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Satzstellung - Question on how to structure group of words to fit grammatical rules.

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Placing words between article and noun - common in German?

German Wiktionary defines Kontur as: ein durch Kontrast oder meist Linien erzielter Umriss eines Körpers Why is ein separated from Umriss? Would one of these rewrites be more acceptable: ...
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Word order with “so” and “also”

I want to say "So, I still don't understand this. Why did you do it that way?" I think the two most appropriate words for "so" are the German so and also. But I'm not sure about the word ordering. ...
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On word order in this type of context

If I want to say, I want to show it to you, do I say, Ich will dir es zeigen, or, Ich will es dir zeigen? Which is the grammatically correct word order? (I'm mainly interested in how the formal ...
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How to optimally list verbs in past (with sein and haben): aesthetics question

You are given a list of verbs, say: aufstehen, sich duschen, sich schminken, einsteigen, frühstücken, arbeiten, gehen, usw. Forget momentarily that we are telling an everyday story. If that is the ...
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Why is the verb not in second position

I studied that the verb is always in second position in a sentence. The I came across this sentence: Insbesondere das zweite Buch ist wichtig. I could not find an answer here, why is the verb in ...
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»Passt das dir?« oder »Passt dir das?«?

Welcher Satz ist richtig? Ich glaube, der erste, weil das das Subjekt ist Passt das dir? oder Passt dir das?
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»Vergiss nicht den Reisepass« oder »Vergiss den Reisepass nicht«?

Welcher Satz ist richtig? Vergiss nicht den Reisepass. Vergiss den Reisepass nicht.
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Why does 'geben' break the TeKaMoLo rule?

When learning German, you usually get the whole TeKaMoLo thing drilled into your subconsciousness. My German friend claims the following is a very natural word order: Warum gibt es hier immer so ...
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Can I say “Montags und donnerstags gehe ich zur Uni um halb elf.” Is this the correct word order?

Would I say Montags und donnerstags gehe ich zur Uni um halb elf. or should I be writing Montags und donnerstags um halb elf gehe ich zur Uni. I feel like the first one sounds better, but ...
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Verbal idea: a call for examples

This website presents a very good explanation of the verbal idea and it's effect on word order in German: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~german/Grammatik/WordOrder/WordOrder.html. However, there are not ...
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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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Welche Stellung hat “heute” im Satz?

Welcher Satz ist richtig: Die Kinder sind fröhlich, weil die Ferien heute beginnen. oder Die Kinder sind fröhlich, weil heute die Ferien beginnen. Ich glaube beide sind richtig, weil ich ...
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Inversion von Subjekt und Verb [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Verb inversion with adverbs used at the beginning Warum vertauschen wir in einigen Sätzen das Subjekt mit dem Verb, wie: Gestern bin ich mit Lisa ... (Das ist ...
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What are the rules behind this translated phrase: “das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen”?

I came across this when reading the German translation of the Book of Mormon: Denn das, was ihr mich habt tun sehen, ja, das sollt ihr tun. The English part reads: For that which ye have ...
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“So ein X” vs. “ein solches Y”

There is a German song with a title "So ein Tag" (Such a Day). On the other hand, a native speaker corrected my usage of "solches ein Mädchen" as "ein solches Mädchen", which might translate into "a ...
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Sentence order when using “abends”, “morgens”, etc

Which is more grammatically correct in this sentence: Ich gehe abends meiner Uni um Deutsch zu lernen. or Ich gehe meiner Uni um Deutsch zu lernen abends.
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What is the proper position of “gern”?

For example, which of these is correct: Ich esse gern Pizza or Ich esse Pizza gern
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Sentence structure tips: verb placement

I'm having some trouble getting used to placing the second verb in a phrase at the end. Sie kann sehr gut deutsch sprechen Taking the above sentence as an example, I find it hard to read ...
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Is “to make one sigh” properly translated as “seufzen machen” or as “machen seufzen?”

This comes from another one of my poems. Both the English and German texts are mine: Yes she was a girl who could make men sigh, For she was the girl (called) the Lorelei. And she was someone ...
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Verändern der Wort-Reihenfolge um eine Überschrift (Kurzbeschreibung, etc.) verständlicher zu machen?

Wenn wir in unserem Issue-Tracking-System neue Punkte einstellen, kommt es manchmal vor, dass durch Veränderung der Wort-Reihenfolge die Aussage klarer wird, der "Satz" dann aber irgendwie holprig ...
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Where to place “Bitte” in a sentence

As far as I know, many languages have no rules for the place of "please" in the sentence. In German, seems it's not the same. Is it right to use "bitte" at the beginning or at the end of each ...
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Where is exactly the position of “nicht” in the sentence?

A question came to my mind while I was reading a conversation in German: Ich bin krank, Ich kann nicht einkaufen. Ich kann nicht mit Jonas zum Arzt gehen. Ich kann Anna nicht in den ...
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Verb inversion with adverbs used at the beginning

I know that when adverbs are used in the first position, at the beginning of the sentence, the verb and subject position in German is inverted, such as in these examples with adverbs of place and ...
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Are there other examples of postposed prepositions like in “Meiner Meinung nach, …”?

Gibt es weitere Beispiele mit einer Präposition am Ende einer Wortgruppe, wie in Meiner Meinung nach, ... ?