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13
comment Betonung von Mephistopheles
Die Regel trifft wohl eher fuer's Englische zu, STRAtegy, HyPOtenuse, MIcroscope, etc.
Aug
12
comment How do you say “I walked in the park” in German?
there's no question here, the perfect tense of laufen and gehen is formed with sein, full stop. Ich bin (gestern) im Park spazieren gegangen.
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answered When to say “schönen Tag”, when “schönen Tag noch”?
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revised What is the Deutsch equivalent of the English phrase “F@#k me”?
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answered What is the Deutsch equivalent of the English phrase “F@#k me”?
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answered What is the German equivalent to “to keep under someone's thumb”?
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comment Why are German numbers backwards?
@userunknown Not saying that they exclusively used those measures, I'm saying thats how the multiplicative way of saying things could have manifested. Everything you quote is evidence for that.
Aug
15
comment Why are German numbers backwards?
I guess it's just a convention that proved practical over time. You must not forget that people didnt even use hundreds and thousands up until a few decades ago: 60 was five dozen, and 12 dozen was one gros, etc. and people always used the number upfront and the "unit" (dozen, gros, etc.) behind it.
Aug
15
comment Why are German numbers backwards?
@childno.de: no, I'm not saying it's unique to German, I'm saying that the hundreds (and thousands) work in a different way: you say the multiplier of the hundred (thousand) first, then the "base" (hundred or thousand), and that would confuse things if the "reverse" order is key. As in: 2300 (twenty-three hundred, multiplier upfront) vs. hundred twenty-three (multiplier at the back). And 2323 would be twenty-three and twenty-three hundred or twenty-three and hundred twenty-three.
Aug
14
comment Why are German numbers backwards?
I reckon it is because numbers >= 100 are subject to multiplication vier-hundert = 4 times hundred, and hence to avoid confusion with the additive way of saying things (104 would be vier-und-hundert) they need to be upfront
Aug
13
comment Why are German numbers backwards?
that legacy is also still visible in the -teens, thirteen = three and ten, fourteen = four and ten and so on