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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    Be glad you all dont speak german. You have no idea how many (usefulness is argueable) words there could be
    I thought they just put them into one long word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    Be glad you all dont speak german. You have no idea how many (usefulness is argueable) words there could be
    Quote Originally Posted by Il Morto Che Parla View Post
    I thought they just put them into one long word.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_modal_particle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    Sounds like a good practice.

    This happens a lot in Spanish too, if you read a Spanish book or article the sentence will be, truly, divided into tangents and filled with, what some would call to the disagreement of others but after all in line with common public opinion on the issue if not, strictly speaking, academic formalities, "qualifying" words somewhat, if not necessarilly identical, at the very least, similair to said German practices which you otulined above; and,let it be noted, usually without full stops, this sentence being just one example of said common practice hwich, while unreadable in English, in Spanish would not be, to say the very least, uncommon


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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Morto Che Parla View Post
    I thought they just put them into one long word.
    Oh yes, its pretty functional and you can recombine at will.

    The longest word, which is even in the dictionary is: Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebsw erkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

    It means Donau (a river) steam boat electricity main factory construction sub-company
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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Morto Che Parla View Post
    Sounds like a good practice.

    This happens a lot in Spanish too, if you read a Spanish book or article the sentence will be, truly, divided into tangents and filled with, what some would call to the disagreement of others but after all in line with common public opinion on the issue if not, strictly speaking, academic formalities, "qualifying" words somewhat, if not necessarilly identical, at the very least, similair to said German practices which you otulined above; and,let it be noted, usually without full stops, this sentence being just one example of said common practice hwich, while unreadable in English, in Spanish would not be, to say the very least, uncommon

    Yeah, I know.

    Soy traductora y cada vez que me toca traducir un contrato o alguna escritura u otro texto legal me desespero con ese tipo de sintaxis. Es tan baroco y muy dificil de traducir al alemán que tiene una sintaxis igual de compleja pero muy distinta. Y encima este tipo de textos suele estar lleno de "exelentisimos" - me sabe al siglo XVII, tal vez es el precio por ser una monarquia
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    Yeah, I know.

    Soy traductora y cada vez que me toca traducir un contrato o alguna escritura u otro texto legal me desespero con ese tipo de sintaxis. Es tan baroco y muy dificil de traducir al alemán que tiene una sintaxis igual de compleja pero muy distinta. Y encima este tipo de textos suele estar lleno de "exelentisimos" - me sabe al siglo XVII, tal vez es el precio por ser una monarquia


    translator is such an INTP job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    Aha id forgotten about that.

    Well now I can be smug, since my regional accent makes such inflections almost impossible; besides it's undesirable at the best of times.

    Although im still guilty of 'yeah...but no..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Morto Che Parla View Post
    Those aren't unnecessary words, smartass.

    I use words that convey the possibility of imprecision and words that leave things open to exceptions because I'm quite picky about the things that I state as universal truths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    Be glad you all dont speak german. You have no idea how many (usefulness is argueable) words there could be
    The germans have their own words for literally everything! Even though I'd say my german is not that bad, Reading a car manual in german (we've got a lot of mercedes/setra) can be a real pain!
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    I think I use these when I'm anxious and trying to buy time to figure out what to say.
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    So I guess it means there is trouble until the robins come
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