See also: Als, ALS, ALs, åls, al's, and -āls

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

als

  1. plural of al

Etymology 2Edit

AdverbEdit

als (not comparable)

  1. Obsolete form of also.

AnagramsEdit


CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Contraction of a (to, at) els (the (masculine plural))

ContractionEdit

als

  1. to the, at the, toward the (masculine plural)

CornishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Standard Cornish) âls

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *altos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eltós, from *h₂el-. Cognate with Welsh allt, Breton aod, Irish alt, Latin altus, Old High German alt

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

als f (plural alsyow)

  1. (Standard Written Form) cliff

DutchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • as {colloquial form in the Netherlands}

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch alse, an unstressed form of also (modern alzo).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɑ(l)s/, [ɑ(ɫ)s]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: als
  • Rhymes: -ɑls

ConjunctionEdit

als

  1. (subordinating) if, when
    Als je die knop indrukt, gaat de computer uit.
    If you push that button, the computer will turn off.
    Synonym: indien
  2. when, as soon as
    Als het regent worden alle daken nat.
    When it rains all the roofs get wet.
    Synonym: wanneer
  3. (Suriname) if, whether
    • 1978 November 4, “"CRUDEN IS EEN SLECHT ADVISEUR" ZEGT EENDRACHT ["CRUDEN IS A BAD ADVISOR" SAYS EENDRACHT]”, in Vrije Stem: onafhankelijk weekblad voor Suriname[1], page 6:
      Ik weet niet als de heer Ramon Cruden de Minister van Arbeid werkelijk zal kunnen adviseren
      I don't know whether Mr Ramon Cruden will be truly able to advise the Minister of Labour
    • 2021 April 29, Wilfred Leeuwin, “Einde in zicht in geruchtmakende strafzaak Centrale Bank [End in sight in controversial Central Bank criminal case]”, in De Ware Tijd[2], retrieved 2 May 2021:
      Het document is in opdracht van het OM samengesteld om aan te tonen als de gesloten contracten tussen de CBvS en het Belgische bedrijf Clairfield rechtmatig zijn, als de bedragen die contractueel zijn afgedwongen gangbaar zijn naar internationale maatstaven en als de verdachten wel of geen financieel voordeel hebben gehad aan deze deals.
      The document was commissioned by the prosecution to determine whether the contracts concluded between the Central Bank of Suriname and the Belgian company Clairfield were lawful, whether the sums enforced in the contracts were customary by international standards and whether or not the suspects benefited financially from these deals.
    Synonym: of

PrepositionEdit

als

  1. like, as [+nominative]
    Hij huilde als een kind.
    He cried like a baby.
  2. even ... als: as ... as [+nominative]
    Hij is even groot als ik.
    He is as tall as me.
  3. (nonstandard) than [+nominative]
    Hij is groter als jij.
    He is bigger than you.

Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German also, alsō (as, like). Compare English as.

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

als

  1. (subordinating, referring to time of occurence) at (approximately) the same moment; when; while; as
    Als er ankam, öffnete sie die Tür.When he arrived, she opened the door.
    Als wir jung waren, spielten wir im Wald.We played in the forest when we were young.
  2. (used with a comparison or as an exception) than
    Zwei ist größer als eins.Two is greater than one.
    Die Kopie sieht anders aus als das Original.The copy looks different than the original.
    Er sagt nichts anderes als die Wahrheit.He tells nothing other than the truth.
  3. as; like; in the function of; in the form of
    Als Polizist muss ich es tun.As a policeman, I must do it.
    Wir sind Feinde, aber im Moment müssen wir uns als Freunde verhalten.We are enemies, but for now we must act like friends.
    Sie verkleidete sich als Krankenschwester, um das Krankenhaus zu betreten.She disguised herself as a nurse to enter the hospital.
  4. as if
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Aus dem Lande der Ostseeritter, in Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun., page 100:
      Es war als rängen beständig zwei Mächte um sie, als würde sie wehrlos von ihnen hin und her gerissen.
      It was as if two powers struggled over her continuously, as if she were torn to and fro by them defenselessly.
  5. (after negative pronoun) but, other than
    • 1918, Meinrad Lienert, Zürcher Sagen:
      Doch die zwei Königstöchter Hildegard und Berta gewahrten nichts als den weissen Hirsch […].
      But the two princesses Hildegard and Berta saw nothing but the white hart.

Usage notesEdit

  • Als in the sense of “than” does not govern case. The case of the standard of comparison depends on its syntactic function:
Sie liebt das Kind mehr als ihr Mann. (nominative) — “She loves the child more than her husband does.”
Sie liebt das Kind mehr als ihren Mann. (accusative) — “She loves the child more than she loves her husband.”
  • Als in the sense of “as, like” is claimed by some traditional grammars to require the nominative case: Er verkleidet sich als spanischer Stierkämpfer. (“He dresses himself up as a Spanish bullfighter.”) This may indeed be the most common usage in reflexive constructions, such as in the example given (although als spanischen Stierkämpfer is acceptable). The mechanical use of the nominative, however, is often ungrammatical by any standards of common usage: Sie kannte ihn schon als jungen Mann (“She knew him already as a young man”; the nominative als *junger Mann would be odd and indeed would suggest the meaning that she knew him when she was a young man). Thus, the same general rule applies as given above.

Further readingEdit

  • als” in Duden online
  • als” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

GothicEdit

RomanizationEdit

als

  1. Romanization of 𐌰𐌻𐍃

IcelandicEdit

NounEdit

als

  1. indefinite genitive singular of alur

LuxembourgishEdit

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

als

  1. as
    Hatt schafft als Polizistin an engem klengen Duerf.
    She works as a policewoman in a little village.

OccitanEdit

ContractionEdit

als

  1. Contraction of a los.

Old FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Alternative formsEdit

ContractionEdit

als

  1. Contraction of a + les (to the)

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

als

  1. indefinite genitive singular of al

AnagramsEdit