Nuances and connotations of words, phrases or sentences in a specific context.

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Usage of the verb “gehen”

Gehen actually means 'to go'. The use of gehen is a semi-auxiliary in colloquial. It expresses a possibility and the infinitive has passive force. Die Uhr geht zu reparieren. which means 'The ...
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What does “auf seine Weise” mean?

I was reading an analysis about Kafka's Letter to his father but I was unable to understand what "auf seine Weise" means in this sentence: "Nicht nur, dass es ihm unmöglich ist, sich gegen seinen ...
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Stranded preposition: Meine Familie geht da echt gut mit um

The following is from a YouTube video: "Was sagen deine Familie und Freunde dazu, dass du YouTube-Videos drehst?" "Also meine Familie geht da echt gut mit um also die haben mich sogar da drin ...
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Meaning of “mein Lieber”

Does phrase "mein Lieber" mean "my beloved one" (i.e. can/should be used when addressing someone very close) or more like "my dear" (i.e. phrase you could use for both someone close to you and someone ...
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What does the phrase “noch viele Grüße” mean?

I read it in a letter where the girl was signing it off. The rough idea I get but I want to know what does the extra 'noch' do to the overall meaning of this fragment.
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Is “Machtachse” a word?

In this headline: Wie Franziskus die Machtachse der Kirche verschiebt there is this word, Machtachse, which I haven't been able to find anywhere (so I don't even know if it's really a word). In ...
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Translation (en–de): Stack Overflow

I would like to translate the Term Stack Overflow. Google gives me the following translation proposals for the term stack: Stapel - stack, pile, batch, staple, stocks Paket - package, ...
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On the usage of nach / hinter / zu

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, there is also the following sentence: Eines Tages war der Vater nach der Arbeit sehr müde. Except for nach der Arbeit, all is clear to me: One day, father was very ...
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Meaning and grammatical category of “Luftnummer”?

Opposition wirft Friedrich "Luftnummer" vor. wirft ... vor is, I think, the verb vorwerfen, which means to accuse. But I don't know what Luftnummer means. Is it a noun in this context? I'm ...
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Can someone give the examples ( few sentences ) with words: da, deutete, dabei? [closed]

I read a book on german and meet these words very often, but the context still not clearly for me. So I want to see a few examples with these 3 words with translation. upd As I read a book further ...
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Verwendung von Nein nach negativen Fragen

F: "Darf ich das nicht?" A: "Nein" Entgegen des rein Logischen Sinnes --> "Ja du darfst das" ist hier "Nein [du darfst das nicht]" gemeint! Warum? Existiert diese Phänomen auch in der ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zw. Person und Persönlichkeit?

Bsp: Ich bin eine kommunikative, kreative und belastbare Person/ Persönlichkeit
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What is the meaning of 'zu' in this sentence?

Im Winter trage ich zu meinem schwarzen Rock auch eine schwarze Jacke. What is the meaning of zu here? Why is Rock dative while Jacke is accusative?
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Bedeutung von Klinik im Befund

Ich habe einen Befund von meinem Arzt bekommen in dem steht "[...] bei sehr eindrucksvoller Klinik mit hochgradigem Verdacht auf [...]". Was bedeutet Klink hier?
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Context-based Vocabulary Builder

I am a foreign student living in Germany, who already has basic knowledge of German grammar. The biggest problem I have now is lack of vocabulary when speaking on a particular topic. If there was a ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen “froh” und “fröhlich”?

In der Vorweihnachtszeit sind "froh" und "fröhlich" häufig gesehene Adjektive, die anscheinend austauschbar sind: Frohe Weihnachten - Fröhliche Weihnacht Tatsächlich führen die gängigen ...
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What does “sich zusammenfassen” mean?

The closest usage of sich fassen I have found is Fassen Sie sich kurz translated into Be brief. But in my case (it's from an online german course): Fassen Sie sich zusammen, meine Dame! is ...
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Was genau ist ein “Teutonismus”?

Erst durch Kommentare wie diesen "Schippe" kenne ich nur als Teutonismus für das Wort "Schaufel". Kann sein, dass das in einigen Gegenden Deutschlands verwendung findet, aber Hochdeutsch ist ...
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What does “laufen” mean other than walking and running?

What does laufen mean in the following context: Also, mit ein Meter sechsundsiebzig ist es nicht so einfach. Hier laufen so viele kleine Männer rum.
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When to use “spendieren” rather than “spenden”?

Recently I came across the following sentence "Wieviel RAM hast du denn deiner Kiste spendiert?" Roughly I would translate this with "How much RAM did you dedicated to your box?". What itches ...
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What is the role of “von” when specifying a person?

I've asked a phrase translation: Original sentence: Past friday the server at xxx stopped, disk failure, I have been dealing with this ever since! The suggested translation was: Am letzten ...
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How to differentiate between sie (they) and sie (she)?

I am starting to learn German and I'm trying out Duolingo, I've faced this problem several times. If I understand correctly "sie" means both she and they. So if there is no context, can I distinguish ...
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Meaning of the “Schnee von gestern” as an idiom

I was watching a "Learn German" video and heard this line: ...das ist doch Schnee von gestern! I think I understand it, but would like to make sure. I understand that literally means "Snow from ...
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peculiar verbal sentence opening

"Dennoch ist es tiefgründiger, als man zunächst meinen könnte. Erscheinen doch beide Faktoren zunächst als Antagonisten: Ist die Unsicherheit groß, so ist das Vertrauen gering." The sentence ...
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What does the Abkürzung (abbreviation) SV mean?

What does SV mean within the following Context: Eintritt: VVK € 10,90 / TK € 12,- / inkl. Gebühren / SV.
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What is a German programmer's “rubber duck”?

I came across this excerpt from answers of the now deleted stackoverflow question on new programming slang where it says: Rubberducking Sometimes, you just have to talk a problem out; for ...
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What is the origin of “beziehungsweise”?

I can't understand "beziehungsweise" in the context of its two parts, "beziehen" and "weise". What is the logic behind its meaning?
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“Nicht unerheblich” vs. “erheblich” - is there a difference?

We can see that both, "erheblich", and "nicht unerheblich" are used in the meaning of e.g. "considerable, extensive, remarkable". Branchengerüchten zufolge können die Besucherzahlen dank des ...
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Other interpretations of “darf niemand hier nein”

In this prayer: Ich bin klein, mein herz ist rein, darf niemand hier nein, als Jesus allein. I was taught that the third line ("darf niemand hier nein") translates into English ...
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“Ansatz” isn't thoroughly defined in German dictionaries!

What's the meaning of "Ansatz" in these sentences? Could someone paraphrase them in German?: Der Ansatz für Multikulti ist gescheitert, absolut gescheitert! Ansätze zu einem besseren ...
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How do we overcome ambiguity when using the particle “wohl”?

The particle "wohl" can be used in two different meanings: "Auf GL&U kann man sich vorzüglich über Deutsch informieren." "Das ist wohl wahr." - This is probably true. "Das ist wohl ...
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Did the connotation of “emsig” change?

When looking up the meaning of "emsig" (assiduous, diligent) it seems it has an entirely positive connotation unausgesetzt fleißig, ununterbrochen tätig DWDS The first that come to mind with ...
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Why “herzlich” in “herzlich wenig”?

Sometimes we hear the following expression in various contexts: Diese Antwort hat aber herzlich wenig mit meiner Frage zu tun. Erwin hat herzlich wenig zum Erfolg unseres Projekts beigetragen. ...
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meanings inferred from “Das ist alles”

While the phrase "das ist alles" literally means "that is all", are there any other meanings that can be taken from it? For example, when my kids ask if there is any more apple juice, is "Nein, das ...
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What does “krass” mean?

During conversations with native German speakers, I have heard the word "krass" used in different contexts. But I still don't know how to translate it. Any ideas?
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What, exactly, is meant by “Anschluss” in politics?

In its "usual" usage in politics, it refers to the (forced) union of Germany and Austria in 1938. And a literal translation of the word might be "closing." Can the term be used to refer to a "merger ...
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Meaning of “übertragen”

I was reading a German magazine and I came across the verb "übertragen" in this context: Alte Gewohnheiten werden deshalb besser nicht auf die neue Partnerschaft übertragen. As far as I ...
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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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What is an “Eumel”?

Sometimes in colloquial German I hear people saying: "Hey, dieser Eumel hat schon wieder seine Tasche liegen lassen" "He, Du Eumel, komm' halt mit." Obviously it is not really nice to say that ...
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Why is the meaning of “Triefnase” vs. “Rotznase” used as an invective so different?

Both colloquial terms "Triefnase", and "Rotznase" translate with "runny nose". However when used as an invective they seem to have very different meanings "Diese Triefnasen haben immer noch kein ...
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Was bedeuten “halb” und “scharf” bei Richtungsangaben?

Bei Richtungsangaben und Wegbeschreibungen findet man folgende Formulierungen: An der nächsten Kreuzung halb rechts fahren. Nach der Kirche scharf links abbiegen. Was ist hier mit "halb" und ...
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Is unwillkürlich the opposite of willkürlich?

My dictionary translates willkürlich as arbitrary and unwillkürlich as involuntary. I do not understand in what sense these concepts are opposites. Could someone give an example where this becomes ...
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Unterschiede zwischen “impliziert/bedingt sich gegenseitig/wechselseitig”

Ich seh die Phrasen oben oft synonym benutzt in der Umgangssprache. Wenn man zwei Faktoren hat, die sich gegenseitig/wechselseitig bedingen/implizieren wird es scheinbar so verstanden, dass das ...
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Why “alle” is used in “Diese Busse fahren *alle* fünfzehn Minuten vom Hauptbahnhof ab” instead of “jede”?

I think in the following sentence, "alle" should be replaced with "jede": Diese Busse fahren alle fünfzehn Minuten vom Hauptbahnhof ab. It means "these buses leave every fifteen minutes from the ...
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What does “beanspruchungsgerecht” mean?

This is the context: Vorteile des Werkstoffs: Grauguß Im Gießverfahren leicht formbar, deshalb kann man Gußgestelle ohne Mehrkosten beanspruchungsgerecht gestalten I understand that ...
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Difference of “ab-/ausschalten” in technical context

The meaning in common German seems synonymous, but is there a difference in specific technical/industrial/scientific fields? Personally i would say den TV ausschalten but refer to Abschaltung ...
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Distinction “prüfen” vs. “überprüfen”

I just read a technical spec in which I found the following sentence: Weiterhin kann zum Überprüfen der geparsten Dateien ein XML-Schema verwendet werden. which translates into "An XML ...
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How to translate “Anstrich” in draw/wrinting context into English?

The word "Anstrich" is used in different contexts. Here I'm refering to a stroke beginning the sketch of a character. This stroke is not part of the character but often used when it comes to ...
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“wissen”, “Bescheid wissen” and “gut/besser Bescheid wissen”

"Bescheid wissen" means "to know something very well": Du weißt Bescheid, was ich meine. Something like "don't pretend that you don't know that". When someone says that doesn't know something ...
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Wo kommt “meinen” in der Bedeutung von “lieben” vor?

Im Lied "Die Freiheit, die ich meine", das hauptsächlich in Burschenschaften gesungen wird, und das auch als Titel des Buches von Jörg Haider gedient hat, kommt das Wort "meinen" im Sinne von "lieben" ...