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Use of das vs die in a sentence

Das may look like an article meaning the in this context - But it isn't. Der, die, das can actually cover three functions: Article - That is what you seem to be concentrating on Relative Pronoun - ...
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Einkaufen: Wir nehmen die vier

In Wir nehmen die vier. ist »die« ein Demonstrativpronomen, das ohne Bedeutungswechsel durch »diese« ersetzt werden kann: Wir nehmen diese vier. Es ist damit also dasselbe ...
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How do I say “that” with a noun that isn’t neuter?

The problem you might have is that das is both an article (translating to the) and a pronoun (this). So Ist das das Geschenk für mich? (stylistically not exactly elegant) translates to Is this the ...
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"Das" or "es" — when to use which one?

The difference between es and das is, that das is a demonstrative pronoun here and es just a normal personal pronoun (in the accusative). Your sentences starting with das are perfectly fine. You used ...
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"das geht leider nicht" - which noun is the "das" here an Artikel for?

In this sentence, das is not an article, but a demonstrative pronoun (Demonstrativpronomen). It refers to the verbal phrase ins Kino gehen. While diese[r,s] ('this') and jene[r,s] ('that') usually ...
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How do I say “that” with a noun that isn’t neuter?

If you want to say "that object" then you need to match gender and case. Correct would be Ist die Tasse für mich? or more generally if you just want to say "that" Ist das für mich? Or you can ...
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"das" statt "die" obwohl das Subjekt eine Frau ist?

Anstelle von das könnte man die da sagen, das ist aber unüblich. Tatsächlich vertritt das als Demonstrativpronomen an dieser Stelle das Ersatzsubjekt es. Und es ist sächlich. Es steigt Anna Pilsen ...
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"Das" or "es" — when to use which one?

"Das" (this) is a stronger statement than "es" (it). So you use "das" in the first position for emphasis. You would use, "es," if at all, in the third position or later. You would not say Es kann ...
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How to distinguish between ‘damit’ introducing a subordinate clause or a main clause?

Your confusion likely lies in the fact that there are two words damit that have different grammatical functions. One of the two is the conjunction damit, introducing a final subordinate clause, i.e. ...
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Ambiguity in a subordinate clause

Your sample sentence can easily be transformed by means of morphology to have the actress being the active (adoring) part: Die Schauspielerin, die nicht nur die Männer, sondern auch die Frauen ...
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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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"A und dessen/deren B"

Ob es dessen oder deren heißen muss, hängt davon ab, auf was Du Dich beziehst. Dessen heißt es bei sächlichen und männlichen Dingen (das Auto, der Wagen) und deren heißt es bei weiblichen Dingen (die ...
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Mir wird "das alles" zu viel

Here das is not an article but a demonstrative pronoun (Demonstrativpronomen). So the proper literal translation is this/that all is getting too much for me You can rephrase it, so it becomes more ...
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in eines jeden Herzen

"ein jeder" is just a way of saying "everyone" or "each one", see here Nominative : ein jeder Genitive : eines jeden Dative : einem jeden Accusative : einen jeden "...
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In Exodus 1:1 of the Lutherbibel, why Dies instead of Diese?

In sentences with a copula, the neuter singular demonstratives dies, es, and das can be used as subject pronouns to refer to a noun of any of the three genders in the predicate, and also to a plural ...
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Use of das vs die in a sentence

Das sind große Hunde. Das sind blöde Touristen. Das sind viele Mädchen. Es sind große Hunde. Das sind große Hunde. Dies sind große Hunde. Es, das, dies are all the subject, with no, a small and a big ...
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Gender of a noun in a sentence

TL;DR Yes. Indeed, the word Tour is feminine. So, it's correct to say something like Die Tour war lang. The die would be the word's article. It's valid to use die in this case as person B. However, ...
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Using demonstrative pronouns vs. regular pronouns

You're completely right: you could just as well say "ihm" here, of course. If you then also use the "standard" word order (with the subject in position 1), you end up with a perfectly neutral, matter-...
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Correct use of "ein solcher, eine solche, ein solches"

I was alerted to the fact that your search included the terms ein+solche. The exact terms give 62 results. I had assumed that the search would somehow average over multiple varieties but it doesn’t. ...
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Ist er überhaupt "dessen" Sohn? Ist er überhaupt "sein" Sohn?

In German dessen can occur as a relative pronoun or a demonstrative pronoun. Here the latter is the case. Dessen places way more emphasis on the father, as is expected for a demonstrative pronoun. „Is ...
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Dessen as demonstrativpronoun ? examples please

An example from Kafka's Das Schloß (source): Daß sie die Fähigkeiten hatte, welche für diese Stelle nötig waren, das wußte sie, dessen war sie ganz gewiß […] Das und dessen both refer back to the ...
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Is it ambiguous to whom the pronoun in the following sentence refers?

No, sentences such as this can't be unambiguously formed. The relation of dieser remains to be determined by context. If we only had this sentence, both the tree or the buddy could shake. If we need ...
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How to say "watch an opera", "watch a concert" and "admire the architecture"?

The usage you found is absolutely ok. The English verb "to watch" and the German verb »ansehen« to not match exactly. Yesterday I watched a fox in our garden. Gestern habe ich einen Fuchs in ...
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"Dieses akademisches Transkript" or "Dieses akademische Transkript"

Adjective declination depends on gender (der, die, das), tense (accusative, dative, genitive) AND on the pronoun you use. In your case: neutral noun, nominative, definite pronoun. So: dieses ...
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Wiktionary claims 'dessen' cannot be followed by a noun in the genitive. Is this true?

Die Begründung ist in der Tat nicht eben erhellend, im Ergebnis ist die Aussage aber letztlich plausibel. Zunächst einmal ist dessen zumindest nach dem Verständnis der deutschen Grammatik auch eine ...
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"das geht leider nicht" - which noun is the "das" here an Artikel for?

does not have any nouns Such sentence never appears out of context (usually a question, but not necessarily). so what is the das for? Das refers to the verb and noun introduced in the question ...
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How to say "watch an opera", "watch a concert" and "admire the architecture"?

All three verbs are fine: ansehen: In German, "ansehen" (literally, more or less "to look at") is the verb typically used with films, theatre plays, and also operas (if you want to stress you are not ...
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"Dies" sind keine guten Nachrichten

Indeed, Dies sind gute Studenten is the correct way of speaking whereas *Diese sind gute Studenten while being fully comprehensible clearly reveils that German is not the 1st language of the ...
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How to distinguish between ‘damit’ introducing a subordinate clause or a main clause?

To be able to distinguish from the two meanings of "damit" I recommend to use a question phrase with "Wozu" or "Zu welchem Zweck". Ich lese den Roman, damit ich mein Deutsch verbessere. Question: ...
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How to understand the word order of this sentence?

In addition to the already excellent anser of Henning I want to answer the question itself and the question from your comments as well: In German language word order is not as strict as in other ...
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