Präposition - Questions on words that express spatial or temporal relations.

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Position of “nicht” in a sentence containing a “vollverb” and “modalverb”

Is it Ich kann nicht es dir sagen. oder Ich kann es dir nicht sagen. Sometimes I see "nicht" after "modalverb" directly and sometimes before "vollverb". Is there any difference and are ...
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Need help with the usage of “ohne zu”

I'm studying German on my own and I would like some help with this sentence I read in my textbook: Deshalb möchte er im Urlaub möglichst viel an der frischen Luft sein, ohne sich zu sehr ...
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because of + clause

How would I say I don't like drinking Cola because of how unhealthy it is? Ich trinke nicht gern Cola, wegen wie ungesund es ist. or Ich trinke nicht gern Cola, weil wie ungesund es ist.
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Consecutio temporum in German prepositions

Just wondering if nachdem is the only preposition which induces a change in the tenses: Nachdem wir gegessen hatten, bin ich nach Hause gefahren. As far as I know, here it wouldn't be correct to ...
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Hin and her prepositional contractions

What are all the hin and her contractions people use? z.B. raus, rauf, usw. Is it as simple as every her-preposition, or is it more of a subset? What about hin? For instance, I've seen nüber but ...
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Genitive preposition “wegen” and personal pronouns

I am wondering how to correctly form a genitive construction in German while translating a sentence from English to German. For example: English: It is broken because of you. German: Es ...
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Rules for “es geht um”

As I am learning German on my own there are a lot of things I do not fully understand. One of those things is the use of geht um. Which I think it means something like about (it's about). The problem ...
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Vorangestellter Genitiv — wie damit umgehen (wenn er noch überhaupt existiert)

Im Gegensatz zu das Haus des Schäfers ist des Schäfers Haus eine Variante (vertauschte Reihenfolge) des Genitivs, und zwar ein vorangestellter Genitiv. Die Frage Nummer null ist, ob ...
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When did “zu Gunsten”, “zu Liebe” etc. become “zugunsten”, “zuliebe”? (In case they did)

In this question we learned that one origin of new prepositions are adverbs or fixed prepositional phrases. These prepositions go initially with genitive (and then perhaps mutate into dative). When ...
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Should I use “für” in “Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause”

I want to say "I will go back home (in another country) for two weeks" (a) Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause (b) Ich gehe zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause Which one is correct?
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Which preposition goes with “Aufsatz”?

Which preposition goes with Aufsatz? Is it über or zu? Ein Aufsatz über die Kolonialisierung von Namibia? Ein Aufsatz zu der Kolonialisierung von Namibia? They seem to be similar but are there ...
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“In Deutsch” or “auf Deutsch”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between in Deutsch and auf Deutsch? Do they have a big difference? Die Bücher sind in deutscher Sprache geschrieben. Die Bücher sind auf deutscher Sprache geschrieben.
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The use of “schon”, “(schon) seit” and “für” for periods of time

Could anyone tell me the difference between schon, (schon) seit and für as in the following sentences? Ich wohne zwei Wochen in Hamburg. Ich wohne schon zwei Wochen in Hamburg. Ich wohne ...
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Is there a rapid online access to “feste Nomen-Präposition bzw. -Verb Verbindungen”?

Is it me, or is it difficult to find online, in dictionaries and so on, all the information about a "feste Nomen-Präposition Verbindungen"? Suppose you are writing in German and, for sake of ...
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What prepositions are used for communications in social networks?

What preposition do you use to say something like "I will talk to you on skype/facebook/whatsapp." I made a sentence like this, "Ich werde mit dir reden per whatsapp." Is that correct? If not ...
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“Bei” followed by adjectives

I came across this sentence in a weather report: Bei schwachem bis mäßigen Südostwind wird es recht warm … I am aware that bei is followed by the dative case and that adjectives in this ...
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Preposition with “entwickelt”

Ich will Deutsch lernen, weil ich glaube, Deutschland ist entwickelt in der Technologie und den Wissenschaften, und dafür interessiere ich mich sehr. Ich hoffe, dass ich eines Tages in Deutschland ...
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Changing Dativ-prepositions to Genitiv-prepositions: e.g. “zugunsten mir” with Genitiv instead of Dativ

The preposition zugunsten is used both with dative and genitive. If I remember well, that's the same case for wegen. With wegen, in written language, is better meinetwegen as wegen mir, that is ...
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“Das Buch wird immer zu uns gehören”

Is that sentence correct? I thought simply Das Buch wird immer uns gehören should be enough. If "zu uns" is correct, is it just to reinforce? Is there a rule as to when use it?
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“um.. zu” or “zu” in “help me wash my car”

Suppose I want to say I want to find someone who can help me wash my car. Can I say Ich will jemand/jemanden finden/suchen, der mir helfen kann, mein Auto zu waschen. Do I need an "um" ...
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When to use “ins”?

I'm a little confused with the preposition contraction ins. As far as I know, it means in das, but I don't understand why it is used in this sentence: Sie fahren ins Theater. It feels like the ...
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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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What is the role of ‘zur’ in this sentence?

I’m trying to understand the following sentence (the bit in bold is what I’m struggling with): Schon bei diesem ersten Anprall wären weniger erfahrene und tapfere Seeleute als die der „Argo“ ...
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'bis' oder 'bis zu(m)'

Welches ist richtig, und warum? (a) Die Temperaturen steigen morgen bis 23 Grad. (b) Die Temperaturen steigen morgen bis zu 23 Grad. (c) Die Temperaturen steigen morgen bis zum 23 Grad. ...
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“von Englisch nach Deutsch” - why not “zu”?

Following the About.com article on zu vs nach, I would guess that "from English to German" would be von Englisch zum Deutsch, but Google Translate uses nach when trying to say 'to a language'. So it ...
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How to determine the case of a dual prepositions apart from movement

I know that when a preposition can take both accusative and dative cases and there is movement, we will ask wo/wohin to determine the case. I also know that you will use accusative when you can ask ...
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Why is it “den zwei Autos” and not “die zwei Autos”?

I've come across the sentence Ich stehe zwischen den zwei Autos Google also gives me much more results when searching den zwei Autos than when searching for die zwei Autos. I've also found ...
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Restaurant hints. How to correctly order? A concrete example with beer, pizza and ice cream

Three very little questions, which I think do not deserve to be considered separately: At the restaurant: You want a beer. It is das Bier, but one asks for a Paulaner, Duvel,..., X-Marke. It turns ...
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Correct cases in a composite complement involving more than a single preposition

Prepositions like an, auf, zwischen, vor and others can be used in a double sense: if you need to convey the idea of movement you need to use the accusative case along with them, while if the ...
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“Für”, “gegen”, “um” — which to use when? [closed]

All three accusative prepositions für, gegen, and um can mean "for" in certain situations. Can anybody give examples when to use which of the three?
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What is the difference between “um” and “am”?

What is the difference between "um" and "am" in German? e.g. um 8 Uhr vs am 8 Uhr
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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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Welche Präpositionen folgen auf “Portierung” (Softwareportierung)?

Ich bin gerade über einen Titel gestolpert: "Portierung eines Verfahrens von Matlab zu C++ in Qt". Mein Sprachgefühl würde in dieser Situation lieber "Portierung von ... nach ..." verwenden. Ich habe ...
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Is there a 'da-' construct with 'ohne'? if not, are there any more prepositions that can't form 'da-' constructs

I'm talking about "damit, daraus, darauf, darin, da-..." I've never heard "darohne" or anything like that, and according to the dictionary, nothing like that exists. Can anyone explain a bit and ...
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'auf' oder 'an der' Bushaltestelle?

Welcher Satz ist Richtig? Ich bin auf der Bushaltestelle warten oder ich bin an der Bushaltestelle warten? UND der Bus ist auf der Bushaltestelle? oder der Bus ist an der ...
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Nominative / accusative - what to use with preposition “als” and constructions like “John the engineer”?

Sie halten Johannes der Ingenieur als der wichtigste Fachmann ihrer Firma. I don't know if I used the two "der" articles well. In the sentence "Sie halten den Mann" the accusative is obvious, ...
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“Auf [eine Sprache]” - Etymologie [duplicate]

Warum verwendet man im Deutschen die Präposition "auf" im Zusammenhang mit Sprachen? Warum sagt man also auf Deutsch, auf Englisch, auf Latein etc? In anderen Konstruktionen verwendet man ja auch "in" ...
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Understanding usage of Wechsel Dative Prepositions

As a non native speaker, I am unable to wrap my head around with usage of prepositions. Just today in class, my teacher asked the following question from a text in A2 Sprach Training book. ...
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Präposition 'wider' mit Dativ

Gibt es einen nachvollziehbaren Grund, etwa etymologisch, weswegen die Präposition 'wider' vor einem Akkusativ stehen muss? Der Gebrauch mit dem Dativ scheint sehr weit verbreitet zu sein. ...
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On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)

The answer to an earlier question explained that both sentences below are grammatically correct, although they differ slightly in meaning: Was hat er zu Ihnen gesagt? Was hat er Ihnen gesagt? ...
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On the dativ with and without “zu”

I was surprised when I came across the sentence: Was hat er zu Ihnen gesagt? ...because I would have thought that it would have been Was hat er Ihnen gesagt?. Are they both correct? If so, is ...
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A little help on prepositions. 3 phrases [closed]

I have 3 phrases with missing prepositions which I have doubts of: Bei Diesem Käfer handelt es sich ___ ein sehr seltenes Exemplar. I don't actually understand the phrase and therefor can't even ...
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Apostroph in “ins” verboten?

Ich weiß, dass der Auslassungs-Apostroph in Wörtern wie "ins" nicht vonnöten ist. (§97 der Rechtschreibregeln, wenn ich mich nicht täusche.) Allerdings haben wir derzeit die Diskussion, ob es nur ...
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Welche Präposition gehört zu “Exposition”?

Wenn ich einem Stoff (z.B. einem Umweltgift) ausgesetzt bin, ist das dann eine Exposition durch diesen Stoff? Oder was nimmt man da?
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Accusative or dative for verbs of movement

My doubt is with respect to this sentence (in perfect) Er ist zum Büro gegangen. My teacher taught me that we have to use the verb sein as helping verb whenever there is a movement. However, why ...
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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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Is “wir feiern mit euch mit” correct?

We received a wedding invitation with the following sentence to fill in: [x] Wir feiern mit __ Personen mit Euch mit It seems to me that the last "mit" is superfluous but only to the same extent ...
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“Sich bewerben um” oder “für”?

What is the correct version? sich bewerben um etwas sich bewerben für etwas Are there cases where one or the other is preferable? Please make some examples if there are.
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“Have fun during the exhibition”

I'd like to say: Have fun during the exhibition. in German. What I tried to found was "Ausstellungsdauer" meaning "during the exhibition" but my translation doesn't make much sense as it stand: ...
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German postpositions

The German adpositions are predominantly prepositions, with some cases such as entlang that can be used both as a preposition and a postposition. are there any adposition in German that are used only ...