weil

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the accusative of Middle High German wīle, from Old High German wīla, from Proto-Germanic *hwīlō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vaɪ̯l/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯l

Conjunction[edit]

weil

  1. because, given that
    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.

Further reading[edit]

  • weil in Duden online