Grammatik - Questions on rules for composing clauses.

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Genitive in “alle des Staates Überdrüssigen”

From Der Spiegel 1985 war Wonnerberger von Dresden nach Leipzig versetzt worden -- und schafft nun für alle des Staates Überdrüssigen in der Nikolaikirche einen zentralen Anlaufpunkt, ... What ...
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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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Warum “das” in “ein Haus an das Ufer bauen”?

Aus der Süddeutschen Zeitung: Bevor wir zu der Hauptperson dieser Geschichte kommen, erst einmal kurz zu dem österreichischen Architekten Richard Neutra: Das Haus, das der sich 1932 in Los Angeles ...
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“doch” oder “aber”

Wie kann man wissen, ob man "doch" oder "aber" benutzen soll? Die beiden Begriffe drücken einen Gegensatz aus. Ich studiere in Münster, aber mein Bruder studiert in Berlin. Wir rennen auf den ...
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Sentence construction of “Süßer die Glocken nie klingen?”

This is about the construction of the title of the popular German Christmas song: "Süßer die Glocken nie klingen." My understanding is that the verb is supposed to go into the second position in most ...
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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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Construction of “Eine zum Lieben?”

Years ago, Berlitz taught me the construction, "eine zum Lieben" as "someone to love." I'm a bit confused by this. There appears to be an alternate construction, "um eine zu lieben". But the one ...
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'es' as a “delayed subject”?

I am trying to learn the various uses of es and poking around in Duden and Wiktionary, I came across this sentence for usage as a "delayed" subject. (1) Es fielen die ersten Tropfen, einzelne, ...
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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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“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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What is/are the correct preposition/s to use with “Sicherheit”?

I cannot put my finger on why one of the following examples sounds right while the other sounds wrong: a) Der neue Reifen bietet Sicherheit vor Aquaplaning. b) Ein Deich bietet Sicherheit vor ...
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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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Where can I place the word “jetzt” in a sentence

I have been learning German for only a few weeks and one of my frequent mistakes is with the word jetzt. I know it is possible to use it at the beginning of a sentence but I wonder if there is a rule ...
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Senden, Schicken, and Verschicken

It seems that senden, schicken, and verschicken all mean "to send" in some way. Senden is a little easier to distinguish since schicken and verschicken both share the definition "to dispatch," but ...
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Why the Konjunktiv in “Käme eventuell auch eine Osteonekrose in Betracht?”?

Käme eventuell auch eine Osteonekrose in Betracht? This sentence was used in the context of providing an alternative diagnosis for bone changes seen on MRI. I looked up in Betracht and found in ...
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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 meisten 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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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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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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Comma for introducing subclause?

(a) Thema des Schaubilds ist wie viele Stunden die Studenten an unserer Uni pro Woche arbeiten. (b) Thema des Schaubilds ist, wie viele Stunden die Studenten an unserer Uni pro Woche arbeiten. ...
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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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Article for “a book or two”

Suppose I want to say "a book or two" in German Ich werde morgen ein oder zwei Bücher kaufen. Is this okay? I'm wondering since "ein" doesn't go with "Bücher". If not, how could I say this ...
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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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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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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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Why the “dass” when comparing statements with “als dass”?

From the Süddeutsche Zeitung: Mein Bruder interessiert sich eher nicht für die Frankfurter Buchmesse, die nächste Woche beginnt. Er liest lieber, als dass er anderen zuhören möchte, die über das ...
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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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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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Gerund vs. infinitive

From an infinitive (say wegwerfen), one can form a neutral, gerund-like noun (das Wegwerfen — and more complex constructions abound, e.g., das Deutschlernen, das Insbettgehen). Now on the one hand, ...
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Leaving out “es” in clause with reflexive verb

Als sich abzeichnete, dass die Zahl der Asylbewerber in diesem Jahr auf mehr als 100 000 steigen würde, ... Is Als sich abzeichnete the same as Als es sich abzeichnete? Is it typical to leave out ...
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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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What is the difference between “in” and “im”?

When do you use "im" and when do you use "in"? I'm taking introduction to German, and have seen both of them being used as 'in' in English. EDIT: I don't speak much German, so it would be much ...
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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 ...
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Which preposition does one use to specify the price of something after verbs “ankaufen” and “verkaufen”?

If I want to say the price of something I sold or I bought, e.g.: Ich kaufte das Kleid mit zwanzig Euro an. Ich verkaufte das Kleid mit dreizehn Euro. Is "mit" the correspondent preposition to ...
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Relative pronouns: der/die/das vs dass

I think understand the use of der/die/das and dass however I don't when to use which. For example, what is the correct translation of 'the apple I'm eating is tasty:' Das Apfel, dass ich esse, ist ...