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Meaning of “da” in this sentence

In this sentence: Alles was Weed tun müsste, wäre am Leben zu bleiben, da sonst die Quest fehlschlagen würde. I would translate it with the omission of da: …, otherwise he would fail the ...
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What does “nein” mean in this context?

The context is from the Christmas carol, "O Tannenbaum." Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit. This translates into something like: You are green ...
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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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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Eventuell”

I know that this two words Ereignis and eventuell are related, but I would like to know more about what makes them different. Translating them into my native language, Portuguese, they both translate ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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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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Verwendung von „Herrschaften“ je nach Alter

Die Nutzung des Nomens Herrschaften für Menschen verwirrt mich etwas. Laut Wiktionary bedeutet es Herrschaft. Plural. Veraltend und mitunter ironisch gebraucht: vornehme Anrede für eine Gruppe von ...
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Meaning of “was” in this sentence

Er arbeitete in einem unterirdischen Raum mit nur zwei Ventilationsschächten, was seiner Gesundheit nicht bekam. As far as I know, "was" means "what" or is the contracted form of "etwas" But ...
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How is „let’s take a stroll“ said in Das Boot?

Im Film Das Boot sagt der Kaleun (2:27:20) in etwa eines der Folgenden (schwer zu hören): Mal bisschen die Beine vertreten. Ein bisschen die Beine vertreten. und die Übersetzung sagte: ...
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“Es waren” in:“…absurder, als seine wildesten Träume es waren”

Es war absurder, als seine wildesten Träume es waren. While I would translate it with the omission of es waren. It was more absurd than his wildest dream. So what does es waren actually ...
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Meaning of “wieder” in this sentence

Rodriguez' aufrichtiger Ton spiegelte des Weisen Pflicht beim Umgang mit untergestellten Personen wieder. While the English version is: Rodriguez’s sincere tone portrayed the Sage’s duty ...
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Meaning of “einfach” [closed]

I tried to translate "einfach" with the dictionary but I couldn't find a proper translation for this sentence: "Ich lasse Fleisch einfach weg" The meaning should be (when I eat)"I leave the meat ...
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What is the meaning of “dazu” in this sentence?

"Wahlkampf: Laut politscher Experten neigen Leute, die sich in einer bestimmten sozialen Schicht befinden dazu, eine spezielle Partei zu wählen."
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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 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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Difference between “Unter” and “Zwischen” [closed]

What is the difference between Zwischen and Unter in German, and are they interchangeable? unter/zwischen allen diesen Jungen wählte ich dies aus.
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“Anfassen” and “berühren”

I would like to know which of the two verbs is used to tell someone that you're serious about not being touched. If he touches you the second time, something's going to happen to him. Someone told me ...
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What does “altes Haus” mean?

What does altes Haus mean? Was geht, altes Haus? Does it mean "What's up, pal"?
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What does “was los sein” mean?

Im kleinen Fischerhafen ist immer was los. My guess is: There's always something going on in the small fishing harbour.
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Bedeutungsverschiebung bei Umstellung von Satz mit “selbst”?

Man vergleiche Folgendes: Ich wusste am Ende selbst nicht... mit Ich wusste selbst am Ende nicht... Wie erklärt sich die Bedeutungsverschiebung vom "Ich" auf den "Zeitpunkt des Endes"? ...
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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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Meaning of “noch” in context

I'm a bit confused on the meaning of "noch" in a paragraph I have in my Lehrbuch: Sara arbeitet heute lange. Sie ist müde, aber zufrieden. Sie kauft noch ein und geht nach Hause. does that mean: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Online resource which has easy German to read with its English translation

Is there any resource online which has easy German (should use most common words in daily setting) and also has its English translation alongside?
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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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 ...