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Good news: you can use "sein" in all of this cases, especially when talking, and even more so as a foreigner. It is just an issue of style in written language to avoid these weak verbs ("sein", "haben") and use more specialized ones. I have just a small problem with your choice "der Laden steht an der Ecke" (also confirmed by @hellcode). While I had no ...


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While sein is is the most generally applicable way to denote the location of anything, it is indeed quite common in German to be be more precise if possible. Befinden is not more specific than sein when referring to locations, but it is a higher register in terms of formality. Which more specific verb you can use depends a lot less on the kind of object ...


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Geographically, a location word that is often used is liegt (liegen). It means "lies" rather than "is" "Kalkutta liegt am Ganges, Paris liegt an der Seine..." If the location is unknown (originally), befinden sich (a form of "finden") is sometimes used. Wo befindet sich eine Bank?


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In these cases "sein" and "sich befinden" are used to describe or ask where something is. Then you can use both words with the same meaning. "Stehen" is similar to "liegen" and "hängen". It doesn't fit to everything. You cannot say "Die Tür steht hinter dir" (unless the door is hanged out of the anchors and it just lean against the wall). But to complicate ...


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There is also one practical detail about the difference between the two. When there is a discussion going on and somebody replies to what another person says starting with "Das (what you say) kann ich nachvollziehen" instead of "Das kann ich verstehen" it can be a very diplomatic way to introduce a contrary opinion. Because "Das kann ich nachvollziehen" ...



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