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What kind of a phrase is “Haus zum Cavazzen”?

Haus zum Cavazzen is the name of a famous building in Lindau. More info here: http://www.kultur-lindau.de/museum/der-cavazzen/ But what does this name mean, and why zum is used together with what ...
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Literary passage: 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of the following passage. Specifically, I do not understand the 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction at the end. Zum Schäkespears Tag [1771] von ...
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Differences between “wusste” and “habe gewusst” in the main clause, and using “kann” and “konnte” in the subordinate clause

Which are correct, which are not, and what are the nuances? In particular, what are the allowed tenses for the verbs in the main and the dass clause (agreement)? Ich wusste nicht, dass man gehen ...
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“Ich lerne schwimmen” or “Ich lerne zu schwimmen”?

What is correct, between (a) Ich lerne schwimmen. and (b) Ich lerne zu schwimmen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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Das Internet wird zum(als?) Kommunizieren mit Leuten aus aller Welt verwendet

When do you use zu and als ? Die Relativpronomen werden zur Bezeichnung entweder feminin, maskulin verwendet, oder neutrum. Can I use als instead of zu in this context ? Here's another ...
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Parsing 'Nach der Mitte zu stieg sie an wie ein Kuppeldach'

I think I understand the meaning of this sentence, but I don't understand how it's constructed. I'm assuming ansteigen (to rise) is the verb, and ein Kuppeldach (a dome) is the subject and Nach der ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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Meaning of “Was für ein”?

All I know about Was für ein is that it is a type of pronoun (but I don't know what type exactly it is). I also don't know how it translates into English.
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“Strahlen” vs “Strahler”

I was searching for company names, and reached to a German word 'Strahlen' through Google. As per Google it meant 'rays'. I need a suggestion that, what is the exact meaning of 'Strahlen' and ...
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Gebrauch von “-wert” gegenüber “-würdig”

Gibt's einen deutlichen Unterschied zwischen den Wortendungen "-wert" und "-würdig"? Wie z.B.: "bemerkenswert" oder "merkwürdig" Ich spüre also dazwischen einen feinen Nuanceunterschied im ...
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Are sentences such as “wir waren essen” grammatically correct?

German supposedly has no equivalent of the progressive/continuous tense in English (e.g. "we are going"). However, I sometimes hear sentences such as "wir waren essen" or "er ist telefonieren". Are ...
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Does the order of a subordinate clause change meaning?

When building a subordinate clauses we can put them at the end of a sentence, or at the beginning: Er lernt fleißig Deutsch, damit er sein Examen besteht. Damit er sein Examen besteht, lernt er ...
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Difference between “euch” and “du”? And some insight into words like “Spiel”?

I've enrolled at the institute of language to learn German (my family is mostly German, but I've grown up in Australia). I lived in Germany for about 2 years when I was a kid and picked up enough to ...