Grammatik - Questions on rules for composing clauses.

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Welchen Fall benutze ich in einem ob-Satz?

Ist "Artikel" hier Dativ oder Akkusativ? "Könntest Du bitte nachschauen, ob die Artikeln brauchbar sein könnten?"
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Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Our last name is Fahnel which is German and I wanted to know the correct way to pronounce it. Some relatives believe it is pronounced Fennel like the spice but I believe it is either Fah-nel or ...
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“sagt man” or “man sagt” [duplicate]

I am just starting my journey to German language, so please excuse me for my trivial question. What is the difference between "sagt man" and "man sagt". How would I understand where to use right one? ...
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What are examples of grammatical mistakes that native Germans make? [closed]

I'm curious to know what sort of grammatical mistakes are made by native German speakers. Are there errors in speech or writing that give a native away as being poorly educated? Native English ...
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Construction with “sein” + infinitive?

In Harry Potter, the sentence I'll send this with Hedwig when she gets back; she's off hunting at the moment. is translated as Ich schick dir diesen Brief mit Hedwig, sobald sie ...
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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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Word order in run-on sentence with “zollen”

Vor zwei Jahren hatte sich Bromeis erstmals auf die 1238 Kilometer lange Strecke gewagt, nach knapp 400 Kilometern aber den Belastungen Tribut zollen und abbrechen müssen. Why is the word order ...
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Use of dative after “wegen” [duplicate]

This sentence is from the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Nicht nur wegen Athleten wie Reus oder den Kugelstoß-Assen Christian Schwanitz und David Storl blickt der Deutsche Leichtathletik-Verband ... ...
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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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Use of the word “had” more than once in a statement in the German language

Even though the question contains the word had, I am referring to any forms of the word have. In English it's easy to think of a sentence which has two haves in it. For instance: I have had enough ...
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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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relative clauses and relative pronouns

I want to combine 2 sentences with a relative pronoun. Example: Ich habe einen Hund. Mein Hund hat den Briefträger gebissen. Result: Ich habe einen Hund, der den Briefträger gebissen hat. ...
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Wortart von “w”-Fragewörtern in Kontext

W-Fragewörter können je nach Kontext sowohl als Fragewort als auch als Relativpronomen fungieren. Wo wohnst du? Das ist die Stadt, wo Goethe mal durchgefahren ist. Das erste Beispiel ist ...
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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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Wie sagt man “Out of the corner of my eye” auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man "Out of the corner of my eye"? In der Ecke meines Auges habe ich gesehen, wie mein Bruder aus dem Haus ging. Am I using the right word for "corner" or would another word serve ...
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When to use “gegen etwas werfen” and “auf etw. werfen”?

Ich werfe kleine Steinchen auf das Fenster, eins nach dem anderen. Ich werfe kleine Steinchen gegen das Fenster, eins nach dem anderen. I am throwing small stones at window one after the ...
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When to translate “ein” to describe people

I know that in German the words "ein" or "eine" are often dropped when referring to a person's occupation or role. Is this always the case from a grammatical point of view? Or is it a matter of style? ...
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Nächste Mal vs Nächstes Mal vs Nächsten Mal

Why is it that "Nächstes Mal" can have so many different variations on the "nächste" word? If I'm not mistaken, all of the below are correct: Nächste Mal. - I think there is an article missing. ...
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Trying to simplify complex sentences with modals

When I am writing a complex sentence using a modal verb, is it acceptable to move the second verb, so that less advanced readers don't have to wait until the end to find it? Example: (this is my ...
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“Unserer” oder “Unser” als eigenständiges Subjekt

Als Beispiel folgender Zusammenhang: "Unser Fernseher funktioniert nicht mehr." "Unser(er) auch nicht." Was ist hier richtig? Ich glaube, ich habe beides schon im Sprachgebrauch gehört. Streng ...
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du vs dir in “How are you?”

As far as I know, du is used to mention a direct object and dir is to mention an indirect object. If that is the case, why do they use "Wie geht's dir?" to ask "How are you?", when "you" is a direct ...
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Are there any significant changes in German grammar since 1975? [duplicate]

I've decided to revise my German, after a pause. In home I came across a textbook called "Deutsch Intensiv - Grundkurs für Ausländer", VEB Verlag Enzyklopädie, Leipzig 1975 - with around 700 pages ...
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Why does “neu” become “Neues” after “etwas”?

I found this sentence in a German children's book: Jeden Tag entdeckt Katrin etwas Neues. Neues is a noun here? How can that be? I'd think that 'new' was an adjective. As a noun, I found Neue ...
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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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Most terrible-sounding mistakes in German [closed]

I was holding this question back because I suspected that it wouldn't be objective enough, i.e. there wouldn't be a scale to classify the awfulness of grammar mistakes. Well, there is no such a scale, ...
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“ich hätte früher dort gewesen sein müssen” zeit

In dem Beispielsatz oben kommen vier Verben zum Einsatz. Hat diese Form einen eigenen Namen, oder ist das eine Kombination aus verschiedenen Formen (z. B. Perfekt und Konjunktiv II)? ...
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Breaking down “also fangen wir an”

The meaning of also fangen wir an, according to Google Translate is: let's get started. While the individual translation of the words are: so, catch we, to. How did these combine to make that? "So ...
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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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Usage of halber / halben

It is common to use halber to indicate a cause, a reason or an end for something. Der Einfachheit halber hier ein einfacher Beispielsatz. Now 'Einfachheit' is feminine, so 'halber' is ...
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No article - why “Altes Rathaus”?

This page is about the old city hall of Munich. The title is Altes Rathaus and in the text it says Das Alte Rathaus entwickelte sich ... Now AFAIK the indefinite form is ein altes ...
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Sein Haus und Garten ist/sind schön

Which is correct grammatically? Sein Haus und Garten ist schön. Sein Haus und Garten sind schön. I tend to think the former is correct by taking Sein Haus und Garten as a singular subject. ...
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Konjunktiv II expressing likelihood vs. expressing unreal event

I tried to ask a question about the two meanings of Konjunktive II with a modal verb, but chose a bad example which led the discussion astray. Let me try a better one here. Look at the English ...
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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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When to use which preposition with “gehen”? “in” vs “zu” [duplicate]

I've always been confused about this: Ich gehe zur Haltestelle Einsteinstraße. Ich gehe in die Bank. Is there a rule on when to use zu/in with gehen?
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“In Kontakt, in Zukunft” without article?

I usually hear Wir bleiben in Kontakt. rather than Wir bleiben im Kontakt. and also in Zukunft rather than in der Zukunft Is there a reason why these words are not used with a ...
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Konjunktiv II with passive in perfect and modal verb

The English sentence He must have been killed. can mean two things: (1) He is now dead. It is likely that he has been killed. (2) He is alive. He deserves to be dead, but he isn't. (similar to ...
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How to include an English word in a German sentence? [duplicate]

I am currently writing my master thesis in computer science. The thesis is written in German, but due to the subject a lot of words are English. The thesis is about the deployment of an application ...
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“Wird oder werden” in A sowie B?

Diese Sache hier macht mich schon ganz verrückt. Verwendet man hier "wird" oder "werden"? In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird/werden das Design des Menschen sowie die entdeckten Gliedmaßen, die nach ...
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“Schnapp' sie Dir alle!”--why the apostrophe?

Why is there an apostrophe after the word schnapp in this Pokemon slogan?
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Einzahl oder Mehrzahl verwenden, wenn beides im Satz vorher vorkommt?

Ich habe folgenden Satz: Physik und ihre Anwendungen zur Lösung quantitativer Problemstellung sind meine Leidenschaft. Nun meine Frage, ob man hier ist oder sind verwendet? Da es sich ja ...
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Konjunktiv I in old texts

From the lyrics of the song Die Gedanken sind frei Ich denke was ich will und was mich beglücket doch alles in der Still', und wie es sich schicket Are "beglücket" and "schicket" in ...
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Adjective/adverb for Zustands- and Vorgangspassiv

(1a) Die Leute wurden viel betroffen. (1b) Die Leute wurden sehr betroffen. (2a) Die Leute waren viel betroffen. (2b) Die Leute waren sehr betroffen. (In all these examples, ...
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Confusion with this ad by DB. Is it possible to omit the verb?

I got a DB ticket recently and went through the text. I took a pic of their 'Unser Angebot' text. Please note lines 1 and 2: Sie suchen Alternativen. Ich den besten Weg. Is it alright to ...
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Article when referring to noun in genitive case

A sentence from a Spiegel Online article: Der 60-Jährige steht ... an der Spitze eines neuen Gremiums, dem Rat für nationalen Frieden und die Aufrechterhaltung der Ordnung. Why is it dem Rat and ...
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Usage of “auf + Akk. + schauen”

Schauen can be combined with a number of prepositions. Ich schaue zu/unter/hinter/aus/in... For most of them, the local implication is pretty clear. *Auf is not though. Ich schaue auf ...
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von, aus or mit (or none)

If asking a shop keeper if they have any food (baguette, wrap etc.) having fish, what is the proper way to ask? I ask: Haben Sie etwas mit Fisch or Haben Sie etwas aus Fisch I am not ...
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Position of “nicht” and object [duplicate]

Ich habe das gleiche Gefühl nicht. (I don't have the same feeling.) Should nicht be placed in front of das gleiche Gefühl or behind? I see that in the case where there is a verb at the end, it ...
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Article with dates necessary?

Ich arbeite hier zwischen 01. Februar und 15. März. Ich bleibe hier bis 22. April. Ich bin von 05. bis 12. Mai in Mailand. Do these sentences need articles for dates, or are they fine ...
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German and English Future tense differences [closed]

Is the German future tense similar to the English future tense? Or is it different? Can i use it the same way as the English future tense?
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Relative clauses and the dative case

"Ich verstehe mich wirklich gut mit meiner Mutter Sylvia, der sehr intelligent ist, weil sie nett ist." Is the usage of "der" in the relative clause correct here, since 'mit' takes the dative ...