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Anki question: multiple words on cards or separate cards for each word? [on hold]

I'm studying German and I feel the need to learn vocab and sentences as well on the same cards. Basically my technique is to find a sentence not so long, break the vocab down and put it all on the ...
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Double-nominative constructions and “von”

When do you use von and when do you use a double-nominative construction, such as discussed at this linked question, when talking about the amount of something? Compare, for example, ein Glas ...
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Long vowel quality before R

I study in Berlin and I've noticed that long vowels preceding an R have a very different quality. In specific, they are consistently more open, sometimes mixing with their "short vowel" equivalent. ...
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Is there metaphorical meaning of “aus der Haft entlassen”?

In a formal letter that I received there was a sentence Gerne werden wir Sie aus der Haft entlassen per 31.05.2019. It is regarding rental agreement, but the only translation for Haft, that I've ...
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er hat eben einen neuen Wagen gekauft

Could You explain, why is the bolded sentence not changed into indirect form? source Er sagt, er hat eben einen neuen Wagen gekauft. Der hätte über 80 000 Euro gekostet und hätte eine ...
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Role of relative clause for a person

My friend told me the other day: Robert ist einfach so sympathisch, den kann man nicht nicht mögen. The entire sentence made sense Robert is actually so nice, that you can't not like him. ...
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Genitivregierende Präpositionen + Nomen ohne Bestimmungswort

Werden genitivregierende Präpositionen auch dann mit Genitiv benutzt, wenn das darauffolgende Nomen von keinem Bestimmungswort (z.B. Artikeln, Adjektiven) eingeleitet wird? Oder wird in diesen Fällen ...
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Welches deutsche Wort entspricht am besten dem Englischen „disingenuous“?

Man hört oft „he is disingenuous“ in englischsprachigen Ländern, oder „he is being disingenuous.“ Als eine mögliche Übersetzung, hab ich „heuchlerisch“ gelesen, aber das kommt mir falsch vor. Ist die ...
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Die robusten und festen Beziehungen zu den USA würden aber in „keiner Weise“ betrübt

The paragraph is in the book. link Der Regierungssprecher bedauerte die Veröffentlichung. Die Dokumente seien „auf illegale Art und Weise an die Öffentlichkeit gelangt“. Die robusten und festen ...
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Finding resources for Schwäbisch?

I have been investigating Swabian German specifically for a while now for writing purposes, but I haven't been able to find many resources. I've familiarised myself with the rules of Kosenamen (adding ...
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im Folgenden vs. im folgenden (alte Rechtschreibung)

Laut Korrekturen.de wird im Folgenden so geschrieben: bis 1996 im folgenden (weiter unten) im Folgenden (in den folgenden Ausführungen) seit 1996 im Folgenden Wie wurde vor 1996 zwischen den beiden ...
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Prepositional Phrases between an Article or a Demonstrative Adjective and its Noun

Is the sentence Sei f eine auf diesem Intervall Funktion. grammatically correct? If so, what are the rules that govern such constructions and is this sentence better than the following one?: ...
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German sentence structures that don’t exist in english [on hold]

What are some sentence structures that exist in german that don’t exist in english? This one, for example: Die Explosion war auf zwei Kilometern [Entfernung] zu hören. If you could provide the ...
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Correctly translating “Assume” and “Suppose” to German in Mathematics

It is common in mathematics in English to use the words assume and suppose differently, that is, to use the word assume when dealing with a reduction or case, while using the word suppose when looking ...
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How do “attributiv” and “nicht attributiv” work?

Looking at the table for declension of "mein" on Wiktionary, it has separate tables for: - attributiv (vor Substantiv) - nicht attributiv, ohne Artikel - nicht attributiv, mit Artikel Could you ...
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Wortherkunft bei der Redewendung “in der Blase sein”?

Die Bedeutung ist mit ungefähr klar, sprich man ist abgeschottet (?) Aber was ist die ursprüngliche Bedeutung, um welche Blase genau handelt es sich?
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“Infinitivkonstruktion mit zu” (Infinitiv + zu) durch einen dass-Satz ersetzen

Kann man aus jeder "Infinitivkonstruktion mit zu" (Infinitiv + zu) einen dass-Satz machen? In EasyDeutsch steht: haben/sein + Adjektiv + Infinitiv mit zu ("dass-Satz" so gut wie nie möglich). Bei ...
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What would the correct German lyrics of „Soft Kitty” in The Big Bang Theory be?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0PIbjkGj67Y It sounds like this: Weiches Kätzchen, warmes Kätzchen, das nie und nimmer möht, liebes Kätzchen, müdes Kätzchen, schnörrt, schnörrt, schnörrt. ...
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Is “ein Herz wie das meine” an antiquated or colloquial use of the possesive pronoun?

I am confused by the use of meine in this quote from Die Leiden des jungen Werther Waren nicht meine übrigen Verbindungen recht ausgesucht vom Schicksal, um ein Herz wie das meine zu ängstigen? I ...
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When speaking, how do you change your mind mid-sentence?

Imagine that you're saying something, but then realise you want to say something else instead. In English, you might say: I don't like ice cream, because— actually, no. I like chocolate ice cream, ...
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Gegen ihren Willen oder Gegen ihrem Willen

Sollte es nicht so heißen, wenn es um eine Frau geht? gegen ihrem Willen Warum ist es ausgerechnet gegen ihren Willen? Ist es dann nicht die Form von sie im Plural?
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Native speakers using wrong prepositions [on hold]

How often do native german speakers use the wrong preposition in a given phrase? In english, it's fairly common, though the "wrongness" is usually less than- and less frequent than the usage of wrong ...
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Seit + present tense not used with “ganz”: Ich habe mein ganzes Leben hier gewohnt

I understand: "Ich wohne seit zehn Jahren hier." is correct (seit + present tense). Is there a reason this construction isn't used with "mein ganzes Leben"? "Ich habe mein ganzes Leben hier ...
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How to say Look or Listen so start your phrase

How to say look or listen so start your phrase? For example as in: Look, we have to throw a party Listen, we need to meet tomorrow
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How to understand “Faust” without foreknowledge? [on hold]

Hello fellow German speakers, perhaps the most of you had to read Goethes Faust in school. My question now is, did anybody back in the days understand the play without preparations? I have to admit ...
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Wie kann man “hoher Standard” in einem Weilsatz benutzen?

Wie kann man in einem Konjunktivsatz mit kausalem Bindewort (weil) ein Adjektiv wie "Standard" beziehungsweise "hoher Standard“ benutzen!? Bitte geben Sie ein Beispiel an.
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A question of style -“Als” in a sentence [on hold]

Wir haben auf den Lehrer gewartet als passierte der Unfall. Does this sound natural?
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Is the time—manner—place ordering of adverbials an oversimplification?

When I started learning German, I read that the usual ordering of adverbials in a sentence is time—manner—place. However, in the sentence: Das Mädchen hat gestern in Berlin gut gesungen....
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I want to say something nice to my German girlfriend [on hold]

I recently started dating a German lady and I want to say something nice to her in German. The phrase I want to say is: You're a wonderful lady and I am lucky to be with you. The translation I have ...
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Various Past Tenses in a Single Text

An answer to a question on Quora that I was reading used a variety of past tenses in quick succession. How do the tenses affect the meaning, and how would the meaning change if different tenses were ...
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“klopfte jemand” or “jemand klopfte”?

Während ich die Gitarre spielte, klopfte jemand an die Tür. or Während ich die Gitarre spielte, jemand klopfte an die Tür. Are both of these sentences grammatically correct?
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What is a common or slang or euphemistic term in German for male sexual impotence?

The word "impotent," in German as in English, has two meanings: powerless in general and sexually incapable. In English there are hundreds of slang terms for this, but I've been unable to find any in ...
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Rules for substantive declination (without article)

I think that I know the mean rules to build substantive declination (without article) in german. I usually see leo.org when I have a doubt and I have found a surprise whith the substantive "das Kind". ...
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“welche” translated as “some”? [on hold]

Wenn die mit Abschüssen ist kein Problem "aber" es gibt welche mit Kanonen und dann hast du ein Problem. Can "welche" here be translated as "some"? Also, is "aber" used correctly? In case my ...
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Prepositional object vs. obligatory adverbial complement

I am trying to define the exact difference between prepositional object and obligatory adverbial complement in order to study word ordering. As both complement the meaning of the verb and the ...
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Sentence with dass with three Verbs (One modal and two connected with zu)

I would like to say in german: "I have to try to reach this goal." How is it gonna be? "Ich muss versuchen, diesen Ziel zu erreichen."? What if I want to say: "I didn't know, that I have to try to ...
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Wandel and Wechsel

I saw somewhere the following quote: Wandel und Wechsel liebt, wer lebt. What is the best way to translate this quote into English? My attempt: Who lives, likes change and abrupt change.
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Full address of this letter?

This letter was sent from Domburg to Metz in 1895 Some parts I can read: .. Kaiserlichen Bezirks-Praesidenten ....Freiherrn ... And what would that Kaiserlichen Bezirks-Praesident for a person (...
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Er hat die Natur mögen

Heute auf der Website einer österreichischen Zeitung gesehen. Diese Konstruktion ist mir nicht gänzlich fremd, ich frage mich nur gerade ob so etwas auch in Bayern gängig ist. Google war hier mal ...
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Should there be a hyphen in the construction “IT affin”?

Writing a german cover letter for a job position. In the sentence Ich bin eine IT affine Person - im Umgang mit Excel und ... should there be a hyphen between IT and affin? What would be the rule ...
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Multiple passive constructions? [closed]

Are there multiple ways of constructing passive sentences in german, or just the one? (Even in fixed expressions or for special cases.) For example, in english, you might say “he got angry” or “the ...
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What's the right order for the verb and a comparison in a subordinate clause?

I'm trying to translate this sentence into German: If all the other players were like him, the team would have solved all its problems. The possible alternatives I can think of are: Wenn all die ...
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Die Bedeutung von “betreffen” im Zusammenhang mit “Vorwürfe”

Was bedeutet der folgende Satz - "Diese Vorwürfe betreffen mich nicht" (Duden)? Diese Vorwürfe beziehen sich nicht auf mich. Diese Vorwürfe sind nicht von der Bedeutung. Diese Vorwürfe haben ...
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Freude, Genuss, Lust, Vergnügen

I am trying to understand the exact differences between the most common words which may mean "pleasure" in German: Freude, Genuss, Lust and Vergnügen. My understanding so far: Freude: pleasure ...
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Vergangenheitsform von (wie ich glaube) Konjunktiv

Ich möchte folgenden Text anpassen und bin mir absolut nicht sicher, welche Form ich für das, was ich aussagen möchte, benutzen muss: Samstagskindern wurden bis in frühe Mittelalter magische Kräfte ...
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How to say “custom-made products?”

Which is the most common way a German native speaker would say custom-made products tailor-made products tailored products
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What is the English equivalent of “im Hundert rechnen”? [closed]

"im Hundert rechnen" describes a way of calculating multiplications and divisions as opposed to "vom Hundert rechnen". For a mathematical clarification: https://mediencommunity.de/system/files/wbts/...
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Difference between “schicken”, “abschicken” and “zuschicken”; similar verbs?

Like many students of German, I guess, I'm having trouble distinguishing verbs with different prefixes. My teacher says “schicken”, “abschicken” and “zuschicken” are close synonyms with subtle ...
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Why does the below sentence have a falling intonation?

Sentence: Ja, hier in Bremen ist alles so teuer. What is the rule that makes this sentence with a falling intonation?
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using Gerund for object

In English, when we are thankful to God that my mother gave us the money, we say We thanked God for her giving us the money, using gerund and the possesive pronoun for the semantic subject of the ...

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