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Is this correct please?

"Ich spiele gern Rugby jeden Tag". Please let me know if this sentence is correct. I know that "Jeden Tag" can be placed at the beginning -- but can we put "gern" and ...
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Why does "seit langem" take a masculine/neuter ending?

Why not "seit langer" instead, since the phrase seems to imply "seit langer Zeit"? What's the underlying noun that makes lange take an -m, or is there something else going on?
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Translate "Dynamic" and "Flexibility" in a programming context

I want to speak about the "dynamic" capabilities of a programming language to my german team. With "dynamic" capabilities, I mean the capacity of a language to handle complex ...
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Are da, dahin and daher case declinations of an adverb?

I understand that adverbs are not declined, but in this case it seems to me that these adverbs can only be used in relation to the typical traits of the four cases. Here it seems like... da = ...
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Usage of the word "darüber" in a sentence

The meaning of the word is "about it" but it does not fit in a proper sentence structure. One sentence I found was er beklagt sich darüber, dass er betrogen wurde but if I try to fit the ...
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"einerseits" vs. "auf der einen Seite" vs. "zum einen" vs. "zum Ersten" vs. "erstens"

Could you please tell me if these constructions can be used interchangeably, like in the following example: Einerseits habe ich keine Zeit, andererseits kannst du das auch alleine machen. Auf der ...
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When are adverbs placed before verb?

While studying German I encountered a sentence: Wie lange wohnst du schon hier? and the translation of this sentence was given as follow: How long have you been living here? Since I am new to ...
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What is the correct order of 2 adverbs?

In conversation with a native German speaker I said: Sie ritten weiter still. and he corrected me to: Sie ritten still weiter. Do you agree that the first ordering is in error, and, if so, why?
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Meaning of "noch mal" in "Warum er sich, Scheiße noch mal, erhängt hat?"

What does "noch mal" mean in the following sentence? Warum er sich, Scheiße noch mal, erhängt hat? Context: A teenager is talking with his therapist about his father that has hanged ...
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"gut Deutsch sprechen" or "Deutsch gut sprechen"?

I do know that I speak German well means Ich spreche gut Deutsch But is Ich spreche Deutsch gut correct too? If not then why? And the most important: why do I have to put gut before Deutsch and ...
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Coordinating conjunction but verb comes first?

Paul war krank und konnte daher nicht kommen. Warum kommt 'konnte' zuerst im zweiten Satz? Ich verstehe nicht, weil 'konnte' ein Verb ist. Sollte das Verb nicht an zweiter Stelle stehen? . Könnte ...
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How to tell when an adjective can be used as an adverb?

In conversation with a native German speaker I said, Er las beschäftigt. She said that was incorrect and it should be, Er war beschäftigt zu lesen. To investigate this I asked Google translate for ...
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Meaning of "insofern ... als"

Man tat ihm insofern unrecht, als er noch gar nichts davon wusste. I can't really understand what "insofern ... als" means even though I looked it up in an dictionary. Please translate this ...
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ist dazu/dafür gut, damit/dass

Betrachten wir den folgenden Abschnitt: […] die Ferse ist verstärkt und hochgezogen. Das ist dazu gut, dass der Fuß besser gehalten werden kann und das Anbringen von Sporen möglich ist. (Quelle: ...
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Wie verstehe ich "hinaus" von “die Arbeit wird in die Welt hinaus verlagert"

Der ganze Satz ist, Neu sind jedoch die Trends zum Crowdsourcing oder auch Crowdworking: Auch hier wird die Arbeit in die Welt hinaus verlagert, jedoch an Personen in ihren Dreißigern, ...
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"Ich mag Katzen gern" or "Ich mag gern Katzen"? [duplicate]

Which word order is correct? Ich mag gern Katzen or Ich mag Katzen gern
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Distinction between subjunctions or adverbial conjunctions?

I have downloaded a list of subjunctions and adverbial conjunctions and "damit" appears under both of them. Since they have a different sentence structure, conjunction kicks the verb to the ...
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Nebensatz zu einer "Nominalgruppe"

Man kann sagen bezüglich der erforderlichen Mittel, die für den Neubau aufzubringen sind Kann man auch entsprechend sagen bezüglich der für den Neubau erforderlich aufzubringenden Mittel ...
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Modal particles/adverbs with imperatives

I'm trying to understand the different meanings of bitte, mal, einmal and doch when used in requests or commands. My understanding is that both bitte and mal soften a request, with bitte corresponding ...
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"mittlerweile" = now / nowadays?

I have read the following question in German Quora: Ist Deutschland mittlerweile vollständig amerikanisiert? According to Word Reference, "mittlerweile" means "in the meantime", &...
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Eine Frage zu „genügend“: Ein Adjektiv oder Adverb? || A question on "genügend": an adjective or adverb?

---Diese Frage ist auf zwei Sprachen geschrieben.--- Hallo Zusammen, heute habe ich einen Satz in der Zeit Wissen gelesen, nämlich „Erreicht man mit solchen kulturellen Angeboten genügend Menschen, um ...
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ein völlig Unbekannter oder ein völliger Unbekannter

Is here völlig adverbial oder an adjective ? Would you agree with this example sentence : Es gibt Grund zur Sorge, wenn man feststellt, dass die einschmeichelnden Reden von völligen Unbekannten die ...
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Adverb oder nachgestelltes Adjektiv? Schillers Glocke [closed]

Kocht des Kupfers Brei! Schnell das Zinn herbei, Daß die zähe Glockenspeise, fließe nach der rechten Weise! Das ist aus Schillers "Glocke", ab Zeile 25. "...nach der rechten Weise&...
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What is the difference between "nicht gerade," "nicht ganz," "nicht genau," "nicht wirklich," and "nicht unbedingt"?

An expression I often use (especially when trying to explain something to someone in a language other than my mother tongue) is: Not exactly. The conversation usually goes something like this: Are ...
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"Alles" with relative pronoun

I saw an ad recently, posted by the Berlin transportation service (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), captioned, "was alles geht, wenn man vorher nicht fragt." What is the force of "alles"...
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Is German a VO language or an OV language?

While learning German, I came across something that really boggles the mind—my mind. While practising German on the Duolingo app, I noticed that German sentence structure is similar to that of English,...
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Können die Adverbien Substantive bestimmen?

Hier kommen zwei Sätze: Heute Morgen ging er in die Schule. und Wir haben etwas sehr Schönes auf dem Land gefunden. "Heute" und "sehr" sind Adverbien, aber sie dürfen ...
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How does »zuerst einmal« mean »first of all«?

German as a Germanic language is less influenced by Latin than English so new words are just two words combined and the meaning can be easily inferred. Except sometimes. Immer wieder is always again, ...
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When is an adjective also an adverb?

Duden lists inopportun and unangebracht as adjectives, but I want an adverb. How can I be sure that these can also be used as adverbs? For instance, would one say? Ich schlief schlimm.
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Translating "just like any other" with "wie ... auch", confused about "auch"

I've seen the phrase "X is just like any other Y" translated as X ist (genau/genauso) wie jede(r/s) andere Y auch. But I'm confused by the role auch is playing the translation. It seems to ...
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Why would anyone write "nur noch nur"?

I have encountered this sentence: Werden die Menschen Arztbesuche demnächst nur noch nur über Skype machen? Why is it written like that? Is the second "nur" redundant?
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What does "noch" mean in these sentences?

"Zum Schluss sind wir nur noch total muede ins Bett gefallen. Ab jetzt nur noch mit Navi!" (Context: The speaker and her friend were in a foreign city and could not find the way back to ...
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weird usage of "dran"

I know it means multiple somethings like: Du bist dran!: You're next! as a shortened version of "daran". But I have encountered this sentence: Meistens bin ich mit der Vorbereitung der ...
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When is it necessary to use "von" with "dorther"?

I'm trying to figure out when it's necessary to use von with dorther? When I search for it on context.reverso.net one of the examples is: Kämst du dorther, wüsstest du das. wortbedeutung.info also ...
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Choosing “die Würstchen warm” “over “die warmen Würstchen”

I have seen that in both German and English, adjectives can appear before and after the noun. Example: (1) Er isst die warmen Würstchen. – attributive use of adjective (my version) (2) Er isst die ...
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Wohin stellt man das Wort "schon" in Perfekt-Sätzen?

Beispiele: Ich habe Alex eine Tasse Kaffee schon gebracht. Ich habe sie schon Alex gebracht. Ich habe ihm schon eine Tasse Kaffee gebracht. Ich habe sie ihm schon gebracht. Warum gehet "schon&...
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Why "Wo" in "Worauf, Womit, Worüber"?

I've tried to find the etymology for Worauf and couldn't find the reason why Wo is used here instead of Was, for example. Is there a story behind this or a source that explains where this comes from?
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Weird usage of "gleich"

Probleme in der Strassenbahn, ein interessanter Abend in einem Restaurant, neue Menschen kennen lernen. Das sind immer gleich die wichtigsten Themen im Unterricht. What does gleich here mean? It ...
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Translate "by" in German

In English, we can use "by, with, via, through" in many situations interchangeably. In general all mean to use something. In German, can we use them interchangeably? I mean for example "...
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Is there a rule for the correct order of two adverbs in a row?

For the sentence: "but we almost never argue" Which translation is better: "aber wir streiten uns fast nie" or "aber wir streiten uns nie fast" Is there a rule behind ...
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weniger as an adverb

I have encountered this sentence: Man muss ab und zu auch mal eine weniger gerechte Aufgabenteilung im Beruf hinnehmen. Can you please translate the part containing "weniger" literally to ...
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What does noch mean here?

....Ach, da hinten kommt Frau XYZ. Hast du sie gestern noch angerufen? Nein, das habe ich total vergessen! This is part of a conversation between two coworkers in my Grammatik book. The lines before ...
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Verbstellung im Hauptsatz bei vorangestelltem Nebensatz (wenn das Adverb "dann" fehlt)

Meine Frau hat heute einen Zwischentest beim Sprachkurs gehabt und folgendes geschrieben: Wenn ich Hunger habe, ich koche das Essen. Die Lehrerin hat sie korrigiert: Wenn ich Hunger habe, koche ich ...
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Position of zusammen

Wir machen immer zusammen viel Spaß. Wir singen gern zusammen, wir sehen gern zusammen lustige Videos an, und wir lesen gern zusammen. This is something I’m trying to write. I am confused as to where ...
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Why is “deshalb” used on this sign?

So I am assuming the following sign is trying to tell us that using the path in question is at your own risk and that your forbidden from using it when there is snow or ice: But wouldn’t the text of ...
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Similarities between DA and HIER

Da kommt eine neue Welle, Jungs. This is a sentence I heard from a native speaker. He translated it as New wave incoming boys! What baffles me is that the speaker didn't offer a translation for da, ...
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What kind of adverb is ‘’jedoch’’

Hello everyone i’m learning about adverbs, they are separated in 4 class(lokal, temporal, modal and kausal) but i couldnt’t find and understand in which class ‘’jedoch’’ belongs This sentence for ...
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When do you start a sentence with an adverb and when you do how does this change the word order?

I am learning German at the Goethe Institut, and in one of their questions they make the following statement: Vielleicht sind Sie noch nie Ski gefahren, wollen es aber im nächsten Winter lernen "...
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Tekamolo and object word orders

I am learning the Tekamolo rule but I have a question: What if we have Dativ and Akkusativ objects too ? For example I have a sentence Ein Journalist interviewte vor Kurzem Jugendliche auf der ...
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Wieso ist namens ein Adverb?

namens = mit [dem] Namen Bezieht sich im Folgendem "namens" nicht auf Mann? Warum ist es dann ein Adverb gemäss Duden? ein Mann namens Maier Man könnte auch schreiben: ein Mann mit dem Namen ...
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