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Word Order of expressions like Urlaub machen, Deutsch üben

I came across two sentences: Wir machen jeden Sommer am See Urlaub. Mein Vater übt gern mit dem Pferd Deutsch I've looked at some explanations of word order, and they are respectively: since many ...
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Is this word order correct? Why?

I'm studying with Duolingo and occasionally check with other sources for grammar. For complements, I have read, as a general rule, that in German the direct object is obligatorily placed before the ...
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Word Order for complex sentences?

In the sentence Die Tests gibt euch dann morgen der Markus zurück. the structure is [Objekt] [Verb] [Objekt] [Adverbiale] [Subjekt] [Rest of the Verb] Is it possible and grammatically correct, ...
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Is the word order after "denn" correct?

In the following sentence, is the word order after "denn" correct? I thought that after the word "denn", the verb is supposed to be in the second position? Als Hassobjekt war er ...
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Is the sentence "Er trifft seine Mitbewohner im Café jeden Tag" wrong ? Why?

On a German teaching website, the sentence Er trifft seine Mitbewohner im Café jeden Tag was marked wrong as the translation of He meets his roommates at the coffee shop every day. On the other hand, ...
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What does "her" at the end of a sentence mean?

Jetzt ist das fünf Jahr her. I found this sentence in a documentary I was seeing. What does "her" at the end mean? What grammatical object is it? Some source say it is adverb, if so, ...
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Placement of genitive of proper names

Among others exhibiting similar variations, these sentences appear in DWDS: Um eine echte Atmosphäre aus Partikeln und Gas festzuhalten, ist Merkurs Schwerkraft einfach zu schwach. "Wir nehmen ...
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Can you break up a sentence or clause in a poem in order to put the verb in the right position.?

I am writing a poem, the key line of which could be, Mein Liebling ist vertraute. A verb is supposed to occupy the second position of a sentence. The above follows this pattern. So does an ...
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What can I put on the first place in a narrative sentence, if a subject is on the third place?

From the beginning of my German learning way I've always heard that anything can be put on the first or on the third position in a narrative sentence and the only thing you have to do is just to put a ...
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Why "alle" is supposed to be put after a declensioned pronoun, but not before?

Writing a practical letter I've faced with next very simple sentence: Er liebt uns alle. And why is the only right word order "uns alle" and can't be written as "alle uns"? For ...
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"Sagt dir das etwas?" — warum steht das Dativobjekt vor dem Subjekt?

Normalerweise steht das Subjekt in Ja/Nein-Fragen an zweiter Stelle, sofort nach dem Verb. Hast du einen Wagen? Aber im folgenden Satz kommt das Objekt vor das Subjekt: Sagt dir das etwas? Ich ...
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What determines the placement of weiter?

I have had the impression that adverbs stay close to the verb in German word order. So why is this incorrect (as I was told): Der Traktor rollte weiter 10 Fuß. and this is instead correct? Der ...
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"keine Zähne putzen" oder "die Zähne nicht putzen"?

Wie ich verstanden habe, es gibt einige Verben/Konstruktionen, die immer ein Objekt oder eine adverbiale Bestimmung brauchen. Ich habe mich daran gewöhnt, diese Objekte/Bestimmungen als trennbare ...
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Is there any difference between "jetzt schon" and "schon jetzt"?

Are "jetzt schon" and "schon jetzt" interchangeable? Is one more commonly used than the other? Is one more "formal"? For example: Ich freue mich jetzt schon auf das ...
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Can I rewrite this sentence in this way?

Wir haben nur eine kleine Wohnung, sind aber damit zufrieden. Can I rewrite the above sentence in this way: Wir haben nur eine kleine Wohnung, aber wir sind damit zufrieden. If yes, which sentence ...
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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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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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