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Do we say

Es kann eventuell die Tür zum anderer Projekte öffnen.

or rather

Es kann eventuell die Tür zu anderer Projekte öffnen.

or are both wrong? Please provide a grammatical clarification.

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  • It would definitely be helpful to have not only the one sentence but also some context. Jul 12, 2018 at 9:52
  • Since kann already indicates the optionality, eventuell is redundant.
    – guidot
    Jul 12, 2018 at 10:55
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    @guidot I think the optional use of "eventuell" allows a more fine grained distinction about expressing the chance. If you add "eventuell" you can express more uncertainty about increasing the chance with other projects.
    – Javatasse
    Jul 12, 2018 at 14:25
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    Please clarify what you want to translate: „to the projects of others“ or „to other projects“?!
    – Ludi
    Jul 17, 2018 at 8:49

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both are wrong.

Projekte is a neuter noun in German and it is plural. In that sentence it is dative.

anderer is male, singular AND it is nominative --> 3/3 wrong.

If you want to say "for ONE other project", then it would be:

Es kann eventuell die Tür zum anderen Projekt öffnen.

If you want to say "for other projects", then the right answer is:

Es kann eventuell die Tür zu anderen Projekten öffnen.

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  • Grammatically, yes. But stilistically it is still a bit awkward. You would probably express it some other way, but for telling how we need more context. Jul 12, 2018 at 9:53
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Both are wrong.

zum is an abbreviation for zu dem, which implies a singular object.

Ich gehe zum Strand

The following would be wrong

Ich gehe zum Fahrradständern

Also, zu requires the dative case, so the object must be in dative case:

Es kann eventuell die Tür zu anderen Projekten öffnen.

So you really have to decide what you want to say: Is it one project you're talking about? Then it would be

Es kann eventuell die Tür zum/zu dem anderen Projekt öffnen

Or are you talking about the prospect of acquiring other projects? Then it would be

Es kann eventuell die Tür zu anderen Projekten öffnen

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  • There's a typo in your last line _Ee > Er. Furthermore, it might sense to explain why the Fahrradständern example is wrong or skip it entirely. At the moment, I can not see how it contributes to your message :)
    – Arsak
    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:20
  • Well, two lines above that I say "..., which implies a singular object". "Fahrradständern" is plural, that's why I'm giving the sentence as an example for "zum" being wrong here". Jul 20, 2018 at 6:57

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