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Different way of saying "Feuer!"
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"Los" is the German equivalent of English "Go" - as in "Ready, set, go" which is "Auf die Plätze, fertig, los" in German. Thus it's a frequent choice when something is launched or set off.

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How do you say "to play Devil's advocate" in German?
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Das lateinische Advocatus Diaboli ist ein im Deutschen durchaus geläufiger Begriff mit der gesuchten Bedeutung. Er wird zwar selten verwendet, es gibt aber immerhin einen Wikipedia-Artikel1 dazu. Die ...

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What accounts for this word order?
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Ich werde tun is incorrect because there is an object missing. A way to correct this is to add a prounoun, for example a das: Das werde ich tun. Now, in spoken German it is possible to omit a ...

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How should I choose between “Welcher” (Nominative) and “Welchen” (Accusative)
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Maybe this becomes clearer when looking at the corresponding statements: Welcher Mantel sieht besser aus? / Der Mantel[Nom.] sieht besser aus. Welchen Rock trägst du zur Party? / Den Rock[Akk.] ...

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Is "Guten Morgen" in the accusative? Are all greetings so?
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You are correct. "Guten Morgen" is short for "Ich wünsche dir/Ihnen einen guten Morgen". Likewise, "Guten Tag" is short for "Ich wünsche dir/Ihnen einen guten Tag". Same with "Guten Abend". As you ...

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Interessieren (für / an)
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Sentence 1 is wrong. 2. and 3. are correct. The preposition für must be used with sich interessieren: Ich interessiere mich für Geschichte. Alternatively one can say Geschichte interessiert mich. ...

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Trying to figure out the difference between pronouncing short o and short u
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One problem (but not the only one) with this video is that it uses its own notation for sounds which makes it confusing for people who know IPA. The short u in German is pronounced like the oo in ...

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Why »werden es« and not »wird es« in this sentence from »Der Spiegel«?
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"Bis zu 36 Grad werden es" is correct as "36 Grad" is plural. The Duden gives the examples "es waren 35 Grad [Celsius] im Schatten" and "draußen herrschten 25 Grad Wärme, Kälte".Grad, der (2.) If ...

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Einstein "calm and humble life" quote
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There is a Spiegel Online Article about that Tokyo hotel episode. According to this, the original quote is: Stilles bescheidenes Leben gibt mehr Glück als erfolgreiches Streben, verbunden mit ...

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Identifying the subject of a sentence
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The subclause Dass bei diesem Interesse vor allem auch die Frage, (...) eine Rolle spielte is the subject of the sentence. This is called Subjektsatz in German. Subclauses can be subject or object of ...

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How to express "fizzle out" in German
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In some contexts "einschlafen" can be used. A typical example: Wir haben uns noch ein paarmal getroffen, aber der Kontakt ist dann eingeschlafen.

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A less widely known occasion for use of the nominative case?
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Ein Arm is nominative because it is the subject of the sentence. The sentence could also be written als follows: Ein Arm war Lummox gewachsen. "Lummox" is dative. Because there is no article, the ...

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“Ich sah fünf Flugzeuge abheben.” – How to transform to the perfect tense?
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Transforming the following sentence: Ich sah fünf Flugzeuge abheben. to perfect yields: Ich habe fünf Flugzeuge abheben sehen. The rule is that if a perfect participle (Partizip II) follows an ...

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What construct is “zu tun ist”?
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"Ist" is the verb (more precisely, the finite verb) of the subordinate clause. Because it is a subordinate clause, the verb has to be at the end. Es ist zu tun. "It has to be done.&...

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Perfect tense in Google Translate and DeepL
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Perfect tense in English and perfect tense in German differ in meaning and usage. The present perfect tense in English describes a past event that has present tense implications. The perfect in German ...

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Grenzfälle Dativ/Akkusativ
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Mein Verdacht ist, dass es gar möglicherweise gar nicht um Dativ oder Akkusativ geht, sondern um starke oder schwache Flexion. Die Präposition mit verlangt ausnahmslos den Dativ. Insofern kommt hier ...

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Confusing grammatical construction with 'versammeln' involving datives
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Einer is not dative. It is nominative and stands for ein Band. The sentence could alternatively be written as Zum achtzigsten Geburtstag des Schriftstellers Uwe Timm versammelt ein Band Essays, ...

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Difference between "Quittung" and "Beleg"? What is the german word for receipt?
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Beleg has a broader meaning than Quittung. A Quittung is a written confirmation that a payment or some other benefit has been received. There is also a verb quittieren, which stands for writing a ...

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"Sie bleiben überhaupt gern unter sich."
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"Überhaupt" here indicates that the statement is a generalization. A possible example with some more context is: Die Meiers nehmen nicht am gemeinsamen Abendessen teil. Sie bleiben überhaupt gern ...

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Wütend auf und über
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Normalerweise ist man nicht wütend auf etwas, sondern wütend auf eine Person (oder auch eine Gruppe von Personen): Ich bin wütend auf den Autofahrer, der mir die Vorfahrt genommen hat. "Wütend ...

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'Must have' Constructions? E.g., 'They must have cheated!'
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Müssen ... haben works fairly well in German and quite the same way as in English: "Wo ist Bob? Ist er noch nicht hier?" "Hm... er muss es vergessen haben." There are ...

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"Frauen die lesen sind gefährlich." vs "Frauen, die lesen, sind gefährlich. "
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The sentence means "[Those] women who read are dangerous". The commas are mandatory because "die lesen" is a subclause (a Relativsatz) and a subclause must be separated from the ...

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How to say in German "enjoying home comforts"
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Other possible translations: Ich mache es mir gerade zu Hause bequem. Ich mache es mir gerade zu Hause gemütlich.

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The order of dative and accusative in a sentence
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You already stated the rule: The dative object precedes the accusative object (not subject), except if the accusative object is a personal pronoun. In this case the pronoun goes first. So: Ich ...

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Origin of "weiß"
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No, these words have different origins. "Weiß" as a colour is a cognate of English "white", information about its origin can be found here: https://www.etymonline.com/word/white "Weiß" meaning "know"...

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What is the origin of the German "n-Deklination"?
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The n-Deklination originates from the Indo-European (athematic) n-stems. You may want to take a look at the Wikipedia page about Proto-Indo-European nominals It does not originate from Latin; rather, ...

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Usage of dative in a stylistic phrase
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The verb as well as the subject is the same as in the previous line. The author just avoided to repeat it: Für jeden bin ich eine Welt! Dem Alter [bin ich] ein Erinnerungsgarten Der ...

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Example with "wegen" (just for clarification)
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Wegen is a preposition, not a conjunction. This means you can use it, but it you cannot easily use a subordinary clause. Ich bin wegen meiner Eltern Lehrer geworden. This says that you became a ...

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Worauf bezieht sich "den" hier?
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Den ist kein Relativpronomen, sondern Artikel eines impliziten zweiten Veränderungen, das weggelassen wurde: ... von Stunde zu Stunde stellt er innere Veränderungen her, die den von ihr bewirkten [...

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How should I understand constructions using this verb: »gefallen?«
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If you look up "gefallen" in a German-English dictionary, you'll find (among other words) "to please". So "Du gefällst mir" = "You please me" = "I like you". If you're looking for a direct ...

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