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German help needed!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Mirc, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Harvin87

    Harvin87 The Youth

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    Nach Meinung von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ........ , kann befehlen, wer klare Begriffe hat.

    A) den berühmten Dichter
    B) des berühmten Dichters
    C) dem berühmten Dichters

    So... a, b, or c?
     
  2. holy king

    holy king Deity

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    C.

    5chars.
     
  3. Harvin87

    Harvin87 The Youth

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    That's correct mr. holy king
     
  4. holy king

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    reading it again, it's not. non of the options are. :p

    "dem berühmten Dichter" is correct.
     
  5. Harvin87

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    Frau Merkel!, unser ........, kontrolliert regelmäßig das Treppenhaus.

    a) Hausdrache
    b) Hausdrachen
    c) Haus Drache.

    :D
     
  6. Grisu

    Grisu Draghetto Retired Moderator

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    you had me seriously confused there for a minute :eek:
     
  7. holy king

    holy king Deity

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    all of the above?
     
  8. Bast

    Bast Protector of Cats

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    My favorite German phrase is: "Ich habe hunger". Now when I'm in that state, I say that instead of the equivalent in English. :o
     
  9. Harvin87

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    the answer is strange but true .. the answer is B
     
  10. Grisu

    Grisu Draghetto Retired Moderator

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    Thinking about it, shouldn't it be A? Though B certainly sounds more correct.

    I pity people who have to learn the german cases as a second language :ack:
     
  11. Harvin87

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    according to the "official" explanations ... goes as follows...

    "Richtig is b. Der "Drache" steht für "Lindwurm", der "Drachen" ist ein Fluggerät oder - eine streitsüchtige Frau. Man kann wirklich nicht behaupten, daß Sprache logisch sei."

    how about that for logic eh? hehe...
     
  12. holy king

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    der drachen is north german.
     
  13. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    Hah, that's the advantage of speaking a native language whose case system is even more complicated than the German one! :p This was all a piece of cake.

    German has:
    Der
    Die
    Das
    Den
    Dem
    Des [Wort(e)]s
    or no article

    So 7 possibilities, for 4 different cases.
    My native language has, off the top of my head... 16 possibilities, for 5 different cases. Although one or two of those are not very commonly used in day-to-day conversation, there might be some that I missed.

    Now, the weird fact with the German dative acting as a substitute for a locative and a temporal case... that's a different story, and difficult as hell.

    Okay, I'm sending it to you. :)
     
  14. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    No need, I feel bad for those who have to learn the difference between content and content. Spelled the same, pronounced differently. :D
     
  15. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    Such things exist in every language. :) English spelling in general however is absolutely terrible and a nightmare for a foreigner to learn. Ever wondered why it is so much easier to tell when someone is not a native English speaker, as opposed to other languages? Well, that's a big part of the reason (the unique phonetics of English being the biggest part, but certainly not the only one).
     
  16. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    Despite what other native English speaking people tell you, our pronunciation is only difficult to identify foreigners. We don't like them too much.
     
  17. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    That must be the reason why Russian and Chinese accents are some of the most obvious ones out there!
     
  18. Harvin87

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    holyking sagte, wenn sein Fahrrad nicht platt wäre, ...... er nur zu gerne.

    A. komme
    B. käme
    C. kommt
     
  19. holy king

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    b.

    5xchars.
     
  20. Harvin87

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    That's correct.

    Er trank einen ..... Rum.

    A. Dreiviertelliter
    B. dreiviertel Liter
    C. drei viertel Liter ...

    I think that's easy... don't ask me why but it is :D
     

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