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Where is exactly the position of “nicht” in the sentence?

A question came to my mind while I was reading a conversation in German: Ich bin krank, Ich kann nicht einkaufen. Ich kann nicht mit Jonas zum Arzt gehen. Ich kann Anna nicht in den ...
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“Nicht” vs “Kein”

This question reminded me of a question that I met when learning German, and I still kind of have it. What are the differences between these words usage? I thought that "nicht" was used to "deny ...
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Position of “nicht” in following contexts

I went through the article The Position of Nicht and the question Where is exactly the position of “nicht” in the sentence?. I would like to know if I am correct in the following sentences and if my ...
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Position of “nicht” and object [duplicate]

Ich habe das gleiche Gefühl nicht. (I don't have the same feeling.) Should nicht be placed in front of das gleiche Gefühl or behind? I see that in the case where there is a verb at the end, it is ...
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Was ist die richtige Antwort auf eine geschlossene Frage mit Verneinung?

Welche Antwort soll ich geben, wenn ich auf eine geschlossene Frage mit Verneinung eine Antwort geben will, die zum Ausdruck bringen soll, dass das, was in der Frage verneint wird, zutrifft? Beispiel:...
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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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Position of “nicht” in “nicht die Hoffnung zu verlieren”

From Spiegel Magazine: (a) Zamperini, gespielt von dem Briten Jack O'Connell, beschwört seine beiden Kameraden, nicht die Hoffnung zu verlieren. Does "nicht" negate "die Hoffnung" or the whole ...
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“kein Klavier” or “nicht Klavier” spielen?

What are the differences between the following pairs of sentences? Ich spiele nicht Klavier. Ich spiele kein Klavier. Ich fahre kein Auto. Ich fahre Auto nicht. My grammar book says that ...
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In a subordinate clause, where should “nicht” and the adverb be placed?

Note: I'm new to this site and my German skills are at a fairly low level since I'm only self-studying it whenever I have a large chunk of free time, so my apologies if this has already been asked. I ...
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Sentence meaning depending on position of “nicht”

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? Ich spreche die Deutsche nicht. Ich spreche nicht die Deutsche. Also: Ich bin nicht der Lehrer. Ich bin der Lehrer nicht.
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Does position of nicht matter?

Suppose I want to say "I am not cold". I know this is "Ich bin nicht kalt". Is "Ich bin kalt nicht" also valid or is it incorrect? I ask because I often see "nicht" at the end of the sentence, but ...
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When using ‘bevor’ in a conditional sense, is a double negation required?

Today I saw the sentence: I cannot go to bed before I help everyone. Being translated into German will that sentence contain nicht in the part with bevor? Ich kann nicht ins Bett gehen, bevor ...
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When does “nicht” stand before and when after a direct object expressed by a noun? [duplicate]

I understand that objects expressed by pronouns usually go in front of "nicht" and objects expressed by a noun or a pronoun with a preposition usually go after "nicht", but what should I do with ...
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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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“Ich gehe abends oft aus.” – where to put “nicht” for negating? [duplicate]

I want to answer the question “Gehen Sie abends oft aus ?” and say that I don’t like to go out at evenings. I am confused where to put nicht in my answer. I know that nicht has to negate oft so it ...
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Position of “nicht” in a subordinate clause, where? [duplicate]

Where should a "nicht" in a subordinate clause be positioned? without nicht: "ich glaube, dass das gut ist" with nicht: "ich glaube, dass das nicht gut ist" or with nicht: "ich glaube, ...
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How to say that one is not staying as something

A recent Slow German Podcast had the following sentence: Natürlich blieb Einstein kein Angestellter am Patentamt. It seems to me that it might be better to say it this way: Natürlich blieb ...