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Is German a VO language or an OV language?

English is a SVO language. SVO means: Subject, Verb, Object(s) in exactly this order. But English is the only Germanic language with this word order. German and all other Germanic languages (Dutch, ...
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How would you say, "I speak a little bit German"?

There exist three ways of how to use the adjective wenig in German: As an attribute of a noun: A small amount of something In diesem Glas ist wenig Wasser. In this glass is little water. ...
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How would you say, "I speak a little bit German"?

Your proposal is absolutely correct and hard to improve. Alternatives: Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. Ich spreche etwas Deutsch. Or with self-criticism: Mein Deutsch ist nicht ...
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Why "Integrieren bis Unendlich" but not "bis Unendlichkeit"?

Unendlich is used as a "number word" in mathematics like five or ninetynine You also say Die Zahlen von eins bis fünf, so you can also say Die Summe von fünf bis unendlich. The mathematical symbol ∞ ...
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Hatte die Deutsche Sprache einst Adverbien wie im Englischen?

Wie fast immer ist es irreführend, vom Englischen auszugehen; außerdem ist die Darstellung der Situation im Englischen zu sehr vereinfacht. Das Phänomen, daß im heutigen Englisch die meisten Adverbien ...
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When to use the word "mal"? How does it change the meaning?

The addition of the word 'mal' does not directly change the meaning in this context. It does, however, change the underlying tone of the statement. A sentence like Frag mal dort nach. makes your ...
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weird usage of "dran"

The phrase spät dran sein means to be running late. It is a fixed word combination. Update: As Arsak comments, spät dran sein has früh dran sein as a counterpart.
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Is German a VO language or an OV language?

In main clauses, German uses V2 (the verb is on second position), and that means VO most of the time. German (V2 -> VO): Julia ruft den Hund. English (VO): Julia calls the dog. Latin (OV): Iulia ...
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Translate "by" in German

Your assumption is wrong. You can't interchange the words "by, with, via, through" in English The mailbox is with via through by the bus stop. Be back with via through by ten o'clock!. ...
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Confused by "lange" as adverb

Lang is an adjective. It is used for both, time and distance. As usual, its corresponding adverb is lang, but there is also the related adverb lange. The adverb lange is used only temporal: “Das ...
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How would you say, "I speak a little bit German"?

Colloquially, it is also widespread to "can" a language: "Ich kann ein bisschen Deutsch" or "Ich kann ein wenig Deutsch". "I can a little German" (let the boy out of the Weck jar, now!). This is not ...
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"mittlerweile" = now / nowadays?

I would translate it as "by now" in this context. Has Germany become completely americanized by now?
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"mittlerweile" = now / nowadays?

Mittlerweile has two meanings: Referring to the end of something that has occurred over time. Possible translations: by now, gradually, since then Example: "Sie sollten mittlerweile Zuhause (...
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What is the meaning of “noch nicht” when applied to the present tense?

noch nicht = not yet in all cases applicable.
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What is the meaning of “noch nicht” when applied to the present tense?

The phrase “A ist noch nicht B” can mean that A does not necessarily imply B, that it is not enough to have A for to also have B. Looking at the context, the journalist apparently wanted to say that ...
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Why "Integrieren bis Unendlich" but not "bis Unendlichkeit"?

Actually I see no reason for a substantive there. The word unendlich is the appropriate number word on the same level as zero, one, pi and four (which are no substantives either). In German ...
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Why is “deshalb” used on this sign?

But wouldn't the text of the sign also allow for the interpretation that one is always forbidden from using the path? Yes. It doesn't just allow for that interpretation. That's actually exactly what'...
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Meaning of "danach" in the following context

I'm pretty sure your confusion stems from the opposition of vorher and danach. This is a trick question. That danach is not in opposition to vorher in this example. Rather than that, it's the da-...
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Ist »promptlich« das Adverb zu »prompt«?

Nein. Adjektive und Adverbien unterscheiden sich im Deutschen rein äußerlich nicht. Etwas wie die englische Endsilbe »-ly«, die man an ein Adjektiv anhängen kann um es zu einem Adverb zu machen, gibt ...
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Why is it “gut” not “gutes” in “Ich spreche sehr gut Englisch”?

Gut is an adjective, but it's also an adverb. Adverbs are not declined, adjectives are. The difference lies in gutes Englisch sprechen (~to have a good command of English) and Englisch gut sprechen (...
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"nach unwiederbringlich Verlorenem"

Das hängt von der Bedeutung ab. 1) ein stark Schwitzender ~ eine Person, die stark schwitzt 2) ein starker Schwitzender ~ eine starke Person, die schwitzt Die Umschreibungen geben den ...
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weird usage of "dran"

"dran" or "daran" usually references some subject, state or location which was mentioned in a previous sentence. For example: "Michael hat seinen Termin verpasst. Daran bin ...
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zero-ending attributive adjective before a language name

It's not used attributively here, langsam is an adverb in this sentence. Not his German is slow, his speaking is. He is so tired that he can only speak German slowly. You're completely correct that ...
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„Zusammen geführt“ oder „zusammengeführt“?

Die amtlichen deutschen Rechtschreibregeln behandeln zusammengesetzte Verben in den §§ 33 mit 35. Da es sich auf keinen Fall um eine untrennbare Zusammensetzung handelt (»Er führt zusammen« und nicht »...
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Bedeutung von »maximal« in Ausdrücken wie »nach maximal 72 Stunden«

Ohne dass man den Kontext kennt oder einen Link dorthin hat, besteht natürlich die Gefahr des Irrtums, doch ich meine, die meisten Kommentatoren oben haben sich verrannt. Das Auswärtige Amt leidet ...
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Adjective, adverb or something else?

Is it because it is used as an adverb and not an adjective? Yes. It is used to describe “wirbelnde” which is the Partizip I of “wirbeln”. Adverbs are used elaborate on actions described by verbs, ...
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gefallen v. mögen - what do I use?

Your teacher isn't wrong per se, but this distinction isn't followed that strictly in everday life. The two words have a slightly different focus. You might say, "mögen" puts the focus more ...
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Why is “deshalb” used on this sign?

The text on this sign seems quite "lawyer-ish" to me. It basically says, "It's forbidden to use the path, and if you still use it and get hurt, you can't hold us liable". The "...
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What is the meaning of “noch nicht” when applied to the present tense?

Attempt for a (somewhat wordier) translation, which may be easier to grasp than that from Matthias: From the presence of futuristic skyscrapers alone, you should not deduce to be in Europe or find ...
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