weil

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

weil

  1. because
    Ich kann nicht kommen, weil ich krank bin.
    I can't come because I'm sick.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In formal writing, weil is always a subordinating conjunction, i.e. the following clause is a subordinate clause and has the respective word order (see example above). In the beginning of a sentence, weil is preferably replaced with da: Da ich krank bin, kann ich nicht kommen.
  • In colloquial German, no such restrictions apply. Weil can thus be subordinating as well as coordinating. In the latter case, it replaces standard denn: Ich kann nicht kommen, weil ich bin krank. The conjunctions denn and da are both relatively unfrequent in colloquial German.