Pronomen - Questions on words that substitutes for nouns.

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Difference in pronunciation of “Er” vs. “Ihr”

I'm currently learning German with Duolingo. In some of the lessons and daily practices, I have to listen to a recorded voice and type the German words that are spoken. I seem to continually get ...
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Mit oder ohne »es«?

Gestern habe ich eine Diskussion gehabt, ob man das Pronomen es in folgendem Satz verwendet oder nicht: Im Vertrag wird [es] stehen, dass ... Wahrscheinlich wird kein Deutscher es in dem Satz ...
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Is “ich” a subject or not

I am working on grammar-related exercises in a book from PONS. In one assignment, I must find the subject in some piece of text. I think that in the following sentence, the subject is ich: Was ...
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sich schwer tun

"Er tut sich schwer." - das ist eindeutig. Aber: "Du tust dich schwer." - "Ich tue mich schwer." Oder doch lieber: "Du tust dir schwer." - "Ich tue mir schwer." Mein Sprachgefühl sagt mir, dass ...
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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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When is jen- used?

I've learned that dies- can mean this or that, whereas jen- can also mean that. When should jen- be used in preference to dies-?
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Does using the pronouns “sie” and “er” when refering to objects sound odd to native German speakers?

I was going to write the following sentence in an e-mail, but the "sie" sounds odd to me: Diese Datei ist nicht im Excel-Format, sondern im XML-Format. Bitte schauen Sie sie an. so I changed ...
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Difference between “ihr” and “dessen”

If I want to say: “He is their son”, which is correct: Er ist ihr Sohn. Er ist deren Sohn. What is the difference (if any) between ihr and deren in the meaning of their?
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Book Title Capitalization

At my work we are working on some software involving the capitalization of book titles. Under pronouns it is set to not capitalize, yet "Sie" is always capitalized. I thought pronouns were not ...
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When to use the pronoun “es”?

I am not a German native speaker. I know that in certain situations the pronoun "es" has a different usage than the English "it", but I am not sure when it should be used and when it shouldn't. Here ...
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Relative pronouns for time (span)

Hätten Sie am Dienstag zwischen 10-11 etwas Zeit, 'wann'/'wo'/'in der' ich anrufen könnte? Which relative pronoun do I have to use in the question above?
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In German, is a company plural or singular?

In American English, I would say "the company...it said" but I know in British English they use the plural as in "the company...they said". How is this handled in German? Which of these sentences is ...
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The pronoun “derer”

Wiktionary says it's the genitive, plural of "der" (which I thought was "deren"). I'm not only unsure how to use "derer" but also, what does it mean. Duden doesn't say too much either. Can somebody ...
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Der/die/das as demonstrative pronouns: intonation, politeness and difference with dieser/diese/dieses

Three related questions: First, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference in the usage of der, die, das,... and dieser, diese, dieses,.... For instance z.B. Ich habe zwei Hunde. {Der ...
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Possessive pronoun, how to use them as “Stellvertreter” vs. “Begleiter”?

I am learning about Possessivpronomen few days now, but there is one thing confusing me. When I am looking at the table, I see Begleiter possessive pronouns and Stellvertreter possessiv pronouns. I ...
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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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On the declensions of the pronoun “man”? Part I: Finding a substitute for the genitive for “man”

Part I In Wiktionary reads: Das Indefinitpronomen des Nominativ Singular man hat keine weiteren Formen; bei der Verwendung in anderen Fällen muss daher auf die Formen des Indefinitpronomens ...
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Warum steht in diesem Satz „eines“ statt „eins“?

Im folgenden Stück Satzes, das richtig sein muss, verstehe ich nicht das Wort in fetter Schrift: (…) des 19. Jahrhunderts war eines der wichtigsten Ereignisse in der Musik in dieser Zeit. Ich ...
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When do I use Der/Die/Das instead of Er/Sie/Es?

I know this has been asked earlier, but in the cases I read through, the answer didn’t, in my opinion, be quite about what I was after, as the discussion was mostly about relative pronouns, although ...
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Relativpronomen »welcher« im Genitiv?

Relativpronomen gibt es in zwei Geschmacksrichtungen: Verwandte von »der«: Singular: Nom: der, die, das Gen: dessen, deren, dessen Dat: dem, der, dem Akk: den, die, das Plural: Nom: ...
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Relative pronoun for “heute”

From Spiegel-Magazine: Zudem stellen sich heute, wo mehr als 70 Prozent eines Jahrgangs eine akademische Karriere anstreben, ganz andere Herausforderungen. In this thread, it was pointed out ...
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The use of an infinitive with the pronoun “es”

I have seen a few examples where one uses an infinitive with the pronoun es. Namely, in the movie Downfall (Der Untergang), Hitler says: Es bleiben im Raum: Keitel, Jodl, Krebs und Burgdorf. ...
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Herkunft und Verwendung des Wortes „deren“

Ich versuche meine Frage auf Deutsch zu stellen, weil ich Deutsch lerne. Meine Frage ist über das Wort deren. Ich habe einen Satz gelesen, der wie folgt lautet: Alle, deren Muttersprache Deutsch ...
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Which is the correct pronoun for “Datei”: “die” or “sie”?

Which one is correct: Vielen Dank für die Datei. Wir haben die angeschaut. Or Vielen Dank für die Datei. Wir haben sie angeschaut.
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What is the particle “irgend” used for, or what concept/sentiment does it convey?

I wonder what irgend means? I’ve seen so many words with it as a prefix, like irgendein, irgendwas and irgendwo. What do they have in common that irgend expresses? The explanations in the Duden ...
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On the declensions of the pronoun “man”. Part II: does the dative depend on the gender of the speaker?

Part II (Part I of this question verses on the genitive for man) In Wiktionary reads: Das Indefinitpronomen des Nominativ Singular man hat keine weiteren Formen; bei der Verwendung in anderen ...
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Etymologie des kölschen “Mer” (1. Person Plural)

Das Pronomen der ersten 1. Person Plural in der kölschen Mundart lautet "Mer", und in einigen angrenzenden Dialekten "Mir". Diese Pronomen können gedeutet werden als Variation des deutschen "wir". ...
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Verwendung von “dieser” und “jener”

Ich habe bisher nicht oft „dieser“ und „jener“ sinnvoll verwendet, aber oft gelesen, dass „dieser“ auf zeitlich und räumlich Näheres verweist als „jener“. Dies gilt auch für zeitlich näher Erwähntes ...
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“alle” vs “all die”

(a) Ich muss heute Abend alle Hausaufgaben machen. (b) Ich muss heute Abend all die Hausaufgaben machen. Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den Bedeutungen von den beiden Sätzen? Drückt "all ...
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Pronoun gender for proper nouns

Usually I notice that the gender of the pronoun is determined by the gender of the noun. Das Mädchen weint. Es ist traurig. Die Stadt ist schön. Sie gefällt mir. Is it true that when the ...
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Reflexive “treffen” when planning to meet someone?

If I'm planning to meet someone (as opposed to simply meeting them), should I use a reflexive pronoun? (a) Ich werde ihn treffen. (b) Ich werde mich mit ihm treffen.
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Correct usage of “beide”: does it require the article?

I didn't find any satisfactory reference about the usage of the pronoun "beide". It means "both" and probably comes from the same source too, but I'm confused about the article to use in front of it. ...
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keiner/jeder vs niemand/alle

When I speak or write in German and need to say something with either no one/nobody or everyone/everybody I always translate it to niemand- or alle- respectively, but I spent 4 weeks in Germany this ...
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How to say “buy a fresh one”

I am trying to say the sentence "This apple is not fresh, but I can buy a fresh one." Here is my attempt based on pure translation: Der Apfel ist nicht frisch, aber ich kann einen frischen einen ...
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Capitalization of “Von diesen/jenen…”

I was wondering which is correct: Von diesen/jenen sind drei lustig. or Von Diesen/Jenen sind drei lustig. My intuition tells me that the second one is correct because diesen is the only ...
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“Existenz solcher seelischer/n Vorgänge”

Ich bin mal wieder (obwohl ich Muttersprachler bin) von der deutschen Grammatik verwirrt. In Freuds Vorlesungen zur Psychoanalyse von 1916 bin ich auf Folgendes gestoßen: die Existenz solcher ...
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“es ist/sind” versus “da ist/sind” to mean there is/are

These two questions (1, 2) are close to what I’m trying to pin down. But I want to know if there is any significant difference between “es ist/sind” and “da ist/sind”. For example, I found these two ...
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Implicit distances in demonstrative pronouns “das”, “dieses”, “jenes”

[For the following, please assume neutral case always to make it simpler.] I was lucky enough to grow up in a Spanish-German bilingual household, and as such am fluent in both languages. This is ...
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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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Use of article instead of possessive: “die” vs “seine”?

I've been working on my German recently by reading through a book, originally in English, translated into German, and I keep coming across some phrasings that look very strange to me. For instance, ...
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Niveau von “wo” als Relativpronomen für Ortsangaben

(a) Das ist das Lokal, in dem er die Frau trifft. (b) Das ist das Lokal, wo er die Frau trifft. Satz (a) klingt auf jeden Fall formell. Wie formell klingt Satz (b), verglichen mit (a)? Ist ...
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er/sie/es versus das

When you want to refer to a previously mentioned noun, is there any difference whether to use gender/number-specific demonstrative/personal pronouns versus neutral demonstrative 'das'? Wem gehören ...
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What is the difference between “ist” and “es”?

I am trying to figure out what is the difference between "ist" and "es"? for example in the phrase "Mein Auto ist blau" vs. "Mir geht es gut", can you say "Mir geht ist gut"?
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Pronoun “mit dem” or “damit” in relative clause

Which is correct? (a) Auf dem Tisch liegt ein Kugelschreiber, mit dem ich normalerweise schreibe. (b) Auf dem Tisch liegt ein Kugelschreiber, damit schreibe ich normalerweise. I think only ...
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Techniques to avoid repetition of nouns. (E.g. “The former and the latter”,…)

I'd like to know how to deal with writing texts, where a noun (or a collection of them), should be repetitively written and no synonym helps. Since the question I actually want to ask would be too ...
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“Dies” or “das” for introducing person

I know that in German "dies" is used not so often as "this" in English. But say, in a situation like, you're introducing your friend to another friend, and you gesture your hand toward that friend, ...
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Position of reflexive pronoun in infinitive sentence

Supposing we have the following sentence Mit der Ersparnisse habe ich geschafft, ein Auto zu [s. zulegen] (With the economies I managed to take a car) I would like to ask about the position of ...
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Why are accusative personal pronouns added into sentences that already have nominative personal pronouns?

I am having some trouble understanding why accusative personal pronouns are added into a sentence that already has a nominative personal pronoun, for example. Wie fühlst du dich? Könnt ihr ...
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Hassling the Hoff - Conjugating sein with two subjects

David Hasselhoff's number Du (featured in the movie Eurotrip) has these lyrics: Ich hab' ein Ziel und dieses Ziel bist du, bist du, bist du. I found the conjugation of sein here interesting ...
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Is the use of reflexive required when possible?

(a) Er ist stolz auf sich selbst. is a natural translation of "He is proud of himself." My question is whether (b) Er ist stolz auf ihn selbst. is correct or not? That is, when the ...