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Using verbs with same root but different prefixes in same sentence

Can I say something like Er kommt bei mir vorbei und um. to mean "he comes by my house and dies", thus expressing the verbs vorbeikommen and umkommen by using kommen only once?
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Difference between using the double infinitive or past participle?

For longer sentences with more verbs, it is often hard for a learner to figure out when to use the double infinitive sentence structure and when to use the past participle. For example in the ...
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What about “erschreckt” in addition to “bin erschrocken” and “hat erschrocken”?

I was reading the following explanation: How come there are two ways to conjugate the same verb? (e.g. erschrecken) however I am still confused with the verb "to scare". I gather from the above ...
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Difference between “kämpfen um” and “kämpfen für”

What is the difference between: Ich kämpfe für mein Heimatland. and Ich kämpfe um mein Heimatland.
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“Ich brauche eine Frau zum Lieben” [duplicate]

I thought the verb brauchen is a zu-construction verb, but in this context why does it have to be "zum Lieben" not "zu lieben"? Any explanations why it's like that?
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Why does one need accusative after the impersonal construct “es gibt”?

I don't understand the reason why you need accusative instead of nominative after the impersonal construct es gibt (or gibt es in the questions). According to the analysis of the parts of speech, ...
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Konjunktiv 2 Plural von kennen

Neulich las ich in der "Zeit" einen Satz, der mich im Lesefluß stocken ließ. Ich kann mich nicht genau an den Satz erinnern, daher hier eine "in etwa-e" Wiedergabe: Die Behauptung vieler ...
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German “Man beweise …” for “Prove that …”

I see that in mathematics text, “Prove that” is translated to German as “Man beweise, dass”, and “Determine” is translated as “Man bestimme”. What kind of construction is this? It reminds me of the ...
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Why isn't the verb separated in “Wenn du aufstehst”?

I thought the translation for What do you do when you get up? would be: Was machst du, wenn du stehst auf? But I've read it is: Was machst du, wenn du aufstehst?
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“Verb” or “verb + lassen”? How to know when does a verb need “lassen”?

I thought I understood what a Verb and a Verb + lassen mean (somehow influenced by this question), but I don't. My previous idea was that one writes Verb + lassen when the action is not performed by ...
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“Ja, verb ich.” - which verbs work?

In spoken German, it is very common to answer basic mundane yes-or-no question with an elliptical construction like this: "Willst du noch ein Bier?" "Ja, will ich." This works for haben, ...
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Meaning and grammatical category of “Luftnummer”?

Opposition wirft Friedrich "Luftnummer" vor. wirft ... vor is, I think, the verb vorwerfen, which means to accuse. But I don't know what Luftnummer means. Is it a noun in this context? I'm ...
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What does “Was hat Kim Jong Un mit Texas vor?” mean?

hat... mit... vor According to my dictionary, this is etw mit jdm/etw vorhaben = to intend doing sth with sb/sth. So, the question about Kim should be rendered in English as "What does Kim intend ...
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The use of an infinitive with the pronoun “es”

I have seen a few examples where one uses an infinitive with the pronoun "es." Namely, in the movie Downfall (Der Untergang), Hitler says: Es bleiben im Raum: Keitel, Jodl, Krebs und Burgdorf. ...
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Positions of verbs in clauses

e.g. when we use wenn the verb goes to end. If the sentence starts with wenn, the second clause starts with verb as follows: Wenn es morgen regnet, gehe ich ins Kino. I think it is similar for ...
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Conjunction of separable verbs?

One can use a conjunction like und to link two (or more) verbs, as in Ich lese und schreibe, but what happens when one or more of the verbs is separable? For the sake of concreteness, here's an ...
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“gäbe” vs. “gebe”

Ich komme hier jedesmal durcheinander. Wenn ich Konjunktiv I verwende, soll das berichtend, also wertfrei sein. Konjunktiv II dagegen soll die Aussage in Zweifel ziehen. Wenn ich also keine eigene ...
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“helfen jmdm.” vs. “helfen zu jmdm.”

I thought that helfen required Dative without any preposition, but in one of my favorite songs by J.S.Bach, the lyrics go like this: Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten, O Jesu, o ...
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peculiar verbal sentence opening

"Dennoch ist es tiefgründiger, als man zunächst meinen könnte. Erscheinen doch beide Faktoren zunächst als Antagonisten: Ist die Unsicherheit groß, so ist das Vertrauen gering." The sentence ...
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“bis der Tod euch scheide” or “bis der Tod euch scheidet”?

In one of Rammstein's most famous songs, "Du hast", the lyrics go like this: Willst du bis der Tod euch scheide Treu ihr sein für alle Tage? Nein! Now, I am a bit puzzled why there is ...
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German verbs vs English verbs

Why do all English verbs have to start with "to" and German verbs don't? In English we say "to play" but in German we would just say "spielen". why don't we say "zu spielen"? Why don't we do this in ...
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Sentence structure tips: verb placement

I'm having some trouble getting used to placing the second verb in a phrase at the end. Sie kann sehr gut deutsch sprechen Taking the above sentence as an example, I find it hard to read ...
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Are the subjunctives of “brauchen” and “verbrauchen” different?

There seems to be a difference when building subjunctives from the verb "brauchen" when used alone, or in the composite verb "verbrauchen". Hätten wir überall Energiesparlampen, verbrauchten wir ...
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“Could” phrases

As far as I know the word could is the subjunctive of "can/to be able to" which translates to "können". However I'm not sure about the subjunctive of "können", and how it affects German sentence ...
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Tense and Aspect

Most linguists recognize two tenses in English, present and past, although other verb forms are often mistakenly described as tenses. I walk is present tense and I walked is past tense. A form such as ...
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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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“Gedownloadet” oder “downgeloadet”?

Windows gibt gerade ersteres aus nach einem Update. Gibts hier eine grammatikalische Regel die Windows kennt aber ich nicht? Intuitiv habe ich bisher immer downgeloadet verwendet, wahrscheinlich wegen ...
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“So wären/wäre es Träume nur gewesen?”

I saw a poster with this text: So wären es Träume nur gewesen? The subject seems to be "es", not "Träume". Why is the Konjunktiv plural? I'd write: So wäre es Träume nur gewesen?
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Zweite und dritte Person im gleichen Satz - wonach richtet sich das Verb?

Wenn man zwei verschiedene Personen im gleichen Satzteil beschreibt, von denen einer angesprochen wird und einer nicht, wie muß dann das Verb korrekterweise gebeugt werden? Beispiele, wo es kein ...
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Schwache Verben und starke Verben

Im Deutschen gibt es bei Verben eine Unterteilung zwischen starken und schwachen Verben. Je nachdem zu welcher Gruppe ein Wort gehört, wird das Partizip II unterschiedlich gebildet. Schwaches Verb: ...
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Seit wann hat man aufgehört, im Perfekt Hilfsverben wegzulassen?

In der früheren Literatur war es üblich, das Hilfsverb im Perfekt oder Plusquamperfekt wegzulassen. Hier ist ein Beispiel (aus Reichtum, einer Kurzgeschichte von Arthur Schnitzler) in dem das letzte ...
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Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen “hätte machen sollen” and “sollte gemacht haben”

Ich bin in der letzten Zeit einige Male korrigiert worden, als ich die zwei Verbformen im Titel benutzt habe. Deshalb vermute ich, dass es einen Bedeutungsunterschied gibt, den ich noch nicht ...
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Verb inversion with adverbs used at the beginning

I know that when adverbs are used in the first position, at the beginning of the sentence, the verb and subject position in German is inverted, such as in these examples with adverbs of place and ...