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Dative taking verbs in the passive?

The second example is wrong. No one would ever use it. First example: This construct is called "Subjektloser Passivsatz". This occurs when there is no subject in the sentence and this non-existing ...
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The Passive Voice

These are actually two main sentences connected by "und", with different subjects and predicates. A comma before und would probably have clarified it for you. It should be: Etwa zwei ...
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Does "wird geliefert" have 2 meanings: future simple and present continuous passive voice?

Grammatically, the German sentence is unambiguously present passive. So the literal meaning is: Your order from PIZZA_COMPANY is being delivered at about 11:30. That's because in German, the present ...
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The relationship of noch nicht and the passive voice

They are both proper German and have a similar, but not identical meaning. Diese Filme werden noch nicht im Ausland gezeigt. These movies are not yet beeing shown abroad. If these movies are ...
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Meaning of German verb "anflicken"

"Anflicken" is a composition of "an" and "flicken". "Flicken" means to patch something. Together with "an" it means, that the object is being enlarged. Example: DEU: Ich flicke etwas Seide an den ...
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Function of a past participle in a German sentence

gesucht is the past participle ("Partizip II") of suchen. It is the same construction as in english wanted, needed, or appreciated in the following sentences. I am wanted dead or alive. ...
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English analogues of Vorgangspassiv and Zustandspassiv

Although the question is offtopic, I will try to answer it through examples. Vorgangspassiv Die Tür wird geschlossen. => The door is being closed. Die Tür wurde geschlossen. => The door has ...
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Kann "haben" ein Hilfsverb für Passiv sein?

Es handelt sich um ein Passiv, genauer eine seltene Form des sogenannten Dativ- oder Rezipientenpassiv. Reguläres Passiv Ein reguläres Passiv würde mit werden und einem transitiven Verb stehen: ...
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Grammatik in "bestaunt zu werden und befragt"

Ich stimme Matthias zu, dass der Satz korrekt aber stilistisch ungewöhnlich ist. Für mich klingt diese Konstruktion nach einem poetischen Versuch, einen bestimmten Sprechrhythmus in der indirekten ...
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eingeben or eingegeben? (passive)

You're right, it should be eingegeben.
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Why is this sentence not passive?

The correct translation of the original sentence is: Every summer, new bands attracted [visitors] to the festival. So it's actually active mode: the bands (subject) attracted others (object), not ...
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How to express that something was done not by me, but for/to me?

It is also possible to use "Rezipientenpassiv" (bekommen + Partizip Perfekt): Ich bekomme Windows installiert Ich bekomme die Haare geschnitten
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Sentences in passive

In the first sentence the passive voice was used - in the Perfekt tense. The basic form of werden in Perfekt is: ist geworden The "ge-" is dropped in the passive voice, because we would normally ...
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Passive Voice in German

The premise is incorrect, the expression is not in the passive voice and thus there is no omitted *werden. Passive voice would require a past participle (Partizip II) along with werden, but all you ...
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Is this sentence from »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung« correct?

It is correct as can be seen by crunching the sentence down to easier parts: Hans und Eva leiten den Bereich. Present tense Eva wird den Bereich leiten. Future tense singular Hans und Eva ...
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Under which circumstances can »werden« stand at the end of a sentence?

As peterh pointed out in his comment, werden is frequently used in passive constructions: Das Problem kann gelöst werden. (peterh) [X] + [kann / könnte / sollte...] + [Verb im Perfekt] + [werden]....
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Is the helping verb 'werden' mandatory in both passive clauses separated by an 'oder', or only at the very the end?

It's not mandatory and in fact, dropping all occurences of the same words at the same positions inside complicated lists is considered good style. The tricky part is, there are are two alternatives ...
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"Der Computer muss zwei Stunden repariert werden."

Grammatikalisch sind alle Beispiele in Ordnung. Logisch nicht so ganz - einen Computer zwei Stunden lang zu reparieren, macht ihn nicht unbedingt wieder ganz. Die aufgewendete Zeit ist nicht direkt ...
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How to express that something was done not by me, but for/to me?

"Ich lasse mir Windows installieren" "Ich lasse mir die Haare schneiden" This is what I would normally say. Somewhat more formal, and probably rarely used in spoken German : &...
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"Ich wurde geboren" vs "Ich bin geboren"?

"geboren" is the Participle II and therefore only correct if used with the correct auxiliary verb or in the passive. So the correct sentences with "geboren" and "ich" are: Ich wurde geboren. (...
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Dative taking verbs in the passive?

I'm a native German speaker and would definitely say "Den Kindern wurde geholfen", and I'd also definitely NEVER say "Den Kindern wurden geholfen". But, please, don't ask me why... ;-)
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Why Konjunktiv II "würden" is used instead of Passive "worden"?

This isn't plain passive but indirect speech. Your examples just lack the introduction who is cited. [Die Polizei sagte,] der geräumte Bahnhof werde durchsucht. [Die Polizei sagte,] auch umliegende ...
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Can you say "Ich wurde (etwas) gegeben"?

It's "mir wurde eine CD gegeben", your sentence therefore is "Nach der Untersuchung wurde mir eine CD mit den Befunden gegeben." The general form of the verb is "jemandem ...
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Can the statal passive be used in the form "ist… zur Verfügung gesteht"?

Summary Zur Verfügung stehen already refers to a state in active, so the sentence of choice to describe the state is: Dieses Tastenkürzel steht in der Entwicklerversion nicht zur Verfügung. Zur ...
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Passivform von "versprechen" mit "zu"

Der Vergleich mit dem Englischen täuscht hier. I gave him a boat. He was given a boat by me. Hier zeigt sich eine Besonderheit des Passivs in Englisch. Man kann das indirekte Objekt des Aktivs ...
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Does “unser Gehöft ist abgebrannt” imply arson?

Unser Gehöft ist abgebrannt. Ist abgebrannt can be understood in two different ways that both give the same meaning: as a stative passive construction as an adjective connected by the copula The ...
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Aktiv-Passiv Umsetzung eines Genitivobjekts

Die Passivkonstruktion mit Objekt-Subjekt-Tausch ist etwas, das intrinsischerweise nur Akkusativobjekte machen können. Das heißt, Genitivobjekte verhalten sich beim Umsetzen ins Passiv wie ...
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Why is "ge-"+past sometimes wrong as passive?

This is a general question on how the Partizip II is formed in German. This participle is used for the perfect tenses and all passive voices. The general rule is, the Partizip II resembles first ...
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jmds. ansichtig werden

Normalerweise regiert im Deutschen entweder ein Verb oder eine Präposition den Kasus. Es gibt aber auch eine Reihe von Adjektiven, die zwingend einen bestimmten Fall erfordern, so auch eine Reihe von ...
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