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Das and Daß

What is the difference between Das and Daß?

April 22, 2012



Do not use "daß" anymore because it is old german orthography. "dass" (with two "s") is the new "daß". :-)

So, what's the difference between "das" and "dass"?

That's not easy to explain. It has something to do with the rules of subordinate clauses and comma in the german language. You can always use "das" after a comma when the word (das) refers to a noun.

the car = das Auto "A car that/which ..." = "Ein Auto, das/welches ..." Here the word "das" refers to the noun "Auto".

the stick = der Stock "A stick that/which ..." = "Ein Stock, der/welcher ..." Here the word "der" refers to the noun "Stock"

When the word after the comma refers to an verb you have to use "dass"

wissen = to know "I know that..." = Ich weiß, dass ..."


Oh, thank you very much for the great insight! :)

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