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Specific Satzglieder in a particular sentence

I recently stumbled over this sentence and can't figure out which Satzglieder it consists of: Ich steige vom Bus in den Zug um. I realise that Ich is the Subjekt and steige … um is the Prädikat, but ...
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Can prepositions only appear in form of prepositional objects in a sentence?

I've been searching for some time now if this is always the case, but google gives me no easy answers. Infact, it doesn't even seem to know what prepositional objects are. In every german sentence I ...
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Why does accusative pronoun come before dative pronoun?

So according to my grammar book, when a sentence consists of two pronouns objects the accusative pronoun always precedes the dative pronoun: Ich kaufe dem Mann die Uhr. Ich kaufe sie ihm. Is there ...
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Is this an accusative object?

In one of our exams, teacher asked this sentence: "Er trinkt Tomatensuppe." Then followed with the question whether this sentence has any accusative objects or not? Here is my view: The ...
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What can I put on the first place in a narrative sentence, if a subject is on the third place?

From the beginning of my German learning way I've always heard that anything can be put on the first or on the third position in a narrative sentence and the only thing you have to do is just to put a ...
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An + Akkusativ statt Dativ

Wie auf Englisch mit dem bekannten "dative shift" (I gave John a point ⟷ I gave a point to John) gibt es im Deutschen auch einige Verben (vor allem Verben des Gebens), die neben dem ...
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Can you omit an implied object?

In English you can say "my friend is visiting" with the object me/us implicit. In German can you say "meine Freundin besucht" omitting the object? Or must you be explicit?
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Direct vs indirect object order in phrase

I am a little unsure on how to write this with proper grammar: "Wir erlauben uns Ihnen den Betrag gutzuschreiben" or "Wir erlauben uns den Betrag Ihnen gutzuschreiben". I am ...
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Objekte stehen immer im Akkusativ; nicht im Genitiv oder Dativ?

Wenn man Texte einiger Linguisten liest, wird immer wieder erwähnt, dass gemäß der traditionellen Linguistik Objekte immer im Akkusativ stehen. Genitiv- und Dativobjekte seien Erfindungen der modernen ...
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jemanden etwas bitten?

Kurz vor seinem Tod hatte ihn sein Vater gebeten: »Kümmere dich um deine Mutter, Sohn.« I would have thought the dative case would be used for that pronoun, but I find it written this way in a book. ...
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Obwohl sich das nicht besonders anhört vs. Obwohl das sich nicht besonders anhört

Das hört sich nicht besonders an. Die Serie ist wahnsinnig lustig. We can combine the two statements into this: Obwohl sich das nicht besonders anhört, ist die Serie wahnsinnig lustig. I'm almost ...
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Wortstellung der Objekte/des Subjekts in Nebensätzen (O-S-V möglich?)

Ich verzweifle gerade an der Wortstellung in Nebensätzen bzw. an Abweichungen der Standardregel und habe auch schon viel recherchiert, aber es scheint, dass niemand diese Frage thematisieren will. Ich ...
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Das hat er dir geglaubt?

I have heard the following sentence in the TV series "How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)": Das hat er dir geglaubt? Does that mean "Did he believe that (which you said)?" / "...
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A genitive complement with a seeming tacit feminine noun

In a novel written in English, police in a large city suspect a certain unkempt young man, the protagonist, of being a vagrant, and they have trouble with lots of those converging on that city. His ...
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„Es besteht _kein_ Zweifel“ / „Es gibt _keinen_ Zweifel“ - why Nom. with bestehen?

I'm trying to work out why Nom. is used in „Es besteht kein Zweifel“ but Akk. is used in „Es gibt keinen Zweifel“? I would have expected things to be identical for geben and bestehen, i.e. keinen ...
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How would I say "I wish you (pl. formal) sth." in German. Is it necessary to use "für" in the German sentence?

If I want to express a wish to someone, and I say "Ich wünsche mich für Ihnen etw....", is it necessary to use "für", or can I just say, "Ich wünsche mich Ihnen etw....". In general, is it okay to ...
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Object of infinitive when it becomes a substantive? [closed]

I believe in zu+inf construction we can put object of verb: "ich bevorzuge ein Haus zu bauen" "ich bevorzuge an Sie zu denken" What about when they are Substantiv? correct? "Nach einem Hause ...
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Case agreement of preposition "von" when there are two objects

Die Älteren erzählten gerne von ihrer Kinder und Jugend. The above sentence came from this language learning site. We know that von is a preposition that should be used with the dative case. The ...
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The Object of the Verb "Heißen"

I have seen that when the object of heißen normally has a definite article, it is written with this article. An example is the sentence Dieser Satz heißen die Newton-Leibniz-Formel. Which case is ...
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Lassen Sie es mich nochmal probieren. Location of 'es'

I see in a German language book this statement. A: Lassen Sie es mich nochmal probieren. But to me, B: Lassen Sie mich es nochmal probieren. sounds more natural. Is only A correct? If not, is A more ...
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Warum wird das Akkusativ-Objekt in einem passiven Satz zum Subjekt?

Es geht um den Unterschied in den folgenden drei Passiv-Konstruktionen: Satz mit Dativ-Objekt: Ich helfe meinem Freund. Meinem Freund wird (von mir) geholfen. Satz mit Genitiv-Objekt: ...
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"Es schadet einem nicht." What is the meaning of "einem" here?

I saw it on link to youtube, at 1:18 the following sentence: Es schadet einem nicht According to my understanding, "es schadet nicht" simply means "it doesn't hurt". But what is the meaning if "...
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Authority for verbs that take dative direct objects

Does anyone know of an (online) authority that will indicate if a given verb takes dative direct objects? I've seen lists, but they don't seem to be exhaustive. If I learn a new (rare) verb, where ...
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about the use of verb 'anfragen' : can it take object word?

I saw in the dictionary the verb anfragen is vi. (intransitive verb, verb that doesn't take object word.) Someone asked me A. Darf ich Sie anfragen? But I think it should be fixed to B. ...
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"Haben Sie sich vielleicht in den Kopf gesetzt, mich auch weiterhin nicht in Ruhe zu lassen?"

This post is on the final sentence of this passage from chapter 'Der Fall Robinson' of Amerika (Der Verschollene) by Frankz Kafka. »Dann sage ich Ihnen und bitte Sie, Delamarche das gleiche ...
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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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Position of the accusative (direct) object in the German translation of “I called her yesterday.”

In the translation of “I called her yesterday”: Ich habe gestern sie angerufen. Ich habe sie gestern angerufen. Which is the correct position of the accusative (direct) object (in this case: the ...
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In the song »Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn«

In the famous song "Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn", in the 3rd verse, Und der wilde Knabe brach 's Röslein auf der Heiden; Röslein wehrte sich und stach, Half ihm doch kein Weh und Ach, ...
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In "Ich möchte Frau Lohmann sprechen", Is Frau Lohmann the objective of sprechen? or suject of sprechen?

My German textbook doesn't provide enough grammar explanation. Is the above sentence translate in English to "I want to speak to Frau Lohmann" or "I want Frau Lohmann to speak"? When I look up '...
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»Lass mal McDonald's gehen.«

Ich habe heute in der Schule folgenden Satz gehört: Lass mal McDonald’s gehen. Ist der grammatikalisch korrekt? Müsste es nicht eigentlich heißen: Lass uns mal in den McDonald’s gehen.
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What is the grammatical term for a "dass"-clause when it is the thing believed?

What is the standard grammatical term for the dass-clause in the following constructions? glauben, dass P jemanden überzeugen, dass P The account might look like: The dass-clause is ...
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Was sind direkte und indirekte Objekte?

Ich lese hier in Fragen immer wieder die Begriffe direktes Objekt indirektes Objekt Diese Begriffe werden, meiner Beobachtung nach, (fast) ausschließlich von Leuten verwendet, die Deutsch als ...
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Order of objects when describing a trade

I wonder if there is a rule how to say it right. Let’s say you want trade wood for straw. So you have wood and the other one should have straw. So you ask: Tauscht jemand Holz gegen Stroh? But if ...
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