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"Entschuldigung" and "Actung" capitlization

When I enter "entschuldigung", it tells me it's a noun and needs to be capitalized, is sorry not an adjective is German?

And I noticed "Actung" is defined as attention, careful, and respect, is it always capitalized, or only when used as a noun (attention, respect)

October 29, 2012

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

Entschuldigung and Achtung both are nouns (notice the -ung endings) hence they are capitalized. Entschuldigung actually means an excuse, or apology.. To say that you are sorry, you say "Es tut mir Leid" (Lit. It pains me)..


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"Achtung" is the rest of a complete sentence. You could compare it with "Good morning" which is the rest of the phrase "I wish you a good morning". Telling someone to be careful by just saying "attention" or "careful" is leaving out the rest of the sentence also.

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