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The German 'Kommen + Past Participle' Construction

I encountered the usage of a German verb + past participle construction when in English one would have used verb + present participle. It is from the fairy tale 'The Frog King or Iron Henry' ('Der ...
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A German relative clause that begins with “welchem in diesem”

Grammar books have taught me that 'der' words are the usual relative pronouns in German, and that 'welcher' words might work sometimes but would sound stilted and bookish. But I found a sentence in ...
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Does German “sollen” ever function like English “shall” to indicate a future or possibility (no element of expectation)?

I understand that "sollen" typically expresses what is expected of the subject of the sentence, and found excellent accounts of that usage of "sollen" in this other StackExchange page: Does “sollen” ...
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Warum ist das Beschreiben von Gerüchen (ohne Vergleich) so schwer?

Wenn ich mit Freunden darüber schreibe, wie eine bestimmte Situation gerochen hat, fällt mir immer wieder auf, dass ich das allerhöchstens mit Vergleichen beschreiben kann ("das roch wie dieses und ...
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Differences between “weg” (away) and “Weg” (way)

As you can see in the title the words "weg" and "Weg" confused me somehow. Is the only difference between them the upper-/lowercase writing?
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Is it possible to pass a DSH examination without the active application into a German institution?

Later I tried to hunt around Germany for the possibility to pass a DSH examination. This is a type of German language exams, which enables non-native german speakers to study in a German educational ...