The Alternative German Dictionary: 'n

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'n Alternative forms: n (non-standard) pronunciation
  • /n/, /ən/
etymology 1 contraction of ein Like virtually all German dialects, colloquial German uses a reduced form of the indefinite article. The form ’n has spread from the North southward and seems to be of {{etym}} origin. Most High German dialects use forms without the final -n (such as “e” or “a”); such pronunciations are sometimes heard in colloquial standard German, but ’n is clearly the most common. Also compare 'nen.
article: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) alternative form of ein
  2. (colloquial) alternative form of einen
etymology 2 Contraction of denn.
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) short for denn (used for general emphasis) exampleWann wärst’n hier? So, when would you be here?

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