Dan
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Speaking German abroad and feeling condescended to when people speak English back to me
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They do appreciate, however, in practical situations one resorts to the language that's more convenient for communication purposes. Most people mean it either practical or well intended, by making it ...

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What is the meaning of "heutig" in this sentence?
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It refers to the territory of today's Germany. As one united state in more or less modern form, Germany didn't exist until late 19th century (1871). Hence we must resort to using this word when ...

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"Ich habe Durst" vs "Ich bin durstig": Which is more common?
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A corpus search shows that "du hast Durst" has 11 occurrences and "du bist durstig" only two in the corpus of the subtitles. Similar story with "refenz und zeitungskorpora", 4 against 1 respectively. (...

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Should one use Konjunktiv in subordinate clause using “dass” and should one use an explicit "es" in the main clause with "dass"?
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The "es" is optional in your example, you can leave it out. And no, you don't need Konjunktiv, you just take indicative mood for that. It used to be possible to alternatively use Konjunktiv 1 for "...

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Possible omission of a relative pronoun in the beginning of a clause?
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Yes, there should be „mit dem“. It's just German journalismus A.D. 2019 at its finest. In most media assets, even in largest such as der „Spiegel“, nobody ever cares to proofread articles. Sometimes ...

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How serious is putting part of separable verbs at the end?
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It is very important. The semantic difference would be even bigger than that in English between "Overthrow" and "throw over. Basically, placing the prefix the wrong way you are using the wrong word, ...

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Why using of Dativ when specifying movement towards something?
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This is because there are prepositions like mit, nach, aus, zu, von, bei that ALWAYS take Dative, even if this is indeed a movement in a direction. Another example with zu: (movement towards ...

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Richtung Atlantik oder mit "in" Richtung Atlantik?
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Ja, es ist beides möglich, sowohl mit "in" als auch ohne. Note you would typically specify directions with zero article. E.g. we would say "Der Fluss mündet in den Atlantik", but "Es bewegt sich ...

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Genders in the "Babylon" dictionary
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German compound words take the gender of the rightmost word in the meaning in which is was used to create the compound, e.g. der Elternteil vs. das Fertigteil. German has two genders for the word &...

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Wo er nur bleibt
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It is used as a modal particle here. Its meaning as described in DWDS: General meaning as a modal particle: dient meist der Verstärkung und oft der Satzbelebung; ohne eigentliche Bedeutung In ...

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Ein Märchen zum Kind vs Ein Märchen dem Kind (erzählen)
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Der Unterschied besteht nur darin, dass "ein Märchen zum Kind erzählen" falsch ist. Man kann jedoch folgendes sagen: "Märchen sollte man frei und mit Blickkontakt zum Kind erzählen". In diesem Fall ...

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Noch eine Frage zu winzig Adjektiv vs Adverb
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Winzig in deinem Sazt modifiziert und verstärkt das Wort "klein", und nicht das Nomen "Raum" direkt. Dazu kann man die Frage mit dem Fragewort "wie" stellen: Wie klein? Winzig klein. (In einem ...

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Welche normative Autorität hat der Duden? / What's the normative authority of the Duden?
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Zu mehr Info über Duden: Wer bestimmt, welche Regeln in der deutschen Spache gelten? Im Moment gibt es nur ein verbindliches Regelwerk, und zwar das vom Institut für Deutsche Sprache. https://www....

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Telefonisches Vorstellungsgespräch oder Telefoninterview?
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Da würde ich aus stilistischen Gründen und einfachheitshalber eher die zweite Variante nehmen, oder einfach "zum Telefongespräch". Oder "Ich bedanke mich für Ihre Einladung und freue mich auf das ...

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Welchen Dialekt spreche ich?
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Missingsch. Überwiegend Hochdeutsch mit niederdeutschen Überbleibseln, in Deinem Fall - vorpommerschen. Dir kommt es etwas Berlinerisch vor, weil es auch eine Mischvarietät darstellt. Suche mal nach ...

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What is the case of ''Eigen'' in the following sentence
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"Ihrer eigenen Wohnung_" is a noun phrase entirely in Genitive (where Wohnung_ has zero ending (in other words, it's unmarked), but that doesn't change the fact: it could just as well be Herz and then ...

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Why is this two-way preposition in accusative?
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unterteilt is a past participle from the verb "unterteilen", which is used with "in etwas (Akkusativ)". Many past participles* retain the original prepositions and cases of their respective verbs. An ...

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The role of "sein" with a verb in "infinitive"
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German knows 3 general possibilities of expressing the English continuous tense: by adding temporal adjective markers, e.g. "ich esse gerade" by using sein + am/beim + Infinitiv (aka ...

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Question about something "not" unique to the German language
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The linguistic name of this notion is "Polysemie" or "Mehrdeutigkeit". Polisemy is present in all languages, and in this regard German is not unique at all. For each meaning, there are words ...

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"Kaputt gehen" meaning "to become defect" in a more formal way
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If you want to make it formal, I'd go with "unbrauchbar geworden", something like: Aufgrund eines Lecks ist der Behälter gerade unbrauchbar geworden. or in the original sentence Der Behälter ...

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Suggestions of German grammar books
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For deep explanations the best I've ever seen was Duden, Band 4 "die Grammatik" (Auflage 8). There is also an ebook with convenient search capabilities. In the not so many cases when I need something ...

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Verben: was machen wir mit unserer Nase?
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https://www.dwds.de/wp?q=Nase&comp-method=diff&comp=&pos=2&minstat=0&minfreq=5&by=logDice&limit=49&view=table Siehe 2 Tabellen: "ist in Präpositionalgruppe" und "ist ...

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Slawische Aspekte: Perfektiv (dok. сов.,...) und Imperfektiv (niedok, несов.,...)
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Es gibt keine einheitliche allgemeine Regel, weil es kein solches Konzept im Deutschen gibt. Daher werden die Übersetzungen immer vom Kontext abhändig. Ansonsten kann ich zu russischen Lehrbüchern ...

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Was bedeutet "nun" in diesem Satz?
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Jein, im Deutschen kann man jetzt und nun mit Präsens Perfekt kombinieren für das was auf Englisch Present Perfect ist, aber dies ist in deinem Satz hier nicht unbedingt der Fall, da nicht genug ...

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Why use the plural conjugate of the verb in this case?
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This is similar to expressions like "Das ist/sind (article when needed) (noun)" and "Es ist/sind (article when needed) (noun)" behave like "There is" and "There are" in English, so you take the numer ...

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Pronunciation of Ernst Robert Curtius
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The name is pronounced like the word short "kurz", so the name is pronounced as [kʊʁt͡sius]. Here is an audio sample. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kurz#Pronunciation_2 The phenomenon responsible is ...

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When an indefinite article is called for
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We use the zero article when refering to peoples profession, occupation, origin coupled with the usage of the verb "sein", "werden", bleiben", in the so-called "copula phrases". E.g. Ich bin Pole. ...

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Credit, as in Ansehen, Gutschreiben
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Sie zollt dir immer Annerkennung. Sie macht dir ständig alle Ehre. Somewhat less intensive: Sie erwähnt dich ständig. "Gutschreiben" means rather something financial, z.B. etwas überweisen.

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The use of "gleich" in this sentence
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In your example gleich is not a modal particle, but an adverb (see link below). As to the meaning, it means "at the same time" or, more specifically, "at the same place". In your example, its ...

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Warum verlangt "über" hier den Akkusativ?
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Die Präposition "über" kann generell sowohl mit Akkusativ als auch Dativ verwendet werden, es kommt nur auf die Bedeutung an. Es ist in diesem Fall als eine Bewegung aus dem Punkt A (Umgebung) in den ...

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