mark o asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Why is the letter B in German different in shape and size to the other letters of the alphabet?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There's only one "B" in German.

    The other one is an "ß", called "Eszett" or, in Germany, mostly "scharf-s".

    There's a simple rule when to use it: if the vowel before is short, then you use ss and if it's short, then you put ß. Examles:

    - der Fuß = the foot (the "u" is long)

    - der Hass = the hate (the "a" is short)

    The ß is necessary to avoid confusion, too:

    - die Maße = the measures

    - die Masse = the mass

    There has been a spelling reform in 1996 and many Germans are confused about the correct usage of the ß. However, it's not simply replaceable by two s you'll understand from what I explained above. ;-)

    Source(s): Native speaker of German
  • 3 years ago

    German Letter B

  • 3 years ago

    Ss German Letter

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you mean the letter ß, it's not a letter B but the way that double s is spelt in some (but not all) words. I am given to understand that, nowadays, people increasing use double ss instead of ß.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's NOT actually the letter B, it is a symbol for two S's just marked with one symbol.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well if you mean B then I dont know what you mean but if you mean ß then that's what we call a "sharp s" i'ts used instead of ss.

    like

    Straße - Strasse (street)

    But that ß used to be more common than it is right now.

    Source(s): I'm German
  • 1 decade ago

    it's not a B, it's an s set

  • 1 decade ago

    it represents a double s. They use that instead of SS because SS stood for the Schutzstaffel or commonly known as the SS during WWII.

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