Übersetzung Englisch nach Deutsch - Questions on translations from English to German.

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Wie sage ich “used to do” auf Deutsch?

Wie übersetzt man "used to do s.th." ins Deutsche? Ich habe früher etwas regelmäßig getan, was ich jetzt nicht mehr tue. Gibt es eine bestimmte Verbform im Deutschen, die das ausdrückt?
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How do I ask for my coffee “for here”?

In a coffee shop, you can say, for example, "einen Kaffee zum Mitnehmen, bitte" to say that you want your coffee "to go". What is an idiomatic way to instead ask for your coffee "for here", meaning ...
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Continuing situations in German

In English I'm often using the word still to emphasize I'm in a continuing situation. For example I still haven't done my Christmas shopping. It is still raining here. I hope the film will ...
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How to say web addresses and version numbers in German?

In English, for example, "http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/ask" and "Windows 8.1" are read aloud as: H T T P COLON DOUBLE SLASH german DOT stackexchange DOT com SLASH questions SLASH ...
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How should I say “an empty file” in German?

I want to tell someone the file which is being sent is "empty", Maybe the proper translation of empty is "leer" and I found: Leerdatei : dummy file Is it the correct usage? While dummy is not ...
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What do you call being “on hold” on the telephone in German?

In the situation that someone (in the room) might ask you, Sind Sie am Telefon? and I am indeed on a call but being on hold, and thus I can still speak while waiting to be put through, I'd like ...
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What is the German equivalent to “to keep under someone's thumb”?

What is the German equivalent to the idiom under someone's thumb. Even if not exactly, is there any phrase having similar meaning?
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Wie heisst “kitchen island” auf Deutsch?

Wie bezeichnet man ein kitchen island auf Deutsch? Ein kitchen island ist eine Art Schrank in der Mitte der Küche. Manche kitchen islands haben einen Herd eingebaut, andere nur Schränke. Sie werden ...
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Is it possible to have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause?

Can one have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause? What I want to write in English is this: The economic crisis which started in 2007 resulted in mergers and state intervention, which ...
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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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German words for different cleaning agents (shampoo, body wash, detergent, etc.)

I've been trying to look up words for shampoo, conditioner, detergent, etc. However, I've only a few months of German under my belt and cannot distinguish the nuances between words that the ...
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Wie übersetzt man 'Oh, a fellow Swiss'?

"Oh, ein Schweizer" sagt, dass der andere ein Schweizer ist, aber nicht dass man selber einer ist. Gibts solch eine Formulierung? "Ich bin auch Schweizer" ist eine Möglichkeit, hat den Fokus ...
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Differenzierte Übersetzung für “ill” und “sick”

Beides lässt sich mit "krank" übersetzen, aber wie schaut es mit Sätzen aus, in denen beide vorkommen und eine leicht andere Bedeutung haben, die wichtig für den Satz ist?
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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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Gibt es ein deutsches Pendant zur englischen Wendung «writ large»?

In der englischen Sprache gibt es die Wendung «writ large», die normalerweise so benutzt wird: Switzerland is a democracy writ large. oder The State is the organization of robbery writ ...
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What is the translation of the following citation

Recently, I found a citation in a signature of someone on codeproject: As programmers go, I'm fairly social. Which still means I'm a borderline sociopath by normal standards. I would ...
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Translation of IT term “code folding”

I am translating the user interface of a text editor into German. This editor has "code folding" capabilities, i.e. fold (=hide) and unfold (=reveal) sections of code, usually defined by structural ...
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How does one say “Politically Correct” in German?

My question is whether "politisch korrekt" conveys the same meaning as "politically correct" does in English or is there another term that describes this better?
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Translation of “to maintain a skill”

I haven't been able to find an obvious translation for to maintain a skill. There are three verbs I've come across that seem like they could do that job: Halten Erhalten Aufrechterhalten But I ...
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Translation of “intervention” as in “orchestrated attempt by family and friends to give someone help with an addiction.”

The English word "intervention" can have the following meaning (taken from wikipedia): An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get ...
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Was sind “Attributions” auf Deutsch?

Ich bin aktuell an der Internationalisierung eines Open-Source-Projektes beteiligt. Unter anderem muss ich das Wort "Attributions" übersetzen. Dieses Wort wird als Titelzeile für die rechtlich ...
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What's the German name for an equal spacing divider?

What is the German name for this tool? It is used to divide lengths into equal sections. In English it is called an equal spacing divider. It is used in engineering.
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What is the accurate translation of “stands to reason” within a “logical” context?

Taking the following example: It stands to reason that most people will not buy a new car if they don't think they can pay for it. The "stands to reason" could be replaced by "logical" as in: ...
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What is an accurate translation for “I just wanted to run this by you…”?

I'm after a (hopefully idiomatic) translation of: "I just wanted to run this (thing) by you." The typical context is that you think of something which you want somebody else's opinion on, or ...
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Übersetzung für “badger cull”

Der “badger cull” oder auch “- culling” beschreibt die systematische Jagd auf Dachse, um deren Population drastisch zu minimieren (siehe Link für weitere Details). Ich habe allerdings Schwierigkeiten, ...
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How to say 'learn by ear' in German?

In English we say someone can learn by ear when speaking of music or language. Is there a German equivalent?
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“n/a” in German?

How would one say n/a (not applicable) in German? The only guesses I can come up with are fehlendor nicht verfügbar, but they don't have the exact meaning of n/a. Also, how would you abbreviate the ...
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“irgendwo hinfliegen” oder “irgendwohin fliegen”

I think he will fly somewhere next week, but I can't remember where. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? (a) Ich glaube, er wird nächste Woche irgendwo hinfliegen, aber ich kann mich nicht ...
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What is the accurate translation of “Best Regards” to finish a letter?

To finish up a letter addressed to a client, I use Best Regards, followed by my signature. I've looked around for a direct translation, and came up with: ...
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“Finder will be rewarded” in German?

I want to translate the phrase Finder will be rewarded. to German. Somehow there is no dictionary on the net which contained the phrase. I am looking for a metaphorical equivalent.
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Comparing German words for different contexts of “commute” to mean traveling to work?

I am writing an article about commuting. So far the words I have found are more related to the word "commute" in a scientific context: pendeln , umwandeln, and verwandeln Which makes me asks if ...
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Prägnante Übersetzung von engl. “views” (wie in “42 views of this post”)

Ich suche nach einem kurzen und prägnanten Begriff für "view", wie er in Internet-Foren und auch hier auf StackExchange verwendet wird. This post has 42 views. "Ansichten" erscheint mir etwas ...
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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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Difference in translation by capitalizing the first letter in 'How are you' [closed]

I translated 'how are you' on Google translate and it gave me the response 'wie geht es dir'. On the other hand, when I translated 'How are you' (making the H capital), the translation became 'Wie ...
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Suitable translation of “you guys” or “you lot”

What's the suitable translation of "you guys" or "you lot"? For example, "Are you lot coming over on Friday?" e.g. informal, you and your friends/family
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Is “thou” the English equivalent of “Sie”?

I've always wondered this. Yes, it means "you" but it must directly translate into a more formal "you," correct?
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Is there a word for a book adapted to a comic? Similar to “Comicverfilmung”?

I’m looking for a word that may or may not exist. The German word for a comic adapted to a film is Comicverfilmung (for regular books it’s Buchverfilmung). I am looking for the word for a book ...
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How would one say that he has “finished” something?

A lot of times, I notice that things are worded differently in German than they would be in English. If you translate word for word, the resulting German sentence is awkward. One case of this seems ...
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Wie kann ich “swipe” am besten übersetzen?

Ich übersetze eine Bedienungsanleitung, aber ich finde keine gute Übersetzung für das Wort "to swipe". Es handelt sich hierbei um "swipe on the screen up or down ...", wie man es von der Benutzung ...
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Translation of “the 45th most beautiful city”

For "the second/third beautiful city, we can write Die zweitschönste Stadt and Die drittschönste Stadt What about the 45th most beautiful city? We can probably write Die 45. schönste ...
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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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How do you say “The Swiss do it better”

How do you say "The Swiss do it better" in German? In the sense of a magazine title or similar. Possibly a little bit arrogant. ;)
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Deutsches Wort für “adjacent possible”

Ich habe ein englisches Buch gelesen (Cal Newport, So good they can’t ignore you), in dem mehrfach der Begriff adjacent possible auftaucht. Soweit ich verstanden habe ist es der nächste Schritt nach ...
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How do you say “act on” in a quantum-mechanical context in German?

My German is pretty good but I know very little of the terminology in Quantum Mechanics. In Quantum Mechanics one often say something like the momentum operator p acts on the ket |ψ>. How ...
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Why in Harry Potter didn't they translate 'Mister' as 'Herr'?

e.g. 'Mister Potter' Shouldn't this have been 'Herr Potter'? Is this a modern thing, English dubbed into German thing or...?
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German idiom similar to “to put the whole matter into a nutshell”?

Do similar figure of speech exist in German or should one translate it literally? "Ein Fazit ziehen" seems to make sense, but seems to be better used as a heading with colon. "Fazit:"
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Wie sagt man “This is a reach” auf Deutsch?

Auf ELL bin ich vorhin über die Phrase "This is a reach" gestolpert. Here - and this is a reach - but it could technically be understood to mean that my mother thinks this girl is the prettiest I ...
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How to translate “single-threaded” in a software documentation?

As the question states... how would you translate "single-threaded" in a software documentation? "Einzel-gethreaded" sounds kinda weird to me. The sentence I like to translate is the following: ...
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Übersetzung von “in July next year”

The event will be held in July next year. Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? (a) Die Veranstaltung wird im Juli nächstes Jahr stattfinden. (b) Die Veranstaltung wird im Juli vom ...