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Some questions about the *Ersatzinfinitiv* and word order

linguist here. I would like a native speaker's input on some subtle details about the distribution of the Ersatzinfinitiv in German. In particular, I am interested in the sequence haben + Participle + ...
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Is this correct German?

The following sentence appears in episode 216 of Slow German: Er erfand das Kork-Fußbett, das heute berühmt ist für Birkenstock-Sandalen. Is not the verb in the relative clause in the wrong place? ...
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Position of the separable verb prefix

I have learned in a German grammar book that a separable verb prefix must come at the end of a main clause. The only exception I know is the second element of a comparison, which may come after the ...
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Verbstellung im Hauptsatz bei vorangestelltem Nebensatz (wenn das Adverb “dann” fehlt)

Meine Frau hat heute einen Zwischentest beim Sprachkurs gehabt und folgendes geschrieben: Wenn ich Hunger habe, ich koche das Essen. Die Lehrerin hat sie korrigiert: Wenn ich Hunger habe, koche ich ...
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Ich kann schneller laufen als du verb position

My friend and I were trying to do some kind of 'brain storming' session of the vocabulary we have learned in Deutsch so far. But he said this sentence to me: Ich kann schneller laufen als du. I told ...
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Help with some basic word order and use of cases

So I have come across this sentence while doing some German practice: Obwohl sie jünger als ich ist, ist meine Schwester sehr unternehmungslustig. I have a couple of questions that I would ...
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Geradlinig gleichförmige Bewegung with or without comma

In physics there is the term geradlinig gleichförmige Bewegung/geradlinige, gleichförmige Bewegung. I wonder what the correct variant is. In my understanding, the variant with comma geradlinige, ...
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Trump sorgte für Empörung mit der Drohung, Soldaten einzusetzen

So sorgte Trump nach dem Tod des Afroamerikaners George Floyd bei einem brutalen Polizeieinsatz Ende Mai mit der Drohung für Empörung, Berufssoldaten im Inland gegen gewalttätige Demonstranten ...
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Word order in the context of “Wie Sie sagen”

As a start-at-the-beginning refresher, I am working through translation exercises in "A Complete German course", by Leslie John Russon, a book that I used at high school many years ago. The ...
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What accounts for this word order?

I had translated the sentences, John: Tell Alex to get well soon. Ben: I will, I'm fine. as, John: Sag Alex »Gute Besserung«. Ben: Ich werde tun, mir geht es gut. and a native German speaker ...
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Difference in meaning due to word order

I'm puzzled by the difference in meaning between Die Eltern werden ihrem Kind Alles ermöglichen and Die Eltern werden Alles ihrem Kind ermöglichen Is there an actual difference in meaning, or is ...
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Verb vor der Präposition in Nebensatz

Ich habe eine Frage zu einem Satz, den ich in einem Buch (Das Parfum) gefunden habe. Der ganze Satz lautet Es war also später Nachmittag, will sagen ein Zustand und Zeitpunkt in Grenouilles Seele, ...
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Can a non-masculine object come before the subject when using an active verb? [duplicate]

From my understanding, in German the sentences "Der Hund beißt den Jungen" and "Den Jungen beißt der Hund" mean the same thing with the difference lying in the emphasis. (The first ...
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Word order in sentence

I'm in self-learning phase. Please pardon me if you find it repeated/very basic. My question is: I understand subject should be at first and verb shall be at second position. But how do we arrange ...
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“I am not allowed to go” vs “I am allowed to not go”?

In German, how do you translate the two following sentences so as to retain their distinction: "I am not allowed to go" vs "I am allowed not to go" I'm assuming that you would ...
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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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