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Sklave vs. Leibeigener

Wie unterscheiden sich Sklaven und Leibeigene? Laut Duden wurde der Begriff des Leibeigenen früher verwendet. Ist das die einzige Unterscheidung?
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Diener vs. Knecht

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den beiden Begriffen Diener und Knecht? Hat sich die Bedeutung dieser beiden Wörter in der Vergangenheit (letzte 200 Jahre) verändert? Ergänzung Der Duden erklärt ...
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Spelling noun–noun compound words

I am translating my meatloaf recipe to German and am unsure about translating the meatloaf mixture from the sentence Transfer the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan. I have: meatloaf → der ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of n-declensed nouns?

Is there a complete list of German n-declensed nouns in any book or on the web? I found some lists, but they do not seem to be comprehensive enough.
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What sort of correlation is there between “Abkommen” as a noun and “abkommen” as a verb?

I am pretty sure that those who are studying German must have encountered the following verb and noun: das Abkommen (Agreement, pact) and abkommen (to deviate) I am pretty sure the above ...
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How to derive the despective-collective nouns from verbs?

Is there a general rule to derive this sort of colloquial despective nouns: schreiben → das Geschreibe rennen → das Gerenne schreien → das Geschrei I wanted to form that from ...
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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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Genders of nouns [duplicate]

In learning the German language I find it very difficult to memorize the genders associated with nouns. The problem is, I am trying to logically look for a pattern or use tricks like "oh there is a r ...
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Why Berliner Sparkasse?

Hmm.. this is something I do not understand so far hmm. when I say I am from Berlin I could say (Ich bin ein Berliner) here I though Berlin became like an adjectival noun. But one thing I found a bit ...
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Vermögen eines Multimillionärs

Nach einiger Diskussion mit einem Kollegen gibt es zwei Arten, die finanzielle Definition eines "Multimillionärs" zu bestimmen: Multimillionär ist man, wenn man 1 Million EUR + min. 1 Cent besitzt, ...
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Was ist das korrekte Adjektiv zu Translation (math.)?

Ich muss gerade einige Affinitäten beschreiben und benötige die jeweiligen Adjektive, wie z.B.: Rotation: rotiert Skalierung: skaliert Scherung: geschert Allerdings finde ich, dass "translatiert" ...
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Plural von “Skript” und “Tumor”

Wieder einmal eine Frage, da mich mein sonst untrügliches Sprachgefühl getäuscht hat. Meine Kommilitonen verwenden Skripten als Plural von Skript (etwa im "Skriptenserver"). Der Duden sagt: ...
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Lehrer, Lehrerin, Lehrerinnen; das Suffix der Nomen

Ich möchte gerne wissen, ob es besonderen Regeln für das Suffix der Pluralform der Nomen gibt. Kurzum werde ich immer verwirrt wenn ich etwas benennen will! Zum Beispiel: Forscher - Mann ...
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Hyphen for compound nouns: Mathe-Wettbewerb or Mathewettbewerb?

I found a lot of Google results for both "Mathewettbewerb" and "Mathe-Wettbewerb". Is there a guideline that recommends one over the other? More generally, is there a guideline for when to use a ...
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Why do nouns change gender in plural? [closed]

On this site http://german.about.com/library/anfang/blanfang15.htm nouns have different genders in plural forms, why?Also is there a site where I can check the gender of nouns?
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Kann “heute” ein Substantiv sein?

Ich wollte sagen: "Heute ist ein Beispiel für..." (This day/Today is an example for [...]) Ist das korrekt? Oder ist nur "Dieser Tag ist einen Beispiel für..." möglich?
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Groß- und Kleinschreibung und Bindestrich bei Substantiv-Adjektiv-Zusammensetzungen

Werden zwei Substantive mit Bindestrich zusammengefügt, wie z. B. im Druck-Erzeugnis, werden beide großgeschrieben. Bei zwei Adjektiven, wie z. B. das deutsch-französische Wörterbuch, werden beide ...
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“gegenüber etw. [Dat.] geduldig sein” or “mit etw. [Dat.] geduldig sein”

Which preposition can one use with Geduld or geduldig sein? Are they both the same? Example with geduldig: Sei geduldig gegenüber den Plagen or Sei geduldig mit den Plagen Example with ...
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Can I use a noun to describe another noun in German as in English?

In English, a noun can be used as an adjective to describe another noun in the sentence. Take flat screen TV as an example, what's its German translation? Ein flachbildschirm Fernseher Ein ...
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Heiliger Abend oder Heiligabend?

When talking to a native German speaker, should I refer to Christmas Eve as "der Heilige Abend" or "der Heiligabend" or are either appropriate?
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When to use “Der Reis” and when “Das Reis”?

According to translation site there is a two way for noun Reis, that is der Reis and das Reis. Der Reis is a form that is commonly used, but what is with other one? In what situation is it used?
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Synonym für “didaktische Kompetenz”

Ich suche ein Substantiv, das "die Fähigkeit, Wissen vermitteln zu können" bezeichnet. Ich habe bisher nur "didaktische Kompetenz" gefunden und suche bisher erfolglos nach einem einzelnen Begriff.
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Guidelines for the formation of compound nouns [duplicate]

When studying vocabulary, I have noticed some variations in the formation of compound nouns: Wirtschaft s wunder - an s is added between the two nouns. (Other examples: Alter s gruppe, Abteilung s ...
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Drinks as countable nouns?

I've seen the following sentence: Wenn du heute Abend nach Hause kommst, trinken wir einen Sekt auf deine Beförderung. Why is it that Sekt has an article einen even though we cannot really count ...
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What is a Lesepause?

I came across a bookmark in a German biography today with the word Lesepause written on the top. I assume this means bookmark, but I can't find any references to this word in any Wörterbücher. What ...
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Is there a way to form a “one who [verb]s” noun?

In English, I can take just about any verb (for example to crush), and form a noun which means "one who [does that verb]" by adding -er (for example, crusher). Is there a similar formulaic alteration ...
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What is the Singular of 'Ferien'?

In the last days I have come across the question: What is the singular of 'Ferien'? Plural: die 'Ferien' But what is the singular?
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How to get from the diminutive form to the root word (from Häuschen to Haus), and back?

Is there a rule (or best practice) on how to get from a "Substantiv" to it´s diminutive form and also back again? What I mean is i.e: How to get from Haus to Häuschen and back to Haus. It´s a ...
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Does the noun “Kärtchen” have a plural form?

My dictionary does not even have the word Kärtchen, and online translators have very little about this noun. I think that it's neuter (das), yet I would like to know if this word has a plural form and ...
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Wie nennt man ein Produkt oder eine Dienstleistung, die ein Unternehmen nur anbietet, weil es “muss”?

Wie nennt man ein Produkt oder eine Dienstleistung, die ein Unternehmen nur anbietet, weil es denkt, andere erwarten dieses Angebot? Aber tatsächlich bestellt es kein Kunde, noch möchte das ...
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Verb/noun pairs in German (collocation)

I am a native English speaker, relatively fluent in German - but something I continue to find quite difficult is to get a sense of which verb is appropriate for a given noun. It's possible this is ...
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How do Germans refer to people without caring about the gender

In German, a noun always has its own gender. However, there is a case I don't know. Suppose that there is a class with many students, both males and females, and then when I want to refer to all ...
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Indicating case for proper nouns

Consider sentences of the form (correct me if I've got them wrong): Mir ist langweilig / Es ist mir langweilig. Dem Mann ist kalt / Es ist dem Mann kalt. It's important not to use the ...
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Hassling the Hoff - Conjugating sein with two subjects

David Hasselhoff's number Du (featured in the movie Eurotrip) has these lyrics: Ich hab' ein Ziel und dieses Ziel bist du, bist du, bist du. I found the conjugation of sein here interesting ...
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Reference for accusative and dative forms

What is a good reference to look at the accusative and dative forms of nouns? I was looking at the word Wille in the dictionary, and while in this case I can deduce from the examples that the ...
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Schützengrabenvernichtungspanzerkraftwagen

My university German professor claimed (in 1989) that the original full name in German for a tank (of the armored vehicle sort) had been Schützengrabenvernichtungspanzerkraftwagen. This seems ...
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Individuell/Individual- and Generell/General- Phenomena

Can a native German speaker kindly explain this horrible inconsequence in his language? An adjective generell but a noun die Generalprobe Another example... An adjective individuell but a noun die ...
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“vor Kurzem” with capital “K”

Noch vor Kurzem sollte hier ... Why is "Kurzem" written with a capital "K"? How can it function as a noun here, and can we use the same structure with other adjectives (e.g., "vor Langem")? ...
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Which article do we use for countable units of uncountable things?

I have a question about the plural. There are countable nouns like die Banane, das Ei, die Birne, der Apfel as well as uncountable nouns der Wein, der Champagner, das Salz So when we put ...
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How do you say “a runaway” in German?

A policeman found a runawaywalking along highway 75. Ein Polizist hat eine Fliehende auf dem Highway 75 entlang gehen finden. A lot of suggestions came up for the word "runaway" and I chose only ...
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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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Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [closed]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...
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Weak masculine nouns

Has anybody come across reliable ways to know if a masculine noun is weak or not? Der Präsident... Wir brauchen einen neuen Präsidenten. Der Held... Gotham braucht einen Helden. I have noticed ...
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Why is it “der Bikini”? Shouldn't the noun be feminine?

I can understand that some German nouns (e.g. Mädchen) might just always have been whatever gender the noun is, and the explaintion is lost to the mists of time. But Bikinis were invented in the ...
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What's the name of words such as “Fahrerei”, “Kocherei”, “Putzerei”, etc

I got a bunch of questions concerning these words: What's the name of words such as "Fahrerei", "Kocherei", "Putzerei", etc From which words can they be formed of? Only verbs? All verbs? Are ...
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Bei Wörtern wie „Arztbesuch“, wie bestimmt man kontextfrei wie das Verb „besuchen“ wirkt? Wer besucht wen?

(Der Titel diser Frage ist katastrophal, ich gebe zu. Hoffentlich lässt sich bald ein besserer finden.) Hintergrund Die Frage ist eigentlich ein bisschen komplizierter. Natürlich wäre denn ein paar ...
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How do I know which declension pattern a noun belongs to in the Langenscheidt pocket dictionary?

I have this somewhat-useful little yellow book sitting in my backpack, and I've noticed that it has a table in the back that gives 16 groups of noun declension patterns. For whatever reason, these ...
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Do all German nouns start with a capital letter? [duplicate]

The title is auto-descriptive. Do all German nouns start with a capital letter? If no, when should I capitalize them?
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Substantivierung von zusammengesetzten schwachen Verben

Beispiel: fertig machen, bereit machen, zusammen schreiben Wird hier eine Substantivierung ausnahmslos immer zusammen geschrieben? (das Fertigmachen, das Bereitmachen, das Zusammenschreiben) Die vom ...
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Zero article with countable nouns

I came across this sentence in Wikipedia: Eine Tasse ist ein Trinkgefäß mit Henkel, das vorrangig für Heißgetränke verwendet wird. Ein Henkel is a countable noun. In English, a singular ...