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

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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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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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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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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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why is here “Namen” instead of “Name” [closed]

99 Prozent der Anwälte geben dem Rest einen schlechten Namen. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. Edit: Shouldn't it be "einen schlechten Name", if this is accusative. Why is -n added?
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In an academic context, does the German “Artikel” mean the same as the English “article” or “paper”?

Doing my PhD in England, I have barely talked about research in German, which is my mother tongue. In English, a publication in a journal is usually called a paper, or more formally, an article. When ...
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Comparison of German words describing various degrees of a romantic relationship

Among some of the words that I have been running into are Beziehungen which I understand to be the general translation for the word relationship. Verhältnis which in some places seems to mean a ...
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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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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 ...
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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 “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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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 do Germans refer to an object whose noun is unknown?

For example, suppose a German native is walking on a road but does not know the word "die Straße" (so she also doesn't know the noun gender). She then points down at the road says, "I walk on it." ...
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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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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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Übersetzung von “paper accepted for publication in journal”

His paper was recently accepted for publication in the journal Science. Wie kann man diesen Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? Mein Versuch: Sein Paper wurde kürzlich zur Veröffentlichung im ...
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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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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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Examples when English 'is' becomes deutsch 'haben' [closed]

I've learned, the hard way, you can't just say "'are' you hungry?" or "how late 'are' you open?" - the German version of these sentences are made with haben. Are there any rules or rules of thumb ...
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What is the German equivalent of “about” (as in “about this site”)

I’m translating a website into German, even though I don’t know German. Anyway. In English websites you often find the word about in the navigation section, or similarly in other applications; ...
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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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German idiom similar to “to put the whole matter into a nutshell”?

Does similar figure of speech exist in German or should one translate to put the whole matter into a nutshell literally? Ein Fazit ziehen seems to make sense, but seems to be better used as a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 you say “your heart skips a beat” in German?

Ben walked into the room and her heart skipped a beat. Ben betrat das Schlafzimmer und sie wurde überrascht. How do you say "your heart skips a beat" in German? Can I use "überraschen" in this ...
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How do you translate “on it”, “onto it”, “in it”, and “into it” in conversational German?

Suppose a person is walking toward a road. Right before she steps onto the road, she points at the road and says, "I walk onto it." As she continues walking on the road, she points down at the road ...
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Can you use “brauchen” for “need to”?

In English, need to and must are basically the same thing. Kann man dafür brauchen sagen? Oder muss man müssen benutzen? (Can you say brauchen? Or must you use müssen?) 1) Ich brauche zu essen., ...
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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 “wish you all the best”

I wish you all the best for the upcoming year. Would it be idiomatic to say the following? Ich wünsche dir all das Beste für das kommende Jahr. A close and natural translation would be ...
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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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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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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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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 ...