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Expletive da vs. Expletive es

I was about to side with RHa in saying that da is not - and, in fact, never is - an expletive when I ran into conflicting interpretations of the term expletive: a word that is semantically empty but ...
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mit den Ursprüngen der Menscheitsgeschichte vs. mit dem Ursprung der Menscheitsgeschichte

Using the plural die Ursprünge der Menschheit conveys the notion that humanity does indeed have multiple origins, ie. there is no single point in history or ancestry of which we can say that ...
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mit den Ursprüngen der Menscheitsgeschichte vs. mit dem Ursprung der Menscheitsgeschichte

It's mit den Ursprüngen and the relevant verb phrase is etwas mit etwas verknüpfen — to connect something to something. You can't omit the preposition from that verb phrase. Man muss die Ursache mit ...
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Specific Satzglieder in a particular sentence

Both vom Bus and in den Zug in your examples are adverbials. Prepositional objects differ from adverbials in that their preposition cannot be understood in the usual sense. For example, in Ich warte ...
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