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Understanding “im Beginn der Zeiten und dem Sinne nach”

The question is on the highlighted phrase in this passage from Freud's Totem und Tabu. The Verbot is that against incest. Dieses streng gehandhabte Verbot ist sehr merkwürdig. Es wird durch ...
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When is ‘er’ replaceable with ‘der’?

Why is der used in the following example sentences (from online dictionaries) in place of simply er? Would these sentences still be correct, if er were used? Wo ist dein Bruder? — Der ist oben. ⇒...
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How to translate “this”, used for an unknown thing when mentioned the first time?

The word this has a couple of meanings in English. Wiktionary states 5. I am specifically interested in the translation of the fourth meaning: A known (thing) (used in first mentioning a person or ...
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What is the determiner for Ostern? [closed]

These holidays have the following determiners/gender: das Weihnachten der Silvester der Karfreitag der Ostersonntag der Ostermontag But what is the determiner/gender for Ostern? There's no ...
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Usage of “etwas” and “einige”

I read in the book that etwas means some. Ich brauche etwas frisches Fleisch. Er hat etwas Geld. There is also another determiner that is einige. It also means some. Vor ...
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Adjectives as determinatives

Consider the following sentences, which could have appeared as such in academic texts: Obiges Zitat ist aufschlussreich. Genanntes Beispiel hilft uns weiter. Besagte Theorie wurde schon längst ...