relating to the supra-regional German used in the written language

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How to use perfect in this sentence

I have a problem understanding how to use perfect in the following sentence: Ich bin mit dem Bus in das Stadtzentrum gefahren. I know we are supposed to use the auxiliary verb haben in perfect ...
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Suche ein geeignetes Wort für umgangssprachlich “unfit”

Oft im Zusammenhang mit Sport oder Gesundheit, aber auch im beruflichen Umfeld und bezüglich der geistigen Leistungsfähigkeit hört man das Wort "unfit", das als Verneinung von "fit sein" gebildet wird....
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What is the DIN standard for a business letter? [closed]

I'm told that there is a DIN standard that specifies the format of a business letter in Germany. What standard is it, and where can I find it?
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Is “ich” a subject or not

I am working on grammar-related exercises in a book from PONS. In one assignment, I must find the subject in some piece of text. I think that in the following sentence, the subject is ich: Was ...
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“hoch” im Sinn von “hinauf/herauf” - umgangssprachlich oder standard?

Bei Sprechern aus der Bundesrepublik hört man oft "hoch" im Sinn von "hinauf" oder "herauf" (z.B. "Ich gehe die Treppe hoch"), während es in Österreich ausschliesslich im Sinn von engl. "high" ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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Gegenteil von Apotheose?

Apotheose = Erhebung eines Menschen zu einem Gott What is the opposite, where a god would become mortal? / Was ist das Gegenteil, wenn also ein Gott sterblich würde?
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Everyday German in conversation

I want to read some conversation in places like a shop, a restaurant, in a class between student and teacher, college and other occasions. It should be something like this English website: Everyday ...
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When is “gehen” properly used?

When is the word "gehen" properly used? Is it only used to indicate walking? For example, are any of these correct: ich gehe nach Moskau (if I live in, say, South America) ich gehe mit dem ...
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Hochdeutsch only or also regionalisms?

When making a sales call, for example, should you: only speak standard Hochdeutsch with the customer no matter what, use that customer's regional language or dialect if you know it to "get on their ...