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Position von “mir” in “Es ist mir nicht schwer, vorzustellen”

(a) Es ist mir nicht schwer, vorzustellen, wie viel Schwierigkeit er während seiner Krankheit gehabt haben muss. (b) Es ist nicht schwer, mir vorzustellen, wie viel Schwierigkeit er während ...
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Does the Hauptsatz of a Relativsatz follow the same rules of verb placement as a regular sentence?

Here’s the sentence I was making: Können Sie jemanden in München empfehlen, der diesen Wasserfilter installieren kann? For some reason, the Hauptsatz doesn’t feel right to me – is it?
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Can the subject in inverted word order be not right after the verb?

As I have learned when you want to emphasis an element that's not the subject you put it in the first position, then put the object right after the verb. Normally it's the adverbial phrase which is ...
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The word “dann” often takes first position in a normal statement sentence, is it inversion? [closed]

I noticed when a sentence or clause starts with dann, then the subject is inverted. But I don't know if German uses it in that way to emphasis the time or if it's an exception of the language. Is ...
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Word order in relative clause “Es gibt Flüchtlinge, denen hilft die Bundesregierung”

Title and subtitle of an article from Süddeutsche Zeitung: Immer Richtung Norden Es gibt Flüchtlinge, denen hilft die Bundesregierung, nach Deutschland zu kommen. Und es gibt solche, die sich ...
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What is the proper phrasing of this sentence?

I'm looking for help with a translation of the German portion of the text in this image: The best I could do was: "This fragment is therefore of great interest because it the shorter end of the ...
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Most natural position of adverb in dependent clause

I'm trying to figure out what the most natural position for an adverb in a dependent clause is. For example, which of these two options is more natural? Ich studiere Deutsch, damit ich Sprachen ...
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When does a verb come second?

I know that if a sentence or a clause starts with some ancillary word, like 'jetzt' or 'heute', then the verb comes second. I'm interested to know all such cases. In particular: Während sie aßen, ...
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Warum »Alice, fing an sich zu langweilen« und nicht »Alice, fing sich zu langweilen an«?

Ich habe eine Frage. Ich habe angefangen, das Buch Alice im Wunderland zu lesen. Auf der ersten Seite steht folgender Satz: Alice, fing an sich zu langweilen; […] Meine Frage ist: Warum nicht ...
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Putting (part of) separable verb at beginning of sentence?

Diese Frage wurde hier auch (auf Deutsch) beantwortet: Trennbare Verben und Wortstellung I was doing some grammar exercises, one of which involved putting highlighted parts of a ...
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Ist »mit ihren Freunden« eine Dativergänzung?

I want to build a Sentence with: Julia - will - machen - einen Ausflug an den Bodensee - mit ihren Freunden if Mit ihren Freunden is a Dativergänzung, then my sentence would be: Julia will mit ...
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Is putting an adverbial after the non-finite verb okay?

Roman muss zurückfahren nach Basel. Blinder Passagier, Andrea Maria Wagner Aren’t verbs combined with modal verbs supposed to be placed at the very end of the clause? I would have said Roman ...
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Position of Non-finite verb forms [duplicate]

As I see, when using a verb compound, the helping verb should always be placed in the second position of the sentence while the non-finite verb form (or the main/second verb) usually at the end, but ...
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What is the difference between “Ich weiß nicht” and “Das weiß ich nicht”?

I think these two sentences have the same meaning, but which one should I use and why?
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Question about word order

Which is correct to say: Mit großem Interesse habe ich in Ihrer Zeitung vom 10. Juni die Meldung über Umweltschutz gelesen, und deshalb möchte ich Ihnen schreiben. or Mit großem Interesse ...
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Word order of “Glücklicherweise hat mich jemand herein gelassen”

I am confused about the word order for Glücklicherweise hat mich jemand hereingelassen. In English, you would say: Luckily, someone has let me inside but then why isn’t the German ...
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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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How to properly use ‘sich aufmachen’

When you are using sich aufmachen in the sense of going out or heading out, is this treated as a standard separable prefix verb? I’ve only seen it used as such: Ich mache mich auf ins Studio. ...
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“gern” and “nicht gern” position

These three sentences are taken from German learning books. Ich esse gern Gemüse. Ich esse nicht gern Gemüse. Ich mag Gemüse nicht (so) gern. Why is "nicht gern" placed right after the verb in "2" ...
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Fernsehen verb usage practice in a sentence

During the German class, we studied that the verb fernsehen (to watch TV) should be conjugated as ich sehe fern, du siehst fern, etc. I want to translate the sentence I watch TV on evenings to ...
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Platzierung des Wortes „nicht“ im Satz

Warum sind A1 und B1 anstelle von A2 und B2 richtig? A1. Die Bevölkerung ist meistens nicht kritisch (richtig) A2. Die Bevölkerung ist meistens kritisch nicht   B1. Die Fans haben nicht mit ...
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What rules should one follow building German sentences? [closed]

What general rules can describe the word order in German sentences? I know the basic ones, but I feel confused every time I’ve got to build anything more complex than Ich tue etwas It would be ...
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Use of ‘und’ in Nebensatz

Which sentence is correct? Which is the word order if we have two subordinate clauses that are connected with und? I know that after und there is no change in place like in a subordinate clause but I ...
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How can we approach translating complex sentences with multiple verbs or objects?

I am writing a German oral for school and am trying to add the sentence My parents will not allow me to watch TV. However one site said I should write it Meine Eltern werden mich nicht zu ...
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Any flexibility in the predicate word order here? Multiple prepositions

In Wilhelm Müller's Winterreise, we have the line: Eine Krähe war mit mir aus der Stadt gezogen. (This is not the full sentence of the original, but if I'm not mistaken, it is capable of ...
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Einkaufen gehen + gern, the right word order in the sentence

In German, there are a lot of ways to tell «I like to go shopping». I'm interesting how to say this sentence using the verb einkaufen gehen and the form gern. What is the right word order? Should it ...
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Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt

There is a children’s story called Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt. I know that this is translated from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But trying to retranslate this directly, Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt ...
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Position of relative clauses and word order in the relative clause in sentences

I am learning relative clauses and I wonder if it is mandatory to place the relative clauses right after the word it refers to. Is it possible to place it elsewhere? Furthermore, how should the word ...
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The most general word order in German

I am facing these two sentences: Dann geht er ins Wohnzimmer. The word order is: Verb, subject, … Clearly, the sentence is not a question. The other sentence is: Er macht den Fernseher an. ...
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Different word orders in one sentence

In Duolingo, I faced the following sentence: Er ist schön, obwohl er alt ist. What I don’t understand is why the verb is before the adjective in the first part of the sentence (ist schön) and ...
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What's with the placement of “aber” here?

I was reading a grammar book's lesson on modal auxilaries and came across the following two sentences in a reading exercise (which, I should add, do not directly follow each other). (1) Anna ...
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Ist »,also ,« schechter Schreibstil?

Ist ein nicht am Anfang und zwischen Kommata geschriebenes also schechter Schreibstill? (oder gar falsch?) Zum Beispiel. - Der neue Film hat dir, also, nicht gefallen? - Der neue Film hat, ...
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Meaning and construction of a proverb

I have a couple of questions about the proverb: Den Toren packt die Reisewut, indes im Bett der Weise ruht I couldn't find a translation for die Reisewut. It seems composed by two words, die ...
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Sentence structure — aber after subordinate clause

I wrote up a (somewhat complicated for me) sentence in order to learn a few irregular past participles and to practice subordinate clauses and I want to make sure I understand the structure. Here is ...
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Wortstellung in Nebensätzen

... welche die Annahme begründen, dass ihm abweichend von der allgemeinen Lage im Herkunftsstaat politische Verfolgung droht. Hat der Nebensatz in diesem Beispiel die richtige Wortstellung? Muss ...
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Sentence structure with wo

I wanted to write: Can you please tell me where can I find you? so I wrote: Können Sie mir bitte sagen, wo kann ich Sie finden? I have two questions: The most important one - should I ...
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»Ich habe frei« vs. »frei habe ich« vs. »ich bin frei« vs. »frei bin ich«

Which of the following phrases are correct: Ich habe frei Frei habe ich Ich bin frei Frei bin ich The original meaning is « I'm free ». What is the difference between them? Are ...
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Position of “etwas” in “Kann ich in Berlin etwas kaufen?”

So I learned about TMP (time, manner, place) in order to correctly position my adverbs, and then went through Pimsleur I. However, I came across a sentence that annoys me because it didn’t follow ...
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Wortreihenfolge im Perfekt von Modalverben

Ist es korrekt zu sagen Ich habe gewollt das zu lernen. (vielleicht ohne zu?) Ich ahne, dass es seltsam klingt, auch wenn es korrekt ist. Aber ist es korrekt oder muss man sagen: Ich habe ...
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Confusing word order and cases in a line from the Spiegel

Den Saal, in dem Wladimir Putin und Alexis Tsipras in Moskau vor die Presse traten, schmückten für die TV-Kameras drei Fahnen den Hintergrund: Russlands Trikolore, Griechenlands blau-weiße Fahne ...
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Word order for “los” in “Was ist denn hier los?”

This quote, like many that I mention, is from the film "Der Untergang." "Was ist denn hier los?" My question is why "hier" comes before "los" and not the other way around? Please provide an example ...
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How does the placement of “nicht” change the example?

I was curious if these sentences meant the same thing and if they were both valid. The first sentence I made myself, the second is what I heard. Does the meaning change with the different placement ...
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Word order in complex sentences?

When there are particles, reflexive verbs with prepositions and negation how are the words in a sentence is formed? Also lets assume that both the place and the time is stated in the same sentence. Is ...
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Positioning of “hat” with double infinitive

(a) Ich habe nicht erwartet, dass er dich besuchen wollen hat. (b) Ich habe nicht erwartet, dass er dich hat besuchen wollen. Which word ordering is correct? I've seen that sometimes "hat" ...
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Order of the “aber” in the sentence

Someone wrote me this sentence (a native speaker): Mein Deutsch ist aber noch nicht so gut. Shoudn't "aber" stay in the beginning of the sentence? Like: Aber mein Deutsch ist noch nicht so ...
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When to use “ist es” and when “es ist”? [duplicate]

I am currently learning German and I am having a bit of trouble with word order, especially with the two words es and ist. For example, contrast the following sentences: Es ist eine Katze. ...
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Position of “alle” in a sentence

In a children's book, I read the following sentence: Die Kinder sitzen alle schon in ihren Bänken. I understand the sentence as "All the children are already sitting on their benches". The ...
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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.