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    I'd translate it as "Ich wäre besser dran, (wenn)..." but it depends strongly on the context in which the phrase is uttered.
    And the day they sold us out, Our hearts grew cold
    'Cause we were never asked, No brother, we were told!
    What do they know of Europe, Who only Europe know?



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    I have a question about German grammar, particularly with the Genitive case:

    If one uses an adjective as a noun (e.g. "Der Arme hat keine Freunde") and uses such a noun in Genitive, does one no longer need to add -s/-es to the end of the word? I ask because I've heard or read examples where the -s/-es isn't added, like this line from a Klee song:

    Wir sind Teil eines Ganzen, das größer ist als du und ich
    So do the rules change if the noun in the Genitive case is derived from an adjective?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CruxClaire View Post
    I have a question about German grammar, particularly with the Genitive case:

    If one uses an adjective as a noun (e.g. "Der Arme hat keine Freunde") and uses such a noun in Genitive, does one no longer need to add -s/-es to the end of the word? I ask because I've heard or read examples where the -s/-es isn't added, like this line from a Klee song:



    So do the rules change if the noun in the Genitive case is derived from an adjective?
    Der Arme is 5th declination and is thus des Armen in genitive.

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    Ist dieser Satz richtig?
    Das Flugzeug soll kommt um 16 Uhr in Zürich an.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslaf View Post
    Ist dieser Satz richtig?
    Das Flugzeug soll kommt um 16 Uhr in Zürich an.
    Depending on what you're trying to say it could be either "Das Flugzeug kommt um 16 Uhr in Zürich an."(The plane arrives in Zürich around/at 4 o'clock.),
    "Das Flugzeug wird um 16 uhr in Zürich ankommen"(The plane will arrive in Zürich around/at 4 o'clock.) or
    "Das Flugzeug sollte um 16 Uhr in Zürich ankommen."(The plane should arrive in Zürich around/at 4 o'clock.)
    And the day they sold us out, Our hearts grew cold
    'Cause we were never asked, No brother, we were told!
    What do they know of Europe, Who only Europe know?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Juthunge View Post
    Depending on what you're trying to say it could be either
    "Das Flugzeug sollte um 16 Uhr in Zürich ankommen."(The plane should arrive in Zürich around/at 4 o'clock.)
    Warum braucht man das Präteritum für "soll"?

    Nevermind, one would do the same in English too. It seemed odd because we have not learned the preterites of sollen yet. I generally try to learn things like this intuitively instead of memorizing rules.

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    'Sollte' equates to the English 'should' more often than not.

    Modal verbs can be a nightmare but just remember the Verb am Ende formula once you've used one

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    A question please.

    When I was learning German I got stuck on this part.
    In English.
    How is this written in German please.

    To change ones clothes?
    I am going to change?
    I am changing?
    Have you changed?
    Are you going to change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arvak View Post
    When I was learning German I got stuck on this part.
    In English.
    How is this written in German please.

    To change ones clothes?
    I am going to change?
    I am changing?
    Have you changed?
    Are you going to change?
    Sich umziehen
    Ich werde mich umziehen.
    Ich ziehe mich gerade um.
    Hast du dich umgezogen?
    Wirst du dich umziehen?

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    I'll attempt to translate this paragraph from a post of mine to see how well I can.

    It depends on what your argument is for having guns. Sure, you can have guns in the UK, the thing is that it is really just for sporting purposes to own one; if it were for self-defence you wouldn't have to keep it in a safe with the ammo separate.

    The bearing of arms in the US has always been for self-defence, how else were they going to defend themselves against the Injuns if the ranchers couldn't own arms? They would've been slaughtered, and it would've been impractical to have the US Army protecting everyone.
    Es hängt von was deine Argument ist für Schußwaffenbesitz ab. Natürlich, man kann Gewehre in England besitzen, aber sie sind wirklich für Sportzwecke; wenn es war für Notwehr, man müßte nicht es in Sicherheit aufbewahren, mit der Munition getrennter.

    Das Recht zu tragen Waffen in Amerika hat immer für Notwehr existierten. Wie noch würden sie sich selbst gegen die Indianer wehren, wenn könnte nicht die Rancher tragen Waffen? Sie wären abschlachteten gewesen; und es wäre unmöglich gewesen, zu haben das US Heer schützen alle.

    **

    I just want to see how many holes I've completely missed in grammar and/or correct use of vocabulary, I always do.

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