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Alternative forms[edit]


der (the) +‎ selbe (same)


  • IPA(key): [deːɐ̯ˈzɛlbə]
  • Hyphenation: der‧sel‧be


derselbe (demonstrative)

  1. the same
  2. selfsame
  3. idem


Declension of derselbe
masculine feminine neuter plural
nominative derselbe dieselbe dasselbe dieselben
genitive desselben derselben desselben derselben
dative demselben derselben demselben denselben
accusative denselben dieselbe dasselbe dieselben

Usage notes[edit]

Purists claim that derselbe should be used only when one refers to physically the same object, whereas der gleiche (see gleich) should be used when referring to an object of the same kind. For example:

  • Ich habe früher dasselbe Auto gefahren. – “I used to drive this very same car.”
  • Ich habe früher das gleiche Auto gefahren. – “I used to drive the same kind of car.”

However, this rule is an artificial prescription often ignored in standard usage, let alone colloquial German.

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