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Verben – Questions on the grammar and usage of verbs IN GENERAL. Do not use this for questions on the meaning, etymology, translation or similar of specific verbs.

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Credit, as in Ansehen, Gutschreiben

How would I say "She credits you all the time," in the sense of her giving you the credit, acknowledgement for something? It wouldn't be "Sie schreibt dir immer gut" would it be?
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geschafft or geschaffen? which one is past participle of schaffen?

Accordding to Langenscheidt, Oxford, Duden the verb has two past participles, but those have not mentioned when we shall use each one! because the meanings are also the same.
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Why is the third person singular used instead of third person plural in here:

While the context and even the image in Studio D A1 implies that there are a couple of people, but it's written as: Die Polizei ist gekommen. instead of Die Polizei sind gekommen. and ...
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Questioning about “Flughafen erreichen” [closed]

So we have two steps, like "come to the airport (from home/hotel)" and "come to the destination airport (from the flight)." Can we use erreichen (reach) in both cases?
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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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Preposition “spezialisieren”

Which preposition is the right one and what are the differences in the usage of the following prepositions? For example: Sich spezialisieren in, auf oder für? Beispiel: "Diese Organisation hat sich ....
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Warum heißt es “hat gebrannt” statt “ist gebrannt”?

Ich dachte, dass alle intransitive Verben als Partizip II mit "sein" zu kombinieren sind. Trotzdem schreibt man "Das Haus hat gebrannt" statt "Das haus ist gebrannt". Warum?
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Substantivierte Verben [closed]

Ich mag das Seriengucken. Ich mag Seriengucken. Ich mag es, Serien zu gucken. Seriengucken mag ich. Wie soll man solche substantivierten Verben schreiben? Ich mag das Pizzaessen. Ich mag das ...
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Stellen - Putting, or putting away?

I was looking at this tweet from the Police is Saxony, and I couldn't help but to be stranged... Einen Trickbetrüger stellten unsere Einsatzkräfte in #Dresden. I can imagine what they were trying ...
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Wieso ist “korrelieren” ein Wort, aber “relieren” nicht?

Korrelation und Relation haben die gleiche Wortherkunft, die lateinischen Wörter "correlatio" bzw "relatio". Korrelation hat ein Verb: "korrelieren", aber Relation hat (laut Duden.de) kein Verb "...
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<schwitz>, <zwinker> etc. Does German always use 2nd Person Singular Imperative verbs for emoticons? If so, why?

In an IM, I just wrote: Ich hab ihr halt eine unverfängliche Frage gestellt. Das ist alles! <schwitz> I sometimes use "schwitz" like this -- in place of its corresponding emoticons: 😅, 💦, ^^; ...
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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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Is leaving out prefixes like “rauf”, “rüber”, “rein” when describing movement considered a big mistake in spoken German?

Coming from a different language group I have a really hard time using German compound verbs that describe motion. Whenever I want to express a notion that somebody is moving to a new location, I ...
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Help thinking about lassen vs. gehen?

Da dieses Thema sehr kompliziert ist, muss ich Englisch benutzen. I originally wanted to say the sentence "The soul leaves last" as in the soul being the last thing to leave the body when you die: "...
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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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kontextbezogenes Problem

Neulich las ich ein Gedicht von Andreas Kley und stieß dabei auf eine merkwürdige Zeile: Ärzte. Sie kommen und retten dein Leben. Oft bleibt nicht mehr als ein Windhauch an Zeit. Oft aber ...
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Verb at the end of the sentence

Why the word "gehört" is at end of the sentence? Solche Unreinheiten erwartet man niemals von jemandem, der zur zivilisierten Klasse der Menschen, den Āryas, gehört.
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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 it possible to use verbs after verbs with prepositions or only nouns?

Is it possible to use verbs after verbs with prepositions? For example: Ich denke an essen. Or does this kind of sentence has to be made with nouns? For example: Ich denke an das Essen.
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Unterschied zwischen rufen und anrufen?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen rufen und anrufen? Both rufen and anrufen mean to call, so what is the difference between the two apart from anrufen being a trennbar verb?
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dürfen vs “sich dürfen”?

I am now watching a movie series by DW called Nicos Weg. Here at 1:44:01 there is a line: Sie darf sich nicht mit mir treffen. Then I looked it up in the dictionary and found that for most of the ...
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Sein versus werden

Feen können nur von Kindern gesehen werden. Why is werden used here instead of sein as in Feen können nur von Kindern gesehen sein.
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Verb “geeitet” in an old scientific text

I am looking for the modern version of this verb and its root "geeitet" from a text written in 1863. This came up while searching for an etymology of the name of an acid by a chemist called Adolf ...
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Verb personal endings in present tense where stem ends in m or n

Most grammar references that I have seen state that if a verb stem ends with m or n, and is not preceded with the consonants l or r, then in the Present Tense the 2nd person singular ending becomes -...
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Examples of mediopassive verb constructions

If you wanted to say "the clothes are drying" and the "the meat cooking," would you say "die Wäsche trocknet sich" and "das Fleisch kocht [sic] sich" respectively? I was reading a blog on ...
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Is “sein” the only verb where the infinitive is different from the 3rd person plural? [duplicate]

Is sein the only verb where the infinitive is different from the 3rd person plural conjugation? (obviously excluding separable and reflexive verbs)
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Forming a German sentence with/without the verb at the end

I am new to German and this site. I am trying to learn to utter my first phrases in German, and I have learned that the verb is actually placed at the end. Currently, being a beginner the way I am ...
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Structure of sentence and position of verb in the end. How to train?

Now, I learn Deutsch intensive last 8 month. I have a problem with the right structure of sentence. I know that is very important. It's very difficult to place the verb in the end of the sentence. I ...
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Apart from “berlinern”, do any other German dialects have a corresponding verb?

Das Verb berlinern heißt: Deutsch mit berlinischem Akzent oder in Berliner Dialekt sprechen Gibt es andere Dialekte, wobei es in Standardhochdeutsch einen Verb gibt, das bedeutet, diesen Dialekt ...
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German verb classification

I tried to understand the classification of German verbs into accusative, dative, transitive, and intransitive ones, however, not I am not getting a clarity in their analogy. My question is: What is ...
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Was ist Unterschied zwischen sehen, ansehen, gucken und schauen?

Ich möchte wissen, was das Unterschied zwischen sehen, ansehen, gucken und schauen ist. Sind all diese Verben equivalent? Kann man das irgendwann und in jeder Situation benutzen? Geben Sie mir bitte ...
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Kongruenz im Numerus bei “Prädikat Subjekt Prädikativ und Subjekt Prädikativ …”

Betrachten wir den folgenden Satz: Sind a eine ganze Zahl und y ein Vektor, so bezeichnen wir mit ay das Produkt von a und y, das ebenso ein Vektor ist. Ein Korrektor ersetzte Sind durch Ist. Laut ...
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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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What verbs should I know for A2 exam degree?

Is there Any page or list or link, etc. where there are all the German verbs for A2/A1 exam?
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Understanding the placement of the verbs [closed]

Hunde schwimmen wirklich gerne. Why does the verb "schwimmen" come before "wirklich gerne"? I've written this sentence in google translate with the verb at the end of the sentence, but it translates ...
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Warum ist in diesem Satz “Es” von einem Prädikat in Plural (hervor-rufen) gefolgt?

Ich brauche eine grammatische Erklärung. In einem Satz aus dem Roman "Pfaueninsel" von Thomas Hettche nutzt der Autor das Pronomen "Es" als Subjekt, gefolgt vom Verb "(hervor)rufen" in Plural. "Es ...
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verb “zugehen” in sentence definition

I was reading a news article about Sandro Wagner, a German footballer: Bei Wagners neuem Klub geht es ganz schön zu. I can roughly translate this as: At Wagner's new club, things are going ...
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Use of the verb “sich auseinandersetzen”

Is the sentence correct? Es wurde empfohlen, dass sich frühzeitig mit dem Thema auseinandergesetzt wird. Is "sich auseinandergesetzt wird" a correct usage of the verb? I would rather use Es ...
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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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3 verbs in one sentence - correct order

Es habe eine Zeit gedauert, bis sie selbst ihr Glück habe fassen können. Why is this not Es habe eine Zeit gedauert, bis sie selbst ihr Glück fassen können habe.
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“wegnehmen” Conjugation

I was watching the movie X-Men first class and I was watching the scene where Fassbender's character was in Argentina. Here is the script that I was able to extract from youtube slow play and ...
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purpose of “wird” from “werden” in the present tense for “teuer”

I know that werden is needed to form the future tense, and in the present tense, it means roughly "to become." However, in the following sentence: Herr Maier möchte eine Weltreise machen, obwohl ...
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The departing: Gerunds and more

How would I translate "the Departing" in German? As in "You all, the Departing, give up all hope!" I doubt "Departing" in this context is a gerund, so how would I translate this verb-turned-into-a-...
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Gebrauch von »worden« statt »geworden«

Ich unterrichte Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Philosophen und bin kein Deutschmuttersprachler. Ich bin neuerlich auf einen Gebrauch von worden gestoßen, den ich mehrmals gelesen habe aber worüber ich ...
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3rd person plural for “geschehen”?

A book of mine says that geschehen is only used in the 3rd person singular, thus es geschieht, es geschah or es ist geschehen. But, since this verb translates as "to happen" or "to occur", can't it ...
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bessern vs verbessern

What's the difference between bessern and verbessern? Is the earlier used mainly for health improvements (judging by the expression Gute Besserung!) and the latter for skill improvements (judging by ...
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Nuance of “behelligen”

I am trying to grasp the nuances of behelligen, which I understand to mean something along the lines of "bother". For example, when trying to express I am very sorry to bother you once more with ...
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When to use 'angeboten' and when to use 'bot'?

When the following sentence (in English) is translated to German: The man offered the actor the car. It becomes: Der Mann bot dem Schauspieler das Auto an. "Offered" in German is "angeboten". ...
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Why is the verb “haben” placed before the subject in the first clause and in the second is not?

Jetzt haben wir hier keinen Computer, aber wir hatten ein letztes Jahr.
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Is there an explanation why the verb “aufhören” is derived from the verb “hören”?

Is there an explanation why the verb "aufhören" which means "to stop" is derived from the verb "hören" (to hear)? Or, is it just a pure coincidence?