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

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What is the difference between Merkmal, Eigenschaft and Charakter?

Merkmal, Eigenschaft and Charakter all seem to mean character. I’ve seen Eigenschaft most often used in relation to science, for example perhaps in describing different types of stone, minerals and ...
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Changes in meaning for different positions of “sich”?

From Der Spiegel: In ihren Vorstellungen bastelten die Westler sich einen Ostdeutschen zurecht, der so fremd war, dass man mit dem gar nicht wiedervereinigt sein wollte. It is also possible to ...
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Difference between “den ganzen Tag” and “den ganzen Tag über”?

Both "den ganzen Tag" and "den ganzen Tag über" means "all day". Is there any difference in connotation? Is it perhaps that "den ganzen Tag über" gives an impression similar to "all day long", i.e., ...
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What are differences between “fließend” and “verhandlungssicher”?

Filling in a questionnaire, in different languages, after picking a language up, you get 4 options : Basiswissen fließend verhandlungssicher Muttersprache So, how are "fließend" and ...
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“einmal in der Woche” vs. “einmal die Woche”

Is there a difference between the following? einmal in der Woche einmal die Woche Google Translate suggests the first one, yet I wonder if the second can be used synonymously.
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Difference between “häufig”, “gewöhnlich” and “üblich”

Looking them up in dictionaries gave me this: häufig – frequent, common gewöhnlich – ordinary, common, habitual, normal, usual üblich – common, usual, ordinary, normal. I looked online for ...
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'hilfsbereit' vs. 'hilfreich'

Die netten Menschen am Zoll sind immer sehr _____. a) hilfsbereit b) hilfreich I think "hilfsbereit" should work, and the sentence would mean that the nice people at customs are always ready ...
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Distinction between “bewölkt” and “bedeckt”

While I read some story I found two terms that confusing me: Bewölkt and bedeckt. Both of them are same to me, or I am wrong. Is there any distinction?
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Difference between “umgezogen” and “verzogen”

What is the difference between "umgezogen" and "verzogen"? Or is it just the same? Especially "umgezogen nach" and "verzogen nach" seem to be exactly the same. Just the combination with "unbekannt" ...
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Difference between “treffen” and “treffen auf”

Is there a difference between treffen and treffen auf in the meaning of to meet sb/sth? The dictionary simply translates both as to meet in this meaning.
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What's the difference in usage between “machen” and “tun”?

Is there any rules or guidelines when to use which one? Du darfst mir nicht sagen, was ich machen soll. or Du darfst mir nicht sagen, was ich tun soll. I find a big overlap in their usage: ...
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Difference between “täglich” and “tagtäglich”

Both "täglich" and "tagtäglich" means "every day". Is there any difference between the two? From Duden: täglich jeden Tag (vor sich gehend, wiederkehrend) (veraltet) alltäglich and ...
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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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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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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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Unterschied zwischen pflegen und betreuen

Welchen Unterschied gibt es zwischen den Verben pflegen und betreuen? Ich habe zwei Fehler in meinem Test: Die Blumen meiner Mutter wachsen so gut, weil sie sie intensiv betreut. Carola ist ...
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Differences between “weg” (away) and “Weg” (way)

As you can see in the title the words "weg" and "Weg" confused me somehow. Is the only difference between them the upper-/lowercase writing?
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Meaning of “auf geht's” and “los geht's”

Do "Los geht's" and "Auf geht's" mean "let's go"? Willst du ins Kino? Los geht's/ auf geht's!
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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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überlassen vs. verlassen

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen überlassen und verlassen? Ist die Bedeutung von überlassen wie surrender im Englischen und von verlassen wie leave sommething behind? Die Frage ist mir bei folgendem ...
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Unterschied zwischen “Rufnummer” und “Telefonnummer”?

Gibt es einen Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen Rufnummer und Telefonnummer?
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When would you use “kommen”, “ankommen”, or “eintreffen”?

I was talking with my partner about when he would be arriving home and when our guest would be arriving. I didn't know the word for "arrive" and Google translate didn't provide much enlightenment. I ...
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Sind o. ä. und o. Ä. unterschiedlich?

Ich glaube, dass o. Ä. mit Substanstiv und o. ä. mit Adjektiv benutzt wird. Aber Wiktionarys Beispiele tun dies nicht. Sind o. ä. und o. Ä. unterschiedlich?
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When to use “gegen etwas werfen” and “auf etw. werfen”?

Ich werfe kleine Steinchen auf das Fenster, eins nach dem anderen. Ich werfe kleine Steinchen gegen das Fenster, eins nach dem anderen. I am throwing small stones at window one after the ...
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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 '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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What's the difference between “untersuchen” and “analysieren”?

What is the difference between analysieren and untersuchen? Ich untersuche den Fall Nicole Smith. Ich analysiere den Fall Nicole Smith.
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Unterschied zwischen “irgendeine Frage” vs “irgendwelche Fragen”

I recently came across these two forms of the following sentence: Bitte sagen Sie uns Bescheid, wenn Sie irgendeine Frage haben Bitte sagen Sie uns Bescheid, wenn Sie irgendwelche Fragen ...
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What's the difference between “instabil” and “unstabil”?

Question What's the difference between instabil and unstabil? Elaboration I always use instabil, but hear other people also use unstabil. I assumed unstabil was wrong, but Duden has an entry for ...
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Unterschied zwischen “auf etwas ankommen” und “von etwas abhängen”

(Aus der Zeitung) Frage: Welche Rolle spielt die Lebensdauer von Produkten für Konsumenten bei der Kaufentscheidung? Antwort: (Es) kommt auf das Produkt an. Könnte die Antwort auch ...
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“Kontakt” vs. “Impressum”

I am building a contact page for a website that caters to a German audience and was wondering which word makes more sense for a "contact us" page. I was browsing various websites in Germany and ...
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Unterschied zwischen “wirken als ob” und “aussehen als ob”

Es wirkt fast so, als habe Linklater (ein Name) das unauffälligste Kind gewählt, das er finden konnte. Mason (ein Name) selbst wirkt in jeder Szene, als sei er nie ganz da. Er ist mir ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “drehen” und “umdrehen”?

Kann jemand den Unterschied zwischen den beiden kurz erklären? Sagt man "Das Auto dreht" oder "Das Auto dreht sich". Gibt es einen Unterschied?
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...
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What's the difference between “ausziehen” vs “ablegen”?

Sie zieht den Mantel und die Handschuhe aus. Er legt den Mantel ab. What is the difference between these two words?
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What's the difference between “treiben” and “trieben”?

Is there any difference between treiben and trieben? According to my dictionary, they have the same meaning, so are they just the same word written in a little different way? What about the compound ...
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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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“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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“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 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?