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Wie beugt man den Nikolaus?

Am heutigen 6. Dezember ist Nikolaus. Ein Fest für die Kinder. Die fragen aber ihre klugen Eltern nach deutscher Grammatik: "Sind das nun Nikolause oder Nikoläuse, die wir heute bekommen haben?" ...
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Which grammatical gender would I use for a masculine noun with reference to a woman?

Given that "Schatz" is a masculine word, I would use masculine modifiers with it, such as "der". But suppose I were using "Schatz" to refer to a woman I was dating. Would I then refer to "mein ...
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Why is it “gesponsert” and not “gesponsort”?

The noun is Sponsor and not Sponser, so why is it sponsern and not sponsorn? Is this because Sponsor is an anglicism? Are there other examples of such strange flexion in the German language?
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Why the “-es” in phrases like “etwas Nasses”?

I was listening to a German audiobook this morning, and I noticed two phrases: etwas Nasses etwas Großes I can't be sure of the capitalization, since I was hearing it, not reading it. They were ...
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Meaning of “noch” in context

I'm a bit confused on the meaning of "noch" in a paragraph I have in my Lehrbuch: Sara arbeitet heute lange. Sie ist müde, aber zufrieden. Sie kauft noch ein und geht nach Hause. does that mean: ...
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Is it all right to inflect magazine and newspaper names?

If I am reading the magazine "der Spiegel", should I say (a) Ich lese jetzt der Spiegel. or (b) Ich lese jetzt den Spiegel. ? It sounds weird to me to inflect a part of a proper name as ...
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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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“folgende” or “folgendes”?

I am writing test instructions for a website. Which is (more) correct from these two sentences? Testanweisung ist folgendes: Testanweisung ist folgende: I know that it is die Testanweisung, ...
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Listing adjectives and adverbs qualifying adjectives: should they be declined?

Scroll down for English translation! Ich stelle hier mal eine Frage in allgemeiner Form, die hier regelmäßig in verschiedenen Variationen gestellt wird und ich habe auch gleich selbst die richtige ...
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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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How many words in “zuzulegen” or “zuzuschreiben”?

I am a native speaker born in Germany and still living here, but I have trouble with words as described in the topic. Do the words zuzulegen and zuzuschreiben consists of 1, 2 or 3 words? ...
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Wie kommt es zu den Präfixen “all-”, “alle-”, “aller-” und “allen-”?

Basierend auf der Wurzel all, einem alten Wort für "umfassend" und "ganz", werden eine ganze Reihe von Adjektiven gebildet. Interessanterweise ändert sich dabei das Präfix wie folgt: all-: ...
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Why “den Kindern” instead of “die Kinder”?

Den Kindern hat der Besuch ins Planetarium Spaß gemacht. (The children enjoyed going to the planetarium.) Why is it "den Kindern hat der Besuch", instead of "die Kinder haben den Besuch"?
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Why is the adjective 'staatlich' not inflected? [duplicate]

I wanted to say in German the following sentence: He is a state approved male nurse. Google translate came up with: Er ist ein staatlich anerkannter Krankenpfleger. I am wondering why ...
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German words database

I'm searching any good database about german words (substantives currently, but a more comprehensible database will go down well also), with, almost, the following information: Word name: in ...
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Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [closed]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...