Adverb - Questions on words that qualify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, or sentences.

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Where is exactly the position of “nicht” in the sentence?

A question came to my mind while I was reading a conversation in German: Ich bin krank, Ich kann nicht einkaufen. Ich kann nicht mit Jonas zum Arzt gehen. Ich kann Anna nicht in den ...
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Grammaticality of “original italienisches Eis”

Something you will often find is a phrase like the one given in the title: original italienisches Eis. What kind of word is original here though? An adverb? Shouldn't this phrase either read ...
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Position of “nicht” in following contexts

I went through the article The Position of Nicht and the question Where is exactly the position of “nicht” in the sentence?. I would like to know if I am correct in the following sentences and if ...
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What is the proper position of “gern”?

For example, which of these is correct: Ich esse gern Pizza or Ich esse Pizza gern
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Was meinen wir eigentlich mit “eigentlich”?

Das Wort "eigentlich" wird sehr häufig und in vielfältigster Weise eingesetzt: Eigentlich sollten Sie diese Arbeit doch schon bis gestern erledigt haben. Kommt Ihr eigentlich morgen zu unserer ...
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Verb inversion with adverbs used at the beginning

I know that when adverbs are used in the first position, at the beginning of the sentence, the verb and subject position in German is inverted, such as in these examples with adverbs of place and ...
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What is the difference between “scheinbar” and “anscheinend”?

I often hear both variants: Der Zug ist scheinbar schon abgefahren. Der Zug ist anscheinend schon abgefahren. Is there a difference in meaning or can both expressions be used interchangeably?
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How to use “hier”, “dort” and “da” properly in German?

In English "here" and "there" are typical pairs to indicate space and distance. The same is true of Hungarian ("itt" and "ott"). But in German it's a bit different: I have seen "da" many times in ...
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What is the etymology of “eh” in “Ich habe eh nichts zu machen”?

My question is straightforward: What is the etymology of eh? Could eh in Ich habe eh nichts zu machen be an abbreviation for eher? (I spelled eh with an h because the e seems to be pronounced ...
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How can I translate the adverb/conjunction *doch* in sentences?

What is the difference between "Dann mach doch das Fenster zu" and "Dann mach das Fenster zu"? Further examples: Ich fahre doch nur 90. Sieh doch im Korb nach.
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Can anyone explain this strange feature in the ratio in usage gern and gerne in late 1940s?

I was looking at some google N-grams and noticed that the ratio between usage for gern and gerne has a strange bump in the late 1940s. In particular, gerne gained in usage but then returned to the ...
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How do the “da-” and “wo-” prefixes work?

I don't completely understand the da- and wo- compound words. I have an idea of what they are and what they do but I'm not completely sure how they work and how to use them. If you don't know what I ...
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When should you use “erst” rather than “nur”?

It seems that in many situations where I might use the word "only" in English, either "nur" or "erst" is used in German. I have the rather fuzzy idea that "erst" is used for "only" in the sense of ...
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“Jetzt, wo…” - wie entstanden?

Wo und Wann sind als Lokal- bzw. Temporaladverbien stimmig, wenn es sich um Fragesätze handelt ("Wo kommst du her?", "Wann kommst du?"). In manchen Deklarativsätzen hingegen passieren seltsame Dinge. ...
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Was bedeutet “gerne” nach einem Verb in der Befehlsform?

Ich weiss schon, was "gerne" nach einem Verb im Indikativ bedeutet, aber was heisst es, wenn es nach einem Verb in der Befehlsform steht? z.B. Ich esse gern Pizza = I like to eat pizza aber ...
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“Mindestens” vs “zumindest”. Gibt es einen Unterschied?

Im Internet gibt es keinen klaren Unterschied dazwischen, aber meine Lehrerin hat mich mehrmals dafür verbessert (und danach habe ich den Unterschied wieder vergessen). Könnt ihr bitte auch ein paar ...
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Listing adjectives and adverbs qualifying adjectives: should they be declined?

Scroll down for English translation! Ich stelle hier mal eine Frage in allgemeiner Form, die hier regelmäßig in verschiedenen Variationen gestellt wird und ich habe auch gleich selbst die richtige ...
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“Fast” in “Ich habe den Fehler fast gemacht.”

I want to say I almost made the mistake. Is it correct to say Ich habe den Fehler fast gemacht. ? I'm not sure about the adverb "fast" here, since it is modifying the verb "gemacht" (as ...
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“Eine schrecklich nette Familie”: why? [duplicate]

Why isn't it Eine schreckliche nette Familie ? I suspect it has to do with the adjective/adverb dualism, but even then I can't make sense of it.