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Was bedeutet genau “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? Ich ...
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Bedeutung von “will” in “Geduld will bei dem Werke sein”

Dies ist ein Zitat aus Goethes Faust I: Nicht Kunst und Wissenschaft allein, Geduld will bei dem Werke sein. Ist es richtig, dass "will" in der Bedeutung von "muss" benutzt wird? Ist das ...
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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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Translating emotional sensitivity words

I'm trying to distinguish the differences between English words that express emotional or psychological sensitivity, in particular "pity", "compassion", "sympathy", "empathy", "pathetic", and ...
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Vague “daherkommen”

Why the meaning of the intransitive verb "daherkommen" is quite equivocal (I suppose)? Der Glaube an Gott, Familie und deutsche Einheit kommt meist polemisch daher, gegen den politischen Gegner ...
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What is the intention of the “Leere Flasche nicht verschliessen!” instruction? [closed]

I have some bottles of Hirschbraeu beer in 500ml brown bottles with swing tops like this. On the back label, along with information about the brewery and the beer, is the instruction "Leere Flasche ...
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Das Internet wird zum(als?) Kommunizieren mit Leuten aus aller Welt verwendet

When do you use zu and als ? Die Relativpronomen werden zur Bezeichnung entweder feminin, maskulin verwendet, oder neutrum. Can I use als instead of zu in this context ? Here's another ...
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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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Different meanings from different accentuation rules

On this site I recently read that it was possible, that the meaning of a word could change if you change the stressed syllable. The example was: [trotz-'dem] meaning altough (as obwohl colloquial ...
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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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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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Second meanings of the colors (Verschiedene Bedeutung der Farben auf Deutsch)

In verschiedenen Sprachen kann man den Farben eine zweite Bedeutung geben. Meiner Meinung nach hängt dieser angebliche Zuzammenhang von der Sprache ab. Was bedeuten die Farben auf Deutsch? Kann man ...
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Wann benutzt man “wenn” oder “ob”?

Ich glaube, dass ob wie das englische if ist und wenn wie das englische whether. Also ob mit Kondition, whether in allen anderen Fällen. Ist das richtig? Beispiele Ich weiß nicht, ob ich Zeit habe. ...
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What is the meaning of “afterburne”

I just wonder and I'm asking this here, because I couldn't find any closer match to the very interesting word "afterburne" . Well, I know it written incorrectly, but I've heard this one, with "Jemand ...
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Substantivierung: “Mein Suchen war nicht von Erfolg gekrönt”

Dieser Satz steht in meinem Grammatikbuch als Beispiel für Substantivierung. Hier ist das Verb suchen substantiviert. Duden aber sagt, die Substantivierung soll die Suche sein, und Suchen besteht nur ...
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Meaning of “Retourenstelle” and “weiterleiten”?

Die Sendung wurde im HUB sortiert und an die Retourenstelle des Versenders weitergeleitet. I would like to know what do "Retourenstelle" and "weiterleiten" mean? Does this sentence mean my ...
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What does “machste halt was” mean?

Taken from: http://www.uni-kiel.de/unizeit/index.php?bid=630202 »Haste nichts, dann machste halt was«, darf dagegen der norddeutsche Internet-User schriftlich unwidersprochen behaupten. ...
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Sentence meaning depending on position of “nicht”

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? Ich spreche die Deutsche nicht. Ich spreche nicht die Deutsche. Also: Ich bin nicht der Lehrer. Ich bin der Lehrer nicht.
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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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Meaning of “wird eigener Vision nicht gerecht”

Obama wird eigener Vision nicht gerecht. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean "Obama is not upright to his vision"? Also, is "eigener Vision" dative or genetive here?
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Meaning of “als ob … würde”

Hast du schon einmal so getan, als ob du schlafen würdest? Does it mean "Have you ever acted as if you slept" or "Have you ever acted as if you wanted to sleep"?
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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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“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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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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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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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “korrekt” und “zulässig”?

In einer Antwort zu dieser Frage, wird Wir waren essen. als nicht korrekt aber zulässig bezeichnet. Worin besteht der Unterschied zwischen korrekt und zulässig? Edit: Dürfen Deutschlehrer ...
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Meaning of “auf geht's” and “los geht's”

Do "Los geht's" and "Auf geht's" mean "let's go"? Willst du ins Kino? Los geht's/ auf geht's!
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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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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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Difference between “etwas in den Griff bekommen” and “sich an etwas gewöhnen” [closed]

What is the difference between the two phrases: etwas in den Griff bekommen Ich muss das Auto in den Griff bekommen. sich an etwas gewöhnen. Ich fange an mich an dieses kalte Wetter zu ...
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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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Meaning of “endgeilfett”

For example: Frü­her ein­mal fand ich Klas­sen­kampf end­geil­fett. I suppose it is just a combination of endgeil meaning awesome (slang) and fett meaning awesome (slang), for superlative ...
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Meaning of “Dienstag vergangener Woche”

Dienstag vergangener Woche in Monaco. Is that the same as Letzten Dienstag?
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Differences between “wusste” and “habe gewusst” in the main clause, and using “kann” and “konnte” in the subordinate clause

Which are correct, which are not, and what are the nuances? In particular, what are the allowed tenses for the verbs in the main and the dass clause (agreement)? Ich wusste nicht, dass man gehen ...
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What are the differences between the german nouns for 'event'?

There are many nouns that describe an event, occation, or happenings They all can be translated to either; * der Anlass * das Geschehen * das Geschehnis * das Ereignis * die Veranstaltung How do ...
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What does “Ihr gesellschaftspolitisches Interesse und Engagement” mean?

Do they want me to write something political? What kind of things does this sentence include? EDIT: It was an application for regarding to scholarship. I assume they are trying to search for a person ...
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Sie schreiben (they or you?) [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: Sie schreiben uns ein Buch Which is similar to the following: Du schreibst uns ein Buch What happens if I want to write "They are writing us a book" ? won't ...
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What's the meaning from “Machenschaft”

I’m writing about Heidegger’s use of the word Machenschaft and I would like to try to explain this word correctly because I chose to keep it in German. In my language it was translated as Maquinação, ...
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What “You look like more beautiful with long hair than before” can be translated in German?

I tried but I don't know if my translation is true, I would say Du siehst aus schöner als vor, mit langen Haaren"
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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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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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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Vorkommen” [on hold]

What is the difference between Ereignis and Vorkommen. I keep on needing explanation in this question even so some can think it's nonsense. If someone, in Hedegger's understanding, could explain me, ...