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What does “Verhältnis” actually mean?

What does Verhältnis actually mean? Verhältnis means ratio I know that the verb halten means to hold. Is there any subtle relationship between the verb halten and Verhältnis and ratio?
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Meaning of “ihrerseits”

Sollte keine Einigung erzielt werden, droht den USA Mitte des Monats die Zahlungsunfähigkeit, die ihrerseits schwerwiegende Folgen für die Weltwirtschaft haben könnte. The meaning of ihrerseits ...
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“Unterwegs” or “auf dem Weg”?

What is the difference between auf dem Weg and unterwegs? Ich bin unterwegs/auf dem Weg nach Hause.
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Unterschied zwischen „sich beteiligen“ und „teilnehmen“?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen sich beteiligen und teilnehmen? Die beiden bedeuten participate, aber werden sie in einem Satz unterschiedlich verwendet?
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Meaning of “Open chest surgery is not needed when putting on a coat” [closed]

In OOP-Design exist the SOLID-principles. Many Articles about Open/Closed Principle (O in SOLID) cites the phrase in title. But it doesn't make much sense to us in the office. So maybe someone can ...
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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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Difference between “Song”, “Sang”, and “Gesang”

"Der Sang", "der Gesang", and "der Song" all mean "a song". What are the differences, if any?
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“Das ist kein Thema” - What does it mean?

Recently I moved to the Konstanz area, and what I noticed is people saying "Das ist kein Thema" for everything. So, what exactly does it mean? And when to use it?
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Meaning of “vor sich hin”

In Harry Potter, the sentence Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, ... is translated as Mr. Dursley summte vor sich hin und suchte sich für die Arbeit seine ...
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Parsing 'Nach der Mitte zu stieg sie an wie ein Kuppeldach'

I think I understand the meaning of this sentence, but I don't understand how it's constructed. I'm assuming ansteigen (to rise) is the verb, and ein Kuppeldach (a dome) is the subject and Nach der ...
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Finance metaphors for relationships [closed]

I've recently read that there are quite a few metaphors describing relationships between humans that are taken from the financial sector. However, examples were very scarce. The best one being ...
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What is an equivalent of English “piece of cake”?

How do you say in German something that is easy to do. I have found "ein Klacks" in my dictionary, but I have a great doubt about the meaning of the word and how to use it.
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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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Einen Satz mit «dass» anfangen

Das ist etwas, dem ich oft begegne, aber nie ganz verstehe. Was bedeutet es, wenn man einen Satz mit «dass» anfängt? Ich lese jetzt einen Artikel, der um den Streit um das Made in Germany Label geht ...
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Hidden meaning in this Heine-Schumann poem from “Dichterliebe”

This is the text of the song Ich grolle nicht from Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe after Heinrich Heine poems: Ich grolle nicht, und wenn das Herz auch bricht, Ewig verlor'nes Lieb ! Ich ...
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Herkunft von “von ungefähr kommen”?

Beispiel: "Hochwertige Technik und innovative Produkte kommen nicht von ungefähr." Woher stammt die Phrase "(nicht) von ungefähr kommen"?
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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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Is there a difference between “bauen” and “erbauen”?

What is the difference between bauen and erbauen? I mean, semantically. Or can they be used interchangeably?
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Meaning of the word “entrichten”

Entrichten habe ich nie gehört. Wie wird dieses Wort gebraucht? Kann man z.B. eine Rechnung entrichten? Hat es die gleiche Bedeutung wie das englische Wort pay?
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What new meaning does “letztendlich” contribute?

According to Google Ngram Viewer the word "letztendlich" is a very new invention in German language. Meanwhile this word is very present in all kinds of communication, be it formal or informal. Is ...
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Meaning of “Was für ein”?

All I know about Was für ein is that it is a type of pronoun (but I don't know what type exactly it is). I also don't know how it translates into English.
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“Für”, “gegen”, “um” — which to use when? [closed]

All three accusative prepositions für, gegen, and um can mean "for" in certain situations. Can anybody give examples when to use which of the three?
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What does “Die Weichen waren gestellt” mean?

I am reading Peter Zolling´s "Deutsche Geschichte von 1871 bis zur Gegenwart". Can someone please help me understand the sentence: Die Weichen waren gestellt?
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Wie entstand aus “Sicht” die “Zuversicht”?

Schon länger frage ich mich, wie man die Etymologie von "Zuversicht" erkärt. Im Duden wird knapp aufgeführt mittelhochdeutsch zuoversiht, althochdeutsch zuofirsiht Duden und auch das ...
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Was genau bedeutet “Akademiker”?

Ich habe einen Artikel gelesen, aber ich wusste nicht genau was Akademiker bedeutet. Ist es jemand, der einen Hochschulabschluss geschafft hat? Oder jemand, der einen Doktortitel erhält?
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“Mindestens” vs “zumindest”. Gibt es einen Unterschied?

Im Internet gibt es keinen klaren Unterschied dazwischen, aber meine Lehrerin hat mich mehrmals dafür verbessert (und danach habe ich den Unterschied wieder vergessen). Könnt ihr bitte auch ein paar ...
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“Strahlen” vs “Strahler”

I was searching for company names, and reached to a German word 'Strahlen' through Google. As per Google it meant 'rays'. I need a suggestion that, what is the exact meaning of 'Strahlen' and ...
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What's the meaning of 'erl'?

"Erlkönig" (also called "Der Erlkönig") is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. By wiki I know that the word könig means 'king', but what's the meaning of erl? Is it devil, elf, or genie?
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Is “selbstbewusst” a negative word?

Sometimes I see translations of selbstbewusst as confident, arrogant or selfish. I would like to know if this word has a negative or positive denotation. If I call someone of selbstbewusst, is it a ...
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Distinction between “sei” and “war”

I've seen "sei" a fair bit lately and it seems to indicate something that has happened in the past. Example: Die Ärztin hatte meiner Mutter gesagt, dass meine Leber kurz vor der Zirrhose sei. ...
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Ways to die in German

I want to learn the different shades of meaning and frequency of use of the following verbs that have the meaning of to die: ableben abtreten erlöschen krepieren sterben versterben ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sage und einer Legende?

Ich habe bisher die Wörter Sage und Legende synonym verwendet. Es gibt zwar Dinge die ich so nenne, und andere Dinge, die ich wieder anders nenne (bspw. würde ich nie die Niebelungenlegende sagen), ...
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What does the word “Schickimicki” mean?

I have seen and heard the word many many times but every time I ask "Was bedeutet Schickimicki?" they don't give a conclusive answer. I just saw it on the journal Zeit and just thought I didn't know ...
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Etymology and meaning of “Lotterleben”

A German friend of mine used the term "Lotterleben" to describe to me someone as a "free spirit", although the dictionary translate the term as "dissolute lifestyle" which have a string negative ...
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What is the difference between “Dom”, “Kathedrale” and “Münster”

"Dom", "Kathedrale" and "Münster" all translate as "cathedral" in English. When I searched online, all explanations were in German and I could not quite understand them. Is there any difference in ...
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What's the meaning of “schon”?

Today in the class I heard German guy saying: "Ist der Platz schon frei?". Which supposedly means "Is this place already available/free?" and that makes no sense to me. What's the meaning of "schon" ...
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“legen” vs “liegen”

I get confused between the verbs legen and liegen. I would appreciate some explantation on the meaning of the two verbs, preferably with examples. Also, are there context where te two verbs are ...
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Den Unblöden gehört die Welt! - What does Unblöden mean?

Media Markt has a campaign where they state that the world belongs to the "Unblöden", but I don't understand what "Unblöden" means and Google translate won't translate it. So what does "Unblöden" ...
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Ungeziefer and its meanings and connotations

Reading Kluge's Etymological Dictionary (published 1881, translated into English 1891) the word Ungeziefer has this description: Ungeziefer, noun, 'vermin', from the equivalent late Middle High ...
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“erstellen” or “erzeugen”?

Software X is producing printed reports, based on user input. How would I translate accurately 'produced with X' and 'produced by X', as both erstellen and erzeugen seem to be very near in their ...
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Kann man einen “fachlich geprägten Kunden” einem “technisch argumentierenden Entwickler” entgegen setzen?

It is about Software Engineering, where it usually comes to problems in communication between the customers (domain-specific, functional, professional lexis) and developers (technical, generic lexis). ...
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Was genau ist ein Strom (Gewässer)?

Bis heute hatte ich nur "Fluss" gekannt. Aber dann kenne ich auch das Wort "Strom" für einen langen Fluss. Mir stellt sich folgende Frage: Ist die Bedeutung so unterschiedlich? Die Wikipedia-Seite ...
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die Worte vs die Wörter

Worte and Wörter are both plurals of Wort. Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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Unterschied zwischen “leihen” und “ausleihen”

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen "leihen" und "ausleihen?" Beide bedeuten "to borrow" auf Englisch.
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dann doch noch schnell

What does the phrase "dann doch noch schnell" mean? As in Ich habe mir heute dann doch noch schnell einen neuen Hartschalenkoffer gekauft. is this some kind of an idiom?
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “liegen” und “lügen” [closed]

My understanding is that they both mean to lie. But they seem to be used in different contexts. Could they refer to different kinds of lying?
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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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Is there a difference between “anschalten” and “einschalten”

Is there a difference between anschalten and einschalten? If I turn on the TV, oven, heat, start the car etc., can either verb be used?
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What is the difference between “ändern” and “verändern”?

I'm still confused about the difference between ändern and verändern. I have read something about ändern only being used with small changes and verändern when something changes totally. But where ...
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Bedeutung von “wir beide schleppen schon alleine viele Jahre”

Ich habe mir ein Lied angehört, verstehe aber folgenden Satz nicht ganz: Selbst wenn wir beide schon alleine viele Jahre schleppen Bedeutet das, dass die zwei schon lange sich kennen oder dass sie ...