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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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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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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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“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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“Benehmen” and “Verhalten”

What is the difference between Verhalten and Benehmen? Sein Verhalten meinen Eltern gegenüber ist schön. Mein Benehmen in der Deutschklasse war sehr gut.
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Are German people always sure about the declension of a noun?

Talking about masculine nouns, German has the three categories weak/strong/mixed. Then the strong one is divided into three classes for the plural. A noun is placed into a particular category/class ...
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Unterschied zwischen “Körper” und “Leib”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Begriffen Körper und Leib? Ich meine in dieser Bedeutung (nach dem Duden): Körper 1. a. das, was die Gestalt eines Menschen oder Tieres ausmacht; äußere ...
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What is the noun of the adjective “warm”? [closed]

I was practicing with this site and it ask for the noun of the adjective warm and I didn’t find it in any dictionary. Please help me.
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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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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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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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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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How to avoid repeating nouns, using an adjective?

I wanted to write Rather than famous writers, I like predominantly unknown ones. in German, and I was trying with Ich mag überwiegend/eher unbekannte Schriftsteller, mehr als bekannte ...
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Einsamkeit und Zweisamkeit

I have just encountered the word "Zweisamkeit". Till this moment I knew only "Einsamkeit" und "Gemeinsamkeit". Do you know any other words like this?
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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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Translation of “der Richtschein”

I'm doing an internship in Germany in a steel-selling firm, and I'm struggling to translate the word Richtschein for my report. In the process of selling, that's what comes between the order (Auftrag) ...
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What are the rules to forming noun compositions like 'Hesse-Matrix'?

I stumbled over the term "Hesse-Matrix". A matrix is a mathematical object and a Hesse-Matrix is a particular matrix named after mathematician Ludwig Otto Hesse. My first question is whether this ...
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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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Sind Pflanzennamen oder Musikinstrumente Eigennamen?

Bei Gesellschaftsspielen, in denen es um Sprache geht, gibt es oft die Einschränkung, dass man keine Eigennamen verwenden darf (Bsp. Scrabble). Gehören dazu eigentlich auch Pflanzennamen wie Salbei ...
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Is there a rapid online access to “feste Nomen-Präposition bzw. -Verb Verbindungen”?

Is it me, or is it difficult to find online, in dictionaries and so on, all the information about a "feste Nomen-Präposition Verbindungen"? Suppose you are writing in German and, for sake of ...
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Declension for neutral n-nouns (weak noun), (e)s or (e)n?

My German is currently not good so please use English so I can understand according to this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_nouns#Declension_for_case II: Personal names, all neuter and ...
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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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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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What is the difference between “der Rettich” and “das Radieschen”?

Both Rettich and Radieschen refer to radish. Rettich Radieschen Is there a difference? Is it a regional difference? Or different kind of raddish? Or is it just different names that refer to the ...
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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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“der Satz”: How to disambiguate the two linguistic meanings?

The word Satz can mean, among other things: Clause: "A verb along with its subject and their modifiers." Sentence: "A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, ...
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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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“Das Haar” oder “die Haare” als Kopfbehaarung [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should one use singular form of “hair”, when plural? Nennt man die Kopfbehaarung "das Haar" oder "die Haare"? Ich trage mein Haar / meine Haare lang. Das ...
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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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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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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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Associate the possessive adjective to a neutral noun

You want to associate the possessive adjective to the possessor (noun). If you have a masculine noun, you use sein/seine/sein If the possessor is feminine, you use ihr/ihre/ihr What about ...
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“Nice summary +1”: Wie sagt man das hier?

Leo zeigt viele Möglichkeiten auf: der Abriss die Aufstellung die Auswertung der Auszug - Text die Inhaltsangabe die Inhaltsübersicht der Kurzbericht die Kurzfassung das ...
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What percentage of German masculine nouns are weak nouns?

Just what the question says. One could restrict the domain of nouns according to a certain frequency or top-X masculine nouns.
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Why isn't the adjective declined just as the corresponding noun is? [closed]

Adjectives are divided into three classes according to the presence/absence of an article. But I don't understand why a certain adjective does not simply take the ending of the noun it refers to or ...
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Sind “Nutzerverhalten” und “Konsumentenverhalten” gleichbedeutend?

Sind die Begriffe 'Nutzerverhalten' und 'Konsumentenverhalten', speziell bezogen auf den Kontext des Web, gleichbedeutend? Der Begriff "Konsument" wird – soweit ich gelesen habe – mittlerweile ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?