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What is the difference between “Der Sessel” and “Der Stuhl”

Simple question. Does anyone know a clear difference between the two words? Looking it up in a dictionary is not easy since both words translate to chair in English. The matter is further complicated ...
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»Wer nicht vorwärts geht, der kommt zurücke«. Woher kommt das »e«?

Wer nicht vorwärts geht, der kommt zurücke. Ich habe diese Zitate von Goethe gesehen und ich wollte fragen, warum der Buchstabe »e« am Ende des Wortes »zurücke« steht? Was ist der Unterschied ...
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Difference between “Fluss” and “Strom”

This question also has an answer here (in German): Was genau ist ein Strom (Gewässer)? What is the difference between Fluss and Strom, which both translate to river?
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Asymmetrie vs. Unsymmetrie

According to Duden asymmetrisch and unsymmetrisch are synonyms, but which one is preferable in a scientific context? What about other contexts? Searching for the appropriate noun, I wonder why Duden ...
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How are “irgendjemand” and “irgendetwas” different from “jemand” and “etwas”? [duplicate]

Today I opened a dictionary to find that in German there is an irgend-version of most question words (wie, was, wer, wohin, etc.) that basically means a non-specific thing that the question word ...
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“Lieben” vs “gefallen”

For the verb lieben, it is close to the English usage for love, e.g.: John loves Mary. -> John liebt Mary. For the verb gefallen, it's rather weird. A dictionary entry for gefallen didn't help ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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“To tell” in German

I’ve come across the following verbs: erzählen, verraten, and sagen, which all mean ‘to tell’. What’s the difference between them?
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What is the difference in usage between “Möhre” and “Karotte”?

I've been doing a bit of German practice and encountered the words Möhre and Karotte. Supposedly, they both mean carrot, but I can’t see where these would differ in usage. Any ideas?
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What is the difference between “Willkür” and “Willkürlichkeit”?

Duden Online states for Willkür: die allgemein geltenden Maßstäbe, Gesetze, die Rechte, Interessen anderer missachtendes, an den eigenen Interessen ausgerichtetes und die eigene Macht nutzendes ...
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Difference between “etw. gewohnt sein” and “an etw. gewöhnt sein”

Both appear as translations to to be used to something in Leo. Specifically, the difference between gewohnt and gewöhnt seems to escape me. Whereas Duden defines the former as durch Gewohnheit ...
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What's the right way to reply to “Wie geht's”? [closed]

When using the question "Wie geht's?", what is the difference between the following two replies? Gut und ihr? Gut und ihnen?
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Usage of “gleich” and “nur”

What is the difference between gleich and nur? Do they both mean just? For example, consider the translation of "I am coming back in just 2 minutes". Ich komme nur in 2 Minuten zurück. Ich ...
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Usage differences of “obwohl” and “trotzdem”

I’m confused with obwohl and trotzdem usage practice. I do know their meaning (although and despite of, respectively) but what I don’t understand is when exactly I should use obwohl, when trotzdem and ...
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What's the difference between “ausführen” and “durchführen”?

I don't understand the difference between durchführen and ausführen. I understand that both mean to conduct, to execute, to perform. At my workplace I often hear "Ich habe dieses Skript ausgeführt", ...
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Context-specific translation of German word “an” [closed]

Margaretha war an diesem Abend sehr stolz I see two possibilities for translation of the above sentence. On this evening, Margaretha was very proud. Margaretha was very proud of this evening. ...
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Wieso heißt es „Universität zu Köln“?

Wieso heißt es „Universität zu Köln“ und nicht einfach „Universität Köln“ oder „Kölner Universität“? Falls es Dialekt ist, wieso sagen wir „Kölner Dom“ und nicht „Dom zu Köln“? Und warum wird die ...
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»Beispiel zu« vs. »Beispiel für«

Ein paar Beispiele für das Wort gehen / zu dem Wort gehen: Ich gehe jeden Tag ins Fitnessstudio, um fit zu bleiben. Ich gehe in den Park, um zu trainieren. Meine Frage ist, was ist der ...
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Difference between “komisch” and “lustig”

Both lustig and komisch can be translated into English as "funny". Are there instances where you would use one word and not the other?
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»Verschieden von« vs »unterschiedlich von«

Hochdeutsch ist unterschiedlich vom Schwyzerdütsch. Hochdeutsch ist verschieden vom Schwyzerdütsch. Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den zwei Wörter »unterschiedlich von« und »verschieden von« ...
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What’s the difference between “Ich habe dich lieb” and “Ich liebe dich”?

What’s the difference between Ich habe dich lieb and Ich liebe dich? Both are defined as “I love you” in many dictionaries, as I’ve checked.
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Does “Ich hab dich lieb” mean the same as “Ich liebe dich”? [duplicate]

My girlfriend said for the first time "Ich hab dich lieb", but I didn't understand the whole sentence very well, I only heard something with "lieb". So I asked her to repeat, but then she was kind of ...
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“Wo kommen Sie her?” or “Woher kommen Sie?” — What is the difference?

I have learned that when someone wants to know where a person comes from, one must ask: Woher kommen Sie? A lot of people have asked me: Wo kommst du her? or Wo kommen Sie her? ...
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Using “Ball” and “Kugel”

I'm trying to grasp the difference between Kugel and Ball. So I took such spiky toy ball kugel thing: and went to ask a German person what that was. "It's a Ball", he said. "Because it's shaped ...
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What is the difference between Prost and Prosit?

From what I can gather, Prost is the colloquial form of Prosit. However, I’ve searched around quite a bit and I see all sorts of explanations. A lot of them explain it the same way, almost word-for-...
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Position of “gern”

Is there a difference between the placement of gern after the verb and at the end of the sentence? I‘ve seen it done both ways and semantically, it is the same. Examples Ich schwimme gern im Meer....
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Difference between merkwürdig and seltsam

I was wondering if there is a difference in the usage between merkwürdig and seltsam. My German to English dictionary translates both to peculiar or odd. Can I use them interchangably?
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Difference between “etwas zu trinken” and “etwas trinken”

I would like to know the difference between the following two sentences: Ich möchte etwas zu trinken. Ich möchte etwas trinken.
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Unterschied zwischen »festnehmen« und »verhaften«

4 Personen wurden am Montag nach einem Bombenanschlag in Barcelona festgenommen. 4 Personen wurden am Montag nach einem Bombenanschlag in Barcelona verhaftet. Beide Wörter bedeuten to arrest. ...
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In welchem Teil Deutschlands sagt man “durchschauen” anstatt “verstehen”?

Ich lerne Hochdeutsch, um von der deutschen Gemeinde durchschaut zu werden. Ich lerne Hochdeutsch, um von der deutschen Gemeinde verstanden zu werden. In welchem Teil von Deutschland verwendet ...
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Unterschied zwischen allozieren und allokieren

In der Wikipedia bin ich in einem Eintrag zum Thema Speicherverwaltung in Computern auf den Begriff „allozieren“ gestoßen. Ein Computerprogramm muss im Hauptspeicher (RAM) für jede Art von Daten ...
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Difference between “antworten” and “beantworten”

Is there any difference between "antworten" and "beantworten"? In which situations should I use one and in which another?
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Ungewöhnliche Kombination der Perfekt-Form und der Modalverben

This question also has an answer here (in German): Different meanings / usages of Konjunktiv II in combination with the past form Was ich gelernt habe: Modalverbe gehen nicht mit Perfekt. Ein ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen „sich mit etwas zu schaffen machen“ und „sich mit etwas beschäftigen“

Ich mache mich mit Deutschlernen zu schaffen. Ich beschäftige mich mit Deutschlernen. In meinem Wörterbuch steht, dass beides »to busy oneself with something« bedeutet. Ich weiß, wann man das ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen »umgeben von« und »umringt von«

Ich stelle mir vor, dass wir einer dieser Sterne sind, von den anderen umgeben, und jeder dieser Sterne hat sein eigenes Sonnensystem. Ich stelle mir vor, dass wir einer dieser Sterne sind, von ...
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Usage of dabei and wobei

What do the words "wobei" and "dabei" mean? And what is the difference in their usage? Sie gab mir das Buch, wobei sie vermied, mich anzusehen. Sie gab mir das Buch, dabei vermied sie, mich ...
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How should I correctly use “sollen”?

What do these two sentences mean? Ich soll das Buch lesen. Ich sollte das Buch lesen. I have mostly seen should translated as sollte, but that seems to be past tense. The first one would be ...
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Unterschied zwischen „in Wirklichkeit“, „vielmehr“ und „eigentlich“

Sie kennen sich. Sie sind in Wirklichkeit gute Freunde. Sie kennen sich. Sie sind vielmehr gute Freunde. Sie kennen sich. Sie sind eigentlich gute Freunde. Meine Fragen sind: Was ist der ...
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Difference between “gemein” and “gemeinsam”

I know that gemein also means nasty or mean, but if we keep that aside for the time being, and consider only the meaning common, what's the difference between the two? Are they perfectly ...
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What is the difference in usage between “vielen Dank” and “Danke schön”?

I know that they are both essentially polite and mean Thanks a lot, Many thanks etc. but I’ve always wondered if there is a specific difference between the two. Is there a specific context or ...
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Lyrik vs Poesie

Both words in the title get translated as poetry. How do they differ?1 Which of the two would be more appropriate to translate a title like Anthology of 20th century German poetry? 1 My first ...
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“Zusammenhalt zwischen” or “zusammenhalt unter”?

I have seen both: Zusammenhalt zwischen xxx and Zusammenhalt unter xxx I can’t work out whether there is any difference in meaning/usage. Please explain.
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Past tenses usage for activities

I am a native Lithuanian and Russian speaker, my English and German are poor. I moved to Germany and then tried to say some phrases in German. In my languages, there is a clear difference, but my ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen “wolkig” und “bewölkt”?

Das mag Haarspalterei sein, aber meine Wettervorhersage meinte neulich, das Wetter sei heute bewölkt und morgen wolkig. Das Wetter war an beiden Tagen sehr ähnlich. Gibt es doch einen Unterschied?
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Difference between “jmdm. helfen” and “behilflich sein”

Are these two expressions equal synonyms? Is there any difference in the usage/meaning? In the following example they are interchangeable: Könnt ihr mir bitte behilflich sein? Könnt ihr mir ...
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Unterschiede zwischen „wieder“ und „schon wieder”

Überall sehe ich sowohl wieder als auch schon wieder in verschiedenem Kontext, und die Wörterbücher geben dieselben Definitionen und Übersetzungen für beide Redewendungen. Gibt es Unterschiede ...
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Usage of “verhelfen”, “helfen” and “behelfen”

What is the difference between verhelfen, helfen and behelfen? How are they used in a sentence?
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The difference between “Geschäft”, “Unternehmen”, “Betrieb” and “Firma”? [closed]

The following words all mean business in English, but what is the difference between Geschäft, Unternehmen, Betrieb and Firma?
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What's the difference between “bestimmt” and “das stimmt”?

I know how to use bestimmt inside a longer sentence, but I’ve heard it many times also as a short reply to a statement. z.B A: “…” [casual statement] B: “Bestimmt.” At first, it seemed to me ...