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If »Geld« is neuter, then why not »genuges Geld«?

In this sentence the word »genug« (enough) does not describe a property of »Geld« (money). You can test this when you try to use this word as an attribute in a nominal phrase that is used as subject ...
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Why "alle Tale" and not "alle Täler"?

The German language has a variety of nouns that carry two plural forms. There is Land, Länder, Lande, Tuch, Tücher, Tuche, and Wort, Wörter, Worte. The first plural form collects several independent ...
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If »Geld« is neuter, then why not »genuges Geld«?

Genug is an adverb in your example sentence. Adverbs in German do not take adjective endings. Here's a similar example with the use of genug as an adverb from dict.cc: Als ob ich nicht schon ...
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Why is there "n" at end of plural of meter but not of "kilometer"

In the first sentence, "Metern" is dative plural, as required by "mit". The other examples are accusative, as measurements tend to be.
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Den Männern vs Die Männer

You are mixing up two different things. (Without an actual quote I can’t determine whether the book is imprecise or you misunderstood.) The definitive article has different forms for the cases, i.e. ...
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"Ihr kleinen Monster?" How come?

This is an area where German grammar shows some instability. First, note that ihr is a second person plural pronoun in the nominative (accusative and dative would be euch). The appositive noun phrase ...
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Warum werden „winzig“ und „unendlich“ hier nicht dekliniert?

winzig and unendlich are adverbs here; they modify the adjectives kleines resp. großen, instead of the nouns Körnchen and Sternenwolke. Unlike adjectives, adverbs are not inflected.
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The apparently mismatched declension in the expression "über alle Maßen"

Actually, über demands an accusative here, and that's why "alle" is correct here. ("über alle Maßen" means "über alle Maßen hinaus", so you have to ask "über wen?&...
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Translation of "for some" as an existential quantifier

The formal statement ∃ x ∈ A : P(x) using the existential quantifier reads as Es existiert ein x ∈ A, so dass P(x) gilt or Es gibt ein x ∈ A, so dass P(x) gilt. It is unnecessary to say mindestens ...
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If »Geld« is neuter, then why not »genuges Geld«?

Addendum to the answers here, the adjective form of the genug is genügend. It can be translated as sufficient in English. Some examples from internet with this adjective; Ich war ohne Mittel, denn ...
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Warum heißt der Film "Das radikal Böse" anstatt "Das radikale Böse"?

Kommt darauf an, was man qualifizieren will - es kann beides richtig sein. Nehmen wir ein anderes Beispiel: Die furchtbare Alte (1) vs. Die furchtbar Alte (2) In (1) bezieht sich das "...
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Warum ist es zur Rechten und nicht immer zum Recht/e?

Die Ausdrücke haben unterschiedliche Bedeutungen, beziehen sich insbesondere aber bereits auch auf unterschiedliche Substantive. zum Recht bezieht sich auf das Substantiv (das) Recht (DWDS) zur ...
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Soll ich "wer" nach "dem" entsprechend deklinieren?

Der Kopf einer solchen Konstruktion richtet sich nach der Funktion im eingebetteten Satz: Stehe zu dem, der liebt. (Subjekt im Nominativ) Stehe zu dem, dessen Liebe du teilhaftig wurdest. (Objekt im ...
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Declension of "Kinder" in "nicht nur für, sondern auch von Kinder(n)"

Du kannst schreiben: Es stellte sich heraus, dass die Spielzeuge nicht nur für, sondern auch von Kindern produziert werden. Erklärt wird das zum Beispiel bei canoo.net: Wenn zwei Attribute oder ...
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"Einer von ihnen lachte." Why "Einer"?

This is neither an article nor a numeral, it is an indefinite pronoun: masculine (men, spoons) Vor der Tür standen zwei Männer. Einer von ihnen lachte. Two men were standing in front of the ...
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Why "alle Tale" and not "alle Täler"?

I'll try to answer a bit more generally. In a language that has declension classes, or different ways to form the plural, it is to be expected that nouns occasionally show variation in how they form ...
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The dative case - expressing the action of putting something on a table

German expresses the same thing that English distinguishes between in and into (or on and onto, as in your case) with accusative and dative case. In case your sentence describes a movement of an ...
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What is the origin of the German "n-Deklination"?

The n-Deklination originates from the Indo-European (athematic) n-stems. You may want to take a look at the Wikipedia page about Proto-Indo-European nominals It does not originate from Latin; rather, ...
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Why "alle Tale" and not "alle Täler"?

Adelung, in his dictionary from 1801, already states the plural als Thäler (Tal was spelled Thal then) but also mentions, that the German bible translation frequently uses Thale instead. I guess that ...
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Warum ändert "keine" den Fall?

Kein ändert nicht den Fall, sondern die Deklinationsform. Adjektive können schwach oder stark dekliniert werden, je nachdem ob ihnen ein Artikelwort vorausgeht oder nicht. Für das Adjektiv schnell zum ...
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Why does “Bayreuther Festspielhaus” not inflect according to gender?

The forms ending in -er that are generated from geographical names are not really adjectives. Most importantly, they are invariable, i.e. do not inflect according to case, number or presence of an ...
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undeclined adjectives in the neutral, the "schön Wetter" type construction

Other usages are: gut Ding will Weile haben, i.e. getting a good result takes time. gut Wetter machen, i.e. trying to temper someone's mood. Das geht weg wie geschnitten Brot., i.e. something that ...
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How to read "from first of April to thirtieth of April" in German? (endings for date)

Your suggestion is quite close, there’s only minor errors that make it weird. You probably would contract „von dem“ to „vom“ as well as „zu dem“ to „zum“, and also spell „dreißig“ with an sharp S, ...
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What is the construction in this headline: "Millionen syrische Kinder leiden unter psychischen Störungen"

The construction behind Millionen syrische Kinder is called "Apposition mit Kasusangleichung". Millionen syrischer Kinder would be "partitiver Genitiv (Genitivus Partitivus)". Both ...
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In der VAE oder in den VAE?

Ich bekomme deutlich mehr Treffer für »in den VAE« als für »in der VAE«, aber selbt die Wikipedia-Autoren scheinen sich da nicht einig zu sein. Wenn Du davon ausgehst, dass »die Vereinigten Arabischen ...
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Different plural forms / declension of a single word - is it possible?

Absolutely. In fact, "das Wort" is just such a word, as it can take two different plural forms with slightly different meanings: "die Wörter": meaning "words" in a very ...
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Incorrect declension of possessive adjectives in DW manuscript?

The case is determined by the preposition “in”. Now “in” is a two-way preposition, it can take either accusative or dative, depending on the meaning. In this case, it is “sich in etw (Akkusativ) fügen“...
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Use of fractions with nouns of measurement

This is a genitive: "a quarter of a second". A genitive translates to "of". You cannot omit any one word in that sentence and have it still be grammatical. What you might mean is ...
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Deklination von Adjektiv, die auf einen Vokal enden

Es gibt im Deutschen Adjektive, die gar nicht flektiert werden können. Einige deiner Beispiele gehören dazu: N: Der prima Schuh A: den prima Schuh G: des prima Schuhs D: dem prima Schuh Dabei ...
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What is the rule for adding suffix "-er" to year numeral

The numbers of days and month in a date are ordinal numbers. But the year is a cardinal number. The suffixes -te and -ste can only be used for ordinal numbers: Der zehnte Versuch. The tenth try. ...
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