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What does "noch stets" mean?

What does "noch stets" mean? and is it the same as "immer noch"? Example: Der Adler hat noch stets seine Zeit verschwendet, wenn er vom Raben lernen wollte.
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How to use "zuerst", "später", "danach" and "dann" as Zeitadverbien?

I have the following sentence. I would like to know do we have any time stating what should come when among the options: danach, dann and später . Zuerst hat Holger Pietsch als Berater gearbeitet. ...
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gefallen v. mögen - what do I use?

In German, there are three ways to say that you like something; gern, gefallen, and mögen. When using gern, I'm fairly confident with it, since it's an adverb. Ich esse gern Pizza! (I like to eat ...
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I want to improve something [closed]

Can I get a correction on my translation of the following sentences? I am a rock climber and a skier so I am trying to learn how to talk about my sporting activities with Germans I meet. I want to ...
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How do I translate: ich komme nicht dagegen an

This is from the subtitles of the opening scene of the film Hannah and her Sisters. The line that Michael Caine says is "I can't help it", but dagegen is often used in the context of a ...
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Why on the phrases "Willst du auch etwas?" and "Willst du es auch?" the adverb "auch" is in a different position?

These 2 phrases: Do you want it too? - Willst du es auch? Do you want something too? - Willst du auch etwas? Are identical in structure, and still, the adverb "auch" is changing positions for some ...
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Understanding the subject of sentence

Ich erwähne dieses Beispiel, weil gerade in ihm zum Ausdruck kommt, dass ... Above sentence is from Canoo.net Pronominal adverbs refer to "non-persons" My question is about not understanding the ...
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From there to Berlin, dorther von or dorther nach?

This is an example of using the adverb dorther from Mastering German Vocabulary: English: how far is it from there to Berlin? German: wie weit ist es dorther von Berlin? Is this correct? Why is it ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen einem Adverb und einem Satzadjektiv

In meinem Grammatiklehrbuch im Abschnitt über Satzadjektive (nicht normale Adjektive) gibt es folgendes Beispiel: "Ich bedanke mich umständlich." Jedoch gibt diese Seite folgendes Beispiel für ...
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Ist "unverbindlicher" hier ein Adverb?

Ich frage mich, ob im folgenden Satz: Da die meisten Menschen ständig erreichbar sind, fallen Verabredungen heutzutage unverbindlicher aus. das Wort unverbindlicher ein Adverb ist.
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Meaning of -hin and -her as movement away/toward the speaker

I thought that the particle (used as suffix or as prefix) "hin" always conveys the meaning of a destination or movement away from the speaker, while the opposite (movement coming towards the speaker) ...
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Can the word “umher” be separated?

Recently, I was reading “Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen”, and I came across this sentence: “Ein tiefes Brummen hatte die Stille um sie her zerbrochen.” I’ve never seen “um etwas her” before, ...
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Difference between "dadurch" and "deshalb"

I wrote the following sentece: Deshalb geht sie oft ins Ausland. But I was corrected and told that the right way to say it would be: Dadurch geht sie oft ins Ausland. What is the different in ...
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position of "hingegen", position one?

In canoonet "hingegen" is considered a conjunctional adverbs with position one! (Link) But examples that dwds (https://www.dwds.de/wb/hingegen) gives "hingegen" is not in the position one, even the ...
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Substantivierte adverbiale Genitive, wie z.B. des Öfteren

Welche substantivierten adverbialen Genitive neben des Öfteren finden Verwendung in der heutigen Sprache? Ich kenne nur des Weiteren und des Späteren (Letzteres fand ich bei Zweig in seinem Buch "...
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"Einfachheitshalber" vs. "der Einfachheit halber"

What is the difference? When only one of einfachheitshalber and der Einfachheit halber fits?
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Adjective, adverb or something else?

Could someone please clarify somethting about the following sentence, taken out of a work by Roald Dahl? über die ein gewaltiger Wasserfall herabdonnerte, in gischtsprühende und wild wirbelnde ...
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Meaning of "Noch" in the following sentences

Ich mache meine Hausaufgabe noch Guten Tag noch!
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How can you explain when to use "absolut" in German?

How do you know when to use "absolut" as Modaladverb in German? I just can't find a rule on it. For example, why is it correct to say "absolut richtig" whereas "absolut schön" sounds off?
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Prepositions and adverbs of direction and location

I’m a bit confused by the German prepositions and adverbs expressing direction or location. I know that “unter”, “vor”, “auf”, “in” and “aus” are prepositions which require a noun, while “unten”, “...
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Does the adverb "fertig" always come with the preposition "mit"?

I am just starting to learn German, but I have come across the adverb "fertig" which means to finish, and I have noticed that it is always accompanied by the preposition "mit". Is that a rule in the ...
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Ich habe kein Problem damit oder Ich habe da kein Problem mit?

Seit einer Zeit suche ich nach einer korrekten Erklärung zu meiner Frage, die beim Hören eigener oder anderer Gespräche enstanden ist. Sehr häufig höre ich die Leute sagen: "Da habe ich kein Problem ...
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Unglücklich oder unglücklicherweise verloren?

Hi ich höre sehr oft bei Fußballspielen 1.) "Er hat unglücklich/verdient verloren." sollte es nicht sein 2.) "Er hat unglücklicherweise/verdientermaßen verloren." ? Kann mir jemand erklären warum ...
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Adverb Word Order Specifics?

So, one thing that’s puzzled me in my studies of German (and other languages) is the order of adverbs. Explanations are all over the place; emphasis on X, emphasis on Y, “this order sounds unnatural”, ...
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A question concerning grammatical structure

As I was working on a German workbook, I saw a sentence: Hoffentlich bringt der Kellner das Essen. I wonder if I could change it to: Hoffentlich bringt der Kellner bald das Essen.
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»Ein lange(s) geplantes Auto«

Warum ist hier die Nummer 1 richtig statt der Nummer 2? 1) Ein lange geplantes Auto 2) Ein langes geplantes Auto Ich interessiere mich nur für Adjektivdeklination.
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Doubling adverbs for emphasis?

Newbie question. Would it be German to double an adverb for emphasis, such as "ich bin sehr, sehr alt"? Or is this just wrong? Thank you.
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Bedeutung von »maximal« in Ausdrücken wie »nach maximal 72 Stunden«

Wie ist der Ausdruck »nach maximal 72 Stunden« in folgendem Satz zu verstehen? Sie können nach maximal 72 Stunden einen neuen Termin über unser System buchen. »maximal« ist ja mit »höchstens« zu ...
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How would you say, "I speak a little bit German"?

I put this into Google Translate, and it came up with, Ich spreche ein wenig Deutsch. Is this correct? I doubt so. When I look up wenig I find that it's an adjective, not an adverb, and obviously ...
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Why "Integrieren bis Unendlich" but not "bis Unendlichkeit"?

As far as I know, "unendlich" is an adverb/adjective. And after bis should come a noun. I found integrieren bis Unendlich while I expected integrieren bis Unendlichkeit How is the first ...
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Different meanings of "ganz" in the same context

Why is it that when you use ganz with an adjective (ganz kalt, ganz jung, ganz anders, ...), ganz means something like very or entirely but in combination with gut, and only in combination with gut, ...
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"Natürlisch", oder nur "natürlich"?

I've just detected a misspelled "natürlich" — written like "natürlisch". Is it a mistake or slang/dialect?
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Placement of "gern" in the sentence

Why do you say: Ich habe das Haus gern. but you say: Ich wohne gern in diesem Haus That is, it seems that "haben" and "gern" require that the "gern" goes to the end of the sentence, ...
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Is the ordinal number "zuerst" only acceptable in colloquial speech and writing?

While practicing writing this sentence fragment (“First you must select a good cookbook, then ...”) in German using each of my two ‘silent tutors’(translate.yandex.ru and translate.google.com) to ...
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Compound spelling rules for composites of prepositions and nouns

The compound spelling rules below explicitly state zu Fuß and interdict an alternative. Is this coherent with the rules? I consider zu Fuß as adverbial. E.g. Er geht immer zu Fuß, thus it should be ...
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Negating verbs and nouns

I'm having trouble with negation in some sentences. To my understanding "nicht" comes after verbs and before nouns. However, what am I supposed to do when there are other elements, such as adverbs or ...
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Which adverb fits here? "Dabei" und "gleichzeitig"

Question: Dieser Roman liest sich sehr leicht ____________ kann man sogar Musik hören. Here the correct answer is 'dabei'. But I don't see any point why 'gleichzeitig' can't fit here.... At the same ...
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Franz Kafka translation [closed]

How do you say the following adverbs in German? Unfathomably Senselessly Terribly My understanding is that one must add the suffix "lich" to make a word like unfathomable or senseless an adverb (...
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adverb translation

I am trying to get a German translation of the following adverbs: Unfathomably Terribly I am told that the suffix "lich" would be added to both("unergrundlich" and "schrecklich") however I do not ...
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Where do adverbs go when the verb is sent to the end?

So in German if I want to say: One can see the area better. I get the basic part of Man kann die Gegend sehen. But I don't know where to put the adverb. Is it after the first verb: Man ...
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When do pronominal adverbs replace [preposition]+[definite article]?

I have a question about pronominal adverbs. From what I could understand from the articles that I've read on the topic, it seems that pronominal adverbs can replace the construction [preposition]+[...
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Wird »abgewandt« in diesem Zitat als Adjektiv oder als Partizip II des Verbs »abwenden« benutzt?

»Und die kleine Antonie [...], den hübschen Blondkopf ein wenig vom Gesichte des Großvaters abgewandt, blickte [...]« (Thomas Manns Buddenbrooks) Warum ist dieser Satz nicht so formuliert? »Und ...
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Wird das Wort »angestrengt« in »angestrengt nachdenkend« als Adverb benutzt?

Ich studiere Thomas Manns Roman Boddenbrooks im Original. Darin findet sich: angestrengt nachdenkend Ist das Wort angestrengt hier ein Adverb? Und wie könnte man diese zwei Wörter übersetzen? ...
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Sind adverbielle Adjektive Adjektive oder Adverbien?

Gestern wurde in einem Kommentar behauptet, dass adverbielle Adjektive keine Adjektive, sondern Adverbien seien. Das würde bedeuten, dass man sie, wie auch die substantivierten Adjektive, grammatisch ...
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What is the function of "so" in "ich hab so ‘ne Ahnung"?

Ich hab so ‘ne Ahnung, da bahnt sich was an. This is just a wild guess, but I wonder if this "so" is a colloquial device similar to: J'ai comme une mauvaise impression. (in French) How does it ...
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Verbreitung des Adverbs »ur«

In Österreich wird in der Umgangssprache schon sehr lange die Vorsilbe »ur-« verwendet, um den Ausdruck von Adjektive zu verstärken: Das Kleid ist urschön. Mir ist urlangweilig. Das Moped ist ...
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Meaning of "ja doch eher" in context

I came across this graffiti which says: "Nazis find ich persönlich ja doch eher uncool" The way I would translate this in English would be: Personally I still think Nazis are uncool. Is this ...
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Do adverbs have to directly describe the verb they relate to?

I think the question is a bit vague, but unfortunately I'm not able to put it in precise linguistic terms. Let me explain what I'm referring to. I am a native German speaker and I'm currently taking ...
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Does "entscheiden" require the construction "dazu ..., etw./jdn. zu tun"?

Wenn ich mich nicht dazu entschieden hätte, dich zu operieren, wärst du auf ewig ein Krüppel. I just started learning German a couple of days ago, and I’m not sure if I correctly understand the ...
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Difference between “inzwischen” and “jetzt”?

Are there any differences between inzwischen and jetzt? For example, when I say: Ich bin vorher krank, aber jetzt nicht. Ich bin vorher krank, aber inzwischen nicht.