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

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Wie würde man “easy come, easy go” übersetzen?

Meine Kinder haben mich gestern nach der Bedeutung von "easy come, easy go" im Text der Bohemian Rhapsody von Queen gefragt. Dort heißt es: I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm ...
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“Could” phrases

As far as I know the word could is the subjunctive of "can/to be able to" which translates to "können". However I'm not sure about the subjunctive of "können", and how it affects German sentence ...
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What is the way to describe final exams?

What is the way to describe final exams? If want to describe my final exams at the end of my semester at university, what's the noun for "final exams"? Between my unreliable dictionary and Google ...
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How do I tell somebody to “get to work”?

Does "get to work" (imperative) translate directly, or is there another way of saying this?
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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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Was wäre eine gute Übersetzung für “Mince Pie” oder “Pickles”?

Was wäre eine gute Übersetzung für "Mince Pie" oder "Pickles"? (nicht Saure Gurken)
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What is a power clean called in German?

The barbell exercise called power clean is similar to a regular clean (umsetzen), but caught higher. What is it called in German? See also: a video of a power clean.
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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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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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Equivalent of “What would you do in my shoes” in German?

How would you state it? Are there alternatives? If the expression does exist, where does it come from?
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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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Ein digitales Foto “teilen” (vom Englischen to share)

Meistens wird das Englische "to share" mit dem Verb "teilen" plump in das Deutsche übersetzt. Im Englischen wird das Verb "to share" dafür verwendet wenn man zum Beispiel ein digitales Foto jemand ...
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Is there a translation for “solitary work” without negative connotation (side meaning)?

I am translating a text about somebody who did "solitary and theoretical work". I assume "solitary" is here used as opposite to "in a team", so "einsam" or "alleine" would not do. How would you ...
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“Dibs” im Deutschen?

Im Englischen gibt es den Ausdruck "to have dibs on sth.", auch einfach als Ausruf "Dibs!" gebraucht, der bedeutet, dass man ein Vorrecht auf eine bestimmte Sache beansprucht. "Dibs" ist ein Wort der ...
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How would you translate “to judge someone” to German?

In English, "to judge someone" often implies a negative opinion, as in "Don't judge me!". Is there a German equivalent for this? How would you translate the example? My dictionary gives "jmdn. ...
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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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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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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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“Magnanimous” auf Deutsch, und eine kleine Email

I would like to ask my work colleagues if they are interested in donating some portion of their time by participating in this fantastic site. To that end, I wanted to write something tongue-in-cheek ...
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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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How is the cliched plot device of 'not realising a Dr. is female' interpreted in German, where it would be obvious?

In English the title "Doctor" is the same whether or not the person is male/female, but in German there are two different words for this.
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Is there a German analog for the English expression, “It's not rocket science”?

I never heard Raketenwissenschaft in this context in Germany. Is this a case of anglicism, or are there better suited German synonyms for this expression?
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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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“Scheiße ist Bargeld”

I know the title is a bit rude, but that's exactly what my question is about. The title is what Google Translate recommends as the German equivalent of "shit is cash". I've often seen the expression ...
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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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Busy-ness, angry-ness; is there a simple German suffix rule to make an adjective a noun?

Normally, the -ness and -ty suffixes seem to be translated to -heit or -keit. But for busy-ness ("Beschäftigkeit"?), angriness ("Wutigkeit"?) and further "-ness" words it apparently isn't used. In the ...
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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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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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Translation of John Doe

(At least) in America, not yet identified dead persons are named "John (or Jane) Doe". If you read of a John/Jane Doe, then you know that this is a still unknown dead man/woman. Does any similar ...
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Translation of clusterfuck

I am a little confused to ask this question here. I mean this question objectively. In search of English synonyms for the word "disaster", I came across the word "clusterfuck". clusterfuck ...
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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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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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What is a good German translation for the verb “to plateau”?

What is a good German translation for the verb "to plateau"? I tried searching around, but it seems that online dictionaries such as dict.cc only recognize Plateau as a noun. If I wanted to say ...