Ich mach doch nur Spaß.

sfpugh October 2, 2017, 9:10 am
From 15.2
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
I'm only joking.

Should this be mache?
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor October 2, 2017, 5:06 pm
Hi sfpugh,

It can be both, although in a formal context it is better to use mache. Sometimes the contraction is written as ich mach' nur Spaß, with an apostrophe. It's pretty common to find the contracted form in this sentence.

Hope this helps!

Lucia
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
sfpugh October 3, 2017, 8:15 am
Thank you for the explanation. Do you think it would be useful to put in the apostrophe so it is clear that it is a contraction?
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor October 4, 2017, 5:21 pm
Apostrophe added! Please let me know if you find any more contractions like this and I will fix them.
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
sfpugh October 5, 2017, 11:15 am
Well, runter appears a few times, sometimes with and sometimes without and apostrophe.
But since it is a word in the dictionary I am not sure that it really needs one.  Presumably it is short for herunter.
Here are some occurrences without an apostrophe:
Da geht es steil runter!! 7.3
Okay, hör zu… Ich drehe jetzt die Lautstärke runter und räume meine Sachen weg. 12.4
Du übertreibst. Okay, hör zu… Ich drehe jetzt die Lautstärke runter und räume meine Sachen weg. 13.1


Found by searching for runter with My vocab.
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor October 9, 2017, 4:32 pm
Hi sfpugh,

Runter can be both the contraction for herunter and hinunter, and as for mach', it belongs to a colloquial register. It can be written with or without an apostrophe.

Lucia
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.
sfpugh October 10, 2017, 6:49 am
Thanks for the explanation. The dictionary is not very clear what the difference is between the two words, they both seem to mean down. Maybe herunter is more down there.
Ich mach doch nur Spaß.

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