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Why we use here in this context “zu Deutsch”?

In a German text, describing Russian sentences for Germans, they wrote a Russian sentence and after it (zu Deutsch: …) That means its translation, but why did they write “zu Deutsch” instead of ...
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Is it “in Urlaub”, “im Urlaub”, or “auf Urlaub”?

When referring to being on holiday any of the following seems possible: Wir sind über die Feiertage im Urlaub. Wir sind über die Feiertage in Urlaub. Wir sind über die Feiertage auf Urlaub. ...
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Die Wörter „für“ und „vor“

Bei Luther habe ich an einigen Stellen ein „für“ gefunden, wo ich ein „vor“ erwartet hätte. Wie ist die Herkunft dieser beiden Wörter, und wie hängen sie zusammen? Ein Beispiel: Das soll ihr ...
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Preposition for “besuchen” with website

Besuchen Sie uns ___ www.abc.net. What would be the preposition here? Is it "an" or "bei" or some others?
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Welche Präposition nutzt man, um “das Bild gehört ihr” zu sagen?

Gibt es eine Präposition, die Zugehörigkeit vermittelt? "Das Bild von ihr" bedeutet, dass man sie im Bild sehen kann, oder? Wie sagt man, dass das Bild ihr gehört? Ist "von" richtig in folgendem ...
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Should prepositions be repeated?

I am writing a formal letter in German, and asked myself a question: Should I repeat prepositions in a series? Vielen Dank für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit und Ihre schnelle Antwort. Vielen Dank für ...
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Preposition for “on/in the internet”

I read the articles on the internet. Should it be Ich habe die Artikel auf dem Internet gelesen. or Ich habe die Artikel im Internet gelesen.
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Position of “nicht” in a sentence containing a “vollverb” and “modalverb”

Is it Ich kann nicht es dir sagen. oder Ich kann es dir nicht sagen. Sometimes I see "nicht" after "modalverb" directly and sometimes before "vollverb". Is there any difference and are ...
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German postpositions

The German adpositions are predominantly prepositions, with some cases such as entlang that can be used both as a preposition and a postposition. are there any adposition in German that are used only ...
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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 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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Relative clauses with postpositions. Nebensätze mit nachgestellten Präpositionen

Take, for sake of concreteness, the preposition entlang (see also this related question). At least, two uses are possible: Genitive preposition: Entlang des Flusses gibt es … Accusative ...
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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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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 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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Unterschied zwischen “anwachsen” und “wachsen”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen diesen Verben? Warum benutzt man das erste Verb in folgendem Satz? Hand in Hand mit dem deutschen Vermögensaufbau ist der gleiche Betrag auf den Schuldenkonten des ...
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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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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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“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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Preposition for islands: “auf Venedig”,…, “auf Grönland”?

I was surprised to hear auf Kuba For islands one uses auf but I somehow assumed "very small Islands" was the scope of that use. Greenland is the largest island you can find. Do we also have to ...
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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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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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“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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“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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'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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Does “entlang” go with dative or accusative?

I found that entlang could be followed by accusative but also by dative. On Duden it reads in the grammar section: Präposition; bei Nachstellung mit Akkusativ, selten (aber noch schweizerisch) ...
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Warum “das” in “ein Haus an das Ufer bauen”?

Aus der Süddeutschen Zeitung: Bevor wir zu der Hauptperson dieser Geschichte kommen, erst einmal kurz zu dem österreichischen Architekten Richard Neutra: Das Haus, das der sich 1932 in Los Angeles ...
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“Mitkommen” oder “mit jdm. kommen”?

Supposing we have the following sentence: I cannot speak yet so good German. That's why I came [here] with an interpreter. Which of the following senteces would translate it better? Ich kann ...
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Präpositionen mit dem Dativ/Genetiv

I am studying grammar at level B1/B2 German and I encountered something I do not really understand: At the moment I am working on a chapter concerning prepositions which require the dative. In this ...
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“Es gibt nichts zu essen” or “es gibt nichts zum Essen”?

As the title says. Are both forms correct? Are there differences in meaning? Would it work with, eg, "tun"? Ich habe nichts zum Tun
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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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Position von “über” in Zeitausdrücke wie “den ganzen Sommer über”

Die Präposition über kann in Zeitausdrücken verwendet werden und trägt die Bedeutung "innerhalb eines Zeitraums". Ein paar Beispiele aus dem Reverso Wörterbuch: über Weihnachten den ganzen ...
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Prepositional use in “Kakao zum Backen und für Desserts”

A box of cacao in the kitchen has the label "Kakao zum Backen und für Desserts". Translating this as cacao for baking and for desserts, is there a reason why Backen takes zu and not Desserts? The ...
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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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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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Dativpräpositionen – how to say “I am going to Anna's House”?

I'm a total beginner and I'd like to cover one of the Dativpräpositionen basics in German. Which of the following sentences is the most correct and complete form of saying "I am going to Anna's ...
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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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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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“Anfrage nach…” is it correct?

I have seen the expression "Anfrage nach..." many times before (on German websites, in the books). As we are currently translating our Website into German, I decided to check if it is correct. The ...
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Meaning of “Angeln von Unbefugten”

From the Hohlspiegel column of Der Spiegel, which is intended for funny/interesting sentences from other sources: Schild an einem Fischweiher in Saarbrücken-Ensheim: Baden, Verunreinigen, ...
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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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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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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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auf/für die Prüfung lernen

Can either of the two prepositions be used in this expression without any difference? „Kommst du mit ins Kino?“ - „Nein, ich muss noch auf/für die Prüfung lernen.“
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Ist es möglich allen Präpositionen wo- und da- voranzustellen?

Ist es möglich allen Präpositionen wo- und da- voranzustellen? Zum Beispiel: womit/damit, wofür/dafür ... und so weiter? Wenn nicht, gibt es einige logische Regeln welche sind akzeptabel und welche ...