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Wer bestimmt, welche Regeln in der deutschen Sprache gelten?

Wie der Titel schon sagt: Wer (oder was) hat das letzte Wort, wenn es um Regelfragen in der deutschen Sprache geht? Die angesprochenen Regelfragen können sowohl die Grammatik als auch die ...
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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Klingt es unhöflich die Vornamen, mit einem vorgestellten Artikeln zu sagen? z.B. Der Hans ist bei der Helga.
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Is “Wie geht's (dir)?” actually supposed to be answered?

As far as I know, How are you? is not supposed to be answered [1]: In most of the cases it just means hi!. Question: Regarding the closest German equivalent to a literal translation, i.e. Wie ...
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“Muss” vs. “muß” and “dass” vs. “daß” frequency changes in the XIX Century and in 1945. What do these curves mean?

This question arose just out of curiosity on how the Reform der deutschen Rechtschreibung von 1996 looks like in Ngrams. If one compares dass vs. daß, as expected, at 1996 the plots from Ngram show ...
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Why doesn’t German have a present continuous tense?

German language doesn’t have a present continuous/progressive tense like English, Dutch or Spanish. German has no present progressive tense (am going/are buying). The German Präsens ich kaufe can ...
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What makes the German language sound so harsh?

When international friends hear me talking German, they always think I must be really angry and having an argument with somebody. What are the phonetical explanations for making the German language ...
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Does “Tschüssie” sound a little …weiblich?

Actually I don't know where did I learn the word Tschüßie, but I suspect that is a word that is not so frequently used by men[*]. Is it true? *And I don't know if there is a term for that phenomenon. ...
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Should I use the “neue Rechtschreibung” even with people who capitalize “Du”, “Dich”, usw.?

I write sometimes to people which answer not using the neue Rechtschreibung. Some of them write daß instead of dass and use some other spellings for words which already were changed. I have no problem ...
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Ist „tut mir leid“ stärker als „Entschuldigung“?

Ich würde gerne die verschiedenen Schichten verstehen, die es gibt, um sich zu entschuldigen. Die Frage wäre aber sehr breit. Deswegen frage ich nur: Ist „tut mir leid“ stärker als „Entschuldigung“? ...