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When to use “bei”, “in” or “an” with a job description?

The following three sentences use the definite feminine nouns in dative case: Der Mann arbeitet an der Tankstelle. Sie arbeitet in der Bank. Er arbeitet bei der Post. Questions: ...
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On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)

The answer to an earlier question explained that both sentences below are grammatically correct, although they differ slightly in meaning: Was hat er zu Ihnen gesagt? Was hat er Ihnen gesagt? ...
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Two-way prepositions used with non-movement verbs.

The two-way prepositions are all the prepositions that can take both the accusative and dative case. When they are used together with a verb indicating movement there is a simple rule for figuring out ...
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when we use an dem Platz und auf dem Platz (difference)

Ich habe diese Sätze gefunden : Wo ist bitte das Cafe? - Das ist an dem Rosenplatz. Wo ist der Markt? - Auf dem Kirchplatz.
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“um.. zu” or “zu” in “help me wash my car”

Suppose I want to say I want to find someone who can help me wash my car. Can I say Ich will jemand/jemanden finden/suchen, der mir helfen kann, mein Auto zu waschen. Do I need an "um" ...
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Preposition for “working at a university”

Usually we use the preposition bei to describe working at a company: Ich arbeite bei der Firma Siemens. and the preposition an for studying at a university: Ich studiere an der RWTH Aachen. ...
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“von Englisch nach Deutsch” - why not “zu”?

Following the About.com article on zu vs nach, I would guess that "from English to German" would be von Englisch zum Deutsch, but Google Translate uses nach when trying to say 'to a language'. So it ...
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Accusative or dative for verbs of movement

My doubt is with respect to this sentence (in perfect) Er ist zum Büro gegangen. My teacher taught me that we have to use the verb sein as helping verb whenever there is a movement. However, why ...
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“Von Des” vs. “Der”

Could someone please explain how to say "of", as in "the book of the man"? I suspect it is fairly simple but I don't understand the differnce between: der Buch des Mann and der von dem ...
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What is/are the correct preposition/s to use with “Sicherheit”?

I cannot put my finger on why one of the following examples sounds right while the other sounds wrong: a) Der neue Reifen bietet Sicherheit vor Aquaplaning. b) Ein Deich bietet Sicherheit vor ...
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Which preposition goes with “Aufsatz”?

Which preposition goes with Aufsatz? Is it über or zu? Ein Aufsatz über die Kolonialisierung von Namibia? Ein Aufsatz zu der Kolonialisierung von Namibia? They seem to be similar but are there ...
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What prepositions are appropriate with “Willkommen” and websites?

Which preposition is correct: Willkommen bei Myspace!! Willkommen auf meiner Website!
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Which preposition does one use to specify the price of something after verbs “ankaufen” and “verkaufen”?

If I want to say the price of something I sold or I bought, e.g.: Ich kaufte das Kleid mit zwanzig Euro an. Ich verkaufte das Kleid mit dreizehn Euro. Is "mit" the correspondent preposition to ...
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Correct cases in a composite complement involving more than a single preposition

Prepositions like an, auf, zwischen, vor and others can be used in a double sense: if you need to convey the idea of movement you need to use the accusative case along with them, while if the ...
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What is the difference between “auf etwas stoßen” and “gegen etwas stoßen”?

I was sorting out old magazines in the garage that needed to be thrown out. On the way out I bumped my elbow on the door. What preposition do I use here? Gegen or auf etwas stoßen? Or does it not ...
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How to read “modulo” (Math) in German? About the preposition it induces

In English there exists the proposition modulo (see also the Wiktionary entry) or modulo the fact. Any of these, however, are not proper from English, but have their origin in mathematics, presumably ...
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How to determine the case of a dual prepositions apart from movement

I know that when a preposition can take both accusative and dative cases and there is movement, we will ask wo/wohin to determine the case. I also know that you will use accusative when you can ask ...
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Aus vs. Von - What is the difference?

My confusion at the moment lies in the difference in the two prepositions, aus and von. Please note that Dict.cc is my main resource for words and phrases, and it shows the following: I'm fairly ...
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Difference between “kämpfen um” and “kämpfen für”

What is the difference between: Ich kämpfe für mein Heimatland. and Ich kämpfe um mein Heimatland.
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Prepositions and 'which' - how does it work?

In English, you can get phrases, such as 'the house in which he lost his bag', but how would you do this in German? I have made some attempts at a few, but I am unsure if this is how to do it, and if ...
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“von Beruf” but not “Beruf von”?

I am new to German and I have some questions when asking for someone's job in German: Was ist die Person von Beruf? I was taught that "von" in German means "of" in English like in the sentence ...
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'bis' oder 'bis zu(m)'

Welches ist richtig, und warum? (a) Die Temperaturen steigen morgen bis 23 Grad. (b) Die Temperaturen steigen morgen bis zu 23 Grad. (c) Die Temperaturen steigen morgen bis zum 23 Grad. ...
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What is the difference between “um” and “am”?

What is the difference between "um" and "am" in German? e.g. um 8 Uhr vs am 8 Uhr
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“an” oder “für” im Satz?

Die Bewerber waren offen und sehr interessiert an neuen Arbeitsmarktperspektiven in Deutschland. Warum nutzt man an und nicht für? Der Satz kann hier gefunden werden.
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Collecting data on prepositions, looking for counter-examples

I’m collecting data on phrases with two-way prepositions. These are the prepositions that can go with either Dativ or Akkusativ case depending on the usage (an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, ...
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Translation of “this idea is easy to explain”

Diese Idee ist einfach zu erklären Diese Idee ist einfach zum erklären I've seen both versions, but I think only 1. is correct (of course I may be wrong). If 2. is also correct, shouldn't ...
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What preposition to use with “übergeben”?

What preposition do I use with übergeben: Nach dem ersten Weltkrieg wurde Kamerun an Frankreich übergegeben. I want to say: After the first World War Cameroon was handed over to France. ...
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What prepositions are used for communications in social networks?

What preposition do you use to say something like "I will talk to you on skype/facebook/whatsapp." I made a sentence like this, "Ich werde mit dir reden per whatsapp." Is that correct? If not ...
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Welche Präposition gehört zu “ Synonym”?

Das Synonym zu "good" ist "superb". Gehört "Zu" zum Wort Synonym? Ich habe gelesen, dass das Wort "Synonym" mit der Präposition "zu" verwendet werden kann, manchmal mit der Präposition "für". ...
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'auf' oder 'an der' Bushaltestelle?

Welcher Satz ist Richtig? Ich bin auf der Bushaltestelle warten oder ich bin an der Bushaltestelle warten? UND der Bus ist auf der Bushaltestelle? oder der Bus ist an der ...
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What is the correct preposition for “Name” in following contexts

How would I say have a reservation under the name XXX in german ? Ich habe eine Reservation unter dem Namen XXX. or Ich habe eine Reservation auf dem Namen XXX.
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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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Hin and her prepositional contractions

What are all the hin and her contractions people use? z.B. raus, rauf, usw. Is it as simple as every her-preposition, or is it more of a subset? What about hin? For instance, I've seen nüber but ...
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When to use dative or accusative object with “sitzen”?

I'm starting to learn German and I'm confused with usage of those two. Should I use accusative or dative in the following? In dem Kino sitzen Bürger. – dative or In das Kino sitzen Bürger. – ...
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How do you say “from X to Y” in German?

How do you say "from X to Y" in German? I am not sure if I am supposed to write an article with "zu": Ich höre mir alle Arten deutscher Musik an, vom Rock bis zu(r?) Hip-Hop. I listen to all ...
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Changing Dativ-prepositions to Genitiv-prepositions: e.g. “zugunsten mir” with Genitiv instead of Dativ

The preposition zugunsten is used both with dative and genitive. If I remember well, that's the same case for wegen. With wegen, in written language, is better meinetwegen as wegen mir, that is ...
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“In der Schlacht um Tirad Pass” or “bei Tirad Pass”?

How do you say "The Battle of Tirad Pass" in German? Gregorio del Pilar wurde im Jahre 1899 in der Schlacht bei Tirad Pass umgebracht. Gregorio del Pilar wurde im Jahre 1899 in der Schlacht ...
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How we use correctly “etwas für … halten” in sentence?

If for example we would say: I consider you as a brother. I consider you as my older brother. etc. How can we translate those sentences into German, because I don't know how "etw. für ... ...
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Should I use “für” in “Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause”

I want to say "I will go back home (in another country) for two weeks" (a) Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause (b) Ich gehe zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause Which one is correct?
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Präposition für fliegen

Ich weiß, dass dieser Satz richtig ist: Im Sommer fliege ich in die USA. Kann ich auch sagen: Im Sommer fliege ich nach den USA. Gibt es andere präpositionen, die ich benutzen kann?
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Beobachten + preposition? Auf? bei?

I've noticed the most common preposition used with achten is auf. However today I found a sentence that uses the preposition bei: Wenn die Neuronen nicht funktionieren, ist es schwer zu lügen. Das ...
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Preposition with “entwickelt”

Ich will Deutsch lernen, weil ich glaube, Deutschland ist entwickelt in der Technologie und den Wissenschaften, und dafür interessiere ich mich sehr. Ich hoffe, dass ich eines Tages in Deutschland ...
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Understanding usage of Wechsel Dative Prepositions

As a non native speaker, I am unable to wrap my head around with usage of prepositions. Just today in class, my teacher asked the following question from a text in A2 Sprach Training book. ...
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What is the role of ‘zur’ in this sentence?

I’m trying to understand the following sentence (the bit in bold is what I’m struggling with): Schon bei diesem ersten Anprall wären weniger erfahrene und tapfere Seeleute als die der „Argo“ ...
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Restaurant hints. How to correctly order? A concrete example with beer, pizza and ice cream

Three very little questions, which I think do not deserve to be considered separately: At the restaurant: You want a beer. It is das Bier, but one asks for a Paulaner, Duvel,..., X-Marke. It turns ...
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When to use “ins”?

I'm a little confused with the preposition contraction ins. As far as I know, it means in das, but I don't understand why it is used in this sentence: Sie fahren ins Theater. It feels like the ...
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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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“Auf [eine Sprache]” - Etymologie [duplicate]

Warum verwendet man im Deutschen die Präposition "auf" im Zusammenhang mit Sprachen? Warum sagt man also auf Deutsch, auf Englisch, auf Latein etc? In anderen Konstruktionen verwendet man ja auch "in" ...
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Wann soll man “um” oder “über” nutzen, um “about” zu übersetzen?

Präpositionen sind mir der schwierigste Teil der deutsche Sprache. Sie übersetzen nicht genau aus Englisch. Jede Präposition hat verschiedene Bedeutungen. Wann ich auf Englisch "about" benutze, soll ...
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Rules for “es geht um”

As I am learning German on my own there are a lot of things I do not fully understand. One of those things is the use of geht um. Which I think it means something like about (it's about). The problem ...