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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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When are parts of the body personal, and when not?

This is just a variation to reduce repeating words. This also would be correct, but contains 3 times "ihre": Der Arzt schaut in ihre Augen, ihren Mund und in ihre Ohren. Another ...
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“Belange von Minderheiten” – why “von” and not a genitive?

1. »Von« + dative case is a substitute for genitive case Very often it is possible to replace genitive case with »von« + dative case without changing the meaning: Der Griff des Messers ist ...
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Definite articles before countries

For independent countries, the rule is relatively easy: If the name of the country is neuter singular and not a compound expression, no article is used: "Österreich", "Deutschland",...
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Definite articles - cities, lakes

Your first assumption would be correct, if there wasn't that last word of the sentence... The sentence reads: Neue Parkvorschriften im Ortskern and Simbacher is only a descriptive attribute to ...
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Kann man auf *der* ganzen Linie enttäuschen?

Ja, kann man. Siehe Beispiele des Dudens: Wendungen, Redensarten, Sprichwörter auf der ganzen/auf ganzer Linie (völlig; in jeder Beziehung: auf der ganzen Linie versagen; die Mannschaft ...
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Why is a definite article required here?

As soon as you're adding adjective attributes to a name, you need an article. Frau Calvin hat mir das gesagt. Die alte Frau Calvin hat mir das gesagt. Die heute besonders auffallend frisierte Frau ...
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Definite articles for 1st person singular

The correct definite article for 1st person singular as noun is das: Ich reiste (zurück) nach 1995 und das Ich, das ich sah, war nicht das Ich, das ich mich erinnerte zu sein. According to dict.cc ...
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jmdn. ärgern in a sentence

Your hunch is correct. jemanden ärgern indicates accusative, which means yes, ... was den Chef sehr ärgert. would be correct and der Chef is wrong.
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“Belange von Minderheiten” – why “von” and not a genitive?

The use of von makes the statement more general. This is not special to German, the same exists in English: Die Belange von Minderheiten sind zu schützen. The interests of minorities need to be ...
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Grammatical Structure of "ins"

"Ins" is a compound of the two words "in" and "das". Griechenland is neuter, because it derives its article from "das Land".
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Genitive of masculine plural indefinite nouns: -n ending

It doesn’t; it’s an error in your source. Canoonet, e.g., correctly has Männer. Regarding your addition of wegen Männern: The problem here is in your assumption that “wegen is a preposition that ...
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Warum „Das ist der Bus, …“, wenn es doch „der Bus“ ist?

It has to read Das ist nicht der Bus, den wir nehmen. That one isn't the bus we are going to take. Das is used as a "weak" demonstrative pronoun. You could also say Dies ist nicht der Bus, den ...
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Why 'Den' instead of 'Der' in this sentence? Den größten Fehler, den man im Leben machen kann

Your analysis is correct. This is a mistake. It should be "Der größte Fehler, den man im Leben machen kann".
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An die Freude - why "die"?

With the definite article "die", die Freude becomes personalised, concrete. You address die Freude as if it was a person. Without "die" the object of admiration remains abstract, unconcrete. It ...
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When is the masculine "der" the English "of"?

There's a misconception here. The word der has various roles. In the film title Das Leben der Anderen (genitive) it is not the definite masculine article der, but the genitive inflection of the ...
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Sind Passivkonstruktionen in denen das Subjekt nicht vollständig realisiert wurde grammatikalisch richtig?

Der Satz ist korrekt. "Der" ist in diesem Fall ein Demonstrativpronomen und damit ein vollständiges Subjekt.
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use of definite article after "neben"

I will buy myself the house next to my brother's. is shortened from I will buy myself the house next to my brother's house. If you postpone the genitive you get I will buy myself the house ...
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Schweiz oder die Schweiz?

It's die Schweiz and that phrase is indeed wrong. It must be Vor allem in Deutschland, Österreich, der Schweiz und in Liechtenstein That second in because the article breaks the row. Putting ...
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(when) Can I omit the definite article?

In German, there are bestimmte Artikel (definite articles) and unbestimmte Artikel (indefinite articles). For example Er zieht den Schuh an. refers to a specific shoe and therefore uses the definite ...
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Meaning of "der" in a sentence

The second der is not the definite article, even if it looks the same, but a Demonstrativpronomen, engl. demonstrative pronoun, which refers back to Indus. This would be easier recognized, if dieser ...
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Feminine Definite Article

The word »sie« is not an article! It is a personal pronoun. It refers to a noun or a nominal group that has feminine gender. A personal pronoun always can be replaced by the noun or a nominal group to ...
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Why need the definite article "Robin Hood lebte im Sherwoodwald"

That's because some kinds of named things have mandatory articles in German, some kinds have no article mandatorily, and for some kinds, it's mixed. The lists are long and boring. Pieces of landscape ...
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"Er ist Geschäftsführer des Unternehmens" oder "Er ist der Geschäftsführer des Unternehmens" - what is correct?

Both are correct. Er ist der Geschäftsführer des Unternehmens is correct if there is only one Geschäftsführer (translates roughly, but not directly, to Director), “the” Geschäftsführer. Er ist ...
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Why is it “der” Person in this sentence?

As you correctly noted, it cannot be singular accusative, it is dative. The verb “geben” can take an accusative object, denoting what is given, and a dative object, denoting to whom. In this case the ...
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"ob mit oder ohne Null"

There's no article needed, but if you use one, it has to be ohne die Null, because the preposition ohne requires the accusative.
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(Die) Menschen sind entspannter in St. Petersburg

Der Nullartikel (damit ist das Fehlen eines Artikels gemeint) ist die Pluralform des unbestimmten Artikels: Bestimmt Singular Der Mensch ist entspannter. Plural Die Menschen sind ...
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Is "als Kind gerne" an idiom?

In the sentence Alexander beschäftigte sich als Kind gerne mit Insekten, Steinen und Pflanzen. "gerne" refers to "beschäftigte sich", not to "als Kind". "Sich beschäftigen" is "to occupy oneself",...
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Grammatical Structure of "ins"

In addition to what @Sonyfreak already said: compound nouns always derive their Geschlecht from the last word they consist of. For example: die Stadt (fem.) das Stadtparlament (neut., "das ...
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Definite article before a (mathematical) topic's name

Note this is not a must. Lineare Regression ist ein wichtiges Verfahren in der Statistik is just about as correct and common as Die lineare Regression ist ein wichtiges Verfahren in der Statistik ...
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