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Satzstellung - Question on how to structure group of words to fit grammatical rules.

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Wohin gehört das “nicht”? [duplicate]

Man tippt ja schnell mal einen Kommentar und im Nachhinein wundert man sich, ob der Satzbau passt. Bsp.: Siehs als Hinweis, dass man sich nicht über diverse Kommentare wundern muss, wenn die ...
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Why are the two words “sich” and “deshalb” before the subject “immer mehr Menschen” in the sentence below?

The sentence: "Vor allem in größeren Städten entscheiden sich deshalb immer mehr Menschen gegen ein eigenes Auto". I thought at first that the subject should follow the verb and the two words "sich" ...
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Why is “mich” in this sentence in front of the subject? “Also neulich haben mich die Eltern von meiner Freundin zum Abendessen eingeladen.”

I thought "mich" should be after the subject, becasue "mich" is the accusative in this sentence.
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Understanding word placement in German

I am confused as to the placement of “noch” in the sentence : “Aber ich will noch nicht schlafen”. I’m aware the whole sentence means “but I don’t want to sleep yet” but putting “noch” in the middle ...
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Ich vermute nicht

I noticed that German speaker often use phrases like Ich vermute nicht, dass das [let's call it A] stimmt. What do they mean? Do they mean that they conjecture that A is false? Or do they mean ...
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Word order and inverted subjects—should the pronoun have directly followed the verb in this sentence?

Ich lerne Deutsch an meiner Uni, und ich habe eine Frage über word order. I wrote the following sentence for a practice oral exam in our class: Ich wollte heute Schnitzel essen, aber wir wohnen in ...
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How would changing normal word order in a sentence affect its meaning?

I have a little confusion about how changing the usual/normal/common word order in a sentence would affect its meaning. My grammar book says Elements which are more heavily stressed and convey ...
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Translating “No, she does not want a different one” from duolingo

I am trying to translate the following sentence No, she does not want a different one. My first intuition as an English speaker is Nein, sie will nicht anderes einen Basically I translate word ...
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Word order in sentence and separable verbs [closed]

Which of these two sentences are correct? Wissen Sie, um wieviel Uhr wir kommen an? Wissen Sie, um wieviel Uhr wir ankommen?
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Past participle or verb that should be in last position is followed by prepositional phrase

I was reading an article on dw.com today (link) and came across the following sentence: Ryanair als einer der Pioniere der Billigfluglinien hat die Vorlage geliefert für Dutzende anderer Airlines. ...
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Wann können wir Präpositionen verwenden?

Welche ist die richtige Option? Wir bringen ihr einen Hund. Wir bringen einen Hund zu ihr. Wir bringen zu ihr einen Hund. Und warum? Dürfen wir vor dem Akkusativ den Dativ nicht schreiben?
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Werden untergeordnete Nebensätze seltener?

Die deutsche Sprache befindet sich mit Sicherheit in einem kontinuierlichen Wandel, von einigen sogar als Sprachverfall betrachtet. Also bin ich seit einiger Zeit mehrmals auf folgende Beispiele ...
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Ambiguity in a subordinate clause

Die Schauspielerin, die nicht nur die Männer, sondern auch viele Frauen vergötterten According to my book, this translates as: The actress, whom not only the men, but also many women adored I ...
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The order of dative and accusative in a sentence

Ich kann dir das nicht verraten. I'm given to understand that if the subject in the accusative case is a pronoun, (as in the sentence above?) it precedes the dative case. Otherwise, the dative comes ...
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Is this word order correct?

Wir wissen, dass Füllwörter in Sätzen eine sehr wichtige Funktion haben. I saw a native speaker saying it a little bit differently: Wir wissen, dass Füllwörter eine sehr wichtige Funktion in Sätzen ...
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Weil + Perfekt (+nicht)

I have a question regarding the use of nicht in a sentence with weil and perfekt. Wich one of the two sentences is correct? Ich habe die Prüfung nicht bestanden, weil ich nicht studiert habe. ...
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Translations of “child psychologist” into German (nouns with preceding multifunction adjectives)

I am an extreme novice novice at German. As I am aware of the fact that there are some common grammatical constructions to German and English, and in view of the fact that I am also aware that in ...
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Strange verb position in text from 1800

While reading an old shortstory by ETA Hoffman, I found the following text: Seine Brust wollte zerspringen vor Freude und Seligkeit, kaum konnte er sich aufrecht erhalten als er von der Leiter ...
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Warum gibt es diese Wortfolge des Genitivs: “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” [duplicate]

Wenn ich die Bedeutung nicht verstanden habe, sollte es nicht sein "Die Rache der Hölle..."?
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Would a German-speaker use one clause here or two?

I was reading a sentence from a novel that read in English, "My own father might have said the same thing in different words." Google translate gave me as its German equivalent,"Mein eigener Vater ...
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Separable prefix not going to the end of the clause (sentence) [duplicate]

It is my understanding that separable prefix is supposed to go the end of the clause it is in, right? So in the sentence, Warum kommst du nicht mit Kafee trinken? Is "Kaffee trinken" a subordinate ...
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Do conjunctions change word order in relation to the type of clause?

E.g. if two main clauses are put together (with "und" for example) there is no change in word order whereas if it is a subordinate clause,the verb goes to the end. Is this a fair assumption? And if so,...
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What are the rules for where the word 'nicht' goes in a sentence? [duplicate]

I cannot work out any pattern to the word order, and any pattern I come up with has almost as many exceptions as cases that fit.
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Heißt es Schinken-Käse- oder Käse-Schinken-Croissant?

Gibt es eine (Faust)Regel, welche Eigenschaft bei derartig zusammengesetzten Wörtern zuerst genannt wird?
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“…ist so einfach nicht.” - why this order of words?

Today I'm reading this on the front page of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung: [...] Doch ihr Spielraum ist beschränkt, und die Sache mit den Autozöllen ist so einfach nicht. How is the meaning of this ...
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Word order with objects

For basic sentences I've always known to use time, manner, place E.g. ich ging gestern mit meinen Freunden nach London But, I struggle to know where to put an object in the accusative or dative For ...
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“Ich würde gerne ihr” or “Ich würde ihr gerne”

I am currently studying German and we had to write a little about what we would like to get someone for their birthday and what not. While I was doing this I wanted to say something like I would ...
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Order of locations?

When a location like a town is mentioned in (American) English, the state and country that town is part of is often also stated, e. g. to specify which place exactly it is that is being talked about. ...
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Es war einmal vs Eines Tages

Wäre es richtig, wenn man schreibt: Es war einmal eine Witwe, die Irma hieß. Eines Tages war sie im Wald (...) Kann man es war einmal anwenden und dann im nächsten Satz eines Tages an den Anfang ...
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German sentence structure question [closed]

Is this sentence in German written correctly? Wie iPhone ohne Apple-ID durch Benutzung der iTunes zurücksetzen? How to reset iPhone without Apple ID by using iTunes?
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Kann ein Relativsatz das Verb in zweiter Position haben?

Beim Lesen eines Märchens der Gebrüder Grimm habe ich den folgenden Satz gelesen: Es war einmal ein König, der hatte eine Tochter. Meine Frage ist, soll der Relativsatz nicht der eine Tochter hatte ...
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Why are verbs sometimes on the second position and sometimes not?

I know that verbs must always be on the second position in sentences but I had recently found some places where this isn't the case. For example, in one song I find Wär’ heut’ mein letzter Tag, ...
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Die Übersetzung von “the Primary Health care center of the University” [closed]

Die Ubersetzung von "the Primary Health care center of the University" 1-Das Zentrum für primäre Gesundheitsversorgung der Universität. 2-Das Zentrum der primären Gesundheitsversorgung der ...
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Which one of these german paragraphs is correct and why? [closed]

I'm learning German so I tried to translate and write these two paragraphs but I still don't know how to use "dass" with comma. So I need your help, which one is correct and why? The first Paragraph: ...
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Which order should verb and object be in when following an infinitive?

I am from Italy and today I had a discussion about a German phrase. So I wanted to ask which of these two is correct: Um die grüne Soße zu erhalten, hacken die Kräuter Um die grüne Soße zu ...
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Wortstellung bei Konjunktiv II Perfekt und “lassen” [closed]

Ist die Wortfolge richtig? Sie hätten mir einen längeren Text zukommen lassen sollen. Und welche Regel gilt es hierbei zu beachten?
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Word order in “Der Mann, der nicht Musik hat in ihm selbst”

The line is from a translation of Shakespeare: Der Mann, der nicht Musik hat in ihm selbst I could understand if it was written like this: Der Mann, der nicht Musik in ihm selbst hat Either I ...
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German grammar and sentence structure [closed]

Example sentence: You will be given access to the folder Du wirst zugang zur ordner gegeben werden Is das richtig? Translation software always misses the werden at the end, which in my ...
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Ist der Satz “Das behaupten nur wir” richtig?

Wenn beim Hauptsatz das Subjekt nicht an erster Position steht, dann sollte es in der dritten Position stehen. Das weiß ich. Also was wäre die Erklärung für diesen Satz? "Das behaupten nur wir." Es ...
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Adverb Word Order Specifics?

So, one thing that’s puzzled me in my studies of German (and other languages) is the order of adverbs. Explanations are all over the place; emphasis on X, emphasis on Y, “this order sounds unnatural”, ...
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Why “Ich habe das Buch, das du haben wolltest” and not “Ich habe das Buch, das du wolltest haben”

In English, the sentence I'm trying to say is "I have the book that you wanted to have." I don't understand why in the German translation, "haben" is not at the end of the sentence. I was under the ...
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Sentence-final “dagegen”

The following sentence was said by RAF member Gudrun Ensslin (1968): Ich hab den Richtern gesagt, 'ich weiß, warum sie sagen, man kann nichts tun, weil sie nichts tun können wollen, aber ich will ...
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Nebensatz but the verb not in last position?

Here's the passage: Widerwillig war er an Bord gegangen. Eigentlich nur, weil er sich keine Blöße hatte geben wollen. shouldn't it have been: ...weil er sich keine Blöße geben wollen hatte. ?...
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Conjugated verb NOT in the last position in a subordinate clause

Ich habe mit dem Hasen gewettet, dass ich schneller laufen KANN als er. Is there any reason why in the subordinate part of this sentence "als er" follows "laufen kann" instead of preceding it? Isn't ...
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Using three verbs in a sentence

I want to say We should teach children to use mobile phones effectively. There are three verbs in this sentence, sollen, unterrichten and benutzen. Because of this I am not sure of the word order....
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Does the second-position rule hold for clauses as well as sentences?

I would like to say, "Yes, you must sleep." Would this be correct? Ja, du musst schlafen. The reason I ask is because I'm not sure whether the subject and verb are in the correct place. I know ...
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“Ich sah fünf Flugzeuge abheben.” – How to transform to the perfect tense?

I would like to say in German: I saw five planes taking off. I think the answer is: Ich sah fünf Flugzeuge abheben. Now I want to use the perfect tense. My best guess is: Ich habe fünf ...
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Is it acceptable to use the word order of a question in a declarative sentence?

I pretty often hear native German speakers using the word order of a question in a declarative sentence. E.g. Habe ich doch gesagt! or Habe ich kein Problem damit. Is this an acceptable form, ...
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Location of the verb in a sentence?

I'm trying to learn German, and I'm kind of confused about this: Instead of Brian, kannst du bitte den Beamer holen? can I say Brian, kannst du bitte holen den Beamer? When I ask the Google ...
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Verb an zweiter Stelle im Relativsatz

In Grimms Märchen habe ich gelesen: "Es war einmal ein König, der hatte drei Söhne..." und dachte mir dabei, es handelt sich um veraltete Sprache. In letzter Zeit stoße ich jedoch immer wieder ...