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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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When to use “wenn” and when to use “als”?

I’d like to know the differences between als and wenn when I want to talk about an specific time. When should I use them? In what situations would one of them be nonsense?
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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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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 ...
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“Empfehlungen” vs “testimonial”

When a client gave us content from their German website, they seemed to use the word "Empfehlungen" as the label on a tab for the page that features testimonials. Is that correct? I ask because when I ...
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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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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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“Begriff” vs. “Konzept” [closed]

Das Konzept des Lernens der deutschen Sprache ist schwieriger zu lernen als das von Spanisch. The concept of learning the german language is harder than learning Spanish Can one substitute ...
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“An der Schule” or “in der Schule”?

I've seen a sentence like Ich habe Deutsch an der Schule gelernt. instead of Ich habe Deutsch in der Schule gelernt. Why is the preposition "an" used? Does it have something to do with ...
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“Anfassen” and “berühren”

I would like to know which of the two verbs is used to tell someone that you're serious about not being touched. If he touches you the second time, something's going to happen to him. Someone told me ...
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Difference between “etwas in den Griff bekommen” and “sich an etwas gewöhnen” [closed]

What is the difference between the two phrases: etwas in den Griff bekommen Ich muss das Auto in den Griff bekommen. sich an etwas gewöhnen. Ich fange an mich an dieses kalte Wetter zu ...
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What are the differences between the german nouns for 'event'?

There are many nouns that describe an event, occation, or happenings They all can be translated to either; * der Anlass * das Geschehen * das Geschehnis * das Ereignis * die Veranstaltung How do ...
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“sparen” and “einsparen”

What is the difference between sparen and einsparen? Consider the sentence below: Die britische Regierung muss 2014 weitere 30 Milliarden Euro einsparen, sagt Finanzminister George Osborne. Er ...
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Can “Beziehungsweise” be used as an alternative to “sonst”?

Komm jetzt aus dem Schlafzimmer heraus und iss, beziehungsweise wirst du nicht ins DieTotenHosen-Konzert gehen! Komm jetzt aus dem Schlafzimmer heraus und iss, sonst wirst du nicht ins ...
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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 prepositions go with “Interview”?

Auf einem Interview mit Revolverheld. In einer Interview mit Revolverheld. I read in einem Interview alot, but not as much as auf einem Interview and auf is the same as bei. Can one also say ...
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“Streng gegen jmdn” or “Streng mit jmdm”?

What is the difference between streng mit jmdm and streng gegen jmdn: Ich bin streng damit, dass ich mein Haus sauber halte. Er ist streng dagegen, dass seine Freundin mit ihren Freunden ...
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“Erledigen” and “machen”

What is the difference between erledigen and machen? Is one more formal and the other isn't? Ich erledige morgen meine Einkäufe. Er macht am Abend seine Hausaufgaben.
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What is the difference between “vergehen” and “aussterben”?

Ohne Wasser werden die Pflanzen aussterben. Ohne Wasser werden die Pflanzen vergehen. Are aussterben and vergehen interchangeable?
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Difference between “besichtigen” and “besuchen”

What is the difference between besichtigen and besuchen? Wir haben viele Museen besichtigt. Ich werde morgen Berlin besuchen.