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That forbidden salute

Why is it Sieg Heil, with the word for victory coming before the word for hail? Why isn't it Hail Victory?
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"Deshalb" am Ende des Nebensatzes

Folgendes ist aus dem Roman Tschick von Wolfgang Hernndorf: Und dann sah Tschick mich lange an und sagte, ich solle nicht glauben, dass Tatjana mich nicht eingeladen hätte, weil ich langweilig wäre, ...
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Passive without a "proper" subject [closed]

In the sentence: Als ich mich dann an der Rezeption erkundigte, wurde mir mitgeteilt, dass Sie nichts machen können. Why don't we use "wird mir mitgeteilt" instead of "wurde mir ...
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What is the explanation for the word order here?

Why does "Also, nicht dass ich wüsste." have that particular word order? Here's the full sentence: Nein. Also, nicht dass ich wüsste.
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What does "was geht" mean in this sentence?

Could you please help me decipher what's going on with this sentence? Im Bergwerk Gittersee wird vor der Schließung im Raubbau noch rausgeholt was geht. I don't get neither the meaning nor the word ...
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Is this correct please?

"Ich spiele gern Rugby jeden Tag". Please let me know if this sentence is correct. I know that "Jeden Tag" can be placed at the beginning -- but can we put "gern" and ...
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Ersatzinfinitiv

1.In some verbs, the past participle in the compound tenses is replaced by the present infinitive when it comes immediately after an infinitive,examples below: ex) Er hilft ihm den Wagen waschen -->...
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Confused about German tenses

In the sentence below: Danach bin ich ganz allein gewesen und [ich] habe gehen müssen, als es zu schlimm geworden ist". 1.When do we have to use "habe"+ infinitive? I don't know when to ...
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German tenses and equivalents of them

I am looking for the equivalents of these structure in English, i don't know when to combine these tenses and why. 1.Perfekt + Passiv + Konjunktiv 1 2.Perfekt + Konjunktiv 1 For example the sentence ...
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Why is the verb not in the second position?

Why is the verb not in the second position? Are the following two sentences both imperative sentences? Is that the reason the verb is not in the second position? And what's "versuch's"? ...
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How does the word order work in the second sentence?

How does the word order work in the second sentence? Why is the word "mal" in the second position instead of a verb? Niemand verlässt die Formation. Nicht mal dann, wenn einer von uns ...
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How to understand the word order in this sentence?

"Wenn du lächelst, lächelt die Welt auch zurück." Why is the verb not in the second position in this sentence? Instead, we have "du" in the second position. And why is "...
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How does the word order work in this sentence?

"Weißt du, die Frage, wer von uns beiden die cooleren Eltern hat, hat sich für mich irgendwie erübrigt." In the above sentence, how do we know that the conjugated verb "hat" comes ...
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Why is "hätte" not at the end?

Why is "hätte" not at the end? I thought that in a subordinate clause with "wenn", the conjugated verb is the last word and goes at the end? Here's the sentence: Andere Kinder ...
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Hauptsatz nach dem/im Nebensatz

Ist die Wortreihenfolge hier richtig und ist sie das, was ein Muttersprachler aussuchen würde? Ich esse Karotten, weil ich glaube, sie sind gesund. Ich frage mich gerade, ob das Wort "weil"...
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"daran etwas" or "etwas daran"?

When using "daran etwas" I am wondering if the order ever makes a difference. This sentence was randomly selected from DWDS: Ja, fällt Ihnen daran etwas auf? Is there a difference with: ...
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Correct word order for sentence: Ich esse den Joghurt zum Frühstück [duplicate]

Why does the accusative noun (den Joghurt) go before the dative noun (dem Frühstück) in the following sentence?: Ich esse den Joghurt zum Frühstück
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Difference between two possibilities for a warning label

The tripmeter on my car must not be reset when the vehicle is moving; otherwise it may break. I am wondering what an appropriate warning label for this quirk of German engineering would read, in ...
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Word order when using the "Präteritum" of a modal verb (können) with the "Präsens" of another verb (haben) in a subordinating conjunction?

I am trying to write "..., so that he could have a car and other niceties" and I have it translated to "..., damit er ein Auto und andere Annehmlichkeiten haben konnte." I am ...
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Should it be "Ja, ist er" or "Ja er ist"?

While discussing these sentences with 2 native German speakers: »Ist er für mich, Vati?« »Ja, er ist, Gloria.« I was corrected to: »Ja, ist er, Gloria.« But here are 23 examples of »Ja er ist« in ...
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Reihenfolge von Verben im Nebensatz? [duplicate]

Was ist richtiger von den folgenden zwei Sätzen: Mir wurde mitgeteilt, dass ich es hätte abgeben sollen. Mir wurde mitgeteilt, dass ich es abgeben sollen hätte. Mir ist klar, dass der erste Satz ...
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Verb first clause, why?

In the German and English versions of the same game I ran across: Er hätte heimkommen sollen, ist er aber nicht. He should have come home, but he didn't. (This is said by a woman whose brother has ...
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Direct vs indirect object order in phrase

I am a little unsure on how to write this with proper grammar: "Wir erlauben uns Ihnen den Betrag gutzuschreiben" or "Wir erlauben uns den Betrag Ihnen gutzuschreiben". I am ...
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'in dem' after 'der'? What?

So I was watching this netflix series and the very first sentence goes like this: "Ein Typ, der im Internet Drogen verkauft". I think it means "A guy who sells drugs online". I'm ...
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Word order in German. Shouldn't Duolingo accept this answer?

So I learn German on Duolingo. I came across this sentence: I sleep in the car during break I enter as translation: Ich schlafe im Auto in meiner Pause, but Duo flags it as a wrong statement. Duo ...
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Position of "gern"

Am Freitagabend spiele gern ich Gitarre. Am Freitagabend spiele ich gern Gitarre. I think the first sentence is correct because I learned to write gern next to the verb. Which sentence is more ...
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Word order of 'Ich markiere den Text mit Textmarker.' [duplicate]

I have watched a video. there were 3 rules in word structure and it stated sentences like 'Ich gebe meiner Freundin eine Blume.' So my question is if dativ precedes akkusativ why does this sentence is ...
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Coordinating conjunction but verb comes first?

Paul war krank und konnte daher nicht kommen. Warum kommt 'konnte' zuerst im zweiten Satz? Ich verstehe nicht, weil 'konnte' ein Verb ist. Sollte das Verb nicht an zweiter Stelle stehen? . Könnte ...
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"weil ich später ins Kino gehen will" doesn't satisfy the verb-in-the-second-place rule

In nthuleen, it is given the following sentence in an answer key: Ich muss meine Hausaufgaben jetzt machen, weil ich später ins Kino gehen will. However, the modal verb "wollen" is put to ...
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Verb position when using doch in subordinate clauses

I have recently come across several sentences using "doch" in subordinate clauses with different orderings (the examples come from Linguee, usually from europarl.europa.eu) : (1) some are ...
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Where should 'da' as an adverb go in a sentence?

"The large kids' room is only there for toys." Das große Kinderzimmer ist nur für Spielzeuge da. By what grammar rule can we justify "da"'s position here in the sentence? Generall ...
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Which one is correct: Browser Chrome, Chrome-Browser oder Chrome Browser?

I am not sure about which version is correct. A Google search could not help. Which option would you use and why? Are the others just less common or incorrect? Browser Chrome Chrome-Browser Chrome ...
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Emphasizing different nouns with different constructs when asking a question

Consider the following sentences: Wir spielen heute Tennis and Heute spielen wir Tennis. Even though both, factually, say the same thing, their emphasis/meaning is different. The former emphasis &...
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Placement of heute in a sentence

What is the correct way to use heute in a sentence regarding the weather? For example, which sentence is correct?: Es ist bewölkt heute. or Es ist heute bewölkt. another example: Es ist sonnig ...
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"bei der" as a subordinating conjunction

In the following sentence, why does "bei der" introduce a subordinate clause? Optisch soll das Café entfernt an eine Alm erinnern, bei der Tradition und Moderne sich die Hand geben. Is it ...
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Unerwartete Wortreihenfolge mit dem Wort "genannt"

Meine Frage betrifft den folgenden Satz, einen Ausschnitt von Katzenwiege von Kurt Vonnegut (also die deutsche Übersetzung von Cat's Cradle). Und ich bin so gut wie sicher, daß während meines ...
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How does the TeKaMoLo rule apply in this sentence?

I saw this sentence today: "Du kannst in der Werkstatt am Ende der Straße ein Auto mieten." But according to the TeKaMoLo rule, shouldn't "Ende der Straße" be at the end since it ...
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Why does this assertion have this word order?

»Er ist nicht klug genug.« »Ist er wohl. Mein Vater weiß so viel wie sie.« "Ist er wohl" puts the verb in first position but is not a question. What is the grammatical basis for doing this?
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What's the meaning of "Man weiß halt gefühlt nichts"?

I came across this sentence on twitter: Man weiß halt gefühlt nichts. I can't quite work out the meaning implied here, is it: One feels like he knows nothing, or One knows he feels nothing?? And I ...
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Dative case with Names?

There is no difference between dass Alice die neue Aufgabe wirklich liegt and dass die neue Aufgabe Alice wirklich liegt From what grammatical point is this reasoning backed up? Is this a type of ...
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Word order of ideas in genitive case

Have a look at these examples: Das Kleid der Frau ist teuer. Das Auto des Mannes ist neu. In English, we first say owner then owned eg: The man's car. Does german in comparison keep the owned and ...
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Word order when combining sentences into a Kausalsatz

Wir bleiben zu Hause. Heute regnet es. Combining with weil: Wir bleiben zu Hause, weil es heute regnet. By what rule did the original order of heute-> es become es-> heute? I understand that ...
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Wortstellung im Satz - wo steht 'wieder' am besten?

Was klingt am besten? Ich freue mich immer darüber, wenn ich im Frühling den Vogel wieder singen höre. oder Ich freue mich immer darüber, wenn ich im Frühling wieder den Vogel singen höre. oder ...
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How is this word order to be explained?

While discussing a story with 2 native German speakers I said: Und er ließ seine Augen mit Genugtuung über das reifende Feld gleiten, das mit den Blattreihen der Bohnen verziert waren, die alle jetzt ...
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Separable prefix position in questions

"Was würden Sie mit auf die Reise nehmen?" I found this sentence on VHS website. But reverse translating gives me, "Was würden Sie auf die Reise mitnehmen?" The position of "...
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Sentence structure - word order with "mit"

Is not time always precedes whatever is on the sentence Here are some examples like: a) Dirk ist mit seinen Eltern und seiner Schwester nachts um 12 Uhr von Stuttgart losgefahren. b) Dirk ist mit ...
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"Meine Tochter geht in Berlin zur Universität." Why does "in Berlin" come first?

I think that "zur Universität" is a dative prepositional phrase describing place. That means that "in Berlin" is either the same, or an accusative prepositional phrase describing ...
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On The General Form of Passive Sentences (and a few active ones)

When working with the Vorgangspassiv, would it be correct to view some potential general forms of the various tenses as follows (i know besides V2, word order is less strict in German, but nonetheless ...
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What is the reason for this word order?

While discussing the translation of a story with 2 native German speakers, I said: "Er kann eine Flasche kaufen und sie zu Hause trinken." "Es ist nicht das Gleiche." "Nein, ...
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"Ich mag Katzen gern" or "Ich mag gern Katzen"? [duplicate]

Which word order is correct? Ich mag gern Katzen or Ich mag Katzen gern
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