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Termin vorschlagen: "...außer 12 Uhr bis 13 Uhr"

I got an interview invitation . In email they ask what time is suitable for me. 1. How to politely response to this invitation and give time slots I am free? Version A Für das persönliche Gespräch ...
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Answering Wo wohnst du?

If the answer I want to give is I live near X metro station. I would answer by saying Ich wohne neben dem U-Bahn Station X. I have only learned a few accusative, dative and two-way prepositions so ...
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Effekt von Frageumkehrung: "Sie haben noch Fragen?"

Welchen Effekt hat die Umkehrung unten? Sie möchten Ihre Nummer ändern? (Kein Problem...) (Das lese ich oft in Werbung.) Anstatt: Möchten Sie Ihre Nummer ändern? was ich als grammatikalisch ...
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A question about the most suitable question word

Can I say woher ist sie? and would the answer, for instance, be sie ist Deutsche or sie kommt aus Deutschland
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Different forms of asking for somebody's name in formal context

I'm learning German using Duolingo and I've been taught that when you ask for a name in formal context ("Excuse me, what is your name?") you use: Entschuldigung, wo/wie heißen sie? however,...
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How to make requests more polite in German?

For example, How can I say these two sentences in a more polite way? 1."Can I kindly ask your support/help?" 2."Can you please support us on this topic?"
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How to ask with "Als"?

The question is just like a conversation between two persons one of the is making a "Kostümfest" and asks his friend about his "Kostüm" .How could he ask him using "als" ...
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Subjekt-Verb-Kongruenz (Numerus)

Ich bin beim Lesen eines Buches auf diesen Satz gestoßen: Etwas später fügt er hinzu: »Wir müssen uns die Frage stellen, ob unsere Technik es dem Patienten erlaubt, mitzuteilen, dass er oder sie ...
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Kontextunterschied bei Tschüss und bei einem langen ausgesprochenen Tschüss?

ich habe von einem Freund die Frage gestellt bekommen, warum man manchmal ein einfaches "Tschüss" zu oder ein lang ausgesprochenes "Tschüss" sagt. Mir ist das bis jetzt kaum ...
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Different ways to say "why"

This question also has an answer here (in German): Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern "wieso", "weshalb" und "warum"? I know that there are multiple ...
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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

When they tell a waiter what food they'd like, why do Germans say "Ich möchte _" even though that translates as "I want _". Saying you want something sounds demanding in English. &...
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Weird question with "ob"

Ob den Patienten bewusst ist, dass sie mit Hausmitteln behandelt werden? Please translate this literally to English. Why is there an "ob"? Should the question just be like this: Ist den ...
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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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Nichts vs Etwas (in questions)

What's the difference between these two questions (if there is any)? Ist dir nichts aufgefallen? And Ist dir etwas aufgefallen? I don't know why I feel like both would be translate to: Did you ...
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Wie kann man auf Deutsch sagen, dass man allein ist?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen (single) und (ledig) auf Deutsch?
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Do we add 'sind' in "are you..." type questions?

While learning German, I have noticed that in the example questions ("Are you" type), we do not use the word sind Q: Are you going? A: fährst du Instead of Sind fährst du (# I hope this ...
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Weird question with "glauben"

Was glaubt ihr denn, wem es einfallen würde, Kinder wie euch anzugreifen? I want to confirm what I know. Is this question the colloquial version of this question?: Wem, glaubt ihr, würde es ...
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Warum ist es "Wie ist deine Adresse" und nicht "Was"?

I've started learning German only recently and as far as I know Wie is how in English and Was is what. However, I have noticed that sometimes it says Wie where it would be more logical to say Was. For ...
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How to ask to view an apartment for rent? [closed]

"Kann ich machen ein besichtigungstermin?" automatically receives a response in English because the other party has figured out the one asking the question is not a German speaker. What is ...
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How to ask "does it come with chips/rice/potatoes?" in a restaurant

This has been bothering me for a while now when I order food in restaurants. Would I just be able to say "Kommt es mit Reis dazu?" or does that sound odd?
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What is the meaning of the construct "Willst du was trinken?"

I'm really new to learning Deutsch. I'm trying to understand the grammatical logic so to speak behind the "construct" Willst du was trinken? Aren't only closed questions supposed to have ...
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Subtle meaning and word order differences in German constituent questions

guys. I'm reading a book on German syntax (for theoretical purposes, since I don't speak German) and the author says (2) is an acceptable word order in German but (1) isn't. (1) Was haben für Bücher ...
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How to ask a question with double accusative?

Edit: thanks to the comments/answers, I understand now that my initial question is wrong. There is one nominative and one accusative in this question. Today I wanted to transform the affirmative ...
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Why do you ask "ist dir kalt" but "bist du krank"? [duplicate]

When you are asking someone whether they are cold, you ask "ist dir kalt" instead of "bist du kalt", as you might expect. I understand this is because the question is dative. However, when you ask ...
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Using "wegen" at an reception/information desk to ask for information

would it be correct to use "wegen X" as an equivalent to "for X" at a reception desk. For example "Hi, for the blood test, should I...". Would it be equivalent to "Hallo, wegen dem Bluttest, sollte ...
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Does using "gleich" in a question add or remove politeness?

Given the following two alternatives: Können wir gleich zahlen? Können wir zahlen? Does the version with gleich add politeness or does it take it away? On one hand I wondered if it would be ...
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So and die in this question

Luzern (Tolstoy's book) In einer Pause, als der Sänger sich räusperte, fragte ich den Lakaien, wer der Sänger sei und ob er oft hierher käme. »So an die zwei Mal im Sommer«, erwiderte der Lakai. »...
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“Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän.” – Why “sieht” instead of “sehen”?

I am reading a book about Sinbad in German and I came across a sentence which I cannot figure why it is using sieht instead of sehen: Sinbad und seine Leute haben grosse Angst. Sie schwimmen an den ...
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"Eines des wichtigsten Amt" oder "eines der wichtigsten Ämter"? [closed]

Ist dieser Satz grammatikalisch korrekt? ... ist eines des wichtigsten Amt in Europa. Manche sagen es soll eines der wichtigsten Ämter in Europa sein.
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Wie formuliere ich eine Frage über (A unterscheidet sich in B und C)

Nehmen wir an, ich soll folgenden Satz in eine Frage umformulieren: „Bei Privatkrediten werden Personalkredite und Anschaffungskredite unterschieden.“ Lautet die Frage dann „Worin ...“, „Wovon ...“ ...
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Negation in Frage: mit „Ja“ oder „Nein” antworten? [duplicate]

Wenn in einer Frage bereits eine Verneinung enthalten ist: Gehst du heute Abend nicht zum Konzert? und man die Aussage der Frage verneinen möchte: Antwortet man dann – wie im Englischen (No, I do ...
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Can someone explain the verb vorstellen to me? When does it come with dative and other times with akkusativ? [closed]

Ich stelle euch der deutsche Gerichte vor. Euch here is dativ or akkusativ? Is there any list for the verb vorstellen and the grammatical case with ever meaning?
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How to ask for a dative object?

I know that wem is the dative question, in contrast with the accusative questions wen and was. But there is the verb folgen, which always takes the dative, e.g., in “Ich folge dem Auto”. How do I ask ...
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When asked "Arbeitest du morgen?", how can one know if he's asked about the day or the action

According to the teach-yourself tutorial recommended me to start learning German with, "Ich arbeite morgen nicht" and "Ich arbeite nicht morgen" both may be negative answers to the question "Arbeitest ...
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How to use Es in deutsch

"Ich musste mich beeilen, damit ich es dir nicht sagen konnte." Why this sentence is using es. Can I ignore the es here?
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Asking the date vs. the day of the week in German

In English, if you ask someone "what date is it?" or "what's the date?", you'll get an answer like "the 20th of September". If you ask "what day is it?", you'll get an answer like "Monday", "Tuesday", ...
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What can be a better way of saying "what can and can't I do?"

I would translate: What can and can’t I do after this day? → Was darf und darf ich nicht nach diesem Tag machen? I think it is grammatically correct but I’m not so sure that’s the way native ...
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What's the difference between "schon" and "noch" in questions? [closed]

Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub? Wie lange hast du noch Urlaub? What's the difference between these two questions? Are they answered differently? Is it like one of them started the holidays but the ...
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How to say "I know who you are"

I'm writing a story where one man says to another man in German, "I know who you are." They only just met, and they wouldn't use "du". Is this right: "Ich weiss wer Sie sind"? And does it need a ...
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»wohin« oder »wo … hin«?

Once again I return to Gestrandet im Sternenreich, the translation by Kurt Seibt and Rainer Schumacher of Robert Heinlein’s story Starman Jones. Max, the protagonist says: […] wo fährt das Schiff ...
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Wie funktioniert Satzstellung im Deutschen?

Ich habe eine Frage zur Satzstellung im Deutschen. Wieso kann ich nicht sagen 1) "...hinzu wollte ich noch eine Sprache lernen und ich habe einfach mich für Deutsch entschieden." Wieso muss es ...
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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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What does "macht" mean in "Was macht Tina?”

I have just started learning the basic German language. In an exercise, I had to fill in the blank in the following question with a question word: W___ macht Tina? I saw that macht means power/...
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»Hat eventuell noch einer eine ...?«

Someone at work wrote a sentence. Im pasting you the beginning: Hat eventuell noch einer eine unbenutzte ...? And two questions assault my mind: Is einer just another way of saying jemand? Is ...
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unbelebte Dativobjekte: Fragesatz in korrektem Deutsch gesucht [duplicate]

Beispielsatz mit dem belebten Dativobjekt "der Fussgängerin": Er konnte mit seinem Fahrrad der Fußgängerin gerade noch ausweichen. zugehörige Frage: Wem konnte er mit seinem Fahrrad gerade ...
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Richtig oder falsch: "keine" oder "nicht" [duplicate]

Welcher Satz ist richtig und warum? "Ich lerne nicht Deutsch" oder "Ich lerne kein Deutsch"?
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Nebensatz mit einer Frage?

Wie kann man eine Frage in einem Nebensatz erkennen, wenn die Frage nicht am Anfang steht? Wenn es um das schriftliche Deutsch geht, dann ist es leicht zu unterscheiden (zwischen 1 und 2) (HS,NS) ...
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Asking or forming a question in German? [closed]

How to ask or form a question in German beginning/starting with Am, Is or Are? For example, how do I say the following? Are you willing to be plundered? Is he coming, now?
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How to express like: "first from the start or end"?

I've split a text into 5 parts, and separated them from each other. In this way I ask students to re-arrange the fragments and ask which would be the third part of the whole text. But I did not know ...
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Asking question using "welch-" in genitive case

I don't know why but I couldn't create a question using welch- in genitive case. I think I must quit studying german for a while. die typischen Merkmale der Epoche sind oben gelistet. This is a ...
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