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What universities existed in Berlin 1930 - 1945? [closed]

A German TV show set in 1946 Berlin has in its script a "University of Neukölln" in Berlin, which doesn't appear in search results. What happened to this uni? Did it merge and become one of ...
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Dictionary indicates 'zu jds. Gunsten' and gives the example 'zu meinen/Ihren Gunsten'; generally can 'jds' be substituted by meinen/deinen/seinen/…?

I was trying to figure out why "Der Krieg verläuft zu unseren Gunsten" had 'unser' declined in that way, but the form dict.cc gave me was 'zu jds. Gunsten' (https://www.dict.cc/?s=gunsten) ...
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Relative pronouns "which" and "that" vs. "welches" and "das"

(Related: are "das", "was" and "welch-" interchangeable relative pronouns?) In English the "rule" is that "that" is used in restrictive clauses while &...
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That and the demonstrative pronouns [duplicate]

I'm missing something, perhaps is the understanding of demonstrative pronouns. In (from youtube) That is Peter. or Das ist Peter. Das is being used as a demonstrative pronoun, right? But the case, is ...
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"She buys it." in German

The English it might translate to er/sie/es, right? So the translation of She buys it. might be Sie kauft ihn/sie/es. How can we choose the correct ihn/sie/es if we don't know what she is buying?
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Demonstrative pronouns or definitive articles?

Reading »Der Corona Schock« Hans-Werner Sinn, page 57: Vom Gipfel von Madrid im Jahr 1995, als die Zeitschiene für die Einführung des Euro verbindlich beschlossen wurde, bis hin zur Lehman-Krise im ...
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Why do the Swiss pronounce Schweiz "Schweez"?

Die Schweiz means Switzerland. "Ei" is pronounced "eye" in German, which means Schweiz should be pronounced "Schw-eye-z". However, the Swiss pronounce their country "...
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What is the German translation of the singular "they/them"? [duplicate]

With the actual translation of "them/they" being "sie/ihr" which is exactly the same as the singular female pronoun "sie/ihr", is there a generally accepted alternative ...
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Does "Geht los!" mean the same as "Los geht's"? And is "Geht's los!" a wrong use of "'s", i.e. "es"? Why so?

I understand that Los geht's! means "It's on!" "Here we go!" (https://qr.ae/pGcQL4). Does Geht los! mean the same as Los geht's!? Is it incorrect to say Geht's los!? (i.e. 's is ...
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Can I exchange relative pronouns and articles in this way?

Wenn Sie Fragen haben, lassen Sie es mich wissen. Why do we use es here? As Fragen is plural, why don't we use sie? Whenever I don't want to repeat the noun, I either use its gender article as per ...
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Funktion von "nichts"

"Ich hole Geld" vs. "Ich hole nichts". Warum schreibt man "nichts" nicht groß. Ich könnte jetzt meine Gedanken dazu aufschreiben, aber das spare ich mir lieber.
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Position of Indirect object in German questions

In the sentence, "Woher hat sie die Schuhe?" which means "Where does she have the shoes from?", shouldn't the pronoun sie take the dative case? As Die Schuhe is the direct object, ...
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What is the rationale behind the movement trying to eliminate gendered articles for names? [closed]

I recently heard a conversation among Austrians arguing that the use of definite articles before proper names (der Thomas, die Julia), a practice particular to Austria, should be eliminated in the ...
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construct with im Gegensatz dazu, im Gegensatz zu dem, was

I have a doubt regarding "im Gegensatz zu dem, was": Er hat böswillig gehandelt, im Gegensatz zu dem, was der Richter frei erfunden hat, es handelt sich um keinen Fall von Notwehr. Would ...
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Weit von sich weisen - reflexive pronoun sich

I am using the verbal expression etwas weit von sich weisen and I am not sure about the form or declination of sich in this case, I would say for instance Er hat die Regel des Abstands weit von sich ...
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Meaning of "Der Pförtner passt auf sie auf"?

Google Translate translates this as "The gatekeeper looks after them" but I don't understand how it got translated to that. What do the two "auf" mean in this sentence? Thanks.
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"Vor wem scheuten sich die Kinder" or "Vor wen scheuten sich die Kinder"?

The answer key in my textbook says that the correct answer is the sentence with the dative wem but I don't understand why. Isn't scheuten (shied away) a movement requiring the accusative wen?
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andere Verwendungen von "eines" außer im Genitiv

Normalerweise wird es in Deutschkursen erklärt, dass "eines" nur für den Genitiv benutzt wird. Heute aber habe ich folgenden Satz gelesen: "Nur eines scheint sich hier abzuzeichnen...&...
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Meaning of "der" in a sentence

What does the second der mean in the following sentence? Einzig der Fluss Kabul, so heißt übrigens auch die Hauptstadt von Afghanistan, fließt in den Indus und der mündet am Schluss in den Indischen ...
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Position von Reflexivpronomen

Warum ist die Position vom Reflexivpronomen in den Beispielen 1 und 2 verschieden (ein Lehrbuchbeispiel)? Ist 3 auch richtig oder ist es nicht so richtig wie 1? Kann das jemand erklären? 1. Hat sich ...
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Overview of nominative, accusative and dative for all pronouns

I am "new" in German learning. I found this table (bellow). According to the table the accusative of "mein" for the third person singular neutral (es) is: meines? However, in this ...
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accusative and dative [closed]

I am bit confused with the german translation of the English sentence "He gives her a pen". In german language it is "Er gibt ihr einen Stift". Now, we have "einen" ...
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Should we say "die ist sehr groß" or "sie ist sehr groß" when referring to a feminine object? [duplicate]

I am new to German and I came across this sentence in a practice book. In reference to a couple's kitchen, a character says "die ist sehr groß". But from what I know, the sentence should ...
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Construction I need help clarifying in Otfried Preußler's "Krabat"

I was reading the novel "Krabat" and came across the following sentences: »Ja«, sagte Lobosch, »heuer zum letzten Mal. Denn nun bin ich hier Lehrjunge auf der Mühle.« Das sagte er voller ...
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Capitalization of pronouns in emails [duplicate]

One can capitalize pronouns in mails/letters. For example: Ich schreibe dir. or Ich schreibe Dir. When should it be capitalized?
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Does a pronoun make a phrase accusative?

I am having trouble understanding why the two sentences below end in accusative: Meine Mutter findet, dass sie eine gute Ärztin hat. Der Mann sagt, dass er den Kaffee nicht mag. Something I have ...
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What pronouns are used in German for a transgender person? [duplicate]

In English, it is common in some circles to encounter the 3rd person plural pronoun, they, in a first person singular context when the person is transgender. For example: I see [name] walking down ...
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Job title of an owner of income-generating real estate properties?

If an individual (in no way incorporated nor employing other staff) owns several properties in a city in their own name, and lives off collecting rent from residential as well as commercial tenants in ...
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"es" ("it") for a woman

As "user unknown" stated in the comments of another question, there should exist German dialects, where "es" is a common pronoun (instead or beneath "sie") for a woman. (&...
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"deren" vs. "ihres" to mark ownership

Under the usage of der/die/das as a demonstrative pronoun, leo.org lists the usage of dessen/deren to mark ownership clearly. As an example, the site gives - Herr Müller geht mit Anton und seiner ...
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Ist der Satz "Ein Haus, dass die Zeiten überdauert" aus dieser Anzeige grammatikalisch korrekt? Falls ja, warum?

In einer Anzeige in der taz steht: Ein Mensch, der uns ähnelt, Ein Haus, dass die Zeiten überdauert. Ist die Orthographie dass (mit Doppel-s) hier korrekt? Ich dachte, dass das nur mit einem s ...
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Zwischen dir und mir oder du und ich

Ich habe überhaupt nicht verstanden, was richtig ist. Im Buch steht, dass „zwischen" eine Präposition ist, und dass es die Regel gibt, dass man bei Bewegung Akkusativ verwendet und sonst Dativ. ...
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Das, war vs es, war

Which should I use and when: das, was or es, was I've seen both being used as 'what', e.g Das, was ich habe, war schön. What I saw was beautiful. Which should you use?
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When to use "deiner" [closed]

Hello just trying to figure out in the sentence "und das Rathaus in deiner Stadt?" doe the "deiner" have an "er" on the end to refer to the your is a man, as the article ...
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'Jemand hat seinen' or 'jemand hat ihren'?

Which is right? Or both? Gestern war ich in der Schlange. Jemand hat mir ihren Platz gegeben. Gestern war ich in der Schlange. Jemand hat mir seinen Platz gegeben. Is jemand masculine or feminine or ...
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Is Pronomen label based on context?

Originally, I thought the Wortart for a word is determined by how it is used in a sentence. (I will limit this question to Pronomen, with some noun/verb/adjectives for motivation.) In English, one can ...
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Role of „es“ in a sentence with “ablegen”

In an example on the usage of ablegen, dwds.de gives the following example: Natürlich legt er es nicht im geringsten darauf ab, den Herrn von Prackwitz zu ruinieren. Presuming that er is the subject ...
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Can someone give me a single example of the interrogative pronoun Welches? ( it is the genitiv of Welcher) [closed]

How do we use this interrogative pronoun in a sentence? It is the genitiv of Welcher. I want an example of Welcher as a pronoun not as a determiner in a sentence.
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„Alles aussteigen bitte“: Warum „alles“?

Endstation, alles aussteigen bitte. Endstation, alle aussteigen bitte. Beides klingt vertraut, aber wieso alles? Ich interpretiere alle hier als alle Leute, aber ich finde kein akzeptables Bezugswort ...
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What is the effect on a personal pronoun due to a verb requiring a dative direct object? [duplicate]

I recently came across a German sentence: - "Gefallen Ihnen die Rosen nicht?" I know that Gefallen is a Dativ verb, but shouldn't the sentence be : - "Gefallen Sie die Rosen nicht?&...
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Bestimmt das Geschlecht des Wortes das Fürwort?

Wird das richtige Fürwort in einem Satz jemals bestimmt von dem Geschlecht des Wortes des Objekts, von dem die Rede ist? Zum Beispiel, sage ich „Es lacht vor Freude“ wenn von einem Kind die Rede ist, ...
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Why do Germans constantly use the word "Sie" [closed]

I've been doing some reading for the Goethe Institut, and whenever they tell me to do something they use the word "Sie", for instance: Wir geben Ihnen mehr Informationen. Finden Sie die passenden ...
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Verwendung von das/dass

Mit ein paar Freunden stecke ich gerade in einer Diskussion fest, warum in einer bestimmten Situation "das" und nicht "dass" zu verwenden ist. Abgesehen von der Person, die den fraglichen Satz ...
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In "Was isst du am liebsten", what's the explanation of "du am liebsten", instead of "deine am liebsten"?

I've just started to learn German, and I encountered this sentence: Was isst du am liebsten? The translation, according to he video that I'm learning from, is What's your favourite food? But ...
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How to translate "stay healthy " [closed]

How to translate: " Please stay healthy and safe during these times" or "I hope you and Frau Mueller are staying healthy and safe during these times" My versions: 1) Bleiben Sie gesund und sicher ...
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Derselbige/Derselbe/Derjenige in genitive singular

I observed that most masculine and neuter pronouns/pronominal determiners in genitive in singular form are declined by adding either s or es at the end of the word. However there are some that don't ...
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Appropriate pronoun for “you” and “someone else who’s not here right now.”

What would be the appropriate pronoun to use when addressing someone (say, one person who you’d normally address with du), but also including someone else who is not present at the moment? A contrived ...
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In the sentence "der hatte doch eine Brille", why do we use 'der' instead of 'er'?

Sie: „Der Mann da, das ist doch Walter.“ Er: „Walter? Nee, der hatte doch eine Brille.“ Sie: „Doch, das ist Walter.“ Can I say "er hatte doch eine Brille" instead of "der hatte doch eine ...
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Warum wurde "es werden" in diesem Satz benutzt?

Ich kann nicht verstehen, warum im folgenden Satz das Verb werden im Plural konjugiert wurde. Es werden nur noch 12 Wörter jeden Tag sein. Ich glaube, der Satz bezieht sich auf Futur I und gemäß ...
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What is the case of "einem" in this context? [duplicate]

Man hat so Dinge im Kopf, die einem wichtig vorkommen. Aber was im Endeffekt das Wichtigste ist, finde ich interessant zu sehen. I can't analyze the case of "einem wichtig" in the above sentence. I ...

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