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usage question - unten links versus untere linke

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What is the difference between 'unten links' and 'untere linke' for bottom left as below? (this is from dict.cc) -

Ecke unten links
untere linke Ecke

I understand untere linke - that's a straight adjective before the noun. But what is unten links. I could guess it somehow translates as 'at bottom left' but wouldn't that make links a noun so it should be capitalised?

Is one or the other the more common usage?

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Hi

What is the difference between 'unten links' and 'untere linke' for bottom left as below? (this is from dict.cc) -

Ecke unten links
untere linke Ecke

I understand untere linke - that's a straight adjective before the noun. But what is unten links. I could guess it somehow translates as 'at bottom left' but wouldn't that make links a noun so it should be capitalised?

Is one or the other the more common usage?

Thanks!
Both are common and equivalent in everyday usage.

If you wanted to be anal, I think "Ecke unten links" says nothing, or doesn't necessarily say something, about the existence of other corners elsewhere. The location "unten links" just helps with locating/identifying the corner. "untere linke Ecke" OTOH implies that other corners exist elsewhere. Just like "the ball in the corner" doesn't necessarily say anything about the presence of other balls whereas "red balls" implies that differently colored balls exist and are close enough (even just potentially) to make the distiction useful.

But people rarely use that amount of precision in their language, so I'd treat them as equivalent.
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Hi

What is the difference between 'unten links' and 'untere linke' for bottom left as below? (this is from dict.cc) -

Ecke unten links
untere linke Ecke

I understand untere linke - that's a straight adjective before the noun. But what is unten links. I could guess it somehow translates as 'at bottom left' but wouldn't that make links a noun so it should be capitalised?

Is one or the other the more common usage?

Thanks!

Think about when (and then how) you'd use each expression. I'd say the former is more common.
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But what is unten links.
I'd say it is a local adverb.
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Re: usage question - unten links versus untere linke

Isn't it simply the difference between "below, left", and "bottom left-hand corner"?
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