Questions tagged [written-language]

Questions about written German language, E,g, - When to apply capital letters or not - When to use ß or ss - Proper application of Umlauts like ä,ö,ü - etc.

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I have a very hard time parsing long German sentences

I routinely find myself puzzling for long stretches of time over the meaning of long German sentences, as are often found in academic writing, for example. Here I'm referring to sentences where the ...
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Why does Thomas Mann sometimes omit the auxiliary verb? [duplicate]

In reading Thomas Mann's 1930 work Mario und der Zauberer, I have come across a few odd constructions: "[Er] war der stärkste Hypnotiseur, der mir in meinem Leben vorgekommen." "...
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Wie schreibt man ein langgezogenes “ie”?

Will man schriftlich darstellen, dass ein Wort besonders gedehnt ausgesprochen wird, vervielfältigt man einfach den entsprechenden Buchstaben. Ein übertrieben gerolltes R wäre dann Rrrrrroulade Ein ...
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How do you say “To whom it may concern” in German?

To whom it may concern is a common opening statement (in an formal e-mail) in English, especially when you do not know the gender of your audience. I am looking for the proper equivalent for it in ...
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Spelling: lower or upper case?

In the following text how is the word "Meisten" correctly spelled, lower or upper case? Alle Lebewesen müssen sich ernähren. Uns Menschen schmecken sehr unterschiedliche Sachen. Ein großes Tier ...