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Two second-person pronouns in the first sentence of the dedication from “Faust”

The first sentence of the Zueignung in the beginning of Goethe's Faust, Eine Tragödie reads thus: Ihr naht euch wieder, schwankende Gestalten! I am interpreting this as something along the lines ...
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Declension of pronoun when nouns of multiple genders follow

How are adjectival pronouns declined when nouns of multiple genders follow? For example: Jede/Jeden Höcker und Kurve in der Straße. The nouns Höcker und Kurve are of different genders (masculine and ...
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Pronoun endings in Akkusative Objects for “mein”

Consider the following sentence: Seit zwei Jahren tausche ich meine alten aber noch guten Sachen hier und bin begeistert. In this sentence, as per my understanding, we have a Akkusative ...
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Is akkusativ or Dative Object pronoun used in this sentence?

The sentence is : What does my name sound like to you? the expression "to you" what do you think it is. If we convert into german, what would be the translation. Will it be: Was hört mein Name ...
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Where should mir bitte be placed in a Question sentence that have a dative pronoun and an akkusative object?

I have two sentences: Kannst du mein Mittagessen mir geben bitte? Kannst du mir bitte mein Mittagessen geben? Are both grammatically correct? Is there any rule governing the positions in this ...
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“Ihr kleinen Monster?” How come?

So, this is a scene from a German series. Two women are fighting and it is broken up by the third one saying: "Es reicht, ihr kleinen Monster!" The question is, why is there an "n" at the end of "...
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Why is ‘eines’ used in the sentence ‘Eines gleich vorweg’?

In the sentence: Eines gleich vorweg: Wir sind kein Speisepilz-Verein! Why isn't it: Ein gleich vorweg: … What’s the reason to use genitive here? Is there any grammar that I don’t know? Can ...
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Why is “eines” genitive in “eines frühen Abends”? [duplicate]

This is a line from "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink: Eines frühen Abends im Februar hörte ich eine Amsel singen. One early evening in February I heard a blackbird singing. eines (masc+...
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Role of relative clause for a person

My friend told me the other day: Robert ist einfach so sympathisch, den kann man nicht nicht mögen. The entire sentence made sense Robert is actually so nice, that you can't not like him. ...
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Why is the article “die” used before “neben”. Are there instances where other articles are used?

In the explanation: Es gibt aber auch einige Verben, die neben dem Subjekt (im Nominativ) auch ein Dativobjekt verlangen. I am not sure why die is used.
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“Es waren dies jene neuesten Telephone” from Der Verschollene by Kafka

This post is on es and dies as highlighted in this passage from chapter 'Der Fall Robinson' of Amerika (Der Verschollene) by Frankz Kafka. Da waren zum Beispiel sechs Unterportiers bei sechs ...
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Nominalized adjective and inflection form to pronoun irgendwer and irgendwas

Does the pronoun irgendwer precedes Nominalized adjective like pronoun irgendwas (Süßes) and which is the adjective inflection form after these pronouns?
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Why is it “Meine Freundin hat mich zu sich (nach Hause) eingeladen”?

Why is it "Meine Freundin hat mich zu sich (nach Hause) eingeladen" as opposed to "sie hat mich zu ihr eingeladen", I mean. Which you could obviously also say, but then there would be 2 friends, ...
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“es wird so entschieden, wie einem in der ersten Wut das Urteil aus dem Munde fährt”

This post is on es and einem as highlighted in this passage from chapter 'Der Fall Robinson' of Amerika (Der Verschollene) by Frankz Kafka. Karl sah ein, daß er eigentlich seinen Posten schon ...
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this, these, that, those, diese, das relationship

I haven't seen any corresponding translation in German for this, these, that, those. Instead, there are both diese and das being used as pronoun and both seem to be used for both plural and singular ...
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“Ich schreibe mir” vs “Ich schreibe”

I had the following sentence: Ich schreibe mir das Wort aus. I was thinking this sentence meant I'm writing the word out myself. But I was thinking about the use of the pronoun "mir" which is ...
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Warum ist in diesem Satz “Es” von einem Prädikat in Plural (hervor-rufen) gefolgt?

Ich brauche eine grammatische Erklärung. In einem Satz aus dem Roman "Pfaueninsel" von Thomas Hettche nutzt der Autor das Pronomen "Es" als Subjekt, gefolgt vom Verb "(hervor)rufen" in Plural. "Es ...
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Use of pronoun allesamt

Canoo has given following example of pronoun allesamt, They have mentioned that "it can be used as a adverb" though I do not getting clear understanding about the whole, So I want to know In which ...
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“ihr” is referring to which noun

I was given the following paragraph: Das Speichern und das Veröffentlichen von Musik sind heute mit der MP3 Technik möglich. Diese Technik, mit der man Musik über das Internet senden kann, ist eine ...
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Use of ihn pronoun “ihn deshalb später in der Mediathek geguckt.”

I was reading the sentence Er hat den Film im Fernsehen verpasst und ihn deshalb später in der Mediathek geguckt. and it seemed relative easy to first translate and make sense: He missed the film ...
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German speak without personal pronouns

My friends and I went on a tour to a football stadium recently and a friend from Austria who couldn't come to the trip messaged us to say Hätte zu gerne die Stadion-Tour gemacht Now, I was thinking,...
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“Ich kenne dich” not “Ich kenne du” - why?

I was reading a sentence a friend said: David, ich kenne dich, sei bitte pünktlich. Now, I know kennen is to know someone i.e. to be familiar with someone, but why do we use the pronoun "dich" ...
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Groß-/Kleinschreibung von “Er/er” in Arbeitszeugnissen

Ich habe heute mein Arbeitszeugnis bekommen und bin über das "Er" gestolpert. Durch das ganze Zeugnis durch wurde "Er" im Bezug auf mich groß geschrieben. Ich denke mir, dass das eventuell eine Art ...
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Using demonstrative pronouns vs. regular pronouns

In my German 1 class, we learned that there are pronouns such as the following: But we also just learned about the demonstrative pronoun: And I'm having trouble differentiating between using one set ...
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When would you use “er” or “sie” instead of “es”, specifically with the meaning of “it”? [closed]

I answered the translation of "Is it not your jacket", as "Sie ist nicht deine Jacke". Duolingo marked this wrong. Am I indeed wrong, or is this an error in the accepted answer? I know that I have ...
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How does jemands decline in genitive form? [closed]

Ich habe jemands Mütze im Schuppen gefunden. How does jemands decline in genitive form?
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Pronouns in a clause

I have a doubt about the pronoun "es" in this clause: Aber auch schon abends, sobald das Licht brennt, sieht der Verstand wie das Auge nicht so klar, wie bei Tage: daher diese Zeit nicht zur ...
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Usage of “neigen zu etwas”

To practice the usage of “neigen zu etwas” I constructed the following sentence: Der Hund neigt dazu, jeden zu beißen, der in den Garten kommt. I would like to know if the sentence flows naturally ...
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Feminine Definite Article

Die Lampe ist klasse, sie ist nicht langweilig. Why is there sie after the comma, is that sie for lampe (die Lampe).
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Dative prepositions and reflexive pronoun

Bitte melden Sie sich bis zum 10. Juni per Mail oder telefonisch an. In this sentence there are 2 prepositions together bis and zum, there is a reflexive pronoun and an is at the last of the ...
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“Es ist” instead of “der/sie ist”

I am new to German so would would be grateful if someone could help with this trivial question. When doing some exercises from my course book I saw such example Der Computer ist nicht neu. Es ist ...
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Worauf bezieht sich “den” hier?

Aus Der Zauberberg Von Mann: Der Raum, der sich drehend und fliehend zwischen ihn und seine Pflanzstätte wälzt, bewährt Kräfte, die man gewöhnlich der Zeit vorbehalten glaubt; von Stunde zu ...
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German clients addressing a freelancer with “du” on the Internet

My friend who works remotely as a freelancer illustrator is a non-native German speaker, and is surprised that native speakers who request a quote from her online always start the conversation with ...
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Das versus Es as a direct object

How to choose between es and das? Are they interchangeable? Ich gebe ihm das versus Ich gebe es ihm Another example: Ich weiss es versus Ich weiss das
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Ist “Es weiß ich” gutes Deutsch?

I know Das weiß ich works And also Ich weiß es So what is the reason you can't start the sentence with the pronoun "es"?
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Difference between dieses und dies in accusative

I was asked to translate the following sentence I write this book And what I wrote is Ich schreibe dies Buch But then I got corrected, and told that the right translation is Ich schreibe ...
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The order of dative and accusative in a sentence

Ich kann dir das nicht verraten. I'm given to understand that if the subject in the accusative case is a pronoun, (as in the sentence above?) it precedes the dative case. Otherwise, the dative comes ...
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An ambiguous pronoun

Ich lasse mir von schlechtem Wetter nicht die Laune verderben. So, I'm given to understand that die Laune verderben requires the dative case to show whose mood is being spoiled. Like - Das verdirbt ...
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Why “mir”, not “mein(e)” in phrase “mir aus den Augen”?

I've been trying to translate lyrics of the song "Sonne" by Rammstein, and I've found an interesting line: "Die Sonne scheint mir aus den Augen" which translates to: "The sun is shining out of my ...
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Is 'sich' being used for emphasis in this sentence?

The article I am reading has the following sentence: Fast zwei Jahre lang hat er sich da schon durch die Wildnis Lateinamerikas geschlagen. I can't quite work out what is going on with the 'sich' ...
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Using “dies” instead of the form of the pronoun that matches the gender and number of the referent

This post is on dies as used in these excerpts from chapter 'Weg nach Ramses' of Amerika (Der Verschollene) by Frankz Kafka. Beim Hervorsuchen einiger Gegenstände, die zuunterst lagen – es waren ...
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“es waren dies eine Taschenbibel, …”

The question is on dies as highlighted in this sentence from Amerika (Der Verschollene) by Franz Kafka. Beim Hervorsuchen einiger Gegenstände, die zuunterst lagen – es waren dies eine Taschenbibel, ...
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“Respektiere jeder die Lage, in der er ist: so ist jedem gedient.”

This post is on the sentence highlighted below. The quote is from 'Brief eines Dichters an einen Herrn' by Robert Walser, which is the first 'Dichtung' in Kleine Dichtungen. Wenn ich befürchte, ...
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Using the neutral pronoun to refer to other genders? [duplicate]

I’m rather confused by this. When referring to objects/people, which demonstrative pronoun are you supposed to use? The one that corresponds to the gender, or the neutral pronoun? Example: Wessen ...
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Was vertritt das Pronomen “es” in diesem Fall?

Gemacht habe ich es gestern schon. Im oberen gezeigten Fall, steht das Pronomen "es" für das Partizip II "gemacht", oder steht es für einen Komplement der vorher erwähnt worden wäre? Ich habe die ...
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using 'es' for subjective masculine pronoun

A : Ist dein Tisch neu? B : (1) Ja, er ist neu. (2) Ja, es ist neu. (3) Ja, der ist neu. Tisch is masculine. So I know B-(1) is correct. But can we say B-(2) also? I think 'es' is for ...
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The reflexive and non-reflexive forms of ‘wünschen’

What is the difference between the reflexive and non-reflexive forms of the verb wünschen? For example take the sentence: I wish you a very pleasant evening How would I say that in German? Ich ...
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Why is the following example in the nominative instead of accusative?

Ich möchte noch Wein. Haben wir noch welchen? Nein, es ist keiner mehr da. I understand why the first part has "welchen" in the accusative, but unsure of the reasoning behind "keiner" being the ...
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“All der Wein” vs. “Aller Wein”

As a determiner "all" All der Wein... but as a pronoun "all" (of it = the wine) is it "Aller Wein"? I think the headline captures the essence of my confusion. And I do have a good grammar book! ...
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Rationale for using introductory “es” in passive constructs

In learning the various uses of es. A couple of websites talk about the use of the “introductory es”, like this one. Es werden viele Häuser aus Holz gebaut. Many houses are being built of wood. ...