entlang

GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • lang (chiefly colloquial; postposition only)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German entlanc, which is a contraction of in lang (with a gliding sound -t-).

PronunciationEdit

PostpositionEdit

entlang ‎(+ accusative or with an + dative)

  1. along
    Ich gehe den Fluss entlang.
    I walk along the river.
    Ich gehe an dem Fluss entlang.
    I walk along the river.

PrepositionEdit

entlang ‎(+ genitive or dative)

  1. along
    Ich gehe entlang des Flusses.
    I walk along the river.
    Ich gehe entlang dem Fluss.
    I walk along the river.

Usage notesEdit

  • The postposition usage is more common than the preposition, not only but particularly in speech.
  • Apart from the ways of construction mentioned above, additional ones are possible in older or regional usage. One may still hear the postposition used with a bare dative: Ich gehe dem Fluss entlang. The preposition has also been construed with the accusative: Ich gehe entlang den Fluss. The latter is now nonstandard, however.
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