Questions about which German phrase among grammatically correct alternatives is the best stylistic fit for the intended use.

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Is there an alternative to using “man” repetitively?

I've noticed that when using man it can become extremely repetitive Wenn man solche Goethe-Institut-Prüfungen machen will, muss man bereits wissen, auf welcher Stufe man ist. Das klingt für mich ...
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Can I move the separable prefix isolated at the end of the main sentence in front of the relative clause?

I learned on a website that if a relative clause separates the final verb element from the main clause, it would be awkward; the first (in bold print) in each of the pairs below is better than the ...
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Aufzählung: Numerus und Kasus

Es geht um folgenden Satz: Was ich habe, ist Mut, Entschlossenheit und der Drang, nicht auf die Nase zu fallen. Die "ist"-oder-"sind"-Frage. Ich habe mich des folgenden Threads bedient: ...
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Kann man einen “fachlich geprägten Kunden” einem “technisch argumentierenden Entwickler” entgegen setzen?

It is about Software Engineering, where it usually comes to problems in communication between the customers (domain-specific, functional, professional lexis) and developers (technical, generic lexis). ...
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Repetitive use of genitive (Genitivkette)

How many times one can use genitive to refer to an object? German sentences like: Das Fenster des Hauses der Mutter meiner Freundin u.s.w. are, in my opinion, strange and stylistically ...
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Adapting a Quote in Old English Style

I'd like to give someone a gift (who speaks German, and is also a fountain pen user) and include a quote from S.B.R.E. Brown (podcast here) written down with my own calligraphy. The problem is that ...
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Wann kann man “Sachen” für “Kleidung” sagen?

In manchen Situationen kann man "Sachen" für Kleidung sagen, in anderen nicht. Gebräuchlich (?): a) Ich bin beim Baden, meine Kleidung liegt irgendwo, ich will sie anziehen, entdecke aber, dass ...
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Localization Help

I'm writing a program and need to know how dates, versions, time, and numbers are formatted in the German Language Example (in English) Version 1.0.0 (Build 0) How would that look in German?
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How do we use “Verschlimmbesserung”?

Sometimes we can hear or read of a "Verschlimmbesserung": Schmidt bezeichnete Elena als Beispiel „für die schlimmste Verschlimmbesserung von Verfahren“. Was als Projekt zum Bürokratieabbau gedacht ...
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“Personen” or “Menschen”

While reading some recent newspaper stories as well as book jacket introductions, I noticed that when describing the characters of the story the writers were often using "Personen" and "Menschen" ...
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Sollte der Plural von Status im Schriftlichen vermieden werden?

Es geht um eine Übersicht unfertiger Projekte, die einen Indikator besitzen, der anzeigt in welchem Status sich das Projekt befindet. Wenn ich in der Programmbeschreibung sagen möchte: In diesem ...
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When is 'to' translated with “um zu”, when with “zu”

The infinitve marker "to" can not simply be translated with "zu". Apparently in most instances it translates with "um zu", wheras in other instances "zu" alone is used. 1 "Del" is the key to ...
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What's the politically correct way to say “mentally retarded” in German?

In a setting where it is important to minimise social offense, which words can be used to denote mentally retarded individuals?
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Is there a style guide for German similar to The Elements of Style for English?

Is there a German style guide similar to "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White or "Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace" which are well known for English?
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Roman Numeral 2 (II) under Bundesadler

I have a west german military greatcoat that I found on ebay. On the shoulder there is a patch with the Bundesadler and a roman number 2 (II) underneath it. What does this mean? I was hoping to ...
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Are sentences with and without “dass” equally common? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sind „Ich denke, dass [Nebensatz]“ und „Ich denke, [Hauptsatz]“ auswechselbar? Are these two sentences used equally in informal conversation, or is one form preferred ...
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Continuing situations in German

In English I'm often using the word still to emphasize I'm in a continuing situation. For example I still haven't done my Christmas shopping. It is still raining here. I hope the film will ...
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Wann wird “Telegrammstil” heute noch benutzt?

"Telegrammstil" ist eine aus Platzgründen eingeführte grammatikalische Verknappung in Telegrammen. Heute gibt es aber keine Telegramme mehr; dennoch ist der Telegrammstil weit verbreitet. "Bin ...
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To which extent should repetitions of “der”, “die” and “das” be avoided?

When I speak, it often happens that pronoun/article homonyms crop up after each other. So viele Katzen! Ich mag die, die den Hut trägt. Ich mag die, die die Mütze trägt. Welches ...
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Wie verwendet man Bindestriche bei mehrteiligen Eigennamen richtig?

Ich stolpere oft über die Bildung von zusammengesetzten Wörtern mit Hilfe von Bindestrichen, v. a. wenn diese Eigennamen enthalten. Ich bin oft versucht die Wörter durch einfaches ...