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Why does the German dictionary show only 2nd and 3rd person conjugation?

There are around 200 irregular verbs in German (unregelmäßige Verben or starke Verben) and they usually have changes within their roots only for personal pronouns du and er/sie/es. That's probably the ...
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<schwitz>, <zwinker> etc. Does German always use 2nd Person Singular Imperative verbs for emoticons? If so, why?

Not imperative: Knutsch mich ab! *abknutsch* The form looks like an infinitive with the ending -en removed and has been given the jocular name Erikativ after the woman who translated Disney ...
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What are the linguistic/historical reason of different conjugation of modal verbs?

Most of the modal verbs are so-called preterite-presents (Präteritopräsentien). A demonstrative example is the German verb wissen (though commonly not counted as modal). "Regular" verbs have an -e ...
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Warum wird auffallen hier nicht konjugiert?

Weil es nicht um auffallen geht, sondern um aufgreifen und fallen lassen. Doch es gibt einen grundlegenden Unterschied: Kopernikus greift einen bereits in der Antike erwogenen, aber wieder fallen ...
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Why doesn't the "d" in "wird" sound more like the "d" in "würd(e)"?

First, note please that there is no "conjugation of würden": wird, würd(e), werden and würden are all forms of the same verb, werden. The forms with ü are past subjunctive/Konjunktiv II forms which ...
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Why "bleibt" and not "bleiben"?

As RHa mentioned, the conjugation of the verb depends on the subject. The subject is in the nominative case. Uns is the dative or accusative form of wir (in general, in this sentence it's dative), as ...
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Were the first and third person singular forms of verb earlier the same?

Like @Em1 said, this is the subjunctive form. Cf. the English version: Holy be Thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done That is, this is not supposed to be statement of facts, but of wishes.
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„Sigmar Gabriel blockiert“. Ist „blockiert“ Partizip oder Präsens?

Die Antwort lautet nein. Ohne Kontext sind beide Möglichkeiten gegeben: Dritte Person Präsens: Sigmar Gabriel blockiert [irgendetwas/irgendjemanden]. Partizip: Sigmar Gabriel [ist durch irgendetwas/...
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How is the verb "sollen" normally conjugated

First of all: German tenses are very different from English tenses. German has only 6 tenses, English has 16. And German tenses are used very different. Gegenwart, a German tense similar to English ...
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Reason for irregular verb conjugation

There are two main classes in German verb conjugation: Strong verbs are verbs that form their past tense with ablaut (singen - sang - gesungen); weak verbs are verbs that form their past tense with a ...
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Which sentence is correct and how to use dass

Oh, you realize that each of you used two clauses? One main clause (V2 = verb in 2nd position), one subordinate clause (verb at the end): [Ich hoffe], dass [ihr einen schönen Tag habt]. So to ...
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Always same conjugation for wir, sie-plural and sie-formal?

I can't think of a verb that differs in conjugated form for wir, sie (plural) and Sie (formal). However, be careful: they don't always match the infinitive form! The examples you've listed match the ...
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Why is this verb written as "zeige" rather than "zeigt"? Konjunktiv I maybe?

That sentence contains indirekte Rede (engl.: reported speech). That requires to use the Konjunktiv I. And the "sie" refers to "Situation der Flüchtlinge". You will encounter such forms quite often ...
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verb conjugation; es sind - when can one use this?

The pronoun "es" is not only used as a personal pronoun (like er, sie, es, …). It has several more functions in German. In these functions "es" is sometimes called a placeholder, or impersonal "es" or ...
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Irregular Verbs in first and third person plural

To put it simple, the infinitive, first and third person plural present tense are the same for all verbs but sein. The first and third person plural are identical in their respective tense/mood for ...
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Irregular Verbs in first and third person plural

Well, for verbs with separable particles the infinitive will differ, regardless of the irregularity. E.g. einladen - wir laden ein, sie laden ein. But that is somewhat nitpicky as they generally can ...
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Welche Verbform muss in einem Dass-Satz stehen?

Der Satz ist nicht korrekt, denn der dass-»Satz«, den du vorschlägst, ist kein Satz. Ein Satz enthält in der Regel ein Subjekt, stets jedoch ein finites Verb. Mitbringen und mitgebracht sind infinite ...
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Which is the correct past tense of ‘begleiten’?

Only the forms begleitete, begleitet are correct. There is however the verb gleiten (to slide). So one can imagine an ad hoc formation of a transitive verb begleiten in analogy to befahren or begehen,...
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Woher kommt das umgangssprachliche S am Ende von »sagts«, »machts« usw. (2. Person Plural)?

Laut M. Schuster und H. Schikola in "Sprachlehre der Wiener Mundart" (Wien 1984) ist dies ein Rest vom Dualis, und zwar hat sich hier das alte Dualispronomen "es" sich ans Ende des Verbes auf diesem ...
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Wie soll man eingedeutschte Verben richtig konjugieren?

Ich habe mal mit Arbeitskollegen über den korrekten Plural von "Status" diskutiert und nachdem wir mit "Statüsse" nicht zufrieden waren, haben wir uns auf "Zustände" geeinigt. Manchmal gibt es eine ...
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What's the infinitive of this verb (verschied)?

The infinitive is "verscheiden". It's an old fashioned word for "sterben" (to die). Sometimes you can also see "aus dem Leben scheiden" which means the same, but is less old fashioned and more formal.
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Conjugation of malen

The translation is wrong. The correct translation is: And [I] paint two cups of coffee With a pen onto your hand (auf=onto, not in) So first person is correct.
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Why "bleibt" and not "bleiben"?

Whether the verb is singular or plural depends on the subject. The subject here is Zeit, which is singular. Therefore, it is bleibt, not bleiben. Uns is the (dative) object.
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"Peer-Review": Synonyme, Desubstantivierungen, Konjugationen und Deklinationen

Wissenschaft Zumindest in meinem wissenschaftlichen Umfeld wird meist implizit davon ausgegangen, dass wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen, wissenschaftliche Zeitschriften o. Ä. sich durch den Peer-...
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Yiddish phrase for "turn out the lights and go to sleep"

A better Yiddish speaker than I recently apprised me of the fact that there is indeed such an expression in Yiddish as "machn nacht," meaning, roughly, "get ready for bed." "Mach nacht" is the ...
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Triefen als starkes oder schwaches Verb

triefen ist eines der wenigen Verben, die sowohl stark als auch schwach gebeugt werden dürfen (Das hat möglicherweise damit zu tun, dass das Verb gerade einen sprachlichen Wandel von stark zu schwach ...
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Should it be ‘kennt’ or ‘kennen’ in the sentence below?

There are two issues you are facing here. First, let me state that your proposed solution is wrong: Seinen Sohn kennt die Leute gut. You may already know that German has a rather free verb order; ...
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Do declined seperable verbs in subordinate clauses ever not separate?

There are cases of verbs which seem to behave sometimes as separable and sometimes as not separable. However, these variants always differ in their primary stress. Examples: umfahren = to drive ...
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Why is the verb not conjugated in the plural?

The simple answer is that, in German, vieles is singular. This can be seen (although perhaps not absolutely clearly) by the fact that it ends in the neuter singular ending: -es. That might sound ...
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Yiddish phrase for "turn out the lights and go to sleep"

Answers to your questions: It would be “Mach Nacht und geh’ schlafen” Yes, the literal translation is “Make night and go to sleep”. But: Mach Nacht makes — as the English translation — no sense. In ...
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