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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 ...
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Use of comma before “wer”

I like to learn German from the instructions given in class and one such instruction was presented below: Wenn du Informationen darüber hinzufügen möchtest, wer die Handlung ausführt, kannst du von ...
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sentence structure “Meine Leistung war genauso schlecht wie die von allen anderen”

I know that from this sentence Meine Leistung war genauso schlecht wie die von allen anderen I can separate this sentence as Meine Leistung war genauso schlecht My performance was ...
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Structure of a sentence in Bernhard Schlink's “Der Vorleser”

I'm reading Bernhard Schlink's novel "Der Vorleser" and got stuck trying to understand this sentence in the beginning of the second chapter: Kein Stuck, keine Spiegel, kein Läufer. Was das ...
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“Ich kümmere mich darum, dass…”, “Ich rede darüber, dass…” – are 'darum' und 'darüber' redundant?

Whenever I am using verbs that are complemented by prepositions like i.e. "sich um etw. kümmern" or "über etw reden" and I am about to introduce a subordinate clause, I never know if I should include ...
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“Welche Punkte sinnvoll wären zu ändern” oder “welche Punkte sinnvoll zu ändern wären”?

Ich schreibe gerade eine Mail an einen Professor, in der ich folgenden Satz schreiben möchte: Sollten Sie Anregungen haben, welche Punkte am Thema sinnvoll wären zu ändern, bin ich natürlich offen ...
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Etwas »ist« oder »wurde« vorgesehen?

Which should be used in the sentence below: ist or wurde? Der nächstmögliche Zeitraum für die Umsetzung des neuen Konzeptes ist / wurde zwischen dem 01. April und dem 05. Mai vorgesehen.
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“Weil ich weiß die Antwort nicht.”

Zur Einleitung ein kurzer Dialog. 1a) Warum sagst du nichts? - Weil ich die Antwort nicht weiß. 1b) Warum sagst du nichts? - * Weil ich weiß die Antwort nicht. Der Nebensatz in 1b) ist ...
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“dass du recht hast” over why not “dass du recht bist”

I was reading some German earlier and a friend said: Ich bin überzeugt, dass du recht hast i.e. I'm convinced that you are right but surely "to be right" must complement the verb "sein" i.e. ...
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Infinitive clause structure becoming a gerund “Meiner Meinung nach sollten wir aufhören zu arbeiten”

I know in German that the infinitive clause ... zu arbeiten. means ... to work ... but I was reading the sentence Meiner Meining nach sollten wir aufhören zu arbeiten and initially, I thought ...
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Use of “es” in “Ich mag es, grossartige Kunstwerke zu bewundern.”

I was reading a sentence in Deutsch Ich mag es, grossartige Kunstwerke zu bewundern. I can translate this roughly to "I like to admire great works of art." Now, I know that there is an infinitive ...
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What does sollen imply when used alone?

When sollen verb is used alone in sentence, how is one supposed to know the meaning? Examples: 1) Was soll ich damit? Google translates as: What should I do with that? So in reality: Was soll ich ...
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Syntax analysis for a complicated sentence

I just received an email with this sentence, and while I think I understand what it is trying to say, I have difficulties trying to discover what case applies in which part, and generally in breaking ...