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

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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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Wasser siedet oder Wasser kocht?

In which cases do you use Wasser siedet and when Wasser kocht? It looks like the two aren’t synonyms.
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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 “testen”, “probieren” and “schmecken”?

Der Restaurantkritiker hat meinen Kuchen geschmeckt. The Food critic tasted my cake. Can I use probieren or testen in this context? What is the difference between testen, probieren and ...
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What is the difference between “abschliessen”, “beenden” and “aufhören”?

Nachdem ich meinen MA an der Universität Oklohoma abgeschlossen habe, werde ich nach Deutschland umziehen. After I am done with my masters at Oklohoma University, I'll move to Germany. Will it ...
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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 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 “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 “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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 is the difference between 'verwalten' and 'regieren'?

I came across a podcast on Berlin Wall and they said that for Germany post-World War II: "Ein Viertel wurde von den USA verwaltet." I would have imagined to use 'regieren' here. Turns out verwalten ...
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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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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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Is there a difference between “Medikamente”, “Arzneimittel” und “Drogen”?

The words "Medikamente", "Arzneimittel" und "Drogen" all seem in the dictionaries to mean drugs or medicines. Apart from drogen which I can understand may have the negative connotation of illegal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Difference between “Erinnerung” and “Gedächtnis”

Both Erinnerung and Gedächtnis can be translated into English as "memory". Are there instances where you would use one word and not the other?
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Welches ist hier gängiger? “bei jmdm bekannt sein” oder “bei jmdm populär sein”?

In den 90ern waren die Fantastischen Vier bei den Jugendlichen sehr bekannt. In den 90ern waren die Fantastischen Vier bei den Jugendlichen sehr populär. Welcher Satz ist hier gängiger? "Bei ...
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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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Der Nebensatz “dass” und “das”

Einige meiner Freunde benutzen "das" anstatt von "dass" als Nebensatz, wie zum Beispiel : Ich wußte es, das du ein Topf voller Gold versteckt hast. Ist es ein Dialekt oder Hochdeutsch?
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Unterschied zwischen “denken an jdm” und “denken an jdn”

Wir benutzen: denken an jemandem (dativ) oder denken an jemanden (akkusativ). Und was ist der Unterschied?
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When to use “beziehungsweise”

beziehungsweise: a) (stilistisch 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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what's the difference between wieso and warum? [duplicate]

My grammar book states that both "wieso" and "warum" mean "why" but my friend who lived in Germany for one year states there's a subtle difference in questioning between them but couldn't really ...
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What's the difference between “endlich” and “schließlich”?

I have up till now used both endlich and schließlich to mean "finally" but I'm suspicious there is a subtle difference in meaning. Can anyone please clarify? For example if I want to say: I ...
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Unterschied zwischen “Angestellte”, “Beamte” und “Arbeitnehmer” [closed]

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen: Beamte Angestellte Arbeitnehmer
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when we use an dem Platz und auf dem Platz (difference)

Ich habe diese Sätze gefunden : Wo ist bitte das Cafe? - Das ist an dem Rosenplatz. Wo ist der Markt? - Auf dem Kirchplatz.
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Deutsche Wörter für “cheap”

Du gehst einkaufen und du hast wenig Geld. Ich kenne drei Wörter, die du für cheap Waren und/oder Geschäfte du benutzen könnest. billig preiswert günstig Welchen Unterschied gibt es ...
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“suchen” vs. “schnellsuche” for a search feature on a website

I have typically seen "suchen" and "suche" but have also ran into "schnellsuche". Is there a time when you would use one over the other? and what are some of the differences in how formal ...