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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

"Ich möchte" doesn't really correspond to "I want", but more to something like "I would like...". "I want" would be more something like "ich will", ...
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When asked "Arbeitest du morgen?", how can one know if he's asked about the day or the action

In both German and English, this difference in asking is usually expressed with a tonal mark: 'Arbeitest du morgen? Do you 'work tomorrow? Arbeitest du 'morgen? Do you work 'tomorrow? Or you ask ...
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“Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän.” – Why “sieht” instead of “sehen”?

Because the conjugation of the finite verb agrees to the subject. Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän. To understand a German sentence correctly, you have to pick up all the clues given. The verb ...
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Welcher Satz ist richtig? "Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" oder "Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?"

"Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" could be interpreted as "how long is the drive to the sea?" as well as "how long will you stay at the sea?". Which one of the two depends on the context. "Für wie ...
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"Wovon" or "von wo"?

Wovon and Von wo denote different questions. Wovon means something like What is the cause. Example: Wovon ist dir schlecht geworden? (What made you sick?) @raznagul said that wovon is ...
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"Eines des wichtigsten Amt" oder "eines der wichtigsten Ämter"?

....... ist eines des wichtigsten Amt in Europa. This sentence is not correct. The other version eines der wichtigsten Ämter in Europa is indeed correct. You are talking about one of many like: ...
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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

"Ich möchte" is perceived as a more polite form of "ich will", so translating both to "I want" will lose important nuance and arguably be wrong. Grammatically, "ich ...
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What's the difference between "schon" and "noch" in questions?

Your holiday begins ----------------- Now ----------------- Your holiday ends Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub? In this question, the time span from Your holiday begins until Now is asked. (Your ...
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What is the meaning of the construct "Willst du was trinken?"

Willst du was trinken? Do you want something to drink? The sentence you gave is in fact a yes-no question (I assume that is what you mean by closed question). That is the reason why the verb is in ...
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Nichts vs Etwas (in questions)

The presupposition or implication of both sentences differ. "Ist dir etwas aufgefallen?" == "Did you notice anything?" is neutral (other than the fact that the speaker talks about ...
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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

"Ich möchte" does not translate as "I want". It means that you have a wish, not a demand. To a waiter you would typically say "Ich möchte bitte das Steak" which is a bit ...
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“Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän.” – Why “sieht” instead of “sehen”?

Rearranging the sentence yields Da sieht der Kapitän sie endlich. or even Der Kapitän sieht sie endlich. which make the meaning and the structural parts clearer. (See here for another example ...
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How to ask a question with double accusative?

First off there are not two accusatives there, das Licht is nominative. The second one is better as others have said, the reason this is correct is that generally in German questions the word order ...
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Different ways to say "why"

This is the English translation of an old German answer given by the user splattne in 2011. The word "weswegen" was not topic of the original German question, but it fits into the same ...
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Hidden “if” and converting to a question

Neither version works particularly well as a question because the hint that it is meant as a question comes too late and is inconspicuous, even with dann (because this word also has other meanings). ...
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Reihenfolge der Satzglieder in einer Frage

Für mich hören sich auch beide Fragen korrekt an. Eine Änderung der Reihenfolge zieht jedoch meist auch eine Veränderung der Betonung nach sich, wie hier deutlich wird: Gehört das Buch dir? Oder ...
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Nebensatz mit einer Frage?

Das geschieht durch die Intonation, also die Sprachmelodie - Das Fragezeichen ist eigentlich nur ein schriftlicher Ersatz dafür. Im Deutschen (wie im Englischen) wird eine Frage mündlich durch eine ...
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What does "macht" mean in "Was macht Tina?”

You are confusing a noun with a verb. The verb machen means ‘to make’, ‘to do’, while the noun die Macht means ‘power’. ich mache du machst er/sie/es macht wir machen ihr macht sie/Sie machen In ...
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Asking question using "welch-" in genitive case

Because of the fact that you are asking for more than one Merkmal, you need to use sind instead of ist in your first question, which is otherwise fine: Die typischen Merkmale welcher Epoche sind ...
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What does "macht" mean in "Was macht Tina?”

machen also means "do". There's only one possibility of meaning since there's no objective: Was macht Tina? - What is Tina doing?
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Wie funktioniert Satzstellung im Deutschen?

1) Partikel wie ja, eben, einfach usw. beziehen sich auf den Satzteil, welcher direkt darauf folgt. Ich habe einfach mich für Deutsch entschieden. ist falsch, denn es bedeutet nicht das, was du ...
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In the Saving Private Ryan movie what did corporal Upman say to his German prisoners of war?

In that context "Verschwindet!" means "Go away!", "Get lost!". Upham could stop himself from killing those soldiers and tells them to get lost before he would change his ...
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Welcher Satz ist richtig? "Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" oder "Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?"

Both German sentences are correct, but they have different meanings. Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? How long are you driving to the sea? – Here, fahren means the actual travel, and we want to know ...
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unbelebte Dativobjekte: Fragesatz in korrektem Deutsch gesucht

Die richtige Frage lautet: Wem muss ich schnell ausweichen? Falsch war lediglich das Satzzeichen am Ende der Frage (das darf kein Punkt sein, sondern muss ein Fragezeichen sein.) Nach einem ...
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»wohin« oder »wo … hin«?

I add numbers to your sentences, and omit »jetzt«: Wo fährt das Schiff jetzt hin? Wohin fährt das Schiff jetzt? In (1) »hin« is not a part of the interrogative word »wo«, but a part of ...
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What's the difference between "schon" and "noch" in questions?

Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub? Here, you ask for the time that has already passed (schon = already). Wie lange hast do noch Urlaub? Here, you ask for the time still left (noch = still).
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Asking the date vs. the day of the week in German

In my experience, the most usual ways to ask for either the day of the week or the date are: Welchen Tag haben wir heute? Welchen Wochentag haben wir heute? Answer would be: Monday! - The second ...
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When asked "Arbeitest du morgen?", how can one know if he's asked about the day or the action

I think it should be noted that *Ich arbeite nicht morgen is a borderline case of incorrect word order. Yes, this word order could be met out there in the wild, but you need very specific context ...
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"Eines des wichtigsten Amt" oder "eines der wichtigsten Ämter"?

"Eines der ..." bezieht sich auf ein einzelnes Element einer Menge von ähnlichen Elementen. Somit steht die Angabe der Menge im Plural. Daher muss es Eines der wichtigsten Ämter heißen, ebenso wie ...
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Subtle meaning and word order differences in German constituent questions

First let it be said that this must be dealing mostly with spoken, non (normative) standard speech. (2) is definitely OK and productive in spoken Austrian, but I would never write it (also because ...
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