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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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Kongruenz im Numerus bei “Prädikat Subjekt Prädikativ und Subjekt Prädikativ …”

Betrachten wir den 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 http://www....
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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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Why the Duden Mentor grammar proofing tool doesn't highlight verb forms mistakes? [closed]

Recently I've encountered an interesting tool by Duden. This thing helps you with grammar and fixes lots of mistakes with articles and endings of the words. However, sometimes it ignores incorrect (in ...
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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?
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“Der Wissenschaftler erläuterte genau, wie er bei dem Experiment vorgegangen ist.” – why indicative?

Der Wissenschaftler erläuterte genau, wie er bei dem Experiment vorgegangen ist. Should not ist in this sentence be sei (the Konjunktiv I)? The basic question is: in the indirect speech, when to use ...
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What does “auf” mean in “aufsperren”?

"Sperren" means "lock". "Aufsperren" means "unlock". The "auf" here means to negate or "open" or something? Sorry, I am not sure if this is an appropriate question to ask. Because the answer could ...
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Flektierte Formen von Verben, die auf einem Kürzel bauen

Wie schreibt man die verschiedenen flektierten Formen von Verben, die aus einem (nominalen) Kürzel ausgehen? Die möglichen Varianten unten sehen alle holprig aus, die Sätze zu sagen scheint mir aber ...
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'helfen' - always governs the dative?

To the best of my understanding 'helfen' always governs the dative case. So when I saw 'die Umwelt zu helfen' in a sentence I guessed immediately it must be wrong. Is this true? Or is it an ...
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Zwinkern vs Blinzeln

In English, we have blink and wink where wink is a voluntary action. In German, which one is the voluntary one and which one is not? When should I use one over another? Or are both of them is a ...
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Specific Verbs for Eyes [closed]

Good day everyone! I wanted to find verbs related to the eyes but, I couldn't find some of the specific English verbs in German. To see is sehen, look is aussehen and to watch is ansehen. However, I ...
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“Willst du mit zu mir kommen?”

I don't understand what the preposition "mit" usage in the example above. If I was writing the sentence, I'd simply omit it.
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(etwas) wird (an jmdn.) übergeben oder übergegeben? Warum?

Das Verb »geben« macht mich ein bisschen verrückt. In der Vergangenheitsform sagt man: Ich habe ihm etwas gegeben Die Versuche haben wir endlich aufgegeben. Aber was ist mit »übergeben«? Warum ...
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A, B oder C + Verb im Singular / Plural

Wenn Subjektteile im Singular mit "oder" aufgelistet werden, sollte dann das Verb auch im Singular stehen oder ist der Plural auch in Ordnung? Konkret geht es um die Definition von ...
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lassen / hinterlassen / überlassen / zurücklassen usw [closed]

Die Frage entstand aus der Situation, dass meine Schwester mich darum gebeten hatte, ihr einen Zug von meinem Getränk zu lassen (?). Und dann haben wir nachgedacht, welches Wort für diese Situation ...
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„etwas beschäftigt jmdn.“ vs. „sich mit etwas beschäftigen“

I was wondering if there is a difference in meaning between these two structures: Ich beschäftige mich mit diesem Problem. Dieses Problem beschäftigt mich. Is there a difference in ...
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verb tense sequence and “nachdem”? [closed]

well, canoo.net explains verb tense sequence here: http://www.canoo.net/services/OnlineGrammar/Wort/Verb/Tempora/Zeitfolge.html?lang=en It did not mention anything specific for nachdem , but I ...
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A list of verbs that take only accusative objects

Does anybody have a full list of german verbs that take akkusativ object? I have found a list fot dative but couldn't found for akkusativ.
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»sein« als Verb der Bewegung?

»Normale« Verben der Bewegung sind gehen, fahren, laufen, schwimmen, fliegen, robben, usw. Aber auch »müssen« und »mögen« werden manchmal als Verb der Bewegung verwendet: Da vorne musst du ...
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Person vs Thing for determining case?

In German, some verbs use the dative case for the object (e.g. Ich folge dir). In lists about these, I've seen mention of jemand and etwas. Does the case change depending on whether the object is a ...
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Authority for verbs that take dative direct objects

Does anyone know of an (online) authority that will indicate if a given verb takes dative direct objects? I've seen lists, but they don't seem to be exhaustive. If I learn a new (rare) verb, where ...
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Are there (many) weak verbs with ei or ie in the stem?

I have seen lists of stem-changing verbs, and a large group of those are verbs with ei or ie in the stem. Is the presence of those two-letter combinations an automatic indicator that the verb is stem-...
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Difference between an, ab aus and ein (schrauben, schalten, etc)

The mixed usage of these prefixes confuses me. For example, I tipically hear einschrauben to mean the opposite of abschrauben (say when screwin/unscrewing a nut). However the true opposite should be ...
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Passt hier “geltend machen”?

Der Auftragnehmer hat keinen Anspruch, Verluste, Schäden oder entgangenen Gewinn geltend zu machen. Ich habe mich daran orientiert, aber ich habe noch Zweifel.
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Understanding German language dictionares

I use a variety of online german dictionaries and I am curious about an aspect of the format. With entries that are verbs, the word in question typically has three conjugated examples next to it. It ...
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Verbs with a common root

I was wondering about verbs which share the same root. I would like to find a list/table/graphic/scheme/explanation where all those maybe "most known" verbs are described. Since I am not a German ...
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“One verb with different prefixes” Structure

I was wondering about a verb which has different prefixes. How should I properly search for grammar rules and became more familiar with their meanings, particularly in Deutsch Sprache? For instance, ...
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about the use of verb 'anfragen' : can it take object word?

I saw in the dictionary the verb anfragen is vi. (intransitive verb, verb that doesn't take object word.) Someone asked me A. Darf ich Sie anfragen? But I think it should be fixed to B. ...
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Wie soll ich Negation auf Deutsch gebrauchen? [closed]

Welche ist die richtige Option? Ich mache Wasser nicht trinken. Ich trinke Wasser nicht. Ich trinke kein Wasser. Und warum?
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Der Himmel hatte aufgeklart?

Ich hörte eben in einem Hörbuch Der Himmel hatte aufgeklart Im ersten Moment fand ich, es fehle ein „sich“: Der Himmel hatte sich aufgeklart Dann fand ich, man könne vielleicht ...
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~ machen die Goldbären zu einem ganz besonders

This is from the HARIBO jelly bag. sorgfältig ausgewählte Zutaten und eine seit mehr als 90 Jahren ständig verbesserte Rezeptur machen die Goldbären zu einem ganz besonders einzigartigen ...
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“zu verkaufen” signs

Isn't it supposed to be "zum Verkauf"? Any reason why a verb is used in these signs? As I understand it - Ich habe ein Haus zu verkaufen - house to sell Ich habe ein Haus zum Verkauf - house for ...
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An ambiguous pronoun

Ich lasse mir von schlechtem Wetter nicht die Laune verderben. So, I'm given to understand that die Laune verderben requires the dative case to show whose mood is being spoiled. Like - Das verdirbt ...
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Examples of Passiv Präteritum? [closed]

This will probably come too late to help me with my homework, but it might help someone else. Can someone provide a few examples of sentences using Passiv Präteritum? I'm going to keep searching ...
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How to say things like “I have heard him speaking German” naturally in German?

In English there's expressions like [to hear sb. saying sth.] or [to see sb. doing sth.], but when it comes to German, I found it difficult to form the sentences short and natural. Please also tell me ...