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Is “wäre … können” used for “sein” verbs?

Take the following sentence: Ich hätte Cricket spielen können. meaning I could have played cricket. spielen has haben as an auxiliary, and it is obvious that hätte können is the right way ...
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Can “sollen” in literary German be used to convey an idea of future?

I have found several instances of sollen in literary German used in a way which closely resembles the English use of shall as a future auxiliary. Here are a couple of examples: … und euer Herz ...
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Partizip II von intransitiven Verben

Kann man das stattgefundene Ereignis sagen? Oder müsste es auf jeden Fall das stattgefunden habende Ereignis heißen? Bei transitiven Verben unterscheidet "getötete Person" vs. "getötet ...
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When to use “sein” and “haben” for verbs that allow both auxiliary verbs?

In some dictionaries, contrary to what Wiktionary states, one can find that, say, verderben allows both sein and haben as auxiliary verbs to form the Perfekt. That's the case for these verbs as well: ...
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Can adding a prefix change the auxiliary verb?

Usually, when I have to conjugate a verb with a prefix (not necessarily separable!) in Perfekt, I automatically associate the same auxiliary verb, say [verschwimmen, ich bin verschwommen] because ...
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How to optimally list verbs in past (with sein and haben): aesthetics question

You are given a list of verbs, say: aufstehen, sich duschen, sich schminken, einsteigen, frühstücken, arbeiten, gehen, usw. Forget momentarily that we are telling an everyday story. If that is the ...