Grammatik - Questions on rules for composing clauses.

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“um… zu” in “Finding/spending time to learn German”

Sometimes it is hard for me to decide whether to use "zu" or "um... zu". I think in English whether it should be "to" or "in order to", but it's still often hard to distinguish. For example, consider ...
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Should I use “für” in “Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause”

I want to say "I will go back home (in another country) for two weeks" (a) Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause (b) Ich gehe zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause Which one is correct?
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On the usage of nach / hinter / zu

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, there is also the following sentence: Eines Tages war der Vater nach der Arbeit sehr müde. Except for nach der Arbeit, all is clear to me: One day, father was very ...
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“scheinen … zu teilen” structure

I was watching a TV show and encountered this sentence (if heard correctly): Dieses Glück scheinen an dem Abend viele zu teilen. It is not hard to guess the overall meaning, which must be ...
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“nein wie” vs “nicht so”

I was listening to a song, and this line tripped me up: "Du böses Kind, bist aufgewacht nein wie geschwind." I think it translates to "You naughty child, don't wake up so quickly," but if that's the ...
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Translation of “I have never been to …”

What would be the best translation for I have never been to Germany. Would it be Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gegangen. or Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gewesen. ? Also, is ...
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Subjunctive II in “fast” case

The (past) subjunctive II is usually used to express imagined results in the past that are the opposite to the reality. Wenn mich jemand gewarnt hätte, hätte ich den Fehler nicht gemacht. "If ...
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“Solche” as in “such lovely songs”

In English we can say Such lovely songs. Can we say in German Solche herrliche Lieder. to mean the same thing? If so, should it be herrliche or herrlichen?
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Choice in “Was für { eine | welche }?”

In a questionary I got wrong the following multiple choice question — Wir bieten Ihnen wunderbares Bier an! 1. — Welches? 2. — Was für eins? 3. — Was für welches? The number I ...
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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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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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“um.. zu” or “zu” in “help me wash my car”

Suppose I want to say I want to find someone who can help me wash my car. Can I say Ich will jemand/jemanden finden/suchen, der mir helfen kann, mein Auto zu waschen. Do I need an "um" ...
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“Last spring” in “I took this math course last spring”

Suppose I want to say I took this math course last spring. Can I say (a) Ich habe letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs belegt. or (b) Ich habe im letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs ...
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'Schau sie dir doch an'

I'm trying to understand the following phrase (the bit in bold is the bit I don't get - the rest is fine): Schau sie dir doch an, wie sie aussehen, die für ein bißchen Wohlstand ihr Leben und ihre ...
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When, if at all, should I add an e to the end of a noun in the dative case?

In the past, when a noun was in the Dativ case, one would add an e at the end of the verb. This would be an example: Das habe ich zu dem Kinde gesagt. This is obviously not the case anymore, and ...
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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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Der/die/das as demonstrative pronouns: intonation, politeness and difference with dieser/diese/dieses

Three related questions: First, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference in the usage of der, die, das,... and dieser, diese, dieses,.... For instance z.B. Ich habe zwei Hunde. {Der ...
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Parsing ‘Aber über eines waren sich nach wie vor alle einig: So wie bei Momo konnte man sonst nirgends spielen’

I don’t understand how the following sentence is put together: Aber über eines waren sich nach wie vor alle einig: So wie bei Momo konnte man sonst nirgends spielen. Any ideas on how to break it ...
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Infinitive with “zu” after modal verb?

In an exercise, they ask to translate I like to sleep in my bed which I'd translate as Ich mag in meinem Bett schlafen However according to them my translation is wrong, and they give ...
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is “wie geschnitten Brot” grammatically correct?

I came across this idiom in a sentence similar to this one: das iPhone verkauft sich wie geschnitten Brot geschnitten Brot sounds wrong to me, shouldn't the adjective be declined? I searched ...
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When to use “bei”, “in” or “an” with a job description?

The following three sentences use the definite feminine nouns in dative case: Der Mann arbeitet an der Tankstelle. Sie arbeitet in der Bank. Er arbeitet bei der Post. Questions: ...
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Why no perfect participle? “Sie hat sich scheiden lassen”

Sie hat sich gestern von ihm scheiden lassen. This sentence uses the infinitive lassen instead of the perfect participle gelassen. Which grammatical rule causes this?
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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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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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When can I leave out “der/dem/den” after the relative “wer/wem/wen”?

Sometimes I see the wer/was relative clause followed by der, dem, and den. But sometimes it's not. For example (excerpted from here): Wen ihr einladet, den müsst ihr auch empfangen. Wen ihr ...
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Can I move the separable prefix isolated at the end of the main sentence in front of the relative clause?

I learned on a website that if a relative clause separates the final verb element from the main clause, it would be awkward; the first (in bold print) in each of the pairs below is better than the ...
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ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren “meinem Volke” or “seinem Volke” diene? (Questions about pronoun antecedents & relative clause)

Question 1: I found the clause "ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren seinem Volke diene" in my textbook. The book says that its English translation is "I, who have been serving my people for 20 years". Why ...
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Pronoun “mit dem” or “damit” in relative clause

Which is correct? (a) Auf dem Tisch liegt ein Kugelschreiber, mit dem ich normalerweise schreibe. (b) Auf dem Tisch liegt ein Kugelschreiber, damit schreibe ich normalerweise. I think only ...
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Kommasetzung und Strukturanalyse bei Verneinung im Nebensatz

Das Thema lässt mich nicht los. Die Regeln sind eindeutig in diesem Satz: Ich warte nicht, bis du kommst. Es gibt zwar eine Mehrdeutigkeit, aber wie ich gelernt habe, ist hier ein Komma, da hier ...
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When to use “sein” and “haben” for verbs that allow both auxiliary verbs?

In some dictionaries, contrary to what Wiktionary states, one can find that, say, verderben allows both sein and haben as auxiliary verbs to form the Perfekt. That's the case for these verbs as well: ...
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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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“kein Klavier” or “nicht Klavier” spielen?

Ich spiele nicht Klavier. / Ich fahre Auto nicht. vs. Ich spiele kein Klavier. / Ich fahre kein Auto. What are the differences between those sentences? My grammar book says that Klavier spielen, ...
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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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Is there a grammatically accurate chart for reported speech in German?

If there is one, it would be immensely helpful for anyone wanting to see clearly how the verbs change in reported speech. I still don't know (very well) how to make all the necessary changes from ...
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Is this sentence a run-on sentence?

Is the following a run-on sentence? Is there even such a concept in German? Was wir machen, hängt von euch ab, vor allem soll es darum gehen, euch zu zeigen wie ihr Verschlüsselung benutzen könnt, ...
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Which common mistakes do Spanish native speakers studying German make?

Although the title might sounds subjective, let me prove firstly that it isn't so: If the title would be Question. Which common grammar mistakes do Russian native speakers studying German as a ...
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How do you say “I walked in the park” in German?

How do Germans say "I walked in the park/in the woods yesterday"? My dictionary translates to walk as (spazieren) gehen and laufen. I thought to walk, as in I walked in the woods, didn't indicate a ...
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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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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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When to use articles as in “Was für” versus “Was für ein”?

If you say Was für einen Tee möchten Sie? (with article after für), why do you say Was für Kleidung trägst du am Wochenende? and not Was für eine Kleidung trägst du am Wochenende?
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User Experience vs. User-Experience

kurze Frage: im Prinzip geht es um den Bindestrich bei "User-Experience". Im Englischen wird klarerweise keiner geschrieben, ich schreibe meine Abschlussarbeit zum Thema Usability und da kommen eben ...
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Is it “in die Kinderbetreuung” or “zur Kinderbetreuung”?

Ich gehe nie wieder in die Kinderbetreuung I think this means, I will never again [nie wieder] go to childcare. In English, likewise in many cases in German, the proposition to be used with to ...
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Is it “wenn” or “falls”?

If I want to say, If I want to say, do I simply say, Wenn ich will sagen? Or do I have to use falls instead of wenn: Falls ich will sagen? Or can both wenn and falls be used in this context? I know ...
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When would one use “im” and “am” rather than “in dem” and "an dem?

I'm new to German and I get a bit confused about when it's "dem" or "im" or "den" rather than "in der" or "in dem" and so on.
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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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On “bei sich” in translation [closed]

Abbas will keinen Israeli mehr bei sich dulden Does that mean, Abbas doesn't want to tolerate any Israelis any more? I think (I'm almost sure, that is) that this is a good rendering of the ...
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On word order in this type of context

If I want to say, I want to show it to you, do I say, Ich will dir es zeigen, or, Ich will es dir zeigen? Which is the grammatically correct word order? (I'm mainly interested in how the formal ...
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Is there any difference between “Vermögensteuer” and “Vermögenssteuer”?

In Reiche bereiten sich auf die Vermögensteuer vor, Vermögensteuer is spelt with a single -s-. But in the online dictionary that I use, the word is spelt with a double -ss-: Vermögenssteuer. Is this ...
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“Can” or “want”?

Am nächsten Morgen wollte sie ihren Augen nicht trauen. In English, it should be, Next morning she didn't want to believe her eyes. But the expression seine Augen trauen is rendered in English ...