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Questions about how to use verbs, from a grammatical, syntactical and stylistic point of view.

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Ich gebe meinem Vater das Zeugnis (ab). Ich gebe das Zeugnis bei meinem Vater ab. Both are correct. If the verb action means passing something, you can be pretty sure it's possible (or even …
answered Feb 5 by Janka
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It's contemporary German to use haben zu as a variation for müssen. The tricky part is, it's a mild alternative if you are the one who must act: Ich habe noch zu tun. (asks for understanding) — Ic …
answered Jan 24 '18 by Janka
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From your comment on the other answer: What I am confused with though is how to correctly translate verbs that contain the ing endings. It's okay to be confused. As CallMeCody pointed out in his cor …
answered Jun 19 by Janka
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Ich steige aus dem Auto aus. Ich steige aus dem Auto. None of these two is really preferred over the other. You are right steigen as the more general verb also covers climbing through the su …
answered Mar 7 '18 by Janka
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You are right in your deconstruction but in everyday language, such a difference is not made. Der Chef schätzt meinen Einsatz. Der Chef weiß meinen Einsatz zu schätzen. express the same t …
answered Jan 27 '18 by Janka
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Zuhause soll ich nicht. is an appropriate answer for the request Üb' doch mal mehr, dann kannst du auch besser Geige spielen. So, it's either clear from context (here: üben or Geige spielen …
answered Jan 23 by Janka
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Because the conjugation of the finite verb agrees to the subject. Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän. To understand a German sentence correctly, you have to pick up all the clues given. The verb f …
answered Aug 29 by Janka
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Sorry, my keyboard has no umlaut In that case append an e to the vowel you want to make an Umlaut of: ä->ae, ö->oe, ü->ue, Ä->Ae etc. That's how Germans do it. (note this doesn't always apply in …
answered Oct 23 '16 by Janka
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Schauen is Southern German. People in the north understand it but don't use it actively. The Northern/Central German expression is gucken (the initial g is spoken as k), it's not too common in the sou …
answered Jan 17 by Janka
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Please understand indirect speech is a form to express uncertainty about what has really happened or whether something is a fact or not. You are telling "I wasn't there" with each verb. In German an …
answered Apr 30 '18 by Janka
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Both variants are possible, but they describe a different thing. If you used Präsens in both parts, you focus on future repetition. That is because Präsens is about the present and the future. If yo …
answered Jun 14 by Janka
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Some "normal" verbs can be used as if they were modals. These include: Sie sehen es kommen. Wir helfen Kartoffeln schälen. Sie hören das Gras wachsen. Wir lassen ihn ruhen. Sie …
answered Mar 16 by Janka
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The verb commands the prepositions and their meaning. As most verbs, verlieben can take multiple objects. The accusative object is mandatory, usually it's a reflexive pronoun. It's the person in love …
answered Dec 18 '17 by Janka
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Die zwei Sätze bedeuten etwas Unterschiedliches. Ich gebe das Rauchen auf. Ich gebe es auf. Ich werde niemals wieder rauchen. (guter Vorsatz!) Ich stelle das Rauchen ein. Stellen Sie bitte …
answered Dec 19 '16 by Janka
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Your first four example sentences are correct. The row of infinitives may be even longer: Ich muss einkaufen gehen können. I have to be able to go shopping. Sie möchten nicht Baseball spiele …
answered May 20 by Janka