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Are there double consonants in German that differentiate between words? Like in Italian where for example, "casa" means house and "cassa" means box.


This question is related to the question "Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?" in which it was originally asked.

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  1. Yes, there are double consonants in German that differentiate between words.

    Watte (cotton)

    Wate (facet)

    You can look through this list of words with double consonants and search for more yourself. Happy hunting!

  2. Minimalpaare mit Vorkommen an Doppelkonsonanten (vgl. Vokalquantität)

    Bann vs. Bahn
    Mitte vs. Miete
    Pollen vs. Polen
    Busse vs. Buße
    bette vs. bete vs. bäte
    Hölle vs. Höhle
    fülle vs. fühle

    The latter is taken from Vokalquantität at Wikipedia.

{ answered by Everyone }
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