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In this context, it is added for emphasis. "Ich bin der Philipp," translates into "I am the Philipp." (Not just a "random" Philipp.) It connotes a sense of self-importance. although some Germans use it, this is not standard usage. It is best used for important people like Presidents (perhaps even of a company), that is the "big boss". It is appropriate ...


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MAIN POINTS As everyone has remarked, as far as informal speech is concerned, it is a matter of difference between North and South - where Southerners are the ones to add articles. Having lived in the South for the last 13 years, I have started to acquire it myself. There can, however be little doubt, that German Standard German does not allow this usage, ...



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