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Warum ist dies falscher inhaltlicher Bezug?

Im Wikipediaartikel zu Stilblüten wird folgendes Beispiel angegeben: Falscher inhaltlicher Bezug: „Für solche faulen Ausreden müssen Sie sich einen Dümmeren suchen, aber den werden Sie kaum finden.“...
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How to say “I can't wait” [closed]

I'm confused about word order and sentence structure when using phrases like I can't wait. For example, is I can't wait to come to the cinema.: Ich kann's kaum erwarten zu kommen ins Kino. or ...
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werden oder werden sein

Ich habe in der Nachricht auf der Internet-Seite den folgenden Satz gesehen Jüdische Einrichtungen werden in Sachsen-Anhalt künftig besser geschützt. Und somit die Frage: soll man werden ...
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Help in Translation of “zu+participle” Construction

I'm reading a novel by Franz Kafka called "die Verwandlung", and I need a help in translating a part of a sentence. Here is the sentence: Sie wissen auch sehr wohl, daß der Reisende, der fast das ...
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Subject and meaning of the sentence

Mit einer PräpP [ mit +Dat/...] kann auf dasjenige, mit dem zusammen etwas genutzt wird, Bezug genommen werden. I am not able to determine the subject of the sentence and to understand the meaning of ...
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Where to place “zu + Verb” infinitive construction by a subordinate clause with “wenn”?

I would like to say: I would like to transfer my number, but only if it is still possible to get an offer with discounted price. I am not sure how to connect verbs with "zu" in this sentence: ...
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Does deswegen have another meaning than “that is why”?

I came across this sentence while practicing my German: "Ich mache Ihnen deswegen keine Vorwürfe." Which according to the language learning web site I found the sentence on, translates to: "I am ...
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How do German speakers decide what should be on the left side of the verb?

Compared to English, German has a fair amount of what I am describing as "Yoda-speak", whereby the order of elements in a sentence are in the reverse order of what they would be in English. NOTE: If ...
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What is the difference between “wie” and “nach” in “Klingt wie/nach…”

The meaning of sentences using "wie" or "nach" in this context can be very similar: Das klingt wie Gewehrschüsse! and Das klingt nach Gewehrschüssen! (That sounds like gunshots!) Differences ...
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What is the correct formation of verb plus infinitive?

I want to say: How long does it take to learn a new language? I arrived at: Wie lange braucht man um ein neu Sprache zu lernen? Is the um ... zu formation correct here?
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Antwort auf “Wie ist Ihre gewünschte Einsatzdauer?”

Ich bewerbe mich für eine Praktikumsstelle und soll diese Frage beantworten. Ich habe ein dreimonatigen Praktikum und ein Masterarbeit zu absolvieren. Also ich bin verfügbar für 9 Monate aber ich ...
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Konjunktiv II - “wäre” oder “würde”?

Heute habe ich Konjunktiv II gelernt, aber ich finde das ein bisschen kompliziert zu verstehen... Enough of my bad German. So, I am confused between when to use wäre or würde. Zum Beispiel: (What is ...
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Negation order in the sentence when it's emphasized. Is it after or before adverb?

I know that basically the order in German is SVO (Subject, Verb, Object). And in some cases when we want to show more emphasis on an adverb, or here in this example to show more emphasis on negation ...
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How would one express the sentiment of “stopping regrets”?

In English, we often use a syntax of the following structure: "I have to stop with all these regrets" It's an interesting phraseology, especially since it feel almost idiomatic because "stop with" ...
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“Oft schon habe ich dich von Herzen bedauert, dass du Tag für Tag die schwersten Lasten tragen und vom Morgen bis Abend arbeiten musst.”

What is the standard grammatical (syntactic) treatment of a sentence like this, which is from an Aesop. Oft schon habe ich dich von Herzen bedauert, dass du Tag für Tag die schwersten Lasten tragen ...
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“daß er sich, was seine Wahrnehmung betraf, auf keine bestimmte Zahl festlegen mochte”

This post is on the daß-clause in the following passage from Zwist unter Zauberern by Kurt Kusenberg. In the story, two wizards, Parock and Schneidebein, are carrying on a feud. Parock receives a ...
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I am confused between “Sie sind der Kellner” and “Sie sind den Kellner”

I am confused between “Sie sind der Kellner” and “Sie sind den Kellner”. Isn’t Kellner the object here? I believe it should be the latter but I have seen the first sentence as the correct one. Can ...
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What does the masculine nominative “einer” represent in “Sieh mal einer an”?

This may be just a fixed expression, but I'm curious what the masculine nominative "einer" represents. Is there another similar expression that uses a mysterious masculine nominative like this?
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Nebensatz mit “zwar…aber”

1) ich glaube, dass zwar diese lebensweise nicht gesund ist, aber ist es ab und zu populär 2) ich glaube, dass zwar diese lebensweise nicht gesund ist, ist es aber ab und zu populär Können ...
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What is correct way to use “Habe ich” and “Ich habe”? please help me with this [closed]

I am waaay to much confused about this and this is apparently way too easy
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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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Where should a direct and indirect object be placed in a Nebensatz?

Is there any rule governing the position of object in the following sentence: Es ist wichtig, dass man für den Antrag ein Foto, Geld und den Ausweis mitbringt . I mean can we write the above ...
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How to tell whether a sentence is active or passive voice

This might be a duplicate question (Is "heißen" passive or active in this usage?), but I am still unclear on the answer. After hosting a German exchange student for 10 months, I decided ...
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How to use “zuerst”, “später”, “danach” and “dann” as Zeitadverbien?

I have the following sentence. I would like to know do we have any time stating what should come when among the options: danach, dann and später . Zuerst hat Holger Pietsch als Berater gearbeitet. ...
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Is this a noun constructed from a verb?

Can someone kindly explain the structure of this sentence to me (in general terms)? I am most confused about the following: The verb looks like it is in position 3 What is 'Trainierte' in this ...
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Meaning of 'uneingeleiteter Ergänzungssatz'

What is the meaning of uneingeleiteter Ergänzungssatz? Does it refer to the use of dass in the sentence as a connector of two phrases and positioning the verb at the end?
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meaning of Selbst mit in a sentence

In the following sentence what does "selbst mit" means? Ich habe selbst mit 18 Jahren für ein Jahr als Au-pair in den USA gearbeitet Does this sentence means that I have worked at the age of 18 ...
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Meaning of 'es hat mir sehr gut gefallen.' [closed]

What should be the meaning of the sentence: "es hat mir sehr gut gefallen." As per the translator, it means 'I liked it very well' But i think it should mean 'it suits me very well' Why am I wrong?
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Question regarding the general use of Präteritum/Perfekt in German

I have seen people write like this: Bist du der Junge, der meine Tasche gestohlen hat? but also Warst du der Junge, der meine Tasche gestohlen hat? Das war mein Vortrag, vielen Dank ...
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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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Does “was machen sie” have the greeting meaning of “what do you do”?

I just started learning German language. I started to learn some very common phrase of sentences. One of such sentences is Was machen sie? Which basically means "what do you do?". Now, my question ...
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Modalverb im Präsens mit zwei Verben im Infinitiv

Einige Männer wollen die Welt einfach brennen sehen. Ich muss einkaufen gehen. Er will nachher einkaufen gehen. Sie möchten Musik spielen lernen. All this sentences are constructed the ...
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Sentence with dass with three Verbs (Two modals)

I have a sentence: Ich werde diese Information mitteilen müssen. How can I put that in sentence with "dass"? Sie hat gesagt, dass ich diese Information mitteilen müssen werde. or Sie hat ...
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“Ich fing an zu weinen” vs. “Ich fing zu weinen an” - was ist besser?

Schon 2 Jahre glaube ich, dass man nur „ich fing an, zu weinen“ sagen kann. Aber neulich habe ich es anders formuliert gesehen, nämlich in einem Buch bei Wattpad, und da war diese Konstruktion ...
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A question of style -“Als” in a sentence [closed]

Wir haben auf den Lehrer gewartet als passierte der Unfall. Does this sound natural?
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“klopfte jemand” or “jemand klopfte”?

Während ich die Gitarre spielte, klopfte jemand an die Tür. or Während ich die Gitarre spielte, jemand klopfte an die Tür. Are both of these sentences grammatically correct?
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Sentence with dass with three Verbs (One modal and two connected with zu)

I would like to say in german: "I have to try to reach this goal." How is it gonna be? "Ich muss versuchen, diesen Ziel zu erreichen."? What if I want to say: "I didn't know, that I have to try to ...
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Unable to distinguish the meaning of two sentences which have words placed in different positions

What is the difference between the following two sentences. Google translate is showing different meaning for them. Sent 1: Sie ist letzten Monat schon drei geworden Sent 2: Sie ist letzten schon ...
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Position of the nominative in a sentence

1. Einmal hat sie mich zum Kaffee eingeladen. 2. Plötzlich guckten mich alle an. Can you explain why the nominatives in both sentences have changed positions? "Sie" came just after the verb "hat" ...
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»Die Explosion war zu hören.« – What kind of sentence structure is this?

What type of sentence structure is this (specifically, the “war ... zu hören”): Die Explosion war auf zwei Kilometer [Entfernung] zu hören. When would one use it? I haven’t (consciously) seen it ...
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Can a German sentence have two subjects?

Can a German sentence take more than one subject? I saw this as an example sentence on the German Wiktionary page for Vorgang: Die Wahrnehmung von Gerüchen ist ein komplexer Vorgang. Are Die ...
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Why do we need “uns mal” in the sentence “maybe we can meet for a meal”?

If I write a sentence as: "Vielleicht können wir zu einem Essen treffen", it would mean exactly the same as the sentence: "Vielleicht können uns mal wir zu einem Essen treffen" as per the google ...
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Is it okay for two “sein” to be next to each other?

Well here is this sentence I wrote: Weil Einkaufszentren eines von wenigen Dingen, die das Leben auf dem Land weniger langweilig machen, sind, sind sie wirklich wichtig. and I mean: Because ...
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Kann man sagen: “Mein Leben dauert 17 Jahre an”? [closed]

Ich bin beim Übersetzen eines Textes und bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich den Satz richtig formuliert habe. Mein Leben dauert etwas länger als 17 Jahre an.
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Nice ways to describe the continuous form

This is a follow-up question to this thread. Is it possible to say the following? Ich war gerade dabei die Tür abzuschliessen, wenn/dann/als du anriefst. The other post mentions the text below, ...
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Two non-modal verbs in a single sentence

Abends gehen wir alle spazieren. or Abends spazieren wir alle. Which one is correct? I think second one is correct because in the first sentence gehen, is used like a modal verb due to which the ...
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Under which circumstances can »werden« stand at the end of a sentence?

My listening understanding is poor, but I frequently and clearly hear the word werden used at the end of sentences. What grammatical structure allows this and what is its function in this position?
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Why does the modal verb come at the end?

I wonder why the modal verb comes at the end here? ..., die die Produktivität des Programmierers erhöhen soll.
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Ich gehe nach draußen - use of nach

When I asked my German host this morning where he was going, he said: Ich gehe nach draußen I thought that the correct way of saying "I'm going outside" would be Ich gehe draußen What is the ...