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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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How to say “Sorry that I am late”?

I would like to know how to express “Sorry that I am late” in German. What would be the best and most common way to say that? Would any of the following be right? Entschuldigung / Entschuldigen ...
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Wie sagt man “Ending” auf Deutsch?

Wie sagt man "Ending" in diesem Zusammenhang? Ich schreibe schon seit einer Woche einen Roman, und ich denke über einen Ausgang dafür nach. Ich kann nicht "Happy end" schreiben, da nicht alle ...
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How do I say “The night is young” in German?

How do I say "The night is young" in German? Here's my attempt: Die Nacht ist jung.
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“Join” in German

I'm searching on Internet the similar word of "join" in a sense to join a group, for example if I see some people talking together how is the better way I can say "Can I join the conversation" ...
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Wie sagt man in Deutsch “axioms of class existence”?

Ich brauche eine Hilfe, ich möchte wissen, wie man auf Deutsch "axioms of class existence" sagt. Der Kontext ist das
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What is this politician saying?

At one point in this video, Gregor Gysi says something that sounds like “das liegt zum Glück”. My German is a little rusty (I intend on fixing that shortly), so I’m not sure as to the meaning of that ...
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Fernsehen verb usage practice in a sentence

During the German class, we studied that the verb fernsehen (to watch TV) should be conjugated as ich sehe fern, du siehst fern, etc. I want to translate the sentence I watch TV on evenings to ...
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Three Verbs in a clause with “zu”

I'm trying to express this idea in German: I would like to try to write it. Since würde doesn't typically require zu in the infinitive, I'm confused about whether I need to have zu in this ...
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»Wir würden es dir gesagt haben« vs. »Wir hätten es dir gesagt«

Ich versuchte, folgenden Satz ins Deutsche zu übersetzen: We would have told you. Ich dachte, dass Folgendes richtig wäre: Wir würden es dir gesagt haben. Aber mir wurde gesagt, dass die ...
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Project planning terminology

We are wrestling with some German translations that have been made by different native speakers. These terms are used in project planning software. A project plan has tasks for which requests (for ...
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The situation in Post Office

I was waiting for a box via mail, but it did not arrive in time. For this reason I went to post office and asked the guy in charge to learn if they will contact me somehow in case they cannot reach ...
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Übersetzung von “left to wonder what could have been”

He was left to wonder what could have been. Die Phrase "was left to wonder what could have been" ist sehr idiomatisch in der englischen Sprache. Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? Wäre es ...
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Übersetzung von “stand out from the rest of the class”

With his grades, Sascha stands out from the rest of the class. Die empfohlenen Übersetzungen von stand out sind hervorstechen und auffallen. (a) Mit seinen Noten sticht Sascha vom Rest der ...
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Übersetzung von “to waitlist”

Felix was waitlisted by Yale. Hier ist waitlist als Verb verwendet. Gibt es auch ein Äquivalent auf Deutsch? Oder muss man einfach nur umschreiben, wie Felix war auf die Warteliste von Yale ...
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How to translate “The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination”

How would you translate this quote? The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination. You can translate it to this: Der Unterschied zwischen dem ...
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Translation of “neither team played well”

Neither Team A or Team B played well. could be translated as Weder Team A noch Team B hat gut gespielt. (is it "hat" and not "haben", similar to in English?) What about Neither team ...
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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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What is a semantically good translation for: continue reading or read more on blog (home) pages?

I am trying to build a blog home page with the usual list of article excerpts, where the excerpt contains a read more link to the complete article. In english a read more link might look like: ...
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What is the meaning of the name Ziesenis or Zieseniss?

One of my ancestral surnames is Ziesenis and I'd like to know what it means. They were Prussian immigrants to the US back in the 1800s.
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Tar baby in German?

How would you translate the term tar baby? I know the translated title of a book by Toni Morrison is Teerbaby but that doesn't really mean anything for someone who didn't read the book. In English ...
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How can “Dense plasma focus” be translated?

Does anybody know how to translate "dense plasma focus"? I would like to start the German Wikipedia article, but I don't know how this is called in German. A dense plasma focus (DPF) is a machine ...
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How can 'loss function' be translated?

In mathematical optimization, statistics, decision theory and machine learning, a loss function or cost function is a function that maps an event or values of one or more variables onto a real ...
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“aus”, “outside” or “from”?

In this sentence: Nehmen Sie den Wein aus Deutschland. what would "aus" mean? "outside" or "from" ? And is this a question? I see the verb and pronoun are switched. In other words, should I ...
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Translation of “sharing key”

I am a native speaker, but I have no idea how to translate "sharing key" into German. I don't know if there are multiple meanings of "sharing key", but just in case, I am talking about a string that ...
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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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Übersetzung von “more money than when …”

I have more money than when I started the job. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? Ich habe mehr Geld als, als ich die Arbeit begann. Es sieht komisch aus, zwei "als" nacheinander zu haben. ...
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Translation of “better than I thought it would be”

The show was better than I thought it would be. How can we translate this into German? I think (a) Die Aufführung war besser als ich dachte. already captures the meaning of the sentence, ...
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Translation of “profit formula”

In this article by Mark Johnson, the term profit formula is used. He describes it like so: The profit formula is the blueprint that defines how the company creates value for itself while providing ...
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In-app “Done” translation?

In our mobile app we have a kind of media gallery where you can select several images to put them into a "social album". On the English translation of the app the term Done in the right top corner is ...
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“I call bullshit” – German counterpart?

I cannot come up with a good German counter-part to: I call bullshit. Some things I pondered so far include: Das ist Blödsinn. So’n Blödsinn. My problem is that these directly refer ...
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Wie übersetzt man “the [noun] of not [verb]-ing”?

Examples: the advantage of not requiring the installation of a video distributor the cost of not having a constitution the risk of not undergoing formal vocational training the importance of ...
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How would you say “as what is Britain perceived”?

I'd like to know which verb to use for "perceive" in this context. Dictionary gives me "empfinden" and "wahrnehmen". Also, how to say "as what". I know "was" is but not sure whether "als was" is ...
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Translation of “Let me tell you”

I'm thinking of a translation of Let me tell you. One thing that comes to mind is (a) Lassen Sie mich Ihnen sagen. but it doesn't sound quite correct. Another possibility is (b) ...
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“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 “Wo” and not “Was”?

In the following sentence why using Was instead of Wo is not possible? Wo arbeitet Hans? according to my book the only possible W-question is Wo
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Translation (en–de): Stack Overflow

I would like to translate the Term Stack Overflow. Google gives me the following translation proposals for the term stack: Stapel - stack, pile, batch, staple, stocks Paket - package, ...
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Wie heißt in einer Zahnarztpraxis der Angestellte, der Kundentermine und Bezahlungen behandelt?

Es gibt den Arzt, die Krankenschwester/Behandlungsassistenten, aber oft auch eine "Sekretärin" die am Telefon antwortet, usw. Wie aber heißt die Funktion im Titel der Frage genannte ...
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What is the intention of the “Leere Flasche nicht verschliessen!” instruction? [closed]

I have some bottles of Hirschbraeu beer in 500ml brown bottles with swing tops like this. On the back label, along with information about the brewery and the beer, is the instruction "Leere Flasche ...
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Translation of “der Richtschein”

I'm doing an internship in Germany in a steel-selling firm, and I'm struggling to translate the word Richtschein for my report. In the process of selling, that's what comes between the order (Auftrag) ...
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How do you say “What makes your heart skip a beat?” in German? [duplicate]

By "skip a beat", I mean more to the context of what makes someone "excited". How do you phrase it in German?
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best choice of words in requesting a reply to an email: zusenden, mitteilen

I need to add a sentence to a letter that has already been translated into German, to say that the recipient of the letter can send his/her evaluation (opinion) either by email or on our website. My ...
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Help with “schmecken” verb + dative

I'm a German newbie and I'm trying to translate "Der Wein schmeckt dem Mann" Der Wein = the wine, subject schmeckt = ? tastes ? dem Mann = to the Mann I can't give this sentence a meaningful ...
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“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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What does “Die Weichen waren gestellt” mean?

I am reading Peter Zolling´s "Deutsche Geschichte von 1871 bis zur Gegenwart". Can someone please help me understand the sentence: Die Weichen waren gestellt?
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Best translation for “software-development manager”

I’m interested in learning the job title for a person who has HR responsibility for a group of developers (software-development manager in English). I’ve been looking at a few sites, and I’m trying ...
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Wie kann man „industry reputation“ ins Deutsch übersetzen?

Wie kann man „industry reputation“ ins Deutsch übersetzen? Der ganze Satz: The Guild’s primary role is as an advocate for pharmacists in relation to pharmacy ownership rules and industry ...
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German word for “suspension” / “suspended harmony” (music theory)

I'm searching for a German word for suspension, referring to music theory. Suspension as in suspended harmony. From Wikipedia: A suspension (SUS) (sometimes referred to as a syncope) occurs when ...
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»Jmd. ähnlich sehen« vs. »ähnlich aussehen« und »wie jemand aussehen«

Wenn ich richtig es verstanden habe, wird jemandem ähnlich sehen als to resemble someone ins Englische übersetzt, also: Er sieht mir ähnlich. – He resembles me. Wieso wird in diesem Fall nicht ...
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“dass alle unsere Bewusstheit sich auf Irrthümer bezieht” – meaning of “sich beziehen”

Does anyone have any insights into what Nietzsche means by sich beziehen auf in this passage? Usually it means to refer to or to apply to or something similar, but I am not sure here. Those words do ...