Oops, that's what happens when I attempt to memorize something haha

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

Yes, you can type ß as ss. But, if you'd rather have the symbol (a bit easier to access, anyway), I suggest using the International Keyboard on your computer. This comes pre-installed on all computers and lets you use all the special characters needed for German, French, and a wide variety of other languages. Plus it can be easily switched on and off.

There are tutorials on how to set it up/access it in the DL forums; you can try looking into that if you're interested.

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

September 2, 2019

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

There was talk of removing ß a while ago and replacing with ss

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/weasel992638

why you kissing your dog fam

September 2, 2019
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