Wort Worte Wörter

So what’s the plural for “das Wort”? Is it “die Worte” or “die Wörter”? You will come across both versions and the correct answer is: The plural can be either one of those depending on the context.

Wörter is used when we are talking about a number of individual non-connected words, e.g. when we speak about words in a dictionary.

“In diesem Lexikon sind viele Wörter.”

We talk about Worte when we are dealing with a number of connected words that between them create sentences and phrases, e.g. speaking a couple of words at a funeral.

“Auf dieser Beerdigung werde ich ein paar Worte über den Verstorbenen sagen.”

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