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Breaking down “also fangen wir an”

The meaning of also fangen wir an, according to Google Translate is: let's get started. While the individual translation of the words are: so, catch we, to. How did these combine to make that? "So ...
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Past-tense Translations - figuring rules [closed]

I'm trying to figure out a couple of grammatical rules, and the easiest way for me to do that would be if I had translations of the following sentences. He had wanted a cat. I think "er hatte ...
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Literary passage: 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of the following passage. Specifically, I do not understand the 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction at the end. Zum Schäkespears Tag [1771] von ...
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What's the correct way to say “I will have been…” in German?

Let's say I want to say "I will have been a cat." Is it "Ich werde eine Katze gewesen haben.' or "Ich werde eine Katze haben gewesen."? I think it's the first one, but I want ...
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2answers
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Subclause with “wollen” and “ob”

I'm trying to say "I'm making these videos because I want to see if I can improve." I came up with this: Ich mache diese Videos, weil ich sehen wollen, ob ich verbessern kann. I'm ...
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172 views

Wie sagt man “Hug bug” auf Deutsch?

Jana mag die ganze Zeit ihren Freund Klaus umarmen. Im Englischen würde man sagen, dass Jana den Hug Bug hat. Da Hug Bug aber sehr umgangssprachlich ist, gibt es dafür keine direkte Übersetzung. ...
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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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2answers
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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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711 views

“Das ist gut zu wissen” or “Gut zu wissen”?

Gut zu wissen, dass meine Familie rüber nach Kalifornien kommt, um Weihnachtsfest mit mir zu begehen. Is gut zu wissen a correct translation for good to know? Or can one also say it this way? ...
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277 views

“Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit” or “Ich habe fertig die Arbeit”?

Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit. or Ich habe fertig die Arbeit. if there is more explication for "fertig"
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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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2answers
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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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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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“in deiner Abwesenheit von ihm” oder “in deiner Abwesenheit zu ihm”?

I saw some translators translate "in your absence from him" into "In deiner Abwesenheit von ihm" and some into "in deiner Abwesenheit zu ihm". So which one is correct and do they have the same meaning ...
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130 views

How do I say “First week of December” in German?

How do I say "First week of December" in German ? Im Dezember ersten Wochenendes ging ich einkaufen.
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1answer
138 views

why is here “Namen” instead of “Name” [closed]

99 Prozent der Anwälte geben dem Rest einen schlechten Namen. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. Edit: Shouldn't it be "einen schlechten Name", if this is accusative. Why is -n added?
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486 views

Translation of “I have never been to …”

What would be the best translation for I have never been to Germany. Would it be Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gegangen. or Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gewesen. ? Also, is ...
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134 views

ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren “meinem Volke” or “seinem Volke” diene? (Questions about pronoun antecedents & relative clause)

Question 1: I found the clause "ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren seinem Volke diene" in my textbook. The book says that its English translation is "I, who have been serving my people for 20 years". Why ...
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How to say “the start of my new life”?

My attempt: der Anfang meines neuen Lebens. I just want to make sure I’ve got the grammar perfect here. Also, is der Anfang the best-sounding word here, or do you think der Beginn is a better choice? ...
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5answers
562 views

“kein Klavier” or “nicht Klavier” spielen?

Ich spiele nicht Klavier. / Ich fahre Auto nicht. vs. Ich spiele kein Klavier. / Ich fahre kein Auto. What are the differences between those sentences? My grammar book says that Klavier spielen, ...
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4answers
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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676 views

How do you say “I walked in the park” in German?

How do Germans say "I walked in the park/in the woods yesterday"? My dictionary translates to walk as (spazieren) gehen and laufen. I thought to walk, as in I walked in the woods, didn't indicate a ...
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On “bei sich” in translation [closed]

Abbas will keinen Israeli mehr bei sich dulden Does that mean, Abbas doesn't want to tolerate any Israelis any more? I think (I'm almost sure, that is) that this is a good rendering of the ...
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An idiom likely having a more figurative translation

There is a very nice German song whose name is, Ich lass mich auf den Sommer ein. I have found the following idiom with einlassen: sich auf etw (accusative) einlassen, which is rendered as to get ...
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On the usage of nach / hinter / zu

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, there is also the following sentence: Eines Tages war der Vater nach der Arbeit sehr müde. Except for nach der Arbeit, all is clear to me: One day, father was very ...
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Meaning of “werden” in this context

In Der Pfennig by Hans Eckart, I've found the following sentence: Nach Jahren wurde er durch Fleiß und Eifer endlich Vorarbeiter. If my understanding of the text is correct, this should mean: ...
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2answers
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When to use “werden” plus past participle?

I often see in "formal" settings statements like: Die Karten werden gedruckt. However, I rarely see such use of werden plus a past participle in emails and other correspondence—even in more ...
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When do suffixes “-able” or “-ible” translate with “-bar” vs. “-lich”?

We can not simply translate the suffixes "-able" or "-ible" with "-bar" as there seem to be many examples where "-lich" is used instead. avoidable - vermeidbar vulnerable - verwundbar bootable ...
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Is it possible to have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause?

Can one have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause? What I want to write in English is this: The economic crisis which started in 2007 resulted in mergers and state intervention, which ...
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3answers
891 views

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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“Wir waren hier gelaufen” vs. “Wir sind hier gelaufen”

I'd sometimes like to indicate a completed action in the past by using the Plusquamperfekt, as indicated in the title. Whenever I do this, I seem to get strange looks. I have a feeling that I am ...