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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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“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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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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Can “anscheinend” mean “apparently” in the surprised sense?

Besides stating something obvious, "apparently" can be used to indicate surprise: I just got my essay back. Apparently "diphthong" is spelt with "th". Could it be translated with "anscheinend" ...
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Do “wuseln” or “wuselig sein” have a negative connotation?

In recent years there is an increased usage of "wuseln" or "wuselig sein" when it comes to describing bustling people or a very lively situation. Is this expression used in a positive sense or does ...
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“Ich lerne schwimmen” or “Ich lerne zu schwimmen”?

What is correct, between (a) Ich lerne schwimmen. and (b) Ich lerne zu schwimmen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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Abstand, Entfernung, Strecke und Distanz: do they imply the same meaning?

I am currently studying physics in German and these words came across and I have looked up these words in dictionary and they all have the meaning distance. I have seen der Abstand in other contexts ...
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Word 'Eselsbrücke'

As far as I understand this means some kind of trick that helps you to memorise something without deep understanding. Is it so? Is there a story behind this word?
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“klagen” or “beklagen”

I have seen two ways of saying "I can't complain": Ich kann nicht klagen. Ich kann mich nicht beklagen. Do they mean the same? If so, which one is more commonly used?
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“So bin ich” vs “Ich auch”

Sie ist glücklich. So bin ich. Sie ist glücklich. Ich auch. Sie ist gestorben. So bin ich. Sie ist gestorben. Ich auch. Hat "So bin ich" dieselbe Bedeutung wie "Ich auch" in diesem ...
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Eine passende Anzeige finden [closed]

Ich möchte nach einer Aufgabe fragen, die ich gemacht habe. Die Aufgabe ist: Ich muss eine Anzeige finden, die zu der gegebenen Situation passt. Hier ist die Situation: Sie sammeln alte ...
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What is a suboptimal question?

Attention, rhetoric question ;) Actually i came upon suboptimal and thought over its meaning and origin. Is it a anglicism, german euphemism, slang... Because the meanings i get are quite contrary: ...
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What is the meaning of “Ich gehe davon aus”?

What does the expression "Ich gehe davon aus" mean?
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What's the meaning of “zur Frau werden”?

I cam across the idiom: zur Frau werden - to become a woman I'm wondering what does it really mean. In what sense to become a woman?
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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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What is the relationship between “Hochzeit” and “Hochmut?”

As I understand it, Hochzeit means "wedding", and Hochmut means "pride", while hoch means "high". Often, words with a common shared prefix are at least somewhat similar in meaning. But I can't relate ...
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Does “faul” Refer to Laziness or Procrastination?

My question comes from the proverb: "Morgen, morgen, nur nicht heute, sagen alle faulen Leute." One implication is that lazy people don't want to do anything at ANY time. Another is that even ...
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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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Was bedeutet “unfertsch”? Ist es Umgangssprache?

A friend described her university studies to me as "[major] unfertsch". I can't find this word in LEO or either of my dictionaries. I assume it means she didn't finish, because as far as I know, she ...
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The term “Mahlzeit”

I recently started working in a place in Berlin, Germany, and though my German is OK I guess, there's a common term that I don't understand. It's Mahlzeit. When people leave from work around lunch ...
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Platonic term of “endearment” vs. “romantic”

Would "mein Schatz" be used between platonic male and female friends or is there a romantic connotation?
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Is there a difference in colloquial/juristic use of “Jugendlicher/Teenager/Schulkind” in German?

Germany has a political scandal currently. A 40 year old politician had a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl/woman. Jugendlicher, Teenager, Schulkind are afaik common terms in Germany with a ...
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Do “regelrecht” and “buchstäblich” have the same meaning?

Today I came across this comic about the meaning of "literally". The point of the comic is that "literally" cannot be used to intensify a narration. I was wondering if the same applies to the German ...
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Difference between “Stottern” and “Stammeln”?

As I have found out, both 'Stottern' and 'Stammeln' refer to stuttering/stammering (correct me if I'm wrong), but are they being used in different contexts?
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Translation with a phrase containing “es gleich”

I'm trying to translate the phrase: Sicher regnet es gleich... What is the meaning of "es gleich" in that context? I don't think "equally" fits so well
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Was bedeutet “abkündigen”?

Ich meine hier die konkrete Bedeutung im Zusammenhang mit Softwareprodukten und Systemvoraussetzungen. Zum Beispiel: Wird es vielleicht Zeit die Unterstützung von SQL-Server-2000 abzukündigen? ...
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Unterschied Mietvertrag - Anmietvertrag

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einem Mietvertrag und einem Anmietvertrag?
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Can “sollen” in literary German be used to convey an idea of future?

I have found several instances of sollen in literary German used in a way which closely resembles the English use of shall as a future auxiliary. Here are a couple of examples: … und euer Herz ...
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Meaning of “Auf, zu, auf, zu, auf zu …”

At the Munich airport last week, I saw a sign that said: Auf, zu, auf, zu, auf zu Sixt. (Sixt is a car-rental company.) I have not been able to find any translation of this expression to ...
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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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Richtige Verwendung von “offenbar”

Nach meinem Sprachgefühl ist ein Sachverhalt "offenbar", wenn er in irgendeinem Sinn offensichtlich erkennbar ist. In deutschen Zeitungen findet sich aber "offenbar" oft im Sinne von "scheinbar", ...
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Was bedeutet die Redewendung “jemandem noch aus den Ohren raus hängen”?

Ich lerne Deutsch, aber es ist nicht meine Muttersprache. Einmal schrieb mir jemand: Es wird dir noch aus den Ohren raus hängen. Ich möchte gerne wissen, was das bedeutet.
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “Moral” und “Ethik”?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Moral und Ethik? Bzw. wie unterscheidet sich eine moralisch richtige von einer ethisch richtigen Handlung?
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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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What does “kloane Hex” mean?

It can be seen as body tattoos or written on the cake hanging in the neck of pretty girls serving beer, for example at Oktoberfest. See pictures here. My guess would be that Hex refers to witch ...
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Difference between vorhersagen and voraussagen

What is the difference in meaning/usage between "vorhersagen" and "voraussagen" ? Is one more commonly used than the other?
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Was bedeutet “rechthaberisch”?

Ich habe ein bisschen im Internet gesucht, konnte aber nicht finden, was es genau bedeutet. Also wenn jemand sagt Ja, dein Problem ist, dass du rechthaberisch bist. Was kann das bedeuten? ...
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Is “In der Pfeife rauchen” an idiom?

I have seen this phrase a couple times now and I'm not sure what it means. It was in the headline of an article on Der Spiegel online: Frauenfußball-WM: Das Gras? Kannst du in der Pfeife rauchen ...
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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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Was bedeutet “Am Teller drehen”?

Was bedeutet "am Teller drehen"? Ich höre diese Phrase in einigen Liedern des HipHop-Genre. Was genau bedeutet sie? Gibt es eine spezielle Kategorie von solchen Phrasen? Gibt es ähnliche oder ...
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Was bedeutet „ ,Zitat', so jmd.“

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Can “so” mean “as per”? Ich sehe ab und zu die folgende Verwendung des Wortes „so“: Die zwei Formulierungen zeigten Erdogans ...
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Meistens: meaning and usage

»Seid ihr am Wochenende zu Hause?« – »Ja, meistens.« Does the above mean that they are at home most weekends, or that they are at home most of the time during the weekend?
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Difference between “häufig”, “gewöhnlich” and “üblich”

Looking them up in dictionaries gave me this: häufig – frequent, common gewöhnlich – ordinary, common, habitual, normal, usual üblich – common, usual, ordinary, normal. I looked online for ...
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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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What does “halt das Schicksal auf” mean?

What does it mean: Halt das Schicksal auf, gib mir was einst war mein.
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Does the order of a subordinate clause change meaning?

When building a subordinate clauses we can put them at the end of a sentence, or at the beginning: Er lernt fleißig Deutsch, damit er sein Examen besteht. Damit er sein Examen besteht, lernt er ...
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Was bedeutet: „Verflixt noch mal, da rührt sich was”?

The little songs we had to listen to in German class seemed so silly at the time, but I can still recall a few of them all the way back to seventh grade. One was Dracula Rock—but no YouTube in the ...
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Wie kann 'abdecken' sowohl 'to cover' als auch 'to uncover' bedeuten?

Wiktionary sagt hier: abdecken (third-person singular simple present deckt ab, past tense deckte ab, auxiliary haben, past participle abgedeckt) to cover: Ich muss noch die Leiche abdecken ...
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Is “…süchtig” temporary or lasting?

There's a lot of "…süchtig"-words, e.g. "spielsüchtig", "eifersüchtig", "morphiumsüchtig", "abenteuersüchtig" and "internetsüchtig". Do these words convey temporary desire — the wish to have an ...
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Meaning of “habe mir das Papier nicht mehr durchgelesen”

From Der Spiegel: Schabowski taucht erst kurz vor der Pressekonferenz wieder auf, die er am Abend geben soll. Krenz drückt ihm die neue Reiseregelung in die Hand. "Ich bin ins Pressezentrum ...