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How does one determine what da-compound to use if there is no fixed preposition in a sentence? For example: Sie konnte ihre Brille nicht finden, denn sie saß darauf. How can I know what pronominal adverb to use?

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  • An example would go a long way already. – chirlu Feb 4 '16 at 22:53
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    Your example: auf etwas sitzen. – Jan Feb 4 '16 at 23:07
  • @Jan What if in a sentence, you have to fill in the missing pronominal adverb? Like during an exam. – user20212 Feb 4 '16 at 23:13
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    Quite simply, you choose the preposition that makes the most sense in the given context. This is not a grammar question. – chirlu Feb 4 '16 at 23:49
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Maybe there's no fixed preposition in your sentence, because you don't know it. Some verbs tend to prefer to be in company of certain prepositions (which, again, highly depends on the context). By that I mean, that you even something need to learn the pairs

( preposition ,verb ).

Don't forget to learn the case the preposition has.

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