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Old 08.11.2011, 21:02
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how much is a GA card for my coat? and will it always need to be the coat in the photo or can I substitute it, eg winter and summer coat? and where do I get my coat GA?

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It will have to be the coat on the picture, unless of course, you buy the transferable GA for your coat.

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Actually, the tram in Zurich is the first place ever I had that question answered with a vile 'Ist Besetzt!!!'. By her bag that is. The only thing I could do was laugh and say 'Deine mutti ist sicher stolz auf dir' (your mommy must be proud of you )
Call me old fashioned, but the problem is, probably that Mutti belongs to the rapidly growing crowd of modern parents who believe that instilling some respect, sense of decency and basics of manners into their offspring.

I know, German is a difficult language. In the sentence you quoted, it's "dich" (accusative), not "dir" (dative). Needless to say that doesn't affect the message per se.
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Re: Bags on seats

Damn German grammar. Even though Im Dutch after 6 years in Germany and almost 2 over here I still guess most of the time and rarely get it right...thats why normally I dont do writing, unless I complain about something, and then I dont care they think Im a stupid Auslaender
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Damn German grammar. Even though Im Dutch after 6 years in Germany and almost 2 over here I still guess most of the time and rarely get it right...thats why normally I dont do writing, unless I complain about something, and then I dont care they think Im a stupid Auslaender
Not speaking a language impeccably doesn't make you a stupid Ausländer. And besides that, there are many, many stupid Inländer. Stupidity is amazingly evenly spread over this planet, and it's always the others.
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Re: Bags on seats

I'm all in favour of ensuring people don't hog seats - I used to experience such every single day when I was commuting from Basel but...

What do you do if you're travelling long distance with a large suitcase - we often travel to and from the Netherlands and sometimes the Swiss leg of the journey is on an SBB train. Very often we also take our child car seat for when we are picked up at the Dutch side. The gaps between the seats aren't always big enough to fit the suitcase in between and not all trains have a large luggage rack. In such cases I'm sorry to say we've shoved our suitcases between empty seats near to us - or if the carriage is busy I spend a few hours teetering with our luggage in the entrance lobby of the carriage.

Normally if I'm on a train, I'll put what I can in the overhead luggage rack and if I put a newspaper or so on the seat next to me, I'm move it if the train comes to a station and new passengers get on in case someone needs a seat.

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And presumably the "per Sie" form should be used anyway if the offending peasant is a complete stranger...

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Call me old fashioned, but the problem is, probably that Mutti belongs to the rapidly growing crowd of modern parents who believe that instilling some respect, sense of decency and basics of manners into their offspring.

I know, German is a difficult language. In the sentence you quoted, it's "dich" (accusative), not "dir" (dative). Needless to say that doesn't affect the message per se.
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I'm all in favour of ensuring people don't hog seats - I used to experience such every single day when I was commuting from Basel but...

What do you do if you're travelling long distance with a large suitcase - we often travel to and from the Netherlands and sometimes the Swiss leg of the journey is on an SBB train. Very often we also take our child car seat for when we are picked up at the Dutch side. The gaps between the seats aren't always big enough to fit the suitcase in between and not all trains have a large luggage rack. In such cases I'm sorry to say we've shoved our suitcases between empty seats near to us - or if the carriage is busy I spend a few hours teetering with our luggage in the entrance lobby of the carriage.

Normally if I'm on a train, I'll put what I can in the overhead luggage rack and if I put a newspaper or so on the seat next to me, I'm move it if the train comes to a station and new passengers get on in case someone needs a seat.

Cheers,
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I could have sworn I'd read this exact post somewhere else.
Now where might that have been?
I do agree with you though, both of you
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I'm really surprised at the negative responses to the SBB's attempt to crack down on this problem. It's always annoyed me at the arrogance of some people who hog 2 seats at rush hour times. The SBB admit that it will be difficult to enforce but I'm glad they're taking a stand.
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And presumably the "per Sie" form should be used anyway if the offending peasant is a complete stranger...

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Since mgosia used the term "Mutti" (= mommy), I assumed the offending person was a kid, on whom you needn't use the "Sie" form, let alone in such a situation.
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She was about 20 but definitely didn't deserve a 'Sie'
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