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Warum "am ganzen Leib", anstatt in diesem Satz "an ihrem ganzen Leib" zu geben?

Im Büch "Langenscheidt Basic German Vocabulary", damit zeigt der Satz für das Wort "Leib" an: "Sie hat am ganzen Leib rote Flecken." Jedoch, wieso nicht: "Sie hat ...
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How to translate 'ins Konzert' exactly?

I'm working through the Pimsleur German Course. The announcer explains the 'ins' construction as a contracted form of 'in' + 'das'. During a lesson, the announcer introduces the phrase 'to a concert,' ...
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Can es be abbreviated as 's at the beginning of a sentence?

In colloquial speech I have often found the word es contracted as 's, but usually attached to a previous word, for example: Gibt's noch Fragen? But can it only be used in that context, or can it ...
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Is there a Name for the Change of Vowels in German (Umlaute but also Contractions)?

I often found the change of sounds (vowel to Umlaut or contractions in general, like from the sound ei to ie) of certain irregular verbs, or plurals hard to remember. Also, sometimes I got confused ...
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Problematic contraction of a preposition and definite article?

The text under the headline in the current lead article on Zeit Online is: Hier erzählt sie vom Alltag im Krieg, der Sorge um ihre Familie und dem Stolz der ukrainischen Frauen. As a non-native ...
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Does German use contractions in this way?

Please excuse this naive question from someone almost totally ignorant of the language. In an exchange having a German context, I wanted to ask the well-known (in the US) and snarky question "...
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Polite and informal word contractions

In formal English, the general rule is to avoid word contractions, for example, "I am visiting on Thursday" is formal, whereas in informal English, one could say "I'm visiting on ...
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Why are there no contractions for "an der" and "in der"?

I can understand why propositions that end with r (or bei) do not allow for such contractions, but I fail to see why not shorten "in der" and "an der" to "ir" and "ar".
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Is there a common way of shortening German adjectives?

Speaking of poetry or ease of speech, is there a common way of shortening adjectives? An example of my question using a noun instead of an adjective would be saying "mei-" perhaps, instead of "meine," ...
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Dialect of a story from the "Koch-Buch für die Deutschen in Amerika" (1897)

In an 1897 German cookbook (Koch-Buch für die Deutschen in Amerika) I found this story torn out of what may have been a compilation of short stories. The story isn’t dated, but it was included with ...
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Zum, zur und zun?

In German you abbreviate zu der as zur and zu dem as zum. Why does the abbreviation zun for zu den does not exist?
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Can “zum” be used to contract “zu einem”?

I know you can use it to shorten to zu dem, but is it also used for the indefinite article? And is zur a different matter?
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„Und” zwischen zwei Verben mit unterschiedlichem Kasus

Ich werde dem Chef die Unterlage durch E-Mail zuschicken und/oder telefonieren. oder Ich werde dem Chef die Unterlage durch E-Mail zuschicken und/oder ihn telefonieren. Welcher Satz stimmt und, ...
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How should I say something like "I'm" instead of "I am" in German?

In English,we have "I'm" instead of "I am" . Is there something like that in German? I don't want to speak so formal!
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Hin and her prepositional contractions

What are all the hin and her contractions people use? z.B. raus, rauf, usw. Is it as simple as every her-preposition, or is it more of a subset? What about hin? For instance, I've seen nüber but can't ...
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When to use "ins"?

I'm a little confused with the preposition contraction ins. As far as I know, it means in das, but I don't understand why it is used in this sentence: Sie fahren ins Theater. It feels like the ...
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Erikativ, Inflektiv (*fragend schau*)

Der Inflektiv bzw. Erikativ ist eine besonders von Erika Fuchs verwendete Übersetzung für die englischen Phrasen in Comics wie seufz, gähn, mit den Füßen aufstampf, ganz lieb sei. In Foren und Chat ...
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Does "passt scho" mean "passt so" or "passt schon"?

People say "passt scho" here all the time. Does that mean "passt so" or "passt schon"? Is there any difference between using "passt scho" and whichever of those two it means?
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Beispiele für Konsonanten, die zwischen Artikel und Wort gewandert sind

Aus dem Englischen kenne ich das Phänomen, dass ein Konsonant zwischen Artikel und Wort wandern kann. So heißt etwa "Natter" im Englischen "adder", weil "an adder" und &...
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Verwendung von "zum" vs. "zu dem"

Gibt es noch mehr Regeln als die folgenden, wann nur die Kontraktion und wann nur die expandierte Form verwendet werden kann? 1. Wenn auf das "dem" eine Satzgruppe folgt, kann nicht kontrahiert ...
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