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Dec
9
comment “Es hat”: synonym for “es gibt”?
I think there are others, the first I can think of is es liegt.
Dec
4
comment What's the difference between “Dialekt” and “Mundart”?
You're saying "Mundart" is used to refer specifically to Swiss German and not generally for arbitrary dialects?
Nov
29
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Nov
27
comment Tense and Aspect
Actually from hanging out in the linguistics Stack Exchange a bit I got the impression that linguists more and more are coming to the conclusion that the line between syntax and morphology is just too fuzzy after all and they're now thinking of them together and calling it morphosyntax.
Nov
27
revised What caused “ss” to gain popularity over “ß” in the 19th century?
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Nov
27
comment Did German borrow any words from Old Prussian?
Thanks for providing some important missing information! But the beginning of your post makes it seem like you're correcting a misunderstanding between Prussia and Russia in the other posts where no such misunderstanding occurred.
Nov
21
revised What are “Marmelade”, “Konfitüre”, or “Fruchtaufstrich”?
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Nov
21
revised Tense and Aspect
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Nov
21
comment Tense and Aspect
@John. You can read about aspect on the Wikipedia article Grammatical aspect.
Nov
21
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Nov
21
revised Tense and Aspect
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Nov
21
comment Tense and Aspect
Another point is that tense is only one property of verbs which affect inflection. Other properties are mood and voice and person and number. This is what makes inflecting languages different to agglutinating languages. For some reason though it seems very common that people misinterpret "tense" to mean "inflected form of a verb". They are related but distinct.
Nov
21
comment Tense and Aspect
Who says it's mistaken. These are called "compound tenses". I think you're confusing tense and inflection. Even languages with no inflection at all can have tense. But maybe I'm just having trouble reading what you're trying to say?
Nov
21
revised Tense and Aspect
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Nov
21
comment Can I start to make rudimentary sentences in German after a week worth of exposure to German?
As an anecdote, my German was good enough to talk for hours to a Romanian lady a few months ago who had German rather than English as her second language. But my German is not good enough to read this answer.
Nov
11
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Nov
11
revised Dropped 'H' in 1901 Orthography Conference
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Nov
5
comment Can I start to make rudimentary sentences in German after a week worth of exposure to German?
I should mention that the Lonely Planet Phrasebooks have had several editions and the grammar section is no longer very good. I think most people are scared of grammar and don't buy books with too much so the publishers cut it down. People learn in different ways and for me their way of summarising grammar was very helpful to get a feel of the mechanics of the language rather than just rote memorizing of phrases.
Nov
5
revised Can I start to make rudimentary sentences in German after a week worth of exposure to German?
address which bits of grammar to learn first and a bit on children's books
Nov
5
answered Can I start to make rudimentary sentences in German after a week worth of exposure to German?