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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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“Es gibt” vs. “Da ist/da sind”

I asked a German friend of mine if "da ist" and "da sind" are valid constructions for saying "there is/are," and she confirmed my suspicion, though she was unable to explain the difference between ...
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Is it possible that a native German speaker doesn't put a verb to the end of the sentence after a “weil”? [duplicate]

As I currently know, the ordering of the words is one of the strongest rules of the German grammar. Although some non-native speakers make such failures, especially if their first language has ...
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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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When can I use constructions like “wenn du planst teilzunehmen?”

In writing an email to some friends, I was told that it's better to write Bitte gib uns Bescheid, wenn du planst teilzunehmen. instead of Bitte gib uns Bescheid, wenn du teilzunehmen ...
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Komma vor einem einzelnen Gedankenstrich

Der Zauberberg wimmelt von Sätzen, die einen Gedankenstrich (Halbgeviertstrich) enthalten, dem ein Komma vorangeht: […], – […]. Beispiele: Der gute Joachim hatte einige Blumen in eine kleine ...
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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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Stellungnahme mit “Meiner Meinung nach”

I 'm about to complete B1 (Yay!) and Goethe Institut has changed the examination pattern from this year on. We're supposed to write a Stellungnahme in Teil schreiben and I wish to write my answer in a ...
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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."