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Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 6:02pm
by Cyril Haearn
PDQ Mobile wrote:
Cyril Haearn 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!

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

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 6:11pm
by PDQ Mobile
Cyril Haearn wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:
Cyril Haearn 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

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 7:42pm
by drossall
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:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 7:56pm
by Debs
Unendlichkeit :wink:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 8:01pm
by PDQ Mobile
Debs wrote:Unendlichkeit :wink:

The Lady has it in one.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 8:32pm
by Ben@Forest
Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

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

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 8:47pm
by [XAP]Bob


In fact his whole language files series is really good.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 Dec 2018, 11:28pm
by 661-Pete
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*...

*as seen in The Third Man....

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 3 Jan 2019, 12:44pm
by Cyril Haearn
German is quite easy really, it is phonetic, unlike English :wink:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 18 Feb 2019, 2:12pm
by Spinners
Cyril Haearn wrote:
German allows triple letters too...



So does English. Nnnnnnnnn (from the old English word meaning constipation) :lol:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 20 May 2019, 7:41pm
by Cyril Haearn
The longest train station name:
Luebeck-Travemuende-Skandinavienkai
The shortest:
?

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 20 May 2019, 7:59pm
by drossall
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.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 22 May 2019, 11:51am
by LollyKat
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.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 22 May 2019, 10:31pm
by drossall
Got it in one, although I had not come across the semi-colon cheat :lol:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 23 May 2019, 8:35am
by nez
Thé longest German word is ‘Ausfahrt’. It starts in Aachen and ends at the Austrian border. Goodness knows how Austrians get off the motorway.