Questions tagged [sentence-structure]

Satzbau – Questions relating to the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences.

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How to give this kind of sentence more of a German sentence structure?

I often find myself writing sentences like this (a real example) which obviously make sense to my German readers but are obviously written by someone who thinks in an English sentence structure: ...
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How can we abbreviate a subordinate clause by use of a participle?

In another question, I asked for the grammaticality of: Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein. which may be a possible, uncommon abbreviation of Während sie das Haupt senkte, schlief sie ...
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Is it more common to write longer sentences in German than in English?

From my very personal view it looks like especially in scientific related texts Germans use in average longer sentences than in English literature. This could be wrong perception, as a lot of non ...
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deleted subordinating conjunction - "dass"

In English, it's written: He says (that) he'll come immediately. In German it changes the sentence structure: Er sagt, dass er sofort kommt. The problem is, if I delete "dass" from my sentence,...
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Meaning of "Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor"

I'm reading Kleiner Eisbär, wohin fährst du? von Hans de Beer but I'm puzzled by this sentence: Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor. If verlassen is a reflexive verb as the word sich suggests, ...
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Wann verwendet man „zu“ mit dem Infinitiv?

Wie kann man wissen, ob man den Infinitiv mit oder ohne „zu“ schreibt? Das darf ich nicht probieren. Das wage ich nicht zu probieren. Ich gehe spazieren. Ich mag es zu spazieren. Bonusfrage: Was für ...
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Can you invert sentence structure without sounding like Yoda?

I've heard that you can invert the sentence structure, as shown in the following examples, in order to emphasize an adverb, prepositional phrase et.c. -- Wie ist er? -- Wunderschön ist er. -- Wohin ...

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