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Can it be correct to use “sei” instead of “ist” in this sentence?

Could someone please tell me if this sentence is correct? "Es sagt, daß das verboten sei."
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The translation of the abbreviated sentence “He does”/“He doesn't” in German

Example: A: There is this huge dinosaur outside our window looking for its child. B: Why is it peering at us? A: Maybe it wants to gobble us alive and then digest the bones too. B: ...
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Forming compound sentence using 'and' and 'because'

I have started my A2 class today and for the homework we are supposed to convert text about a person (Alice) to first person format. I have not learned formulating compound sentences in A1 fully (only ...
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Usage of “let me know” in Letter writing

For my A1 exam, we have a letter writing part and there is a requirement that we should write a minimum of 30 words in the body of the letter. In some contexts, the usage of please let me know is ...
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Difference between “weil” and “denn”

Both mean because. I know that denn does not change the sentence structure of the subordinate clause, but weil does, i.e. pushing the verb to the end. Other than that, is there a difference between ...
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Manner-adverb placement [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper position of “gern”? I find sentences with adverbs a bit confusing, as I don't know if the placement of a certain adverb is right or wrong. Consider ...
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Position of “nicht” in following contexts

I went through the article The Position of Nicht and the question Where is exactly the position of “nicht” in the sentence?. I would like to know if I am correct in the following sentences and if ...
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Satzbeginn mit Kleinbuchstaben aufgrund Eigenname?

Kann ein Satz im Deutschen ausnahmsweise klein beginnen, weil ein Eigenname am Anfang steht oder muss dieser dann großgeschrieben werden oder muss dann zwingend eine neue Formulierung bzw. ...
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Wie nennt man kurze Sätze, die nur im Zusammenhang mit einem vorher stehenden Satz Sinn ergeben?

Gibt es einen Begriff für jene Satztypen, die für sich selbst keinen Sinn machen, sondern nur im Zusammenhang mit einem Satz, auf den sie sich beziehen? Beispiel: "Sie gab ihm eine Ohrfeige. Mit ...
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Sentence construction

I've been taking A1 level classes at Goethe Instuit for about 5 weeks now. Only 2 weeks are left in the course but I still have problems with sentence construction. I can do the problems in the books ...
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Wann benutzt man “ob” und wann benutzt man “wenn”?

Ich habe drei Jahre Deutsch studiert. Ich habe natürlich "wenn" benutzt, aber ich habe nie "ob" benutzt. Ich weiß, dass beide auf Englisch "if" bedeuten. Ich habe "wenn" sehr oft gehört, "ob" jedoch ...
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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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Terminus für unzulässige Satzverkürzung

Ich bin auf einem Fragebogen über folgenden Satz gestolpert, bei dem, m. E. unzulässigerweise, ein Teil der Wörter nicht wiederholt, sondern weggekürzt wurde. Im Spaß ist dieses Verfahren von Heinz ...
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When to use “lassen” [closed]

When would it be proper to use lassen? When is it most commonly used? How would you use lassen in the perfect tense and how would you use it in the past tense?
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Vorläufer für “Wer traut sich jetzt noch Präsident?”

In der heutigen Heute-Sendung um 19:00 Uhr und der anschließenden Diskussionsrunde wurde gefragt: "Wer traut sich jetzt noch Präsident?" d.h. das "... zu werden" wurde verschluckt, bzw. Präsident ...
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What does this German sentence mean?

While perusing this question, I generally was at least able to understand what all of the playful examples of word repetition meant. There was one, however, that left me completely baffled. Selbst ...
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How should I say “an empty file” in German?

I want to tell someone the file which is being sent is "empty", Maybe the proper translation of empty is "leer" and I found: Leerdatei : dummy file Is it the correct usage? While dummy is not ...
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How to give this kind of sentence more of a German sentence structure?

I often find myself writing sentences like this (a real example) which obviously make sense to my German readers but are obviously written by someone who thinks in an English sentence structure: ...
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deleted subordinating conjunction - “dass”

In English, it's written: He says (that) he'll come immediately. In German it changes the sentence structure: Er sagt, dass er sofort kommt. The problem is, if I delete "dass" from my ...
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Meaning of “Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor”

I'm reading Kleiner Eisbär, wohin fährst du? von Hans de Beer but I'm puzzled by this sentence: Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor. If verlassen is a reflexive verb as the word sich suggests, ...
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Wann verwendet man „zu“ mit dem Infinitiv?

Wie kann man wissen, ob man den Infinitiv mit oder ohne „zu“ schreibt? Das darf ich nicht probieren. Das wage ich nicht zu probieren. Ich gehe spazieren. Ich mag es zu spazieren. Bonusfrage: Was ...
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Can you invert sentence structure without sounding like Yoda?

I've heard that you can invert the sentence structure, as shown in the following examples, in order to emphasize an adverb, prepositional phrase et.c. -- Wie ist er? -- Wunderschön ist er. ...