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Would this past tense phrasing sound awkward in spoken conversation? [duplicate]

I am trying to get a sense of how the simple past tense is used in spoken German. If I were talking about a film, would it sound overly formal or stilted to say: Der Film handelte von … or would ...
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Which verbs use the Präteritum in spoken language(Northern Germany)? [duplicate]

I would like to know which verbs(besides sein, haben, and the modals) are commonly spoken in the Präteritum in Northern Germany, specifically Berlin(state). This question was answered partially here ...
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When to use Perfekt and Präteritum?

What’s the guideline as to when to use Perfekt and Präteritum? I was always taught that the simplest rule is Präteritum (mostly) for written forms, and Perfekt is most common in spoken language. But ...
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Wann wird Präteritum in Bayern verwendet?

Ich habe gehört, dass das Präteritum in Bayern sehr unüblich ist. Wann wird es da verwendet? Ich meine hier den Bairisch-beeinflussten deutschen Dialekt, der in Bayern gesprochen wird.
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Why is the use of simple past tense (Präteritum) uncommon for some of the German verbs?

According to the Duden and dict.cc, the use of the verb zwangsversteigern in the simple past tense is uncommon: zwangsversteigern | -, zwangsversteigert [nur als Infinitiv und Partizip Perfekt ...
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“Ja, das dachte ich mir.” – Why “mir”?

I saw this exchange on Twitter: »Was denkst du gerade?« »nichts!« »Ja, das dachte ich mir.« Why is mir in this sentence? It seems redundant. I assume it is one of the rules of grammar.
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What is the difference between 'ist gewesen' and 'war' [duplicate]

My German tandem partner told me that a friend of him was for a half year in Brazil. He said: Er ist ein halbes Jahr in Brasilien gewesen What's the difference to Er war ein halbes Jahr in ...
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Exact meaning of present perfect in German [duplicate]

In English present perfect is used to show that something happened in the past which has an effect that still remains till now (present). Now let's take a look at a simple Present Perfekt sentence in ...
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Why should I use preterite in the past tense of “wollen”?

My boyfriend who is native German explained to me that “ich habe gewollt” just sounds wrong to him, he can’t explain why because he doesn’t know the rules he is just a native speaker. I am curious if ...
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Wann benutzt man Perfekt, wann Präteritum? [duplicate]

Jetzt lerne ich B1 in Deutsch. Meine Professorin hat uns nie gesagt, wann man das Präteritum und wann das Perfekt benutzt. Wo liegt der Unterschied?