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Just so you can understand more in few words, I am adding my answer. Like @Veredomon said, people in Germany are not all the same in speaking. There are communities for talking, as well as in every other place on earth, people have their own circles where the people in the academic field talk just another language than those in the restaurants or bars. ...


Wikipedia has a good explaination: Oberdeutscher Präteritumsschwund. It is a phenomenon of the southern states but creeps to the north. From my own observations I can confirm that speakers from Northern Germany will use Präteritum far more often, especially when telling stories. I'm somewhere in between; I use it more often with strong verbs and when ...

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