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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a contraction of Old High German ni ein. Compare Old English nān, from ne ān (Modern English none, further contracted to no).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /naɪ̯n/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n

InterjectionEdit

nein

  1. no
    Hast du morgen Abend Zeit? — Nein, leider nicht.
    “Do you have time tomorrow night?” — “No, unfortunately not.”

Usage notesEdit

  • Nein, being the standard word, is acceptable in all contexts. Colloquial German has a strong tendency to prefer the alternative forms given above, however.

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Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • nein in Duden online

HunsrikEdit

Hunsrik cardinal numbers
 <  8 9 10  > 
    Cardinal : nein
    Ordinal : neint

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

nein

  1. nine
    Is-es schun nein Uher?
    Is it nine o'clock already?

Further readingEdit


Pennsylvania GermanEdit

Pennsylvania German cardinal numbers
 <  8 9 10  > 
    Cardinal : nein
    Ordinal : neint

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German neun, Dutch negen, English nine.

NumeralEdit

nein

  1. nine