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  1. Perseas

    zu etwas wissen

    Hallo allerseits! Ich habe den Eindruck, ich habe in einem Film gehört "Nein, Mum kann nicht zu allen Dingen gewusst haben". Ergibt das etwa Sinn? Ich würde erwarten "von allen Dingen". Im Untertitel steht jedenfalls: "Nein, Mum hatte davon keine Ahnung". Vielen Dank im Voraus!
  2. Henrymy

    Advanced German Past Tenses

    Hallo zusammen, I have been working on understanding the finer points of English-German tenses with a friend and with a book (Hammer's German Grammar and Usage 5th Edition by Martin Durrell). The friend is PhD educated German native and the book is probably the most comprehensive German grammar...
  3. Eric Chengdu

    Don't mind the mess

    When you stop by your friend's house, which is a mess, your friend may say something like "don't mind the mess". interestingly, I find people also say "don't look too close" or "don't pay attention to the mess". In our (chinese) culture, we never say these two in that situation. they sound a bit...
  4. C

    First Amendment translation variances

    Hello, I'm looking at two translations of the the First Amendment of the United State Constitution, one by the National Constitution Center (https://constitutioncenter.org/media/files/Arabic-Constitution-2.pdf), and one by the ACLU (The First Amendment Looks Especially Beautiful in Arabic), and...
  5. H

    Lumy / Lump

    I have a copy of a family letter dated March 3, 1925. The following sentences appear in this letter: Wie Du vielleicht schon weißt ist unser guter Oberstfritze gestorben. Er war zwar ein großer Lumy, aber eins hat er uns gutes gebracht, nämlich morgen einen freien Tag. I'm pretty sure the...
  6. jos.dan

    Auf Antworten eingehen/erwidern

    Hallo alle! Ich möchte wissen, wann man die Verben eingehen und erwidern benutzten kann. Können sie „to answer“ heißen? Ich weiß, dass man normalerweise sie wie „to respond“ übersetzt (was hat diesselbe Bedeutung in manchen Gegebenheiten), aber ich bin mir nicht sehr, wenn soll ich sie benutzen...
  7. TroubleEnglish

    I would thou wert

    Does any of you understand this sentence? I would thou wert so happy by thy stay I took it from Romeo and Juliet. I would want ... I would hate ... I would think ... Or what? And what is the difference between Thou wast Thou wert I also read there was a possibility to say: Thou were...
  8. TroubleEnglish

    Thee Thou Thine Thy

    Do all native speakers know the words Thee Thou Thine Thy ? And all other forms of creating the sentences in the archaic manner? I mean all these phrases and grammar aren't used by anyone now but known by every person or aren't known, either. Because it's kind of amusing if nobody uses it...
  9. O

    Does standard English has an official authorization?

    I am sorry for asking such stupid question, and I know it is quite complicated, so I will try to make it as simple as possible. We all know there are a lot of grammar and spelling rules in English, and basically most of us follow the rules to build sentences and to understand the language. If...
  10. M

    Migra or Migray

    Hello, I am writing a book about Hungarian relatives. I need help translating the full text into the birthday entry below, from Josephus Andreas (it seems) Migra or Migray/Migrai. Also, if anybody can confirm what is the exact surname written there, if Migra, Migrai or Migray, this will help me...
  11. purasbabosadas

    Germanic languages/Proto-Germanic: Resources

    I already know a good deal about Latin and the Romance languages but now I want to learn Germanic.Could someone recommend some good books that discuss the features of the Germanic languages and/or Proto-Germanic?
  12. miasam

    Is there any research on PIE grammar?

    Do you know of any academic research paper on PIE grammar (rather than vocabulary)? Is there a previling theory on its evolution?
  13. W

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Names (Auschwitz / Out-With etc)

    Hello. I'm reading a English translation book named "The boy in the striped Pajamas." In that book, there are a lot of expression; "Out-With", which I suppose to be the name of a place. Is there any relation between Out-With and Aushwitz? Thank you.
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