Grammatik - Questions on rules for composing clauses.

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Position der Konjuktion “aber”

Könnten Sie mir mit einem Beispiel helfen? Das ist die Aufgabe: Wo kann "aber" im Satz stehen? Tom liebt Torte, (a) er (b) muss (c) auf seine Gewicht achten. Ich denke, dass "aber" nur an den ...
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How to say 'of which'

In a recent essay about school I wrote: Ich hatte Fächer, die mir ganz gut gefallen: Deutsch, Mathe und Chemie, deren mein Lieblingsfach Deutsch ist. It was all marked as correct other than the ...
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„Welcher“ zur Kennzeichnung explikativer Relativsätze?

Beim Meditieren über diese Frage ist mir eingefallen, dass ich welcher u. Ä. manchmal als Relativpronomen nutze, um zu betonen, dass der Relativsatz explikativ ist. Ein Beispiel: A) Derjenige ...
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Why do you say “in diesem Sinne” if “Sinne” is a feminine noun?

The LEO page for "Sinne" shows that the noun Sinne is a feminine noun, yet is used in the phrase "in diesem Sinne". Shouldn't that be "in dieser Sinne"?
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Adjective endings: -isch, -lich or -ig?

I am in my first year studying German, and I couldn't not notice that some adjectives form from nouns with -ig (e.g. salzig, vorsichtig), others with -lich (monatlich, sommerlich etc.), and others ...
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Word ordering in subclause “die Sache wäre entschieden gewesen”

From Der Spiegel: Andererseits bleibt das Spiel durch Prags Halbherzigkeit offen; hätten die Kommunisten etwa die Wasserversorgung der Vertretung mit Hinweis auf einen "technischen Defekt" ...
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A German relative clause that begins with “welchem in diesem”

Grammar books have taught me that 'der' words are the usual relative pronouns in German, and that 'welcher' words might work sometimes but would sound stilted and bookish. But I found a sentence in ...
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Difference between singular and plural formal form of address

When using the formal address, both you (sing.) and you (pl.) get translated to Sie, when in nominative case, of course. This question is more general. Are there any hints in the language (e.g. verb ...
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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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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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Trennbare Verben und Wortstellung

This question also has an answer here (in English): Putting (part of) separable verb at beginning of sentence? Ich glaube, dass die Antwort "auf keinen Fall" ist, aber ich wollte ...
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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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“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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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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Duolingo typo “Wie bist du in mein Zimmer gekommen?” [duplicate]

I excercise German with the Duolingo app from time to time, and today I think I found a typo in one of the excercises: "Wie bist du in mein Zimmer gekommen?" I was taught that "in" is a dative ...
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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 ...