3 comments on “deshalb vs. deswegen vs. daher vs. darum

  1. Darum, deshalb and deswegen are definitely the same pretty much… if someone perceives a difference… well, then that is correct too but to me they are the same and many web sources about this indicate that they are …
    here is a boring statistic about the usage (thanks Google N-Gram)

    deshalb, darum,deswegen usage frequency

    as far as daher is concerned it is indeed a little different. Yet it can be/is used synonymously in MANY occasions. Some regions might favor daher and others won’t ever use it. I don’t really use it for example. What makes daher special is its locational undertone… it is built with the pointer da and the word her, that indicates an origin. “Woher kommst du?”, “Wo hast du deine Hose her?”… daher is appropriate whenever you want to say “from there” be it literally or abstract… so daher is maybe a bit more “from that perspective” or coming from there”. Deshalb and deswegen don’t have this undertone of location/origin, although the des is technically the da pointer too, just in a different dress. I think I’ll make daher a WotD but I hope this helps a bit… oh… apparently there is a rule that requires you to use daher in certain constructions but except for linguists I don’t think many people are aware of it and it is a new rule too so no need to know it :)

  2. ads says:

    Dann ist wegen dasselbe wie deswegen?

    Zb wegen Umbaus ist der Laden geschlossen.
    Deswegen klingt wie es auch hier klappen würde…

    Vielen Dank!

    • Nee, das “des” in “deswegen” zeigt auf den Grund.

      – Wegen [des Umbaus] ist…
      – Wegen [es/das ] ist… ( not correct)
      – [Des]wegen ist…

      Das “deswegen” ersetzt die ganze Phrase “wegen des Umbaus”. Und hier noch in Fachsprache :) .
      “Deswegen” ist ein Adverb und kann allein auf die Frage “warum” antworten. “Wegen” ist eine Präposition, mit der ein Nomen als Grund in einen Satz integriert wird.
      Ich hoffe das hilft :)

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