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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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„Gut tun“ oder „guttun“

Ich lerne die Verben mit Dativ-Ergänzung, und ich interessierte mich besonders für das Verb gut tun auf dieser Seite, aber eine Sache kapierte ich nicht: Warum wird das Verb auf Duden online guttun ...
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Die Deklination des Adjektives nach dem Pronomen [closed]

Es wird gelehrt, dass nach einigen Pronomina die Deklination wie nach einem definiertem Artikel stattfinden und nach den Anderen - wie nach einem undefiniertem. Was ist die Quelle dieser Teilung? ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of n-declensed nouns?

Is there a complete list of German n-declensed nouns in any book or on the web? I found some lists, but they do not seem to be comprehensive enough.
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Wofür steht „dran“ in „spät dran sein“?

Die Bedeutung ist mir schon klar. Aber ich wollte fragen, was die Abkürzung dran ersetzt und ob sie immer nötig ist? Hat ich bin spät nicht dieselbe Bedeutung?
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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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Translation of “Anmk.”

In several German papers I've found such abbreviation as "10 Anmk. 1", but I have no idea how this could be translated. This looks like some abbreviation of well known edition. Contexts are: 1) "In ...
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“Dachboden” or “Speicher” as “attic” in Austria?

I recently found two translations for the English word "attic", i.e the part of a building, especially of a house, directly under the roof. I found both "Dachboden" and "Speicher". My question is: ...
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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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Simpel vs einfach

einfach: a. leicht verständlich, durchführbar; ohne Mühe lösbar; unkompliziert, nicht schwierig b. leicht einsehbar; einleuchtend, eindeutig simpel: so einfach, dass es keines besonderen ...
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When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?

In the poem by Andreas Gryphius: Alles ist eitel written in the 16th century the adjective eitel stands for fading or fleeting. However, today Duden online says: selbstgefällig (smug), kokett (...
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How should I say “the most important”?

Which form is correct and how can I know which to use? Das wichtigste ist... Die wichtigste ist...
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What does “Zukunst” in “Zurück in die Zukunst” mean?

I’ve read in the news that some German music band called SDP made a new album "Zurück in die Zukunst". Why is it not Zukunft instead of Zukunst? What does this mean?
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Difference between “Stottern” and “Stammeln”?

As I have found out, both 'Stottern' and 'Stammeln' refer to stuttering/stammering (correct me if I'm wrong), but are they being used in different contexts?
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“You got to be kidding me!” in German?

What is the correct translation/specific word for kidding in German in this context?
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In Anspruch nehmen oder in Gebrauch nehmen

jemanden, etwas in Anspruch nehmen (1. jemanden beanspruchen, von etwas Gebrauch machen: er nahm ihn, seine Hilfe gern in Anspruch. 2. erfordern, beanspruchen: der Beruf nimmt sie ganz in Anspruch; ...
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Difference between “großziehen” and “aufwachsen”

What is the difference in usage or meaning between the two verbs großziehen and aufwachsen? To me they both are basically the same and I don´t have any idea about what the difference could be. Are ...
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Is “es macht mir Freude” correct and used?

Is this expression equivalent to "it makes me happy"? Does it sound ok or maybe too old style? Would I ever hear a young person saying it? Is this expression used or common?
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Einsicht vs Einblick

Der Duden sagt: Einblick: 1.a.(Außenstehenden ermöglichter) Blick in etwas hinein 1.b.(einem Außenstehenden ermöglichtes) Durchsehen, Durchlesen in bestimmter Absicht, ...
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Usage and meaning of “aufzeigen”

What is the difference between aufzeigen and zeigen? Both mean to show, and I guess aufzeigen could be more used in the spoken language maybe. Is it so? Is there a difference in the meaning? Ich ...
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What is the difference between “berichten” and “erzählen” in the sense of tell, narrate?

I recently found the verb berichten which, if I am not wrong, mainly is used to express to report something to someone, in a sort of official way. Then I also found that berichten can be used like ...
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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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Difference between “ab nun”, “ab sofort” and “ab jetzt”

I was wondering about the difference between "ab nun", "ab sofort" and "ab jetzt". I think that most of the time, speaking, I just heard "ab jetzt". Are the other two expression the same? Or is there ...
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Usage of wollen; what rules are defining the verbs order

A correct way to use wollen is Ich will schlafen where wollen is used as a verb and schlafen as an adverb. We can also have Ich habe ... wollen where wollen is now used as a second part ...
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What is the difference between “beweisen” and “nachweisen”?

Is there a difference between these two words? What is it? As I found they both mean: to prove, demonstrate. They are also reported as a synonym in Duden.
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Does a “A free online Talking Dictionary of German Pronunciation” exist?

It helps me out a lot to hear how a word is pronounced in order to remember. I often use Duden, but sometimes it does not provide an audio recording of the word I´m looking for. Other dictionaries ...
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Where do you place the stress in the word?

Every dictionary I have seen says stress an in angeblich. Yet often, I hear angeblich. Does it matter? Are there rules? Or is it dialect? Similarly, ausführlich or ausführlich? One dictionary says the ...
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Was bedeutet „nichts wie hinterher“?

Was bedeutet die Phrase nichts wie hinterher? Oft trifft man diese zum Beispiel im Kontext von Reisen. Jedoch kann ich die Bedeutung nicht klar verstehen, auch nicht mit Hilfe von Google.
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Der, das oder die „Club-Mate“?

Auf der offizielle Seite lautet „die Mate“: Die Mate nützt dem Körper, denn in jeder Flasche Club-Mate befindet sich ein voller Teelöffel Mate-Tee. Club-Mate ist darum der Zunge ein Genuß, dem ...
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Does “aufrollen” have a colloquial meaning?

I'm translating an old German newspaper article and the word "aufrollen" is used in what appears to be a colloquial manner, since the literal meaning "to roll (up)" doesn't quite fit. Here is the ...
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How to use mitfeiern?

I came across this phrase Schade, dass wir nicht mitfeiern können which means Shame we can’t be there to celebrate with you but I couldn’t find more examples of these word. I think it ...
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Preposition for islands: “auf Venedig”,…, “auf Grönland”?

I was surprised to hear auf Kuba For islands one uses auf but I somehow assumed "very small Islands" was the scope of that use. Greenland is the largest island you can find. Do we also have to ...
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Habitual past vs simple past

How would the translation of the habitual past He would visit the beach everyday differ from the one of the simple past He visited the beach everyday? when translating those sentences to ...
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Was is the difference in meaning between “dürfen” und “müssen” in these two examples?

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? Es dürfte lustig sein, in fremde Länder zu reisen. Es muss lustig sein, in fremde Länder zu reisen. Are these two sentence ...
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Is there a difference between “die Erkennung” and “die Anerkennung”?

Translated they both mean "recognition, identification" (the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized). Are they synonymous? Is there any difference in usage or meaning? Is one maybe the "...
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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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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “vorbeugen” und “verhindern”?

vorbeugen: etwas durch bestimmtes Verhalten oder bestimmte Maßnahmen zu verhindern suchen verhindern: durch entsprechende Maßnahmen o. Ä. bewirken, dass etwas nicht geschehen kann, von ...
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How to translate “items to be approved”?

I’m bumping into this English to German translation in our software: Project bookings to be approved -> Zu genehmigende Projektbuchungen I’m Dutch, but something does not sound correct here. ...
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Warum hat die Wahrheit nur ein Auge?

Warum heißt die Redewendung der Wahrheit ins Auge sehen und nicht der Wahrheit in die Augen sehen?
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Southern Austrian Dialect word for “Patenonkel”

I am from Southern Austria (Eastern Tyrol/Carinthia) and during my childhood we used to say Gete to our Patenonkel (like a godfather) and Gote if female. Yet I remember my cousin always calling ...
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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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Meaning of Middle High German “uñ”

In translating some of the Middle High German of the Carmina Burana, my edition (piano/vocal edition of Orff's settings published by Schott, 1996) has the following verse: Suzer rosenvarwer munt, ...
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Was darf nach dem Wort »Anzahl« stehen?

Insbesondere geht es um folgende Konstruktion: [...], denen man eine beliebige Anzahl Elemente übergeben kann. Ist das so in Ordnung? Was die Alternativen betrifft: beliebige Anzahl an ...
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Konjunktiv 2 mit Modalverben

Haben die zwei folgende Sätze die gleiche Bedeutung? Wenn Mark den Bus nicht verpasst hätte, hätte er nicht den ganzen Weg laufen müssen. Wenn Mark den Bus nicht verpasst hätte, müsste er ...
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Züruckgreifen – indirekte Rede nutzen oder nicht?

In einem Aufsatz zitiere ich eine Umfrage: Was ist für die Jugendlichen wichtig: 91% – toll aussehen 83% – Karriere machen usw. Ich habe geschrieben: „Toll ...
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“It takes two to tango” in German

Is there an appropriate translation or an equivalent phrase for "it takes two to tango" in German? Gibt es eine passende Übersetzung oder eine äquivalente Redewendung für "it takes two to tango" in ...
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How to read years in German?

The year 1995 is read in English nineteen ninety-five. This means we read the first two digits as a single number and then the next two digits, with the same rule. Is this rule true in German? I ...
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How is “tr” pronounced?

In my dialect of English, we pronounce tr like chr (IPA: [t͡ʃɹ]; like tsch if using the German spelling of the sound). Tree is pronounced chree. Train is pronounced Chrain. Track is pronounced ...
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How do you say “handwavy proof” in German?

In English language there is a beautiful colloquial usage, which describes the way a proof is done ie a "handwavy proof". A handwavy proof is a kind of proof, in which you use no/very little ...
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Do we have “am Mittag” like “am Morgen”?

In my book TestDaf kompakt, it states we don’t have am Mittag in German language. Is it true?

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