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Why and when is the comparative degree used to express the opposite?

Looking at adjectives like "alt", "jung", "lang", "kurz" and their respective comparative degree "älter", etc. I get the impression that their sense is inversed. Like in "älteres Auto"/older car, the ...
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Is "am einmaligsten" a valid superlative

I found someone writing Der einmaligste Kuchen, den du jemals gesehen hast. For me as a German this sounds strange. Is there really a comparative or even a superlative for einmalig? I mean, ...
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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

When they tell a waiter what food they'd like, why do Germans say "Ich möchte _" even though that translates as "I want _". Saying you want something sounds demanding in English. &...
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Probleme bei der Interpretation eines Satzes

ich bin hier auf den folgenden Satz gestoßen Einiges spricht dafür, dass mehr Unternehmen die Coronakrise überstehen als befürchtet Mir ist klar, dass gemeint ist, dass man befürchtet hat, dass ...
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Positiv, Komparativ, Superlativ – How does superlative take a noun form in German?

I came across this sentence (courtesy to Nicos Weg): Du bist der Schnellste. This, as I came to understand thanks to Google Übersetzer, translates to: You are the fastest. I have also seen ...
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Komparativ von "daneben" (umgangssprachlich)

Vor Kurzem wurde mir so etwas Ähnliches gesagt wie Patricks Aussage war völlig daneben. wobei daneben die umgangssprachliche Bedeutung "nicht passend zur Situation" hatte. Ich wollte dann sagen, ...
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"Sehr viel" + Komparativ - Grammatisch korrekt?

Neulich habe ich den folgenden Satz in einem Buch gelesen "Allen anderen ginge es schliesslich "sehr viel schlechter" als Deutschland". Beim Lesen habe ich mich gewundert, ob ...
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What form is “öfters” that it requires an “s” (sentence shared in post)

In this sentence, why does “öfters” have the “s”? I believe the verb is in Konjunktive II, but why is the word “öfter” being modified? “Wenn ich mehr Zeit hätte, ginge ich öfters spazieren.”
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Guidance on comparatives and superlatives with optional umlauts

I have just learned that there are some adjectives with optional umlaut-ification (e.g. rot) as opposed to required or prohibited (in comparatives and superlatives). So... is there some general sense ...
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Do the vowels of all monosyllabic adjectives change into »umlaut« in comparative / superlative form?

I've heard that the monosyllabic adjectives – that is: adjectives which only consist of one syllable – take an umlaut in their comparative and superlative forms. Is that true as a general rule?
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Infinitive and use of "dass" in a sentence

Is this sentence grammaticality correct? "Denkst du dass, es besser ist, allein zu sein als zusammen zu sein?" Or is it better to say; "Denkst du, allein zu sein ist besser als zusammen zu sein?"
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Kann jemand diese Benutzung von "häufiger" erklären?

Folgendes habe ich in dem Spiegel gelesen: In einem niedersächsischen Corona-Impfzentrum zog eine Krankenschwester Spritzen mit Kochsalz auf. Das genaue Ausmaß ist unklar, doch die Ermittler sind ...
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Kann "grundlegend" im Komparativ oder Superlativ verwendet werden?

In meiner Bachelorarbeit hatte ich gerade die Situation, dass ich über ein Softwareprodukt in seiner minimalsten Ausführung sprechen möchte. Intuitiv kam mir dabei in den Sinn, das wie folgt zu ...
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längere versus lange [duplicate]

A German text I am reading has the following sentences: “Wenn der DAX über längere Zeit steigt, dann geht es der Börse in Deutschland gut. Wenn er längere Zeit fällt, geht es der Börse schlecht. “ ...
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Simple question regarding "Der Kasus & spezifische Anzahl eines Nomens nach Vergleichswort wie"

The case remains the same with the one in the main sentence (Hauptsatz), depending on what it refers to does it not? Ich helfe meiner Mutter lieber als meinem Bruder (als ich meinem Bruder helfe). ...
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Difference Between "langer" and "länger"

What's the difference between "langer" and "länger"? Google Translate returns "longer" for both?
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What's the difference between "lange" and "länger"?

I seem to get these two words constantly mixed up in speaking. Is someone able to help me out by providing some examples that will help me remember the difference? I tend to just guess normally. "...
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Am wichtigsten usage

I wanted to frame a sentence with "Most importantly" Can I use "Am Wichtigsten ist" or "vor allem sollte"? I am not sure which one is the correct solution. For example, I want to convey in a letter ...
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Declension of "klein" in "Ich hatte ein paar kleinere medizinische Eingriffe."

I've been trying to figure out why "klein" is declined as "kleinere" given that it is modifying the plural masculine noun "Eingriffe". The best I can come up with is that ...
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Comparative and "zu" sentence

I have encountered this sentence in Duden: Eher will ich sterben, als diesen Greis heiraten. I thought it should have been like this: Eher will ich sterben, als diesen Greis zu heiraten. Why wasn'...
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How to translate sentences like "One of the fastest cars on the market" or "One of the biggest disasters in history..."? [closed]

I always struggle with these types of sentences in German as I'm not sure how exactly the declension of the indefinite article is decided. For example, I would normally write a sentence like "one ...
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What is the German equivalent of "at that" as in "a weak A2, at that"?

There is a very peculiar English phrase/fragment that is used to express the feeling that something is a weak case of something. It's as if you are warning emphatically the person you are speaking ...
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Why is it "ein wichtiger Tag" rather than "ein wichtig Tag"? [closed]

I think "wichtiger" is the comparative form, so why do we use it here, even though we're not making a comparison? Is it because there's some implicit comparison here in German ("today ...
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