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German eating -Why is "isst" not "ißt"

Why is "isst" not "ißt"

Considering it is a double S?

September 20, 2014



In German (well, generally), a vowel is long before a single consonant, and short before a doubled one.

For these purposes, "ß" is counted as single "s", as normally "s" would be pronounced like an English "z" between vowels; "ss" is its doubled equivalent. So, "isst" is spelt with a a doubled "s" to keep make it clear that the "i" is short. Hope this helps :)


Thank you for the detail, I was just wondering :)

[deactivated user]

    They had a spelling reform in the 90s so a lot of words with esett became ss.

    [deactivated user]

      Kein Problem ;D

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