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Archive for August, 2013

German comma rule: Linking main clauses and subordinate clauses with the conjunction “dass” (that) Posted by on Aug 30, 2013

There are two basic sentence types in German: main clauses, which are also know as independent clauses and subordinate clauses, which are also known as dependent clauses. Main or independent clauses can stand alone, whereas subordinate or dependent clauses require a sentence to which they are linked. Unlike in English, German main clauses and subordinate…

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Comma rules: How to linking main clauses in German Posted by on Aug 28, 2013

The comma is one of several punctuation characters. It serves to separate related thoughts or ideas within complex statements. Grammarians call such related thoughts or ideas clauses. German comma rules vary from English ones. Therefore, we should have a closer look at them. There are two basic sentence types in German, which you may already…

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The most basic comma rule in German: Listing things, people, features, and actions Posted by on Aug 26, 2013

Commas are useful punctuation characters. On the one hand, they help us to sort our thoughts and on the other hand, they facilitate reading – when they are correctly punctuated. So, let’s have a closer look at the most basic comma rule in the German language: Listing things, people, features, and actions.   Simple words:…

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