Grammatik - Questions on rules for composing clauses.

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Wie sagt man “to end up” auf Deutsch?

Mein Freund hat nach einem Autounfall im Krankenhaus gelandet. My friend ended up in the hospital after a car wreck.
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Recycling Center in German? [closed]

How do you say "Recycling Center" in German? I am going to the Recycling Center to recycle soda cans. Ich fahre ins Recyclingzentrum um Sodakannen zu recyceln. Is "Recyclingzentrum" the right ...
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Es genau mit etwas nehmen

What is another alternative for the phrase "es genau mit etwas nehmen" ? Ich nehme es genau mit dem Deutschlernen, wenn ich auf Germanstackexchange.com bin.
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How do I say “on her/his/ their mother/father's side” in German?

How do I say "She looks like her aunts on her mother's side"? Sie sieht wie ihre Tanten mütterlicherseits aus. I cannot use "mütterlicherseits" in this case because that would mean "on my ...
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Is “einiges” equivalent to “some things”?

Ich habe einiges in meinem Wagen vergessen. Ich komme gleich zurück. I forgot some things in my car. I'll be back in a second. Ich hatte früher viele CDs der Beatles. Einiges davon habe ich ...
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Mit oder ohne “es”, wenn man einen Nebensatz einleiten will

Laut der akzeptierten Antwort auf diese Frage sollte man lieber "Im Vertrag wird stehen, dass..." als "Im Vertrag wird es stehen, dass..." sagen. Ich bin aber vor kurzem auf das Folgende gestoßen: ...
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“a _ used for _” structure in German

Is there a standard way to translate phrases like "a _ used for _". Example: I'm trying to define 'Ohr' in German as "organ used for hearing". Based on what I've read, I've come up with a few ...
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Preposition with “entwickelt”

Ich will Deutsch lernen, weil ich glaube, Deutschland ist entwickelt in der Technologie und den Wissenschaften, und dafür interessiere ich mich sehr. Ich hoffe, dass ich eines Tages in Deutschland ...
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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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Can the accusative be in the first position in a sentence?

How would you translate the simple sentence: We write a long letter for our grandfather and a short one for our uncle? I tried as: Wir schreiben unserem Grossvater einen langen Brief, einen ...
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Usage of “so eine”

I know that "So eine Überraschung!" means "What a surprise!" In this case, is "eine" nominative or accusative? What does "so" mean in this case and are there other examples of "so eine ... " ?
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Participles of reflexive verbs

Mit der mittlerweile fünften Streikwelle will die Pilotengewerkschaft Vereinigung Cockpit Bewegung in die festgefahrenen Tarifgespräche bringen. The verb festfahren normally needs to be used in ...
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Word order in a sentence

Last week I had an appointment with a notary public. How can I say it? Ich habe den Termin beim Notar am 28. Juli. I feel this sentence is not correct.
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Erläuterungseinschub klingt gewöhnungsbedürftig. Ist das falsch?

Nehmen wir folgenden Satz: Falls du am Wochenende vorhast dein Rad zu putzen, meine Kette braucht auch eine Reinigung und ich würde eventuell mitmachen. Man hört sofort, dass man in der ...
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Joining related events only with comma

(a) Ich war gestern draußen, ging am Abend ins Kino. (b) Gestern war ich draußen, ging am Abend ins Kino. Is each of the two sentences correct?
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Wahrscheinlich vs. wohl

Er hat wohl Recht über die Zu-Wortstellung. He is probably right about the zu-construction. Wo ging er hin? - Er ging wahrscheinlich in die Kneipe, um einen heben. Where did he go? - He probably ...
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Case for “The upcoming summer” [duplicate]

What should be the case for "the upcoming summer" as in the following sentences? Der kommende Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen. or Den kommenden Sommer werde ich ...
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“It was him” auf Deutsch

In English, we could answer the question "Who ate the cake?" with It was him. I don't know the reason why we use the accusative "him", even though the person is the subject of eating the cake, ...
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What is the role of ‘zur’ in this sentence?

I’m trying to understand the following sentence (the bit in bold is what I’m struggling with): Schon bei diesem ersten Anprall wären weniger erfahrene und tapfere Seeleute als die der „Argo“ ...
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Case confusion: “der ausgefüllten Dokumente” or “die ausgefüllten Dokumente”

I would like to reply to an email in formal context. I have doubts regarding the German counterpart of the English phrase: Please find attached the completed documents. Is the German phrase ...
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How to avoid repeating nouns, using an adjective?

I wanted to write Rather than famous writers, I like predominantly unknown ones. in German, and I was trying with Ich mag überwiegend/eher unbekannte Schriftsteller, mehr als bekannte ...
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An idiom likely having a more figurative translation

There is a very nice German song whose name is, Ich lass mich auf den Sommer ein. I have found the following idiom with einlassen: sich auf etw (accusative) einlassen, which is rendered as to get ...
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What is the essential semantic difference between “sein” and “werden” for passive voice?

I know that in German the passive voice is formed with both sein and werden: Das Haus wird gebaut or Das Haus ist gebaut Are these two forms of the passive voice interchangeable?
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Are German people always sure about the declension of a noun?

Talking about masculine nouns, German has the three categories weak/strong/mixed. Then the strong one is divided into three classes for the plural. A noun is placed into a particular category/class ...
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'es' as a “delayed subject”?

I am trying to learn the various uses of es and poking around in Duden and Wiktionary, I came across this sentence for usage as a "delayed" subject. (1) Es fielen die ersten Tropfen, einzelne, ...
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How would you say “as what is Britain perceived”?

I'd like to know which verb to use for "perceive" in this context. Dictionary gives me "empfinden" and "wahrnehmen". Also, how to say "as what". I know "was" is but not sure whether "als was" is ...
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Vor + Dative usage for action towards something

From this link and this link, I learnt that two-way prepositions are followed by Akkusativ when the situation involves action towards something. Then I came across this sentence on a college ...
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Sentence ordering with “doch”

Die genaue Höhe der Zahlen ist umstritten, doch gilt es als sicher, dass Entführungen zu einer nicht unwichtigen Einnahmequelle von Terroristen geworden ist. Is it also possible to say doch ...
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Kann man »folgende|r|s« mit Artikel schreiben?

Bitte beachten Sie folgende Regeln. Bitte beachten Sie die folgenden Regeln. Bitte beachten Sie alle Punkte der folgenden Regeln. Bitte beachten Sie alle Punkte folgender Regeln. Welche ...
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Individuell/Individual- and Generell/General- Phenomena

Can a native German speaker kindly explain this horrible inconsequence in his language? An adjective generell but a noun die Generalprobe Another example... An adjective individuell but a noun die ...
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“eine Fahrkarte drücken” vs “eine Fahrkarte ausdrücken” [closed]

A few days ago I bought on the internet a train ticket. The process is as following: you order and pay on the website and you receive an order number, then you must go to a physical ticket counter at ...
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Is the verb “bekochen” oldfashioned?

If it is oldfashioned, when did it become outdated? Morgen werde ich Dich ein philippinisches Essen bekochen.
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“Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit” or “Ich habe fertig die Arbeit”?

Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit. or Ich habe fertig die Arbeit. if there is more explication for "fertig"
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Why does “ablecken” become “abzulecken” in this sentence?

I'm trying to take apart this sentence to understand how it's put together. It's from a children's book called "Wer will eine kleine Katze haben?" Here is the sentence: Als Mama die dicke Bella ...
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Artikel vs Artikelwort

Most grammars of German only call the definite and indefinite articles by the term "Artikel". This appears as utter nonsense to me, and I wonder whether someone can explain to me the reason for this ...
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Usage of “tierisch” in a book title [duplicate]

A children's book has the title "Mein tierisch tolles Bildwörterbuch Deutsch". The word tierisch in the title confuses me a bit. I would have the book title as "Mein tierisches tolles ...
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“zu” phrase with separable verb

What is the rule on using a "zu" phrase with a separable verb? Between Ich fange an zu weinen. and Ich fange zu weinen an. Are both correct? If the "zu" phrase is long, would that mean the ...
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Searching for shopping items in German

Question: Does anyone have any advice, or know of websites or other resources that could inform me, on how Germans do web searches in their language? Background: We have a search engine for large ...
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Wie sagt man “to do yoga” auf Deutsch?

Ich mache schon seit 2 Jahren Yoga, um fit zu bleiben. Kann man "Yoga machen" sagen?
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Forming sentences with “übrigens”

By the way, tomorrow I'll go to the cinema. Forming this sentence with "übrigens", it would be (a) Übrigens werde ich morgen ins Kino gehen. Can we form the sentence using "übrigens" and ...
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Lieder auf ein Gerät herunterladen

Ich habe 66 Lieder von den Prinzen auf mein Smartphone/Gerät heruntergeladen. Kann man hier auch jeweils uploaden und downloaden verwenden?
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Eine Alternative für “by ear”?

Ich stimme lieber meine Gitarren nach Gehör, als mit einem Stimmgerät zu stimmen. Was ist eine Alternative für "nach Gehör" ?
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How to write “to toss and turn” in German?

Jedes Mal, wenn seine Mutter sich bewegt, schreit das Baby laut. How do you say "to toss and turn" in German? In my dictionary it's "sich krümmern", yet I am not sure if it is the right verb in ...
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Which one is correct? Eine Menge von Fehlern or eine Menge Fehler?

Can one say "eine Menge von Fehlern" instead of " eine Menge Fehler" ? Er macht eine Menge Fehler, wenn er Deutsch schreibt. Will it be still be grammatically wrong if one says: Wir machen ...
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The Conjuction “nun da”

Nun da wir auf der Tagung sind, können wir über das Problem sprechen. Now that we're here in the Meeting, we can talk about the problem. Can one just write it in this manner: Jetzt sind wir ...
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Dativ und Indirektes Objekt

How does the German organization of direct and indirect objects differ from English? For example, in English you would say: I gave the girl green eggs and ham. It goes: subject, I.O., D.O. How ...
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Jemand, der oder die

To what extent is the common usage of "der" with "jemand" considered sexist now, and what ways are most commonly used to solve the sexist problem (if one exists)? An example sentence that I am ...
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Case of “Geraden” in “auf einer Geraden”

I ran into the sentence Die Punkte A, B und C liegen auf einer Geraden. From the dictionary I understand that "Gerade" takes on the form "Geraden" for both plural and genitive. But here it looks ...
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Which declension follows an adjective?

It's getting more and more confusing: I sometimes expect to add an -en, but instead I find out -es. For example, the colors follow a strong declension, instead of weak, but I don't get why. Is there ...
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Position of noun modified by clause

I came across this sentence: Geschrieben von Redakteuren der Süddeutschen Zeitung, beantwortet diese Reihe viele typische Kinderfragen. In English, there is a rule that the clause has to modify ...