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

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Wie sage ich „I brush their teeth“?

Ich möchte ausdrücken, dass ich morgens die Zähne meiner Töchter putze (sie sind 5 und 7 Jahre alt). Sage ich Ich putze ihnen die Zähne oder Ich putze ihre Zähne?
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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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A general way to add emphasis on words, actions, or people

I am looking for a way to emphasise words to put emphasis on words, actions, or people similar to the British English word bloody: This man is a bloody thief! Dieser Mann ist ein [?] Dieb!
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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 ...
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Modal verbs: correspondence German - English

Coming across the six modal verbs in the German language, I've put them in correspondence (1:1) with English ones (or similar English verbs used in conjunction with main verbs): 1a. müssen --> ...
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multiple subordinate clauses in one sentence

I have difficulty translating this into German: "The people who are crazy enough to believe that they can change the world, usually change the world" My problem lies with using "die" and "dass" in ...
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Deutsches Wort für »Main Theme« (Titelmusik eines Videospiels)

Ich suche eine gute Übersetzung für den englischen Begriff main theme. Diese Bezeichnung findet man besonders im Internet häufig für die Titelmusik eines Films oder Videospiels; bspw. wäre Dragonborn ...
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„Tail“ in der Statistik

Im Englischen gibt es tail für die beiden Enden einer Wahrscheinlichkeitsverteilung. Gibt es dafür eine Übersetzung? Z. B.: The probability distribution has a long tail. Wenn ich das wörtlich ...
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How to translate “mountain studies” or “island studies”?

Consider the entities Center on Mountains Studies and Center on Islands Studies at a hypothetical (American) university. Mountains studies and islands studies are fields of study that cover issues of ...
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What's a good translation for “outcome measures”?

For example in the sentence: Outcome measures for this study include three-year-survival rate and relapse.
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run-on sentence

What is a proper German translation for the term "run-on sentence?" I found Band­wurm­satz, but Duden notes that this is scherzhaft, abwertend. Is there a professional word for the concept that could ...
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“non-blocking” Im Deutschen mit oder ohne Bindestrich?

Es gibt im Message Passing Interface (kurz MPI) blocking und non-blocking Operationen. Schreibt man im Deutschen dann, blockierende und nicht-blockierende Operationen? Oder doch ohne Bindestrich "...
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How can we translate “Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)” into German?

I'd like to know how should we translate "Don't be a wuss (or cry-baby)" into German? Which of these options would be the correct one?
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What is the German term for “Financial capital”?

I’d like to know the German term for a financial capital (city), e.g. London, Hong Kong, Frankfurt. I’d like to say: Frankfurt ist Europas _________ .
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How to say “to handover a telephone receiver” in German?

If I receive a call for my friend and he/she is sitting beside me, what should I say in German? In English, I'd say: Just hold on while I give him/her the receiver. or Just hold on, I'll ...
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“Every two years” auf Deutsch

Wie sagt man "every two years" auf Deutsch? Zum Beispiel, This event takes place every two years. Ist es (a) Diese Veranstaltung findet jede zwei Jahre statt. (b) Diese Veranstaltung ...
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Übersetzung von “Goodness knows we need it”

Wie übersetzt man die Phrase Goodness knows we need it. ins Deutsche? Ein Beispiel von der Verwendung dieser Phrase: We are reaching out to tomorrow's scientists: with three decades of ...
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Adapting a Quote in Old English Style

I'd like to give someone a gift (who speaks German, and is also a fountain pen user) and include a quote from S.B.R.E. Brown (podcast here) written down with my own calligraphy. The problem is that I'...
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Übersetzung von “let me drop everything to work on your problem”

Die wörtliche Übersetzung von Let me drop everything to work on your problem! ist Lass mich alles fallenlassen, um an deinem Problem zu arbeiten! Ich finde das doppelte "lassen" unschön. ...
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How do you say “I was driving when it happened.” seeing as German has no Progressive Tense?

I'm confused because I know German does not have Progressive Tenses as English does. So how do you get around the "-ing" part?
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What should be correct translation for “it's me”?

As far as my little German goes, translation for this should be - Es ist Ich. But here it says - Ich bin's. Is my translation correct ?
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Chatty expression in German

There are chatty expressions in English, like in the middle of a conversation someone says: [Getting angry] Does it work the same in German? as in [sauer werden] Or such a thing isn't ...
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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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Translation of “He has been allowed to dance, but I haven't.”

There are two versions that are possible: 1) Er hat tanzen dürfen, aber ich habe nicht gedurft. 2) Er hat tanzen dürfen, aber ich habe nicht dürfen. Which one is correct? (Updated: '...
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How to ask German student to homecoming?

I want to ask one of the foreign German guys to homecoming. I found different quotes but I don't know which one is correct. So how should I write the note to ask him? "Will you go to homecoming with ...
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How do I say 'For God's sake' in German?

How do I say 'For God's sakes' in German? Um Gottes willen, warum bist du hingegangen? Are there other alternatives for it?
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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith — Order 66

There is a scene in the third episode of Star Wars in which Darth Sidious says Execute Order Sixty-Six. What would be the best way to translate this into German? I am thinking of using ...
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Proper usage of “Entschuldigung”

I'm currently on the German course on Duolingo (trying to learn) and am a little confused about some of the Duolingo translation. It says that Entschuldigung means both excuse me and sorry. If this is ...
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Habitual past vs simple past

How would the translation of the habitual past He would visit the beach everyday differ from the one of the simple past He visited the beach everyday? when translating those sentences to ...
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“Because of” construction in German

Trying to translate the following sentence, I wondered how the construction is formed in German: There was a delay because of technical problems. I'd say: ... technischer Probleme gab es ...
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Difference between “einfach” and “nur”

I was wondering what the difference between einfach and nur is. einfach = just, simply nur = just, simply, only What other differences in usage are there?
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Gender of “Weisen” in “Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen”

The title of the first Harry Potter book is "Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen". (English: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) I noticed that "Weise" is a noun that declines as an ...
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Lernen bei jdm. vs Lernen mit jdm

I want to say that it was very interesting with you(my teacher) to learn German. What is the difference? What's better and right? My option - Es war sehr interessant, (bei dir)/(mit dir) Deutsch zu ...
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Entwerten literal meaning

I am not that good at German, but correct me if I am wrong, 'entwerten' is to do with validating your ticket on public transport. When you look into the meaning of the word, it is 'devalue'. I was ...
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Wie sagt man „by design“ auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man auf Deutsch by design? Zum Beispiel: the back cover of the CD is absent by design Google Translate empehlt „von Entwurf“ und „nach Design“, aber ich glaub ihm nicht.
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»Point of interest« auf Deutsch

Hat jemand eine Idee, wie man POI / Point of interest kurz und knackig ins Deutsche übersetzen kann? Es handelt sich um Orte, die vor allem in Navigationssystemen als »Orte vom besonderen Interesse« ...
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How to translate “Split, merge, done.” into German?

I have a software application that uses a grid system for layout. In this grid system, the user can split and merge rows and columns. I have this phrase in English (to show how fast the operations ...
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Translation of “get stuck in traffic”

How would you translate In this city it is normal that one gets stuck in traffic for hours. I have problem with "get stuck in traffic": In dieser Stadt ist es normal, dass man stundenlang im ...
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How do I say “on her/his/their mother/father's side” in German?

How do I say "She looks like her aunts on her mother's side"? Sie sieht wie ihre Tanten mütterlicherseits aus. I cannot use mütterlicherseits in this case because that would mean "on my mother'...
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Translation of the idiom “no harm, no foul” in German

Do similar figure of speech exist in German or should one translate it literally?
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Is “Diskursabfolge” a real word that is understood?

My email software GroupWise has an option to display a discussion thread. This option is named "Diskursabfolge" in the German language version. Googling for this term revealed 168 hits only, half of ...
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German word for “Binge TV watching ending depression”

Germany has a wonderful ability to make compound words for things not found in other language. There is a modern experience I would like to know how to say with a German word. Binge TV Watching ...
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Übersetzung von “one of the very best”

Wie würde man den folgenden Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Heidelberg is one of the very best cities in Germany. Ohne das Wort "very" würde ich sagen: "Heidelberg ist eine der besten Städte ...
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How to translate “again” from English?

I took a German course a few years ago, and the instructor said to be careful about using "wieder" to mean "again" in all contexts that you would in English. If I remember correctly, "wieder" ...
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Do people say “You're just being paranoid” in German?

"You're just being paranoid" is a very common put-down in English, used to dismiss people who are concerned about being treated unfairly. I wonder if people say the same thing in German. I have to ...
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How to say “to be stuck with a problem”?

I work at a German company and today I got stuck working on a problem and I am still not done with it. I want to express that to my boss, and I am looking for a word or phrase for being stuck with a ...
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how to work out the case of a segement

I'm getting better at working out the case I should use in many sentences but I thought of a sentence like: Here is our dog would our dog all be in the accusative case because it is the argument ...
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“I call bullshit” – German counterpart?

I cannot come up with a good German counter-part to: I call bullshit. Some things I pondered so far include: Das ist Blödsinn. So’n Blödsinn. My problem is that these directly refer ...
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Übersetzung von Doppel “to” in “to make this question harder to get correctly”

To make this exam question harder for the students to get correctly, I've added a few words. Wie kann man diesen Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Um diese Prüfungsfrage schwieriger für die ...
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The Germans words for “resolve” that carry the context of resolving conflict in social interactions

During my research when I was attempting to interpret "resolve conflicts quickly" I found a few words that indicate resolving. The translation that I previously had was Konflikte zu lösen schnell ...