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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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What is the reason for this seemingly inconsistent inflection around masculine genitive?

I found the following sentence in a book: (...) bemerkte ich (...) eine mir auffällige Übereinstimmung bezüglich des Inhaltes der drei Zeitungsfetzen: sie enthielten nämlich alle drei einen ...
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Are Adjectives Sometimes “Stem-Changing”?

Most people that study German learn about "stem-changing VERBs (z.B. singen, sang, gesungen). I don't come across them often, but there appear to be stem-changing adjectives, as well. Example: Gross= ...
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Grammatik in Konjunktiv mit Passivform

Aus dem Spiegel-Magazin: Würde Deutschland die Sterbehilfe so umsetzen, würde dem Sterbetourismus zusätzlicher Aufwind beschert. Weil der zweiter Teil des Satzes ein Passivsatz ist, müsste man ...
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Word order for subclause with double infinitive “lassen” in past tense

Ich bin froh, dass du mich das Auto waschen lassen hast. Es hat mir viel Spaß gemacht! Is the ordering of "waschen lassen hast" correct, or does it need to be "hast waschen lassen"? I wanted to ...
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When article can be left out for countable nouns

In German, it is quite common to see the article left out for countable nouns, e.g., So gilt die Mietpreisbremse nicht überall, sondern nur in Gebieten mit "angespanntem Wohnungsmarkt". Es ist ...
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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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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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What's the grammatical difference between “trotz” und “trotzdem”?

"Trotz" is usually used as "despite", and "trotzdem" is "nevertheless", but: What is the grammatical difference? Where does the verb go for "trotz" and where does it go for "trotzdem"? Do Germans ...
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How do I decline “jemand” or “niemand”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Beugt man jemand oder niemand mit Endung? The declension of indefinitve pronouns "jemand" or "niemand" seems not to follow strict rules. I can read all of the following: ...
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“dahin” vs. “da hin”

Ich habe schon mal im Internet nachgeguckt, aber mir ist immer noch etwas unklar, worin genau der Unterschied dazwischen liegt, also grammatikmäßig. Es kommt mir irgendwie vor, dass es davon abhängt, ...
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Is the use of reflexive required when possible?

(a) Er ist stolz auf sich selbst. is a natural translation of "He is proud of himself." My question is whether (b) Er ist stolz auf ihn selbst. is correct or not? That is, when the ...
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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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Some - How to say some?

I have not been able to find a definitive answer on using "some" in German. I've seen, irgend- words, etwas (Which I have come to know as something or some + an adjective: z.B. Dieses Kurs ist etwas ...
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Could “trotzdem” be used instead of “obwohl”?

Can I use trotzdem instead of obwohl? For example: Trotzdem er krank war, ging er noch zur Arbeit. Obwohl er krank war, ging er noch zur Arbeit.
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“I used a pen to write this letter” and similar constructions

Would this be a suitable translation?: Ich habe einen Stift benutzt diesen Brief zu schreiben. These sentences confuse me because (if my grammar understanding is correct) there are 2 direct ...
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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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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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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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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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Adjective declension [duplicate]

I am confused about adjective endings and placement. Example: (1) Mein alter Pullover ist sehr hässlich. (2) Mein hässlicher Pullover ist sehr alt. (3) Mein Pullover ist sehr alt und ...
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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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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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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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“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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How to say “I come from Beijing, China” in German?

I am learning German now, I just learned how to say "where do you come from?" in German. I can say "I come from Beijing, China" in English, and I may say "Ich komme aus Beijing. Ich komme aus China." ...
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Was bedeutet “der” in diesem Zusammenhang?

Ich grub meiner Liebe ein grünes Grab, ich senkte sie in die Farne hinab. 2 Falken flogen droben her und einer der traf den anderen schwer und rote Tropfen fielen. Ich dachte, dass der eine the ...
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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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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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Subjunctive I for recommendation?

Wer sich die Fotos zu Hause anschauen möchte, dem sei der Ausstellungskatalog empfohlen. Why is the Subjunctive I "sei" used here? Is it to make a recommendation?
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Zu Heilig Abend, oder Zum heiligen Abend

Do you say: zu Heilig Abend or zum heiligen Abend or zum Heiligen Abend or something else? The usage shoud be like the example Zu Heilig Abend gingen wir in die Kirche. I'm ...
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Die Ersetzung des Tätigkeitswortes “anlegen” mit “installieren”

Ich bin über die beiden Verben "anlegen" und "installieren" verwirrt, da die zwei "to install" bedeuten. Ich bilde für jedes Tätigkeitswort einen Satz: Der Techniker hat die Heizungsanlage im ...
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What is better - “es würde sein” or “es wäre”

My German friend told me that in speech, either one makes sense: Es würde „cool“ sein! Es wäre „cool.“ But which one is proper German in order to say something like "It would be cool!" ...
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What's the difference between Umlaut and Ablaut?

This is a follow-up question of What is an "Ablaut"?, and I was going to answer this in a comment there, but thought asking a new question and answering that properly might be the better way ...
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Is the sub-clause in my book correct?

I'm working through an Assimil book, and I found this sentence: Ich hoffe, er bleibt nicht lang. Shouldn't it be "Ich hoffe, bleibt er nicht lang." ? I thought that, in a sub-clause, the ...
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Subsets of words inheriting genders from an (implicit) set

I̶'̶m̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶h̶o̶w̶ ̶a̶s̶h̶a̶m̶e̶d̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶q̶u̶e̶s̶t̶i̶o̶n̶.̶ ̶I̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶e̶r̶a̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶,̶ ̶b̶e̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶g̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶t̶t̶e̶n̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶s̶w̶e̶r̶(̶s̶)̶.̶ ...
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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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Indirect speech in this context

If I want to say, I told you I was proud of you, what do I say? Ich sagte dir, dass ich auf dich stolz sei. Ich sagte dir, dass ich auf dich stolz wäre.
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Namen und Vornamen mit definitem Artikel [duplicate]

In meiner Schulzeit verwendeten wir unsere Vornamen und Namen immer mit definitem Artikel: Der Andreas hat gesagt, dass der Herr Schultz in Deutsch ... Wie verbreitet ist dieser Sprachgebrauch?
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I have questions about german sentences order [closed]

1,..beauftragte auf dem in London im November 1847 abgehaltenen Kongresse die unterzeichenten mit der abfassung eines fuer die oeffentlichkeit bestimmten,ausfuehrlichen theoretischen Parteiprogramms. ...
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Difference between “Unter” and “Zwischen” [closed]

What is the difference between Zwischen and Unter in German, and are they interchangeable? unter/zwischen allen diesen Jungen wählte ich dies aus.