Förmlichkeit - Questions on formal speech or writing.

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How to accept a contact request on a social networking site from higher ranked people?

My first idea were some like so: "Es ist eine große Ehre mit Ihnen in Kontakt zu treten." Is it ok? What would you say? P.s. he is much more older as me.
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Dankbarkeit für Öffnen eines Geschäfts ausdrücken [closed]

Ich möchte mich mit einem Brief bei einem Restaurant bedanken, das nur zur Sommersaison offen hat. Im Normalfall würde ich einfach sagen: Danke fürs Aufmachen. Ich denke im sprachlichen Gebrauch ...
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“Thank you for your consideration” am Ende eines Bewerbungsschreibens

So könnte das Ende eines englischen Bewerbungsschreibens aussehen: Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John Doe Auf deutsch fällt mir nur ein Mit freundlichen Grüßen, ...
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When to use 'Entschuldigen Sie'

I know that when asking a favor from an adult that I am unfamiliar with, such as asking for directions, I should start with "Entschuldigen Sie..." but should I use the formal form when I am, for ...
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Using “Ihr” as a formal singular “you” [duplicate]

I set the video game "Torchlight II" to the German language, and I noticed that the characters use "Ihr" as the singular second-person pronoun (for example, "Ihr habt eine neue Quest"). I read ...
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What is the formal way to say “to say” in German?

My mom asks me whether I want to go to my friend's house and I said yes. Meine Mutter fragt, ob ich zu meiner Freundin gehen will und ich antworte mit "ja". What is the formal way to say "to ...
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Difference between singular and plural formal form of address

When using the formal address, both you (sing.) and you (pl.) get translated to Sie, when in nominative case, of course. This question is more general. Are there any hints in the language (e.g. verb ...
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Case confusion: “der ausgefüllten Dokumente” or “die ausgefüllten Dokumente”

I would like to reply to an email in formal context. I have doubts regarding the German counterpart of the English phrase: Please find attached the completed documents. Is the German phrase ...
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What is the polite way to ask if I should talk in 'Sie' or 'du' terms with the Person

It frequently happens that I am unsure whether to talk to a person in Sie or du terms. Most of the time, I wait till the person himself gives some hint. Or I talk in Sie. But what is the polite way to ...
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“Lieber, sehr geehrter Herr X”: wie antworten?

Folgende Situation: Sie kontaktieren Firma A in einer geschäftlichen Angelegenheit. Der Telefonanruf wird an Frau B duchgestellt, gemeinsam mit ihrem Ehemann geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin des ...
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Is writing “Herr Prof. X” exaggerated/mandatory? Is it old-fashioned?

How necessary or exaggerated is the following Anrede? "Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. X" bzw. "Sehr geehrte Frau Dr. Z" I mean, should I write Herr Prof. X, or is Prof. X enough? Also, is it ...
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How to address more than one person in an E-mail?

I have to address my future German Au Pair family in an E-mail and until now have only been in contact with the woman. However the last E-mail was signed with both names, so I now feel I should ...
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Redet man den Weihnachtsmann mit “Du” oder mit “Sie” an?

Hier in den USA gibt es eine Werbung für Rosetta Stone im Fernsehen. Ein deutscher Junge will mit Santa Claus reden und es stellt sich heraus, dass Santa auch Deutsch kann. Der Junge sagt, "Du ...
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How does a German say “Nice to meet you”?

In English it is common to reply with "Nice to meet you" when you were introduced to somebody. Likewise you say "Was nice to meet you" on leaving. Are there any similar phrases a German would use in ...
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Telling your conversational partner they can use “du” instead of “Sie”

I have just read with interest this question and its answers which covers when it is appropriate to use "du" or "sie". My question is, is there something that is often said in German which translates ...
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Liturgical or church German

In a church setting, Is there a liturgical form of German for a pastor or priest to use during the service? Is it more appropriate to use formal or poetic forms of speech for everyone, anyone, or no ...
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Sie/du reciprocity?

If person A is addressing person B as 'Sie', is it always appropriate for person B to also address person 'A' as 'Sie'? For example, a student would address a professor as 'Sie'. Would the professor ...
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Best way to address a business contact you're on a first name basis with in an email?

Our company culture is very informal. We all use first names, and everyone is per du with everyone else. But I'm not really comfortable addressing my boss as "Lieber Thomas" in an email or letter - ...
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“Duzen” or “Siezen”, when addressing two or more people

When talking to a mother (whom you would siezen) and her child which one would you use? Waren Sie beide in der Stadt? or Wart Ihr beide in der Stadt? Or is it uncommon to address several ...
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Is it acceptable to add a “mal” after all verbs in imperative form?

I've heard the structure verb + mal a lot, like: Sag mal, schau mal, warte mal Is it a good style? does it sound more friendly? What's the difference between "warte" and "warte mal"? Is it ...
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When to use “Weltanschauung” vs. “Ideologie”? Do they basically have the same meaning?

Is Ideologie just a foreign word/scientific term for Weltanschauung? Where do you see nuances in meaning? Would you use Weltanschauung in an academic discussion? What is the correct context? For ...
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Wie sollte ich eine Lehrerin, die mich siezt, in einer Email grüßen und verabschieden?

Meine Deutschlehrerin an der Universität siezt mich, aber kennt meinen Vornamen. Ich möchte ihr eine E-Mail schreiben. Sie hat mir noch nie geschrieben. Welche Begrüßung und welche Verabschiedung ...
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Schlussformel für Beschwerdebrief?

Standardschlussformel für förmliche Briefe ist ja „Mit freundlichen Grüßen“. Wenn ich nun aber einen förmlichen Beschwerdebrief schreibe, der nicht wirklich „freundlich“ gemeint ist (weil ich ...
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If I'm on 'du' terms with the wife (my colleague), am I automatically on 'du' terms with the Husband too?

What do you understand the rules to be on using 'du' and 'Sie'? Is it usual to use 'Sie' until something else is offered? Confused in Germany
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Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?

I've heard that my favourite word "dingsbums" might not be acceptable in some circumstances due to it being related to "bumsen" which, I'm told, is some kind of a word for intimate relations. Yet ...
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When is it OK to drop the first-person e, as in „Ich hab'“?

It seems common to drop the end-schwa of first-person verbs. I've both heard it and seen it written. Ich hab' eine Frage. Ich geh' zur Uni. I'm wondering: Does writing or talking like ...
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What are informal ways to say “good bye”?

In German you may say Auf Wiedersehen or Guten Tag when leaving. Both seem rather formal and may be inappropriate in a non-formal context. What would be the alternatives? In what context can we use ...
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Is it still good form to use a capital D for Du or Dir in a letter?

I was taught (several decades ago) to write a capital D for all pronouns such as Du, Dir, Deine, when writing to my German penpals. I am afraid it would look antiquated or very formal these days. Is ...
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How rude is “Quatsch!”?

I've seen Quatsch! translated as Bullshit, which I was fine with as I had only heard it used among friends. Today, a university teacher used the Q-word in response to a student's serious suggestion in ...