German, like all languages, has rules and exceptions. So long as you don't take exception to the rules, you should be alright!
Although still common, and definitely stylish and special, the alte Rechtschreibung character ß [HTML: (&)szlig;] has been deemed unsuitable for
dass. Pity, but, mind you, a lot faster to type..
Much confusion exists in the use of the single or double s, as in das or dass?
das is an article (like English the) or a pronoun (like English who, which and that) for a independent relative clause (non-essential information for understanding the sentence). das can be substituted by welches, dieses or jenes
dass is a conjunction, and starts an object clause.
Before (or while) you panic, some examples:
Quick check: Ich trinke das Wasser, welches ich in meiner Flasche habe. That works. Solution: das.
Ich weiß, welches er Deutsch gut sprechen kann. That does not work. Solution: dass. Was weiß ich? Ich weiß, dass .....
das is used for the neutral demonstrative pronoun. In this case, das can be replaced by diesjenes.
dass ich schon gewußt habe is the subject of the main phrase: 'Etwas freut dich sehr.' Wer oder was freut dich?
German nouns which have multiple parts use hyphens. e.g. Das New-York-Erlebnis war sehr schön.
The imperative in German exists for all three second person forms: du, Sie, ihr
Lesen Sie mehr um Deutsch gut zu lernen!
Exception: Seien sie ruhig bitte!
Lies mehr um Deutsch gut zu lernen! Iss mehr Frucht!
Exception: Sei ruhig!
Verbs that end in d, t, ig, m, n: retain the e: Antworte mir bitte! Öffne das Fenster!
Irregular verbs: without the umlaut. Gebt mir eure Hausaufgaben! Seid vorsichtig!
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