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Anscheinend ist das Perfekt verschiedener Modalverben verschwunden. Warum?

Warum erscheinen gesollt, gemusst, usw. im Deutschen nicht? 1 Warum existieren die nur in Konjugationstabellen? Oder vielleicht wäre es interesanter zu wissen, wann man diese Tempora richtig nutzen ...
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Does “paar” still mean “two items”? Words that have lost their original meaning

–Ich hätte gerne ein Paar Brötchen –Wie viele? That was (modulo trivialities) a conversation that surprised me. Of course –assuming the grammatical correctness of the sentences–, the baker ...
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When did “zu Gunsten”, “zu Liebe” etc. become “zugunsten”, “zuliebe”? (In case they did)

In this question we learned that one origin of new prepositions are adverbs or fixed prepositional phrases. These prepositions go initially with genitive (and then perhaps mutate into dative). When ...
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C wird zu Z …?

Ich habe letztens Zenter auf einem offiziellen Schild gelesen. Ist das korrekt? Zentrum gibt es ja nun schon einige Jahrzehnte als Nachfolger von Centrum. Daran hab mich mich dann auch gewöhnt. Muss ...
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Non-natives using strong verbs as they were weak: would this compromise understanding?

Forgetting for a moment about the stated fact that language evolves, would Germans be annoyed if a strong verb was used as it were weak (that is, with the common -te pattern in the past tense and the ...
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“Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod”: is German really loosing Genitiv? (Evolutionary viewpoint)

"Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod" is an interesting German phrase which originates this question. I'm interested in knowing how true is it/will it be. Has German always had four cases? Or were ...