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Questions tagged [modal-particles]

Modalpartikel, Abtönungspartikel – For questions concerning modal particles such as "aber", "doch", "eben", "halt", "ja", "mal", "schon", ...

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Eben und halt, was ist der Unterschied?

Im Sinne von "just", wenn es einen Unterschied gibt. Are there situations or connotations particular to either?
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At which level does one typically learn modal particles?

I'm currently learning German A2.1 and I find the concept of the modal particles (doch, ja, nun einmal, eben, etc.) very interesting. Is there a standard level at which these will be 'actively' ...
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Looking for extensive discussion of German modal particles

One example of such a modal particle is mal in Schau mal. Another example is denn in Was soll denn das? Spoken German is awash in such modal particles. My question about them is always the ...
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What's the difference between “noch” and “immer noch?”

From what I got, the sentence Sie isst immer noch is translated to She's still eating. I get what each word in the sentence translates to: Sie -> She isst -> eats/is eating immer -> ...
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Is it rude/weird to say only “danke” instead of “danke schön”?

In English it's quite normal to simply say "thanks" in daily conversations with strangers. However, in Germany I've mostly heard "danke schön" being said and have seldom heard just "danke", though I ...
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when would you use this structure?

is this how you make a past tense of a modal verb and if not what is this? ich habe ... sollen.(is it the perfect past tense(would it mean I should have)) what is the difference between man sollst ...
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Die Bedeutung von “nur mal so”

Warum lachst Du oder lachst Du nur mal so warum weinst Du oder weinst Du nur mal so Ich stolper durch die Straßen und bin total verwirrt selbst wenn Du Brötchen holst bin ich schon ...
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Why does German have so many modal particles in comparison to other languages?

Fluent spoken German is often interspersed with lots of modal particles (e.g. "eben", "halt", "wohl") while other languages seem to lack these particles entirely, thus confusing learners and ...
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How to make question sentences in modal verbs

How can I turn the sentence Ich habe das nicht machen können. to a question? And In which situations would I use Ich habe machen gewollt?
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„Was ist bitte daran hübsch?“ – Funktion von „bitte“

Ich verfolge in einem anderen Forum einen Shitstorm, der mit der Frage „Was ist bitte daran hübsch?“ unter einem Bild startet. Im Laufe der Diskussion hat sich jetzt rausgestellt, dass der Poster ...
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What does “aber” mean in this context? [duplicate]

What does “aber” mean in English in the following sentence? Das habe ich aber nicht bestellt. That's not what I ordered.
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What does “doch sicher” mean? [duplicate]

I know that doch means surely and sicher means sure. Could you please explain more about the collocation doch sicher in the following example? What exactly does doch sicher mean? Sabine, du kennst ...
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The grammar construction of “weiß überhaupt nicht”

weiß überhaupt nicht (There was no Ich in the original text, I assume because it is a continuation of a sentence which initially starts with “Ich weiß nicht”). Is there an object in this sentence? ...
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When to use the word “mal”? How does it change the meaning?

When do we use the word mal after a verb? Does it change the meaning? For example: what is the difference between the following sentences. Guck mal. Frag mal. Guck. Frag.
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“Ich bin doch nicht …” vs “Ich bin ja nicht …”?

Inspired by a German pastiche of Sherlock Holmes: Watson: Hören Sie das auch? Holmes: Ich bin ja nicht taub. What if we replace "ja" with "doch": Holmes: Ich bin doch nicht taub. Would ...
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Idiomatic usage of “müssen”

I’m watching “Deutschland 83”, and one of the characters said “Du musst geh nach Berlin”, which confused me because I had always learned that modal verbs always kicked the second verb to the end of ...
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Meaning of the phrase: “Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee”

I am a beginner at German learning. I found this line of dialog in the book "Schritte International 1": Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee! What does it mean exactly? I looked up the ...
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How is “mal” used alone

I don’t understand the meaning and usage of mal in this sentence: Zuerst will ich mal mein Deutsch verbessern. What of a difference would it make if there would be no mal?
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How to translate “aber” in a negative question?

Deine Schwester wohnt aber nicht in Kiel, oder? I would suggest that it means "Your sister doesn't live in Kiel, right?". But the aber is a real pain. I looked everywhere on the Internet and nothing ...
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Unterscheidung zwischen “auch” als Modalpartikel und als logische Verknüpfung

Modalpartikeln wie denn, ja, wohl, schon, aber, allerdings, eigentlich, natürlich, auch etc. (auch Rede-, Abtönungs- oder Einstellungspartikel genannt) haben im entsprechenden Kontext im Deutschen ...
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Using doch to emphasize a negative reply

I stumbled upon this while looking up the usage of doch in "Hammer's German Grammar and Usage" (fourth ed), and the subsequent examples are from there. I am familiar with the use of doch for ...
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How can I translate the adverb “doch” in sentences?

What is the difference between "Dann mach doch das Fenster zu" and "Dann mach das Fenster zu"? Further examples: Ich fahre doch nur 90. Sieh doch im Korb nach.
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Wahrscheinlich vs. wohl

Er hat wohl Recht über die Zu-Wortstellung. He is probably right about the zu-construction. Wo ging er hin? - Er ging wahrscheinlich in die Kneipe, um einen heben. Where did he go? - He probably went ...
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How would you translate “but still” into German?

Es gab keinen Kaffee mehr, aber noch fragte er nach einer Tasse. There was no more coffee, but still he asked for another cup. Does aber noch fit the context?
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The usage of the modal particle “ja”

How is the modal particle "ja" used? Is it the same as "you know"? Ich kann ja den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen. Ich kann den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen, weisst du?
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“Jedenfalls” and “wenigstens”

The phrases auf jeden Fall and auf alle Fälle are possible alternatives for jedenfalls. Vielleicht ist er krank, er sieht jedenfalls schlecht aus. Er ist noch nicht gekommen, aber er hat sich ...
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Doch vs. noch/gar?

Und viele mancher Kollegen wüssten doch noch gar nicht, dass sie nicht wieder kommen würden.[FAZ] How can doch noch gar be translated, when, according to my dictionary, both doch and noch can be ...
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dann doch noch schnell

What does the phrase "dann doch noch schnell" mean? As in Ich habe mir heute dann doch noch schnell einen neuen Hartschalenkoffer gekauft. is this some kind of an idiom?
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Can I use “doch” as negation to “es ist meine Schuld”?

I'm trying to understand a particular use of the word doch If somebody says es ist meine Schuld, meaning "it's my fault", may I use doch in response to convey, essentially, "no, on the contrary, it'...
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Meaning of schon in “das schaff' ich schon”

Watching Futurama, one of the characters said: "das schaff' ich schon!" What exactly does this mean, and how does "schon" change the meaning? (I don't remember, but I think it was Fry, which ...
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How to use “doch”

I know "doch" is used to contradict a negative statement: A: Das ist nicht wahr. B: Doch! It's a great word for this usage and some languages really lack this word. But, I found it hard to ...