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

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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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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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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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“I should be…” Constructions

I'm not fully sure of how to go about conveying the meaning of sentences like "I should be going to bed now" or "He should be speaking decent English". I think part of my problem may stem from the ...
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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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How do you say “I +1'ed you” in German?

How to say: I +1'ed you in German in the context of SE sites where you upvote someone's post?
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Englische Worte in deutscher Grammatik - aber wie?

Tagtäglich benutzt man Worte aus dem Englischen im Deutschen, gerade im IT-Umfeld, aus dem ich stamme, sind sie allgegenwärtig. Bei Nomen ist der Begriff selbst unverändert, hier stellt sich nur die ...
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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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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'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 “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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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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“Fast” in “Ich habe den Fehler fast gemacht.”

I want to say I almost made the mistake. Is it correct to say Ich habe den Fehler fast gemacht. ? I'm not sure about the adverb "fast" here, since it is modifying the verb "gemacht" (as ...
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How are words categorized into masculine, feminine and neutral

Recently, while learning German I came across the articles der, die and das. which are used to indicate the gender of a noun. So, categorizing the words into masculine, feminine and neutral ...
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How do I say “anyway” in German? [closed]

How do I say "anyway" in German? I wanna say it in this context: A: Lass uns morgen an den Strand gehen und viel Spass haben! B: Ja, wir können meine Schwester und ihre Freunde einladen, ja? ...
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Genitive preposition “wegen” and personal pronouns

I am wondering how to correctly form a genitive construction in German while translating a sentence from English to German. For example: English: It is broken because of you. German: Es ...