Why German Nouns Are Capitalized

The question ‘Why are German Nouns Capitalized?’ is common on German learners’ minds. This is why I decided to look into the matter.

Most people just answer this question by saying: ‘’It’s German grammar, that’s just how it is.’’ I don’t like that answer. That just makes me want to know even more, so, I did some more digging…

I assume that you know that German has different cases? These cases help to formulate the meaning of the sentence, but this is not what this post is about, is it? If you want to know more about that, go check out my post on cases or the reasons for them.

As discussed cases are quite important in German and is necessary to give the correct meaning through. Cases can be quite hard to work with, and that is why the theory is that the capitals help with that. Cases are built on nouns, so, if you can identify the nouns in a sentence easily by seeing capital letters, the process to assign cases are made easier.

German is the only language that uses this technique and I like that German is different than other languages. Unique is best!

Let me know if you have other theories on this subject.


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16 responses to “Why German Nouns Are Capitalized”

  1. Vincenzo Avatar

    I suppose it much more than that epistemologically speaking the capital nouns could reflect an intention to give a nuance of symbolism to parts of the phrase that are to be considered priority almost giving them A magical thought imprimatur. A noun a substantive is pervaded by its intrinsic nature and gives the “tempo” to the speech thus enphasising the lexical weight.

    1. TalkingEasily Avatar

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  2. Jose Avatar

    Luxembourgish also capitalizes all nouns. German is closely related to Luxembourgish.

    Long words are used in German which not many other languages use them for compound nouns what would be in generally other languages.

    There are still many words in German that are similar to English, like Familie for family, Bett for bed in the furniture used for sleeping in, hundert for number 100, Bier for beer and Buch for book.

    Noun capitalization in German, though, means it’s easy to find nouns in German.

    German uses the ß which is unique to German though.

    Still, I am in love with the German language and am learning it myself. It’s a nice and beautiful language. German does has its own unique things like any other language does, except it is more in the ß letter and character and the die, das and der, for example.

    1. Nicole Stangl Avatar
      Nicole Stangl

      I’m half German. How would I pronounce the letter above?

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