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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What is the equivalent of “boyfriend” in German?

In English when a man is in a relationship with another man, he can say he's his boyfriend. In German, saying "Freund" when both are of the same sex is usually understood to mean the equivalent of ...
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“zum Zahnarzt” or “zur Zahnärztin” for female dentist?

I'm going to see the dentist today. If the dentist is female, should I say (a) Ich gehe heute zur Zahnärztin. or (b) Ich gehe heute zum Zahnarzt. I think (a) should be the correct ...
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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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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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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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Translation of “I couldn't care less”

What would be the closest translation to the sentence "I couldn't care less." It is similar in meaning to Es ist mir egal. (It doesn't matter to me) but I think it's not quite the same. ...
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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 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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Is there any other way to say “I don't care” in German

Is there any other phrase to express "Das ist mir egal" (I don't care) in German?
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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Übersetzung von “Guess what!”

Guess what! I met your sister yesterday! Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? Würde die direkte Übersetzung Rate mal! Ich habe gestern auf deine Schwester getroffen! funktionieren? Was ...
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Translation of “I find my job exciting”

I find my job exciting. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? Ich finde meine Arbeit aufregend. Die vorgeschlagenen Übersetzungen von exciting sind aufregend, sensationell, reizvoll, spannend ...
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Translation of “It could have worked”

You suggested an idea to your boss to solve a problem that your team was facing. Your boss ignored your idea, and instead implemented her own idea. It failed. You would like to say to your friend that ...
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Translation of “wish you all the best”

I wish you all the best for the upcoming year. Would it be idiomatic to say Ich wünsche dir all das Beste für das kommende Jahr. ? A close and natural translation would be Ich wünsche ...
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How to say “May your new year be full of happiness”?

It's New Year Day, and you want to wish your friend May your new year be full of happiness and success. Do you say Möge dein neues Jahr voller Glück und Erfolg sein ? I'm not sure if ...
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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 ...