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Archive for August, 2011

Zusammen oder getrennt?

This is a valid question not only at the end of a meal in a restaurant that we shared with others… This question also applies to German spelling. Do you know how to write verb combinations like kommen hören, sitzen bleiben or kennen lernen? The German spelling reform that was supposed to give definite answers […]

German relative pronouns – was or das?

When to use was and when das as relative pronouns? 1. das relates to a single, definite and neuter noun as in the following examples: Die Botschaft, die der Papst mitbringt, ist viel mehr Wert als das Geld, das wir hier ausgeben. Wir hatten eine Auseinandersetzung über das Erbe, das meine Generation hinterlässt. Das Abkommen, […]

Time expressions in German – the key with correct answers

Remember our last week’s sentences with time expressions? Below you’ll find the correct sentences with short explanations. 1. Eines Nachts macht sie sich tatsächlich auf den Weg. Nachts here is the genitive form of the noun die Nacht, nowadays only used in this time expression (in other instances the grammatically correct form is einer Nacht). […]

Time expressions in German

Some time expressions in German are really misleading and I have to admit that I keep forgetting the correct spelling and the rules behind it. I collected a couple of sample sentences with typical time phrases including both the correct and the wrong spelling versions: 1. Eines Nachts/ Eines nachts macht sie sich tatsächlich auf […]

Correct German Spelling

Following up on our last week’s topic – spelling – I continue with words that are difficult not only for learners of German but also Germans themselves. genau so / genauso When the so in genau so is stressed and further described (e.g. by the phrase introduced by wie) it’s written separately: Alles läuft genau […]


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