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Kiwi software developer based in Berlin, Germany.

I'm passionate about writing code that won't make someone want to kill me in a few years time. To that end I'm interested in Domain Driven Design, TDD and design patterns.


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comment Wann benutzt man “wenn” oder “ob”?
@Takkat exactly :) I actually found the blog from one of Emanuel's posts here. I was also puzzled by the downvote - for me this is a great questions. I've studied German to the level where I can (apparently) study at an advanced level (C2) and was always corrected for using wenn instead of ob by me teacher.
Nov
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comment Wann benutzt man “wenn” oder “ob”?
@Elena - I'd feel like a heel posting someone's blog post as my own answer :) If joe feels like it really helps him and no better answer is given, he can post it. I just come here to improve my German and share things I've learned :)
Nov
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comment Wann benutzt man “wenn” oder “ob”?
There is a good summary here: yourdailygerman.wordpress.com/tag/difference-wenn-ob I find the general rule "use ob for yes/no questions" usually helps, but the blog I posted has some examples where that rule would have made me make a mistake.
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revised When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?
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comment When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?
@Em1 I've always translated mittel to "medium" - Waschmittel and Lebensmittel being the first places I encountered it :) In the link I posted thay say durch can be either instrumental or das Mittel. I would be very interested if you can find a solid set of rules for this, since as a native English speaker my intuition for durch is often incorrect.
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comment When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?
@Em1 would you say that in this case the wind takes durch since it is a Mittel? I will edit that into the answer if it is correct. And I'll also make it a bit clearer that these are just guidelines, and often a real Sprachgefühl is the only way to be certain what the right preposition is.
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comment When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?
This can be an annoying distinction to grasp - I remember having many arguments with my German teacher about whether durch was correct, since I was certain something was instrumental. I think I remember him saying that von was never incorrect so safe to use when in doubt - but better get confirmation of that from a native speaker.
Jun
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answered When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?
Jun
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comment As someone learning German, what should I put on my flash cards for each part of speech?
I'll leave an answer for someone who teaches German, but I use two different sets of flash cards - verbs and their prepositions (e.g. beitragen - zu), and irregular verbs and their perfect and prateritum forms (sometimes the er form too) (e.g. bringen - brachte - hat gebracht)
Apr
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comment Is there a good sourcebook for practice exercises?
What level are you at? For A2/B1 I found this amazon.de/… book very good, and for B2/C1 the same publishers have amazon.de/… (you need to buy the solution books separately)
Apr
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comment Nominative / accusative - what to use with preposition “als” and constructions like “John the engineer”?
For a verb that takes the konjunktion als - could one here convey a very similar meaning betrachten? "Sie betrachten Johannes, den Ingenieur, als den wichtigsten Fachmann ihrer Firma"
Jan
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comment Forming compound sentence using 'and' and 'because'
I'll leave the answer to those who know this properly (I'm only just beginning C1, so likely have errors in terminology) but the issue here is that weil is a subjunktion, not a conjunction. The rule for subjunktions is that they introduce a nebensatz with all the verbs going at the end (where modal verbs and haben/sein come at the very end after other verbs - you sort of grab all the verbs that are usually at the front and tack them on the end in reverse order). From my memory of A2 you should be introduced to the subjunktions in the next few weeks - with weil being one of the very first!
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