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Declension in book dedication

If you bought a book and want to write a few lines on one of the front pages, I'd choose: Für meinen Sohn xxx... If you wrote the entire book yourself, and the dedication is printed as part of the ...
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German word for a boy

Knabe is really obsolete and has been for long time. Its broadest usage is still in Switzerland, maybe in Austria, and sometimes still in administrative officialese. Today, a boy is "Junge" ...
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What is the difference between “ändern” and “verändern”?

Prefixing a verb with ver- often indicates a change from an expected or desirable state. färben = to color verfärben = to discolor lernen = to learn verlernen = to unlearn rechnen = to calculate ...
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Verbs for to punish

Is there any difference in meaning or in the nuance of usage between the verbs strafen and bestrafen Yes, there is and it is a real subtle difference. You have perhaps noticed that you can use the ...
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Verbs for to punish

The verb strafen is seldom used. You can find it in frozen expressions as Das Ergebnis strafte ihn Lügen. The result gave the lie to him. Sie ist damit genug gestraft. She's cursed with that. ...
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Why is this not in the dative case?

This is a so-called adverbialer Akkusativ. It describes a certain time span or a distance and cannot be replaced by a pronoun: Wir gehen jeden Monat ins Kino. (timespan) Ich arbeite den ganzen Tag. ...
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Why is this not in the dative case?

The rule is that time expressions without a preposition, such as "jede Woche", take the accusative case, and time expression with a preposition, such as "vor einer Woche", take the ...
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When do people say "Toiletten" in the plural?

While the other answers are Not wrong, logically speaking, I feel like the most important aspect was not mentioned. You can ask in generell 'where are the toiletts' plural because most of the time, ...
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When do people say "Toiletten" in the plural?

There is a tiny bit of difference, and it would depend on the situation. If you ask because you need to use a toilet yourself you will ask for "the toilet". If you are in a restaurant, with ...
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When do people say "Toiletten" in the plural?

Well, if you mean the "institution", you can obviously use singular and plural, they are mostly interchangeable and I can't really see a difference. In a private home, the toilet is, however,...
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When do people say "Toiletten" in the plural?

I normally use the plural when talking about where to find the Toiletten in a space like a restaurant, because there are normally at least two, one for each sex, and in most cases many more. On the ...
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Use of "für" with duration

As @Janka mentions in her answer, adverbial modifiers of duration in German often do not employ the preposition that is equivalent to the English "for", but instead use an accusative noun ...
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Use of "für" with duration

The variant without für is a so called adverbial accusative. It marks a duration or a way taken. That alone is enough already. That für is actually only for emphasis, or to avoid confusion with an ...
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Nach mehrfach Nutzung von "jeder" steht Verb im Singular oder Plural?

"Jeder" ist bei Aufzählungen ein Indikator für die Nutzung von Verben im Singular Hier ist ein hilfreicher Artikel von der Website des Duden, der sich mit dem Thema auseinandersetzt. https://...
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Merklich, erkennbar, bemerkbar, auffällig?

Seine Kraft ließ merklich nach. Der Unterschied zwischen Wasser und Schnaps ist optisch nicht erkennbar. Bei dem dichten Nebel war seine Anwesenheit kaum bemerkbar. Er hat eine sehr auffällige ...
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