what is the longest German word?

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 26 Dec 2018, 6:02pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:
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Welsh is the other way, often the verb is the first word in a sentence, or there is no verb :wink:


It is my understanding that without a verb it is never a full sentence!

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Book best [is] memory, or 'The best book: ones memories
Is that a sentence?
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 26 Dec 2018, 6:11pm

brynpoeth wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:
Welsh is the other way, often the verb is the first word in a sentence, or there is no verb :wink:


It is my understanding that without a verb it is never a full sentence!

Llyf gorau, cof
Book best [is] memory, or 'The best book: ones memories
Is that a sentence?


Probably not.
Does it need "Mae"?

"A complete sentence has at least a subject and a main verb to state (declare) a complete thought."

From:-
https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby drossall » 26 Dec 2018, 7:42pm

Various languages allow verbs to be understood, especially the verb "to be".

My German teacher told us that German dictionaries come in two volumes, with all the verbs in the second volume :lol:

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Debs » 26 Dec 2018, 7:56pm

Unendlichkeit :wink:

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 26 Dec 2018, 8:01pm

Debs wrote:Unendlichkeit :wink:

The Lady has it in one.

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Ben@Forest » 26 Dec 2018, 8:32pm

Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

Means 'Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube Steamboat electrical services'.

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 26 Dec 2018, 8:47pm



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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby 661-Pete » 26 Dec 2018, 11:28pm

Ben@Forest wrote:Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

Means 'Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube Steamboat electrical services'.

That's the second trip up the Danube we've had, on this thread. Next time, I think I'll stop off at the Prater and take a turn on the Riesenrad*...

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 3 Jan 2019, 12:44pm

German is quite easy really, it is phonetic, unlike English :wink:
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Spinners » 18 Feb 2019, 2:12pm

brynpoeth wrote:
German allows triple letters too...



So does English. Nnnnnnnnn (from the old English word meaning constipation) :lol:
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 20 May 2019, 7:41pm

The longest train station name:
Luebeck-Travemuende-Skandinavienkai
The shortest:
?
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby drossall » 20 May 2019, 7:59pm

Off-topic, but reminds me of the challenge to write an English sentence that makes sense, and uses the maximum consecutive repetitions of the same word. I know one with seven.

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby LollyKat » 22 May 2019, 11:51am

There was one that went something like this:

John, in a grammar exercise in which Pete had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had the teacher's approval.

The semi-colon seems a bit of a cheat but I think it's legitimate.

As for German, I learnt in school that the original German word for tank was Schuetzengrabenvernichtungsautomobil, i.e. vehicle for destroying defence trenches. Panzer was just the code name.

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby drossall » 22 May 2019, 10:31pm

Got it in one, although I had not come across the semi-colon cheat :lol:

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby nez » 23 May 2019, 8:35am

Thé longest German word is ‘Ausfahrt’. It starts in Aachen and ends at the Austrian border. Goodness knows how Austrians get off the motorway.
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