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Correct position of reflexive pronoun and finite verb?

The following sentence is from "Spiegel". Alles begann damit, daß viele Bewohner Hongkongs sich nicht mehr gängeln lassen wollten. Firstly, The rule is, when a noun and a pronoun occur together in ...
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Role and position of “auch” as a focus particle

Under the chapter of focus particles (role and position), my grammar book gives two use cases for using auch: refers to the whole sentence and is placed before nicht, modal, locative and verb 2 ...
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Perfectum with multiple verbs

I know, that in perfectum sentence containing modal verb, the order of words looks something like this : Ich habe nach Hause gehen wollen My question is, how do I order words in perfectum sentence, ...
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Correct word order using “deshalb” and “oder”

In an exercise about correct word order, my grammar book gives the following question: Fehlersätze: Korrigieren Sie die Fehler in den Wortpositionen. Original Text: …Viele Leute wollen nicht ...
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Where can the object clause go?

Er ist ein Mann, der weiß was er will. Er ist ein Mann, der, was er will, weiß. I know that people use the first one more often. But I think 2nd is also correct because "was er will" is an object ...
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Can the verb be in third position?

From a text I am reading: Wer sich für Aktien interessiert, der behält den DAX genau im Auge. Isn't this incorrect and shouldn't this be written Wer sich für Aktien interessiert, behält der den ...
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What are the rules for German word order in nominative predicate sentences with dative object pronouns?

I was doing an exercise over on Duolingo and translated the following sentence incorrectly: "That is totally new to me." I answered with "Das ist ganz neu mir." The correct answer is "Das ist ...
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Tekamolo and object word orders

I am learning the Tekamolo rule but I have a question: What if we have Dativ and Akkusativ objects too ? For example I have a sentence Ein Journalist interviewte vor Kurzem Jugendliche auf der ...
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Subtle meaning and word order differences in German constituent questions

guys. I'm reading a book on German syntax (for theoretical purposes, since I don't speak German) and the author says (2) is an acceptable word order in German but (1) isn't. (1) Was haben für Bücher ...
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How to arrange words in this sentence?

I have this sentence in english: Can I ask you one more question? I am supposed to use eine Frage stellen instead of just fragen. So I created this: Darf ich euch eine Frage stellen? Is the ...
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Warum steht die Ortsangabe zwischen dem Prädikat und dem Subjekt?

In einer Übung aus dem Buch "Erkundungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache B2 Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch‎" ist es erforderlich, aus dem vorgegebenen Wörtern Sätze im Präteritum zu bilden. Für diese Worte: Anfang, ...
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Position of “nicht” in sentences [duplicate]

I'm confused about the word order with the word "nicht". For example, you say Sie geht nicht nach Hause. but why is "nicht" at the end here? Sie wäscht ihre Hände nicht. when you want to say ...
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What happens to the sentence order when you start the sentence with “auch”?

This is from a podcast transcription: "Auch sie(it) arbeitet regional..." shouldn't then the verb precede the subject taking up the second spot in the sentence order?
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Ist die Katze aus dem Haus… Der Platz des Verbs

Warum ist im Sprichwort "Ist die Katze aus dem Haus, tanzen die Mäuse" das Verb "ist" auf dem ersten Platz? Ich dachte das Verb fängt einen Satz nur in Fragen an.
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Ist “Ich fahre NICHT nach Berlin” ein Fall der betonten Negation?

Ich habe bei vielen Internet-Webseiten gelesen, dass die Negation nicht vor einem Teil eines Satzes stehen muss, wenn man diesen bestimmten Teil negieren will. Laut diesen Webseiten heißt dieses ...
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Can the verb come first when there's no subordinate clause?

I sometimes get confused when I read sentences like this: Die Menschen dort sind sehr freundlich, habe ich gehört. Es war eine Karnevalssitzung, erklärte mir einer der Ärzte. Aber es gibt Arbeit hier,...
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Aber, position in a sentence

I wrote a sentence and asked for correction. The first one is my attempt, the second one is the answer I got. The thing is that I don't understand the position of 'aber' as 'but'. I thought the ...
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Should you prefer “er und Du” over “Du und er”?

When you recount how you and somebody else did something, it is culturally favored to put the other person first. For example: Franz und ich sind einkaufen gegangen is preferable over Ich und ...
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Is it ok to put the adverb at the end of the sentence right after the second verb?

I have this sentence where the adverb is at the end of the sentence despite there is the second verb, which should always come at the end. Ich habe sehr viel gesehen heute. Is this correct?
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Noun placement in a particular sentence

The sentence I’m reading is quite long so here’s just the last part. I’m pretty sure the other part of the sentence isn’t needed to ask the question. In the dependent clause below, I’m trying to ...
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Verb position with modal verbs

I have this sentence that I think is wrong: Meine Mitbewohner sagen, ich soll vorsichtig sein mit der Gasheizung. Isn't the verb "sein" supposed to come at the end of the sentence like this? ...
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How to ask a question with double accusative?

Edit: thanks to the comments/answers, I understand now that my initial question is wrong. There is one nominative and one accusative in this question. Today I wanted to transform the affirmative ...
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Welcher Satz ist richtig? 0-Position

Mein Lehrer hat uns etwas gesagt, aber ich bin davon nicht ganz überzeugt. Er hat uns erzählt, dass 'und' sowie 'aber, oder, sondern,...' immer auf 0-Position im Satz stehen. Ich habe geschreiben: ...
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What is the correct position for sich?

I found this sentence in a text I am studying: Und immer wenn sich die Geschichte änderte, sich also das Leben der Menschen merklich veränderte, änderte sich natürlich auch die Sprache. There ...
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Can I use Hyphen with adjective separately?

I know that hyphen can be used with compound words in these ways: Regional- und Landplanung or with adjective in this way: regional-ländliche Planung but can I use hyphen with adjective in this ...
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Why does this relative clause not end with the verb?

A text I am reading has the following sentence: Wer gerne in die Berge geht und sie aus sportlichem Interesse besteigt, der ist ein Bergsteiger. I note that the relative clause, der ist ein ...
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Why here after dann, the verb is at the end?

Why here after dann, the verb is at the end? Based on my knowledge, after dann always we have a verb. Der Junge in der Tankstelle hat den Kassenbeleg mit diesem Kuli unterschrieben und ihn dann auf ...
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Wo soll “aktualisiert” stehen? [closed]

Im Internetangebot eines Hotels: Das Animationsprogramm wird auf der Seite aktualisiert unter "Für Kinder". Das Animationsprogramm wird auf der Seite unter "Für Kinder" aktualisiert. Wo soll "...
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Should one use Konjunktiv in subordinate clause using “dass” and should one use an explicit “es” in the main clause with “dass”?

If I wanted to say something like “I don’t want to eat,” I could just say “Ich will nicht essen.” How could I say “I don’t want him to eat?” I think I could probably say something ...
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position of “auf” in sentence with conjugated verb aufhören

As far as I know conjugated separable verbs standing by themselves place the separable particle at the end of the sentence. I got the following sentences from my textbook: Hört sofort mit eurem ...
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Are these word orders all valid? [closed]

Ich gab dem Mann dieses Auto. Ich gab dieses Auto dem Mann (or zum Mann ?). Dieses Auto gab ich dem Mann. Dem Mann gab ich dieses Auto. Dem Mann habe ich dieses Auto gegeben. Are these word orders ...
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Does the subject always follow the verb when not in first position?

I encountered the following texts in my reading: Meistens kommen pro Folge nur zwei Schauspieler vor. Oft spielen hier sehr bekannte deutsche Schauspieler mit. In both of these sentences something ...
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When to use wäre and when to use hätte? [closed]

The following sentence; "I would have stayed longer if I had known that you would be here" contains 'would have' and 'If..had' and 'would be here'. For the '..would have..' and '.. had known' we ...
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How to say “I can't wait” [closed]

I'm confused about word order and sentence structure when using phrases like I can't wait. For example, is I can't wait to come to the cinema.: Ich kann's kaum erwarten zu kommen ins Kino. or ...
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Why not “ich werde sehen dich”? [closed]

I used Reverso Context to search for any instances of "ich werde sehen dich" but every example is using a slightly different form where "sehen" and "dich" are displaced. Why is "ich werde dich sehen" ...
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German subject-verb order in sentences

I'd like to discuss the following sentence: If you had told me that you would arrive today, I would have waited for you. I am told that this translates as: Wenn Sie mir gesagt hätten, dass ...
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Multiple adverbs before the verb

A recent Slow German podcast contained the following sentence Also eigentlich heißt er Heiko Schotte, aber alle nennen ihn nur Schotty. Why does the verb, heißt, not occupy the second position in ...
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Can this word order be rearranged?

The following sentence occurs in Slow German Podcast #185: Dann bekam er die Chance mit einem Botaniker zusammen fünf Jahre lang durch Süd- und Mittelamerika zu reisen. I am wondering if the ...
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Where to place “zu + Verb” infinitive construction by a subordinate clause with “wenn”?

I would like to say: I would like to transfer my number, but only if it is still possible to get an offer with discounted price. I am not sure how to connect verbs with "zu" in this sentence: ...
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Two main clauses?

In Slow German episode 177 she says, Aber ich hoffe, Ihr habt jetzt einen Eindruck bekommen, wie die Menschen damals lebten. I don't understand the word order in this sentence. This seems wrong: ...
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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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Wortfolge “Ich habe meine Freundin am Wochenende ins Restaurant eingeladen.”

In einem Lehrwerk steht Die Dativergänzung steht meistens vor der temporalen Angabe. Die Akkusativergänzung steht hinter den temporalen, kausalen und modalen Angaben und oder hinter der ...
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Wortfolge “Mach ich.”

Kaufst du bitte Brot? Ja, mach ich. Hast du am Wochenende Zeit? Ja, hab ich. Mich interessiert die Wortfolge in den Antwortsätzen. Wenn dies affirmative Sätze sind, warum haben ...
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What's the correct word order after 'weil'? [duplicate]

According to grammar books, the correct word order is 'weil+subject+everything else+verb at the end'. But sometimes I hear native speakers say 'weil+subject+verb+everything else'. Are both word orders ...
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Word Order with Relative Clause and Compound Verbs [closed]

I am looking to translate the sentence I'm trying to say in German all the things I would normally say in English. I am only just beginning to get a grasp on subordinate clauses and the ...
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Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung

I have a hard time wrapping my head around the syntax of the title Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (better known as The Taming of the Shrew). I have seen this title also translated as Die Zähmung der ...
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Word order for modal verbs in the passive, in a subordinate clause

I have the sentence: To prevent infections in the first instance, so that antibiotics do not have to be used. and I've translated it to: Infektionen überhaupt vorzubeugen, sodass Antibiotika ...
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“Seinen Geburtsort besucht habe ich allerdings noch nicht.”

Der im Titel erwähnte Satz habe ich in der FAS gelesen. Wenn man das Partizip in Position 1 setzen möchte, darf bzw. muss man dessen Ergänzungen ihm voranstellen? Klingt das besser als beispielsweise ...
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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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Position of past participle and extent of the Verbklammer

How does moving the past participle in the following sentence to the end of the sentence affect the sentence's meaning? More generally, when/why would you use one or the other? Sie haben erheblich ...

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