Unterschied - Questions on differences between similar or seemingly similar words or expressions.

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Difference between “zurzeit” and “bis jetzt”

What is the difference between zurzeit and bis jetzt? Both in English mean currently, but I don't know if there is a difference in German. If someone wanted to use them in a sentence, for example, ...
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Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen “nun” und “jetzt”?

Ich übersetzte die beiden als "now", aber ich vermute, dass es irgendeinen Unterschied in ihrer Bedeutung geben muss. Welcher?
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“möglichst schnell” and “schnellstmöglich”

As quickly as possible can be translate as möglichst schnell or schnellstmöglich Is there any difference between the two versions? What other adjectives have the second version (i.e., ...
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Aus vs. Von - What is the difference?

My confusion at the moment lies in the difference in the two prepositions, aus and von. Please note that Dict.cc is my main resource for words and phrases, and it shows the following: I'm fairly ...
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“To know somebody” as in “have knowledge of”

In English, "to know somebody" may have two different meanings: Do you know my neighbor Felix? (acquainted with) Do you know Angela Merkel? (have knowledge of) The first meaning is ...
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“anschauen” as reflexive or not

The verb anschauen can be used either as a reflexive verb or not jdn/etw anschauen: to look at sb/sth sich dat etw anschauen: to take a look at sth I have trouble understanding the ...
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Unterschied zwischen “bequem”, “gemütlich” und “angenehm”

Ich weiß, dass die drei Adjektive als comfortable übersetzt werden können. Aber was ist denn der Unterschied? Sind sie austauschbar?
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When to use “circa” or “ungefähr”?

Both words can be translated as "approximately". Is there any rule/guidance as to the usage of circa and ungefähr? I have heard circa being used more often and when there are numbers involved (and ...
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'gemeinsam' vs. 'beisammen' vs. 'zusammen' vs. 'miteinander'

Was sind die Unterschiede zwischen den Wörtern: gemeinsam beisammen zusammen miteinander Wiktionary nach sie sind Synonyme. Sind die Unterschiede regional? Ist ein Wort formaler als die anderen?
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What is the difference between “zugleich” and “gleichzeitig”?

Ich skype mit meinen Freunden und zugleich surfe ich im Internet. I am skyping with my friends and surfing the internet at the same time. Can I also use gleichzeitig in this context? Or are they ...
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What is the difference between “checken”, “nachprüfen” and “kontrollieren”?

Ich muss mal das Haus kontrollieren, ob wirklich alle Fenster zu sind. Can I use nachprüfen or checken in this context? What is the difference between nachprüfen, checken and kontrollieren?
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What's the difference between “können” and “könnten”?

I'd like to know when it's appropriate to use "können" and when "könnten", are they completely interchangeable? Is it like the difference between "can" and "could" in English? Können Sie mir bitte ...
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What is the difference between “mischen” and “vermischen”

I want to know what exactly is different in the verbs "mischen" and "vermischen". Both of them mean to mix. Is there any example where they can mean a specific thing? Are they interchangeable?
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What is the difference between “einräumen”, “aufräumen” and “verräumen”?

Während ich ins Schlafzimmer meiner Kinder ging, habe ich ihre Spielsachen verräumt. While I was going to the bedroom of my kids, I picked up their toys. Can I also use aufräumen or einräumen in ...
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What is the difference between “hinzufügen” and “fügen”?

I looked up the verbs fügen and hinzufügen and they both should mean to add something; according to Wikipedia the first has the following etymology: from "hin" there + "-zu" to + "fügen" add. What's ...
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What's the difference between “möchte”, “willst du”, “lieber”, “würden”?

Each of this words seems to mean I want / I wish / I'd like. For example: Was würden sie gern essen? Can you help me to understand the difference between them?
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What is the difference between “auf etwas stoßen” and “gegen etwas stoßen”?

I was sorting out old magazines in the garage that needed to be thrown out. On the way out I bumped my elbow on the door. What preposition do I use here? Gegen or auf etwas stoßen? Or does it not ...
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Difference between “nur mehr” and “nur noch”

What is the difference between "nur mehr" and "nur noch"? Example: Wir haben nur noch 3 Stunden. Wir haben nur mehr 3 Stunden. Is there any difference or does it mean exactly the same?
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Eventuell”

I know that this two words Ereignis and eventuell are related, but I would like to know more about what makes them different. Translating them into my native language, Portuguese, they both translate ...
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Vorkommen” [closed]

What is the difference between Ereignis and Vorkommen. I keep on needing explanation in this question even so some can think it's nonsense. If someone, in Hedegger's understanding, could explain me, ...
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Substantivierung: “Mein Suchen war nicht von Erfolg gekrönt”

Dieser Satz steht in meinem Grammatikbuch als Beispiel für Substantivierung. Hier ist das Verb suchen substantiviert. Duden aber sagt, die Substantivierung soll die Suche sein, und Suchen besteht nur ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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“umfahren” – trennbares Verb oder nicht?

Wir umfahren die Stadt. Das Auto fährt den Mann um. Wann ist das Verb umfahren trennbar und wann untrennbar?
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Usage of “aber”, “jedoch” and “allerdings”

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?
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Erwachsenenlakritz - Kein Kinderlakritz

I bought this can of liquorice. At the back, it lists the ingredients in four languages. But for German, there is an additional row of text below the ingredients which says "ERWACHSENENLAKRITZ - KEIN ...
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Unterschiede zwischen „Scheiße“ und „Scheiß“

Diese Frage bezieht sich auf die richtige Anwendung der Begriffen die Scheiße und der Scheiß. Warum klingen etwa lass die Scheiße! (anstelle lass den Scheiß!) aber dieses Mal mach keine Scheiße! ...
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When you add the article with the preposition “in” [duplicate]

Why is it that there is no article here: Mein Freund hat um 15 Uhr einem Termin IN Hamburg While we see one here: Wo Arbeitet dein Freund ? IN DER Schweiz
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Usage of “etwas” and “einige”

I read in the book that etwas means some. Ich brauche etwas frisches Fleisch. Er hat etwas Geld. There is also another determiner that is einige. It also means some. Vor ...
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“Sich handeln um” and “handeln von”

What is the difference between sich handeln um and sich handeln von? Dieses Buch handelt sich um eine schöne Prinzessin. Dieses Buch handelt sich von einer Prinzessin.
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “reden” und “sprechen”?

Ich denke sie sind Synonyme; aber sind sie es wirklich? "Reden" scheint mehr umgangsprachlich zu sein, während "sprechen" ganz viele verschiedene Bedeutungen hat. Warum gibt es das Wort "reden"? Warum ...
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“used to [verb]”

How would one say "used to", as in I used to live in Kiev. Previously, I was told you would use früher: Früher lebte ich in Kiew. But upon looking it up just again, dict.cc says you'd use ...
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Is there any difference in the words “roast” and “fry” in German?

Is there any difference in the words "roast" and "fry" in German? Or are they both just braten? Here are some definitions for them: fry, roast
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“Aktivieren” and “aufrufen”

Is aufrufen the same as aktivieren? 1.Ich werde morgen mein Gmail-konto aufrufen. 2.Ich werde morgen mein Gmail-konto aktivieren.
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Unterschied zwischen „sich beteiligen“ und „teilnehmen“?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen sich beteiligen und teilnehmen? Die beiden bedeuten participate, aber werden sie in einem Satz unterschiedlich verwendet?
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Is there a difference between “anschalten” and “einschalten”

Is there a difference between anschalten and einschalten? If I turn on the TV, oven, heat, start the car etc., can either verb be used?
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Unterschied zwischen “da” und “weil” im Nebensatz

Ich habe heute etwas über Nebensätze gelernt. Dabei habe ich etwas nicht verstanden. Meine Problem ist, dass ich nicht verstehe, wann man "da" und wann man "weil" benutzen muss. Könnte mir das ...
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Differences in words for simplicity, such as “Einfachheit” and “Anspruchslosigkeit”

I was trying to write a sentence in German about simplicity and want the word that will best describe gratitude with simple pleasures. So I have come across the following words Anspruchslosigkeit ...
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What's the difference between “queren” and “überqueren”

I've tried to look here: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/queren http://www.wordreference.com/deen/%C3%BCberqueren But it's not clear to me. Also I don't understand why über-queren should ...
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Accurate words to communicate the concept of “dating”

When I have used translation services, the word suggestions for "dating" seem to be along the lines of carbon dating, not the intended romantic words. The other challenge is that American concept of ...
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When to use “beziehungsweise”

beziehungsweise: a) (stilistish unschön) [oder] vielmehr, besser/genauer gesagt - sinnv: oder Er war mit ihm bekannt bzw. befreundet b) und im anderen Fall Die Fünf- und Zweipfenningstücke ...
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Difference between “heute”, “heutig”, and “heutigen”?

I was looking up the German word for "Today's" and Google translate suggested "heutigen" but I did not see that even listed in my English to German dictionary. But I did find many instances written ...
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Difference between “Notizen” and “Aufzeichnungen” to mean notes

When I looked up English to German translation for "notes" I saw "Aufzeichnungen." But previously had seen "Notizen", when would either one of those words be more appropriate than the other to mean ...
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What's the difference between “Meiden” and “Vermeiden”?

I came across these two sentences recently: Ich versuche, Kohlenhydrate zu meiden Wir hatten versucht, den Verkehr zu vermeiden What's the difference between the two verbs in regards to ...
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Difference between anhören und hören [duplicate]

Ich habe diese Frage gefunden: "Wollen wir uns die Oper zusammen _?" a) hören b) anhören Aber was ist der Unterschied zwischen anhören und hören?!
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “nördlich von” und “im nördlich von”? [closed]

Ich wohne 450 Kilometer nördlich von Manila. Ich wohne 30 Minuten im nördlich von Quezon Stadt. Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "nördlich von" und "im nördlich von"?
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Unterschied zwischen “Lehrgang” und “Praktikum” [closed]

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Lehrgang und Praktikum?
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Difference Between “Meist” and “Am Meisten”

My dictionary shows that meist and am meisten have similar meanings: most/mostly and related words. What are the rules, if any, as to when either word should be used? Ich höre meist Lieder von ...
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Differences between “wusste” and “habe gewusst” in the main clause, and using “kann” and “konnte” in the subordinate clause

Which are correct, which are not, and what are the nuances? In particular, what are the allowed tenses for the verbs in the main and the dass clause (agreement)? Ich wusste nicht, dass man gehen ...
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“Entscheiden” as reflexive verb?

Which of the following are correct? (a) Ich habe entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen. (b) Ich habe mich entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen. (c) Ich habe mir ...
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Difference between “Übrigens” and “im Übrigen”

"Übrigens" and "im Übrigen" both mean "incidentally/by the way". Are there any differences at all between the two?