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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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Translation for 'abticken' needed

I couldn't find a match for the german "abticken". What is the word in English for that?
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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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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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Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
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Why do many english philosophers speak german, can german philosophical texts be translated hardly? [closed]

Concerning this question Is it more common to write longer sentences in german than in english? in conjunction with my knowledge that some well-known english philosophers do speak german, im ...
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What would be an appropriate translation of the expression “strike the iron while it's hot”?

What would be an appropriate translation of the expression "strike the iron while it's hot" in German?
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Translation of “intervention” as in “orchestrated attempt by family and friends to give someone help with an addiction.”

The English word "intervention" can have the following meaning (taken from wikipedia): An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get ...
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Wie sagt man “Make Someone Happy” auf Deutsch?

Would it be "lass eine glücklich, or "mach eine glücklich? Or some third phrase? This comes from another of my translations of the popular American song Make Someone Happy. A more complete ...
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How to translate “Anstrich” in draw/wrinting context into English?

The word "Anstrich" is used in different contexts. Here I'm refering to a stroke beginning the sketch of a character. This stroke is not part of the character but often used when it comes to ...
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Difference between Erfahrung and Erlebnis?

They both translate into "experience" in English.
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What is the correct form of past tense of “sich ausgehen”

I'm looking for a form of the verb sich ausgehen in the past sense, close to the meaning of We didn't make it (because of time constraints) yesterday anymore. I was wondering if I could say ...
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Meaning of “Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor”

I'm reading Kleiner Eisbär, wohin fährst du? von Hans de Beer but I'm puzzled by this sentence: Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor. If verlassen is a reflexive verb as the word sich suggests, ...
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A fact following from an argument: “folgt von” or “folgt aus”?

When explaining that something (a fact, for example) follows from (is a deduction thereof) something else (another fact, for example), which preposition is used? I would guess "aus" but these things ...
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How do German speakers translate sounds that animals make?

I have always been interested in the ways that animal sounds are "translated" in foreign languages. Presumably, the sounds are the same to our ears. In English: Dog: woof Cat: meow Cow: moo Duck: ...
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Is there a good translation for “Dark horse”?

Ich habe gerade versucht, den englischen Ausdruck "Dark horse" zu übersetzen, und es hat gar nicht funktioniert :). Obwohl das immer witzig ist, kann jemand mir helfen mit einer Übersetzung?
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How rude is “fressen”?

According to this question, I'd assume that "fressen" is insulting cause it's defined "to eat like a pig". Am I right? Das im Kalender ruhig ist, sonst aber Menschen plagt und frisst. Does this ...
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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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Is there a German equivalent for “Aladdin's Lamp”?

Here's another translation exercise. The original English was (From Long Ago and Far Away) Jerome Kern and George Gerswhin: Chills ran up and down my spine, Aladdin's lamp was mine. The dream ...
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How does “wegpissen” translate?

Sometimes I read the following expressions: Dieses Video ist zum Wegpissen. Ich könnt mich jedesmal wegpissen! Obviously "to piss off" does not fit the context. Where does this expression ...
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Das Highlander-Prinzip

In einem internationalen Meeting sprach ein (deutscher) Arbeitskollege etwa folgenden Satz: I'm not sure if we can handle this with the Highlander principle . Gemeint war das Motto "Es kann ...
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How do you say: “Freundschaft, Genossen!” in English?

While thinking about this question: Are "friends" and "Freunde" false-friends? I realized that there is one use of "Freund" that does not indicate a lot of closeness: How do you ...
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How to translate the word “download” to German?

In German there is runterladen or herunterladen for the term to download. Is there a common translation for the noun of download that could be used for translating i.g. the amount of downloads ...
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Are “friends” and “Freunde” false-friends?

I guess that "Freund" is better translated with "close friend" and "friend" is more our German "Bekannter". Especially in context with twitter and other social networks one seems to get a lot more ...
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Ist “rauf voten” und “runter voten” eine akzeptable Übersetzung für “upvote” und “downvote”?

Was ist eine angemessene deutsche Übersetzung von upvote und downvote? Das deutsche Verb voten findet man in Duden Online. Zur englischen Orthografie siehe EL&U.
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Is there an appropriate translation for “learning by doing”?

The term "learning by doing" is also widely used in Germany. The translation: Lernen durch Handeln seems not to be appropriate in most cases. Examples Einen Englischlehrer übrigens hat ...
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Wie übersetzt man “schwerpunktmäßig” ins Englische?

Wie übersetzt man schwerpunktmäßig in Bezug auf Arbeitsfähigkeiten? Zum Beispiel: Herr Schmidt ist schwerpunktmäßig mit den folgenden Tätigkeiten befasst... Ich hätte gern einziges Wort dafür ...
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What is an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”?

What is a good English phrase for "produktionsbedingter Leerraum"? The literal meaning is "an empty space caused by production" and tells buyers that the half-empty cookie box is a feature.
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What does “Ich brauch mal Storno” mean?

Ich war heute bei Kaufland und habe blah blah... ich brauch mal Storno gehört. Bedeutet das so etwas wie "Kaffeepause" oder mehr in Richtung "Pinkelpause"? Oder ist die Bedeutung eine ganz ...
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What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?

There are some words in German which sound as if they were English foreign words, but have a completely different meaning in English. E.g. Handy - mobile phone Homeoffice - Working from Home ...
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Is “du bist dran” the best translation for “it is your turn”?

Is there a more direct translation of "it is your turn"? I have used "du bist dran" for card games and the like, but is that a good translation in general? For example how would you translate "it is ...
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Translation of common Australian saying — “If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick.”

I am looking for a faithful translation of the (common in Australia) saying: "If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick." It is in no way offensive, and means that if you ...
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Wie sagt man “in terms of” auf Deutsch?

Ich bekomme es irgendwie nicht hin, den folgenden Satz schön ins Deutsche zu übersetzen: The function words is defined in terms of primitive combinators. Speziell geht es mir um den Teil in ...
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Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher?

Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher, also Wörterbücher für z. B. Deutsch–Bayrisch oder Bayrisch–Hessisch? Wenn ja, welche könnt ihr empfehlen?
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Was ist eine angemessene Übersetzung für “shitstorm”?

Was ist eine angemessene Übersetzung für "shitstorm"? Gibt es dafür ein deutsches Wort?
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What is the German equivalent of foo, bar, baz?

The English words foo, bar and baz are often used as placeholder nonsense names in programming. In French, "toto, titi, tata, tutu" are common. Which words are used for this purpose in German code? ...
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How do you say that you're 'high' (from smoking marijuana) in German?

How do you say that you're 'high' (from smoking marijuana) in German? Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well? Also if there is a term for people who smoke a ...
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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 ...
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How would one say 'I solved the Dirac equation.', and 'You solved the Dirac equation?'?

Given a statement and a question of nigh identical substance, I'm curious how each might be translated, specifically wondering: would they differ based on whether it is me or you concerned? For ...
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Gibt es eine deutsche Phrase, die dasselbe bedeutet wie “It is an ill wind that blows no good”?

Gibt es eine deutsche Phrase, die dasselbe bedeutet wie "It is an ill wind that blows no good"? Is there a German phrase that has the same meaning as "It is an ill wind that blows no good"? This ...
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What can “passt schon” mean?

I've heard the phrase "passt schon" used to mean: Never mind: „Ich denke... nee, passt schon.“ No problem: „Entschuldigung!“ „Passt schon.“ OK: „Wie geht's?“ „Passt schon.“ What can it mean in ...
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Is “Heizölrückstoßabdämpfung” a real word?

I saw "Heizölrückstoßabdämpfung" as an example of a word that is almost a pangramm without repetitition, but is it a real German word?
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What is a good translation for “I wish!” ?

Often times, a situation comes up and I want to use the expression "I wish!" For instance, somebody asks me: "Is that brand new car yours?" or "Was that you who I saw winning $1000?" However, I don't ...
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resent the implication

How could one translate the phrase "I resent the implication". The way I hear it now and then is as an answer in a conversation and as I understand it, it is polite talk when someone is offended by ...
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Wie kann man 気持ちいい am besten auf Deutsch ausdrücken?

Wie kann man das Japanische 気持ちいい kimochi ii am besten auf Deutsch ausdrücken in den folgenden Situationen: ein kimochi ii Pullover eine kimochi ii Massage kimochi ii Wetter generell kimochi ii, ...
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What is the German equivalent of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”?

What is the German equivalent of "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."? That is: A phrase used for font selection that contains all the letters of the alphabet.
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How to translate Fernweh to English?

Is there a good English translation for Fernweh? dict.leo.org suggests wanderlust and itchy feet, but they are both more about travelling around rather than going away.