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The article-like forms look like articles but are in fact demonstrative pronouns. Apparantly, they also have a second name deictic pronouns, because they are usually used when pointing at someone/something (Greek δεῖξις, pointing). Which leads us directly to their usage: the use of der in the example is both adding emphasis and implicitly pointing at the ...


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If you watch the video for Keine Lust you would see by his actions that his meaning is one of indifference and apathy. The very meaning of the title of the song is "I Don't Care"... So it is easy to assume that in saying 'mir ist kalt' he is saying "I am distant and uninterested".



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