zwei

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Alemannic German[edit]

Number[edit]

zwei

  1. (cardinal) two

German[edit]

German cardinal numbers
1 2 3
    Cardinal : zwei
    Ordinal : zweite

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German zwēne, from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁. Compare Dutch twee, English twain.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /t͡svaɪ̯/, [t͡sʋaɪ̯]
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Numeral[edit]

zwei

  1. two

Declension[edit]

  • Nominative and accusative are always uninflected.
  • The genitive case takes the form zweier if no article or pronoun is preceding: der Vater zweier Kinder – “the father of two children”. But: der Vater der zwei Kinder – “the father of the two children”.
  • The dative case is uninflected in adjectival use: Ich sprach mit zwei Zeugen. – “I spoke with two witnesses.” When used as a noun, it may take the form zweien: Ich sprach mit zweien. – “I spoke with two.” In formal standard German, this rule is usually observed; but when a specification in the genitive case or with von (of) is following, the bare form is more common: Ich sprach mit zwei(en) von ihnen. – “I spoke with two of them.” In colloquial German, zweien is never obligatory.

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External links[edit]

  • zwei in Duden online