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comment German old handwriting recognition - help
@Matthias Leaving the "a" open at the top is not at all unusual in Kurrent. The strange thing is that there is no trace of an angle in the right half of the letter; it's perfectly rounded, rather than broken. On the other hand, any other candidate letter, such as "u", "i", "n", or "m" should also be angled in some way.
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comment German old handwriting recognition - help
Alternatively: Could the letter following the final s be an a? "Ebersau" is an actual place name.
Feb
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comment German old handwriting recognition - help
Could the zigzag line be a (strange) w and could the squiggle be an indicator that the name is abbreviated? "Ebersw" (note the final s!) might be an abbreviation for "Eberswalde".
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comment What gender has a “Virus”?
The statement "Germans tend to try to keep the original gender of a loan word" holds for exactly two original languages, namely Latin and Classical Greek. For loan words from other languages, such as English, French, or Italian, the original gender is rather irrelevant (e.g., Computer is neuter in English and masculine in German, Garage is masculine in French and feminine in German, and Konto/Conto is masculine in Italian and neuter in German).
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comment Was ist der Ursprung von “marktgerechte Demokratie” oder “marktkonforme Demokratie”?
Gemeint ist wahrscheinlich "marktkonforme Demokratie", siehe dazu beispielsweise diesen Artikel in der FAZ.
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comment “Ich habe meinen Bruder zu Flughafen genommen.” – choice of verb
If you didn't use a vehicle, or if you don't want to stress the fact that you were driving yourself, you can also use "gebracht" instead of "gefahren".
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comment Bezeichnung für die direkte Anrede in der dritten Person
Nur neugierdehalber: Was bedeutet hier "im Pluralis Majestatis angesprochen zu werden"? Die normale Anredeform im Deutschen ist die 3. Pers. Pl. (Haben Sie ...?). Meinst Du die 3. Pers. Pl. mit Titel (Haben Eure Majestät ...?), die 2. Pers. Pl. (Habt Ihr ...?), oder, was sehr merkwürdig wäre, die 1. Pers. Pl. (Haben Wir ...?)?
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comment Wenfall mit “gehören”
@CarstenS That's exactly the point. "Gehören" is always used with a grammatical motion specification (Richtungsangabe, answering the question "wohin?"), rather than with a location specification (Ortsangabe, answering the question "wo?"). This holds even if there is no motion, because the item is already located where it's supposed to be.
Jan
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comment Wenfall mit “gehören”
I don't know. A similar question has already been asked before (german.stackexchange.com/questions/22289/…), and some people consider that as a reason to downvote the duplicate, but the other question was in German, and repeating a German question in English is considered as acceptable.
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comment Wenfall mit “gehören”
@MichaelHardy With "in"? No. It's always a motion specification, not a location specification, even if A is already in B. "Gehören zu etwas" uses the dative case, say, "Tiger gehören zu den Großkatzen", but that's because "zu" always requires the dative case.
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comment Wenfall mit “gehören”
@MichaelHardy One can say "A gehört in B" both if A is already in B and if A is not (yet) in B but ought to be moved there. It seems that the second aspect (the intended motion) is perceived as more relevant in German.
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comment Translation of “man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts”
ok, makes sense.
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comment Translation of “man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts”
I'd use "I" or "you" instead of "we". In this sentence, "man" refers to the reader of the pamphlet, not to the whisky destillers.
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