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Is 'ward' a form of 'werden' in this sentence?

Reading a book (written in the 19th century), I came upon this sentence: Es ward gar nicht mehr gesprochen. The form ward is unfamiliar to me, so I tried looking it up. I suspect it of being a ...
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Meaning of German verb “anflicken”

I have come across the verb anflicken in a German translation of Ars Poetica by Horace and have not been able to find the meaning or translation in English on the internet. I have found example ...
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What grammar form is “Es muss gemacht worden sein”?

I thought the following sentence was Perfekt Passive mit Modalverb (PPmMV): Es muss gemacht worden sein. But I just found a book which says that "PPmMV" is: Es hat gemacht werden müssen. ...
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What's this structure called?

I don't understand the structure used in this exercise: What's it called?
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When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?

I've learnt that to form a passive sentence from an active one, one uses "von" and then one mentions the Subjekt of the aktiv sentence: Hans isst den Apfel. ---> Der Apfel wird von Hans gegessen. ...
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Is “Mitteilungen werden nicht gelesen” passive?

I know who would've been reading the email, there isn't an unknown agent; so is "Mitteilungen werden nicht gelesen" strictly correct? This was sent to me as an 'out of office' email response.
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What is the meaning of these grammatical forms involving “werden”?

Reading a book recently, I find myself wondering often about the usage of "werden" in many contexts, such as in these examples: (talking about a group of people smoking from a common pipe): Sam ...
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Reflexive constructions instead of the Passive in usage?

I find the passive construction quite fun to use. However I had not come across the use of a reflexive construction instead of the passive before. The reflexive constructions sound very unusual to my ...
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Using “wollen” in passive

I came across this sentence Auch 25 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer gibt es noch viele Barrieren, die überwunden werden wollen. My question is: Can things, like barriers, "want to be ...
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How to express that something was done not by me, but for/to me?

a. I have Windows installed b. I have my hair cut The only solution I found was the verb lassen. Still remains unclear how to use it, how to translate in an appropriate way. And also very ...
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“Der Hund will draußen bleiben”

I've seen such text on the doors to one shop: Der Hund will draußen bleiben I understand the meaning of the text, because from the context it was quite clear, that the dogs are banned from ...
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werden-passive with reflexive verbs

In the sentence, Ich hab heute für euch ein Tutorial gebastelt, das wurde sich gewünscht. we seem to be dealing with a passive form of a reflexive verb. Guessing from the context, my ...
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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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Grammatik in “bestaunt zu werden und befragt”

Aus Der Spiegel: Später hat mir einer der beiden Vettern erzählt, wie seltsam für sie diese erste Reise ins Grauland war, das mit ihrem Leben am Rhein so wenig zu tun hatte. Die Mauer war für sie ...
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Ambiguity between passive and future

Take for example Ich werde vergessen From what I can see, that can mean either I will forget or I'm being forgotten (corrections welcome). Of course, there needs to be a verb whose ...
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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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Future and Future 2 + passive voice in subordinate clauses

If I want to say in German, This is a question that will be asked often I think the correct German translation will be: Das ist eine Frage, die oft gestellt werden wird. But if I want to ...
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Definition of Passiversatzform

Wenn man Informationen zu Passiversatzformen sucht, findet man verschiedene Definitionen, bzw. Auflistungen, was denn nun alles darunter zu zählen sei. Konsens scheint jedoch einerseits zu sein, dass: ...
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Konditional passiv

I have problems constructing conditional mood from these German sentences. When I want to say, forexample, "The letter would have been written if ..." I would translate it as Der Brief wäre von ...
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Passivform von “versprechen” mit “zu”

Aus dem Spiegel-Magazin: Selbstverständlich sei Moskau versprochen worden, die Nato-Truppen nicht “näher an das Territorium der ehemaligen Sowjetunion heranzurücken” Wenn der Satz von der ...
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What is the essential semantic difference between “sein” and “werden” for passive voice?

I know that in German the passive voice is formed with both sein and werden: Das Haus wird gebaut or Das Haus ist gebaut Are these two forms of the passive voice interchangeable?
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German passive construction with 'Spaß' and 'machen'

In German, is there a correct way of saying we have lots of fun using the passive voice? I have trouble understanding the grammar behind this, because German used Spaß with machen for to be fun, ...
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Can I use “sein” plus past participle to express the passive voice?

In German we use werden plus past participle to express the passive voice. For example: Das Buch wird auf dem Tisch gelegt. Could I also say the following? Das Buch ist auf dem Tisch gelegt. ...
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Passive sentence as a subordinate clause in Perfekt: arranging the verbal parts

Given the sentence: Everybody knows that money has always been loved too much by people, would you translate it in German as: Jeder weiß, dass das Geld von der Leute immer zu sehr worden ...
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How to recognise *when* to use a passive construction?

While I was reading articles about nature, I noticed that a lot of the descriptions are in the passive voice, i.e, they use werden instead of sein. If I were the author writing in English, I would ...
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Are these passive sentences correct?

Do these passive sentences make sense or are they wrong? Mir wird nichts gesagt. – I’m not being talked to; nothing is being said to me. Bei den Kino wird geraucht, obwohl man es nicht darf. ...