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

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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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When to use “gibt es” and “es gibt”, respectively?

Being new to German, I am not properly affiliated with the correct grammatical use of gibt es and es gibt. All I know is that they both mean there is in English. So in what scenarios do I use each one ...
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Verb order with multiple secondary sentences

Is this sentence correct in terms of verb order? And if not what would be correct and why? Ich wusste nicht, dass wir die Möglichkeit haben, ein Artefakt mit anderen Kollegen mitzubenutzen, die ...
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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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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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Positioning subordinate clauses and verbs in sentences with subordinate clauses

I know that a finite verb should be put in the second position and a non-finite verb should be positioned at the end of a main clause, while in a subordinate clause the finite verb should in the last ...
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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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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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Word ordering in subclause “die Sache wäre entschieden gewesen”

From Der Spiegel: Andererseits bleibt das Spiel durch Prags Halbherzigkeit offen; hätten die Kommunisten etwa die Wasserversorgung der Vertretung mit Hinweis auf einen "technischen Defekt" ...
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Can the indirect pronoun go before the subject?

I often see sentences like Allerdings ist mir der Begriff nicht total unbekannt or Hier werden euch neue Ideen präsentiert I know the rule that an indirect object pronoun always goes ...
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Word order for subclause with double infinitive “lassen” in past tense

Ich bin froh, dass du mich das Auto waschen lassen hast. Es hat mir viel Spaß gemacht! Is the ordering of "waschen lassen hast" correct, or does it need to be "hast waschen lassen"? I wanted to ...
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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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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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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 ...