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Apr
14
answered Kann “Ehefrau” sächlich sein?
Dec
18
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
18
answered Historical linguistic origin of grammatical gender for nouns
Dec
18
comment Historical linguistic origin of grammatical gender for nouns
The cited article is good, but this video (belleslettres.eu/artikel/der-oder-das-blog_genus.php) is even better. Longish, but with a pretty convincing explanation. It also shows that this is less about actual 'rules' as such, but more about usage and slowly developing consensus.
Dec
17
comment Does “Ich hab dich lieb” mean the same as “Ich liebe dich”?
The fact that the other question has attracted 17 answers goes to show that this is indeed a difficult issue - as does the fact that you're obviously not quite satisfied with these answers. Thing is, it all depends. The regional aspect is in fact very important with this phrase. To many Bavarians, for example, "Ich liebe dich" would sound painfully cringeworthy, unnatural and wrong - it's just not used. (Possibility: your gf said it, but liteally couldn't bring herself to repeat it without seriously pulling the embarrassment muscle.) Relax and take her word for it :)
Sep
21
revised What does Wechsel mean in this case?
spelling
Sep
14
comment Double genitive in German (including a proper name)
@Uwe + joelsa: Fascinating - I never thought about it, but you're absolutely right. With the names I guess it could be that the postponed Genitive sounds a bit grand and thus better fits historical figures. With Uwe's examples it almost seems as if Genitives go better together the less similar in sound or form they are, i.e. "der Konzerte" clashes less with "Chopins" than "des Konzerts". Weird.
Sep
10
revised Schick uns eine Whatsapp
fixed reference
Sep
10
revised Schick uns eine Whatsapp
added example
Sep
10
comment Schick uns eine Whatsapp
Hmm, ich glaube ich kann Dich im Grundsatz verstehen - allerdings sehe ich da ein paar nicht ganz richtige Annahmen: "Mail" bezeichnet ganz ursprünglich den Postsack, dann den Postservice und -Auslieferung. Nie eine einzelne Poststendung. Erst im Zusammenhang mit E-Mail taucht der Singular für eine einzelne Sendung auf. Das entspricht exakt der App-Sache. Bei SMS steckt "Service" drin - nicht viel anders als bei "App"... wobei ich Dir natürlich Recht gebe, dass letzteres wesentlich offensichtlicher ist.
Sep
10
answered Schick uns eine Whatsapp
Sep
8
answered Was bedeutet “schon mal” bei Verneinung?
Sep
8
answered Sprichwörtlich! Warum benutzen so viele Menschen das Wort, wenn sie Redewendungen benutzen?
Aug
31
awarded  Yearling
Aug
28
answered Is “Morgen” the same as “Vormittag”?
Aug
27
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
27
revised Does “Tschüssie” sound a little …weiblich?
Edit to clarify difference between description and proscription
Aug
27
comment Does “Tschüssie” sound a little …weiblich?
@Burki: Valid comment, but while I agree that stereotypes shouldn't be reinforced, just ignoring them doesn't really help... especially if the question specifically asks about gender stereotypes. And of course there aren't any rules how anybody has to express themselves - but I think it's fair to tell a non-native that certain expressions will create a certain impression.
Aug
12
answered How should I say something like “I'm” instead of “I am” in German?