Is it the funny letter ß or ss?

My students often ask during their German lessons if they can just replace ß with double ss. The answer is NEIN, unless you are learning Swiss German where the letter ß does not exist and is indeed replaced with a double ss.

How do you know when it is ß and when double ss? Quite simple: when there is a short vowel before a sharp s-sound then there is a double s. If the vowel is long or there’s a diphthong then there is an ß.

dass, der Fluss, lassen, fassen

das Maß, die Straße, heißen, weiß

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