Grammatik - Questions on rules for composing clauses.

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Accusative vs. nominative case ambiguity?

First, let me say that I'm new to German. I see that the article of a feminine noun isn't inflected when the case is changed from nominative to accusative, i.e. in both cases the definite article is ...
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When do we use “Hose” like a plurale tantum?

Unlike "trousers" in English we use "Hose" in both, singular and plural forms. This also includes situations where we use it like a plurale tantum (even though it is none in German). Sometimes we can ...
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Do all nouns from verbs nominalized by the suffix “-ung” have a female gender?

By suffixing verbs with "-ung" we can build nouns, e.g.: prüfen - Prüfung meinen - Meinung richten - Richtung All those nouns seem to have a female gender. Is that always true or do we have ...
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einem vs. einen

I'm a German native speaker and was asked to explain the difference between "einem" and "einen". I found it very hard to generalize the usage and formulate a rule of how to use those two. Examples: ...
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Using a clause as subject

When using a clause as a subject, does one need to use a comma to delimit the clause? And should the verb be conjugated in plural or singular? Or is it preferable to use another kind of construction? ...
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Wo-Pronominaladverb und Satzbezug

Ich habe auf Cannoo.net folgenden Satz gelesen: Du hast gewonnen, worüber sich alle freuen. Ich denke, es soll ein Beispiel sein für ein wo-Wort, dass sich auf einen ganzen Satz bezieht. Hier ...
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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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Wie kann man optimal drei Tempora in einen Satz verschmelzen?

Wieder mit einem grammatischen Distributivgesetzproblem. Wie kann man optimal gleichzeitig die folgende drei Sätze in einen Satz umwandeln? Ich bin unterwegs gewesen. Ich bin unterwegs. Ich ...
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Why does 'geben' break the TeKaMoLo rule?

When learning German, you usually get the whole TeKaMoLo thing drilled into your subconsciousness. My German friend claims the following is a very natural word order: Warum gibt es hier immer so ...
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Where does “Gaußsche” and “Fresnel'sche” come from and which is correct?

In German physics literature, I often see adjectives like “Gaußsche” and “Fresnel'sche”. I know what they mean in the context, that Gauß (or Fresnel) invented something or that it is named after them. ...
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Need grammatical help on a German phrase (romantic literature) involving “ward” (old form of “wurde”)?

While reading Heinrich von Kleist´s Die Marquise von O (very easy to read thanks to Kleist´s extensive usage of commas...), I stumbled upon a phrase which I couldn´t quite explain, even if the ...
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How do you say “like after 2 hours” in German? [closed]

So nach 2 Stunden standen meine Frau und meine Kinder auf, um das Frühstück zuzubereiten. Like after 2 hours my wife and my kids woke up to make breakfast. Based on my book "so" has many ...
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How to say “the start of my new life”?

My attempt: der Anfang meines neuen Lebens. I just want to make sure I’ve got the grammar perfect here. Also, is der Anfang the best-sounding word here, or do you think der Beginn is a better choice? ...
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Positions of verbs in clauses

e.g. when we use wenn the verb goes to end. If the sentence starts with wenn, the second clause starts with verb as follows: Wenn es morgen regnet, gehe ich ins Kino. I think it is similar for ...
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When to use bei, bei der, beim and in, im, in der?

Our lecturer split it into Institution: bei der, beim Firma: bei Stadt/Land: in Haus/Gebäude: im, in dem But I mix things up. How can "in Büro" be correct (is it a Stadt?)? Can anyone ...
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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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When to use the future tense?

One of the things I've been struggling with as a relative newcomer to German is when to use the future tense. It appears that, as in Russian, there isn't a lot of circumstances in which one would use ...
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Article to go with plural accusative noun

I found this sentence in a magazine: Herr Minister, sind Sie mit den Ergebnissen des EU-Gipfels am 28. und 29. Juni in Brüssel zufrieden? I understand this as: Minister, are you happy with ...
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About an “unusual” sentence structure?

In German, most sentences have a simple structure: subject, verb, object. Ich liebe dich. But there are some verbs such as gefallen or gelingen, where this structure doesn't apply. Instead, the ...
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What Does the Use of “S” Mean In Certain Contexts?

Examples: Der Fall: The case. Fall(s): In case of. Das Mittel: The means. Mittels: By means of. As an English speaker, I think of an s as a "pluralizer." But in these instances, the meaning of the ...
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Position of “aber” after first element of sentence

The following two sentences are typical. Ich bin krank. Aber ich gehe heute zur Schule. Ich bin krank. Ich gehe aber heute zur Schule. But is the following also fine? Ich bin krank. Ich ...
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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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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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Literary passage: 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of the following passage. Specifically, I do not understand the 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction at the end. Zum Schäkespears Tag [1771] von ...
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The conjunction “dass” and “wenn”

Ich weiß nicht genau, dass, wenn er in den Supermarkt ohne sie geht, sie sauer auf ihn wird. Can "dass" be with other conjunctions be in one sentence? My book says that " dass" should be followed ...
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Where should we put the verb when we have two coordinated objects?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? It sounds ok to my ear; but on second thought, I'm not really sure whether it's not missing a verb for the second long main clause. [...] Außerdem ...
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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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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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“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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Two-way prepositions used with non-movement verbs.

The two-way prepositions are all the prepositions that can take both the accusative and dative case. When they are used together with a verb indicating movement there is a simple rule for figuring out ...
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On the origin of “guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr” // Wie deutsch ist „guten Rutsch“?

Ich hatte nie die Bedeutung von „guten Rutsch“ verstanden. Ich habe das DWDS nachgeschlagen und das gefunden: Rutsch m. im Neujahrswunsch Guten Rutsch (ins Neue Jahr)! (Anfang 20. Jh.). Wohl aus ...
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mit “zu” oder ohne, wenn eine Verbalphrase als Subjekt fungiert

Zwei Beispielsätze. Es kann aber sein, dass da Fehler bei der Groß- und Kleinschreibung sind. kaputte Weblinks Reparieren ist echt anstregend.... kaputte Weblinks zu reparieren ist echt ...
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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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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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How do we use perfect tense in passive voice?

Was wird am meistens gebraucht in der Passivform der Vergangenheit? Präteritum oder Perfekt? Perfekt habe ich noch nie gehört im mündlichen Gebrauch. Oder habe ich nicht gut aufgepasst? Also, was ...
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Doppelter Akkusativ in 'Ich schere mich einen Dreck darum'

Betrachten wir folgenden Satz: "Ich schere mich einen Dreck darum!" Offenbar sind sowohl "mich" als auch "einen Dreck" Nominalphrasen im Akkusativ. Das erscheint mir sehr ungewöhnlich. ...
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How do I build subordinative clauses relating to genderless nouns?

In German there are few nouns that have no article and thus seemingly no gender: Examples Google Nahost Nord Allerheiligen In the example "Nord" we could overcome this by using "der ...
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Books like “English Grammar in use” for the German language

"English Grammar in Use" - Cambridge University Press is amazing. Is there any similar books for the German language? [Update]: "English Grammar in Use" is amazing because each unit spans ...
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Subordinate clause with two verbs

He suggested that tomorrow we find something to do together. How to say this? Er schlug vor, dass wir morgen finden, etwas zusammen zu tun. or Er schlug vor, dass wir morgen etwas ...
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When does one require “dass” and when can it be omitted?

There seem to be some examples where dass does not seem to be needed but I don't know how to differentiate when it's required or not. For example: Wollen Sie ihm sagen, er sollte es mir so ...
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When do suffixes “-able” or “-ible” translate with “-bar” vs. “-lich”?

We can not simply translate the suffixes "-able" or "-ible" with "-bar" as there seem to be many examples where "-lich" is used instead. avoidable - vermeidbar vulnerable - verwundbar bootable ...
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Adjective endings after a noun of measurement

I was looking through my grammar book and I came across this sentence: Mit einer Tasse heißem Tee I don't understand why heiß has an m at the end. I would have thought it would be: Mit einer ...
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Meaning and grammatical category of “Luftnummer”?

Opposition wirft Friedrich "Luftnummer" vor. wirft ... vor is, I think, the verb vorwerfen, which means to accuse. But I don't know what Luftnummer means. Is it a noun in this context? I'm ...
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Contraction of prepositions and definite articles in German

I could not find a table of the contractions of prepositions and definite articles in German, so I made one by my own: Is this an exhausting table of all the contraction there are?
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Dativ von „jemand anderes“ – „jemandem anderen“ oder „jemand anderem“?

Wie wird am geläufigsten der Dativ und der Akkusativ von „jemand anderes“ gebildet? Gibt es ein Prinzip, nach welchem hier die Objektfälle gebildet werden, und wie lässt sich diese Frage ...
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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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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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Wer sagt “die” Nutella?

Im deutschsprachigen Raum wird "das" Nutella benutzt, aber wenn ich mich nicht irre, ist "die" Nutella eigentlich feminin. Meine Frage ist, sagt einer von euch die Nutella? Oder habt ihr es mal ...
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Ist der Satz “Ich kaufe einen Cheese Burger und einen Vegetarischen Burger” richtig?

Ist dieser Satz richtig? Ich kaufe einen Cheese Burger und einen Vegetarischen Burger. Wenn ja, warum haben wir dann kein -en am Ende von Cheese? Ist es, weil Cheese kein deutsches Wort ist?
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Understanding die, der and das [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I learn noun genders better? A key thing I struggled with in German was the use of die, der and das. I vaguely understand that one means masculine, one means ...