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Using pronouns in German

In German, are you expected to say the pronoun or do you let the verb do the work? For instance: Du spielst or simply spielst? is conversation informal enough to drop the pronoun?

September 4, 2012



In standard German, it is not possible to leave out the personal pronouns. However, in colloquial speech (and on internet forums, in text messages, etc.), subject pronouns are sometimes dropped, particularly "ich". Ex. "Lese gerade ein Buch" = "Ich lese gerade ein Buch" = I am reading a book.


This is kind of what I've experienced, too. In English, I'm CONSTANTLY dropping pronouns in first person singular, and starting sentences with simply "Gonna..." "Need to..." "Should've...", etc. It's good to know there's something at least remotely similar some of the time in German.


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