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See also: schön



  • (Standard, Germany; common in most areas) IPA(key): /ʃoːn/
  • (Southern Germany; rare unstressed form elsewhere) IPA(key): /ʃɔn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -oːn, -ɔn

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German scōn, scōne (beautifully, appropriately, completely), from Old High German scōno (beautifully); cognate with schön (beautiful).[1]



  1. already; yet
  2. admittedly; surely; indeed
    Ja, schon ― Yes, admittedly.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Schon is more frequent than its English equivalents. It is often used to emphasize the earliness of an action. With reference to the passage of time, the opposite of schon is erst. While schon emphasizes how soon something will happen, erst emphasizes how long it is until it happens. Thus schon in drei Wochen means "in only three weeks", while erst in drei Wochen means "not for another three weeks".
  • Moreover, schon frequently expresses agreement to a statement by someone else, particularly if one concedes to a particular argument while continuing to disagree in general. For example: Niedrigere Steuern heben den Konsum.Das ist schon richtig, aber... ("Lower taxes increase consumption." – "That is indeed true, but...")

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Imperative singular of schonen.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of schonen.


  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1975). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 21st edition. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 675.