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How can I deal with "Eigennamen" when they conflict with the grammar of the sentence?

Eigennamen get inflected as well (see Duden, GfdS), which means Ein Haus in der Alten Straße is correct. In written language, people should understand you're referring to the street name "Alte ...
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Can street names be normalized to single form?

There are rules how to write street names in standard German. You can always write Straße instead of the abbreviation Str. The letter ß is not obsolete. The letters ss are used after short vowels. ...
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German proper name or funny paraphrase for a slightly stupid dragon (Zmey Gorynych)

The dragon of classic German literature is "der Lindwurm" who is killed by Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied. Actually Lindwurm is an old word for dragon, but I only know it in reference to ...
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What transcription system from Japanese used ÿ?

This is "ij", not "ÿ" ("y" with diaeresis). It's just a peculiarity of the font used for this map that many letters connect to the following one (compare "i", "m", and "t" in "Iriomote"), so that "i" ...
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Hat die Verwendung des bestimmten Artikels in "die Ukraine" eine politische Konnotation?

Länderbezeichnungen sind uneinheitlich. In den meisten Fällen wird kein Artikel vorangestellt, aber es gibt die Ukraine die Schweiz die Slowakei die Türkei die Mongolei der Iran der Irak Eine ...
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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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Ist eine Stiftung Eigentümer oder Eigentümerin?

Die Verwendung des Wortes "Eigentümerin" für juristische Personen mit femininem Genus ist in juristischen Texten nicht unüblich. Google findet 2350 Links für "Stiftung als Eigentümerin" verglichen mit ...
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Why does "Humboldt Forum" not use a hyphen?

They do, but lately there is a strong and probably unstoppable trend to omit the hyphens just as English does. Even the NDR-Sinfonieorchester is now officially the "NDR Sinfonie Orchester". ...
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What is the origin of the "-ingen" suffix in town names in Europe, particularly Germany?

The suffix "-ingen" describes the affilation to a leader or a person in general. So in Sigmaringen lived the relatives of Sigmar. This is not a swabian thing, as you can find many town names with ...
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Can street names be normalized to single form?

As written in the comment by tohuwawohu, there is an official source for the street names in Germany, containing one official spelling for each street: https://www.govdata.de/daten/-/details/...
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How to say ‘son of X’ in German?

The genitive of Andreas is Andreas’. Thus: Ich bin Andreas' Sohn. The non-genitive and most common solution would be Ich bin der Sohn von Andreas. though.
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How do you pronounce 'René', a German male given name, in German?

My first name is René. I call myself [ʁe:ˈne:] and most people default to this pronunciation even when they never spoke to me. Using the French pronunciation makes you sound smug. It's not commonly ...
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Warum haben Stadtnamen keine Artikel?

Die grundsätzliche Regel lautet: Eigennamen stehen in der Regel ohne Artikel An sich reicht das schon als Antwort, steht trotzdem einer da, ist es entweder eine akzeptierte Ausnahme, oder falsch. ...
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What are the German equivalents of “First World War”, “World War I”, and “WWI”?

"1. Weltkrieg" "Erster Weltkrieg" The difference is only that in one case the number is written as number and in the other case the number is written as word - just as you can write "the 1st ...
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Deutsches oder deutsches Reich?

Das Deutsche Reich ist ein Eigenname und wird deswegen großgeschrieben, obwohl deutsch ein Adjektiv ist. Genauso wird auch das Dritte Reich als Eigenname großgeschrieben. In anderen Fällen, die kein ...
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Engelmacher means someone who helps with abortions?

It's a euphemism Some people believe, that when you die you go to heaven and become an angel. Originally Engelmacherin was used to describe women, who took children in their care (e.g. orphans) but ...
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Gottemeitschi is from which German language?

I speak the language, Gottemeitschi means goddaughter. Meitschi is a Term for Mädchen (Girl) commonly and specifically used around Bern. Most Swiss German speakers in northeastern Switzerland would ...
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Can street names be normalized to single form?

In a nutshell: No More detailed answer: There are in fact some rules for street and place names, but there is no such thing as normalization: Street and Place names that have proper nouns in them are ...
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What are the German equivalents of “First World War”, “World War I”, and “WWI”?

In both English and German, the World Wars are, of course, numbered. There is a first one and there is a second one. The main difference between the two languages here, and the one that leads to what ...
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Korrekte Genitivform bei Vereinsnamen, die einen Ort enthalten

Korrekt ist Variante 1 des Golfclubs Hintertupflfing Als klarste Referenz dafür habe ich eine Seite bei canoo.net gefunden. Sie ordnet diese Art von Namen als enge Apposition ein, bei der die ...
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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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Why does "Humboldt Forum" not use a hyphen?

"Humboldt Forum" is a proper noun selected by the sponsor - the Federal State. Proper nouns don't necessarily need to follow rules, and, for some reason (to be "more international")...
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Where should the Dative object be placed when it is a proper name?

Basic thoughts The basic situation has already been clarified by the previous answers. I would like to add that the first word order that comes to mind is: Ich gebe Herrn Müller das Buch. This can ...
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What is the origin of the "-ingen" suffix in town names in Europe, particularly Germany?

-ingen (or -ing,-ung, -engo and others) denotes affiliation to a person, place or geographic landmark. It is common in names of persons and places in many European regions where Germanic languages had ...
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Deutsches oder deutsches Reich?

Die Regel zu Eigennamen, die hier Anwendung findet ist $60 des amtlichen Regelwerks. Diese besagt In mehrteiligen Eigennamen mit nichtsubstantivischen Bestandteilen schreibt man das erste Wort ...
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In der VAE oder in den VAE?

Ich bekomme deutlich mehr Treffer für »in den VAE« als für »in der VAE«, aber selbt die Wikipedia-Autoren scheinen sich da nicht einig zu sein. Wenn Du davon ausgehst, dass »die Vereinigten Arabischen ...
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Articles with heavenly bodies

It's tricky. And I generally agree with guidot's answer but there's some more finer details I'd like to point out: Sun, Moon and Earth always go with an article when referred to. Der Mond geht auf ...
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Are "Tannhäuser" and "Tannenzäpfle" related?

Short answer: Yes, they are related. In detail: There is this old and outdated German noun that nowadays is only used in poems and similar artistic text types: der Tann (masc.) = the coniferous ...
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German proper name or funny paraphrase for a slightly stupid dragon (Zmey Gorynych)

There are a number of famous dragons in German-language literature / mythology, but these usually have 1 or 2 heads. In Japanese monster films, however, there is a three-headed dragon named King ...
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How can I deal with "Eigennamen" when they conflict with the grammar of the sentence?

I'd like to add something to the other answer, since there's more semantic distinctions to it. Proper nouns enjoy a spectrum here, ranging from the same inflective behaviour as common nouns have to ...
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