Verben - Questions on words that describe an action, an occurrence or state of being.

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Why “verschwende” and not “verschwendest” in this song?

I found a Youtube video located here It contains the following lyric "Verschwende deine Zeit nicht an mir, denn Du bist bereits die Stimme in meinem Kopf" I thought since he addressed them with "Du" ...
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What is the meaning of the German verb “treiben”?

According to Leo.org, treiben translates to to float, to chase, to drift, to drive and many other various English verbs that seem unalike. What are its possible meanings and how can I tell which one ...
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Which verbs tense I should learn after simple present?

I'm studying German for a while, I know I still have a lot to learn. But I'm considering which verbs tense I should learn after Simple Present, like a study guide for verbs tense. Could someone give ...
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What is the correct imperative form of “wiederholen”?

I would like to say repeat frequently! by using the verb wiederholen and the adjective regelmäßig. Which one of these is the correct for du and which one for ihr? du wiederhole; wiederhol; hole ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen “verwehren” und “verbieten”

Diese zwei Verben sind im Duden ganz ähnlich erklärt: Verbieten: etwas für nicht erlaubt erklären; etwas zu unterlassen gebieten; untersagen Verwehren: jemandem etwas nicht zu tun erlauben; ...
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Difference between “vermuten” and “erraten”

What is the difference between vermuten and erraten? They both mean somehow guessing. I came to think that erraten is actually closer to the meaning "guessing", while vermuten is in reality ...
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Difference between “nagen” and “annagen”

Is there any difference between nagen and annagen? They both mean to eat away at something., like a mouse or a cat would do. What is it that the prefix an- does to the verb? Does it add any special ...
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When should I use the verb ''tropfen'' and ''tröpfeln''?

The two verbs have the same meaning which is to drip. I tried to formulate two examples and I want to verify if I used them correctly. Das Wasser tropft (dauernd) die ganze Zeit. Ich tröpfle ...
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Meaning of “mitentscheiden bei etw” (dat)?

What does mitentscheiden bei etwas (dat) mean? Specifically, I am not sure about the preposition. Does that mean this: to decide something with someone about something (bei) And is it then ...
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Verwendung von “sich mit etwas erklären”

Aus Spiegel-Online: Wolfgang Schäuble erklärt sich Pegida mit der demografischen Entwicklung Deutschlands: Die Anti-Islam-Bewegung habe auch entstehen können, weil es immer mehr Ältere ohne ...
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Konjunktiv II, du “wärst” or “wärest”?

My german teacher taught us to use "du wärest", but I found some examples in my book in which "du wärst" is used as well. (like this one: Wärst du so nett,..) What do you think about it? Are they ...
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“wurde … Jahre alt” für gestorbene Person

Aus dem Spiegel-Online: Er wurde nur 20 Jahre alt: Junior Malanda ist bei einem Autounfall ums Leben gekommen. Der Bundesligaspieler vom VfL Wolfsburg saß selbst nicht am Steuer des ...
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Ist „existieren“ ein doppelnominativfähiges Verb?

Hier wurde der Doppelakkusativ infrage gestellt. Den Antworten gemäß sollte man vielleicht einfach auch nachvollziehen können, dass es einen Doppelnominativ gäbe. In der Tat sind sein, heißen u.ä. ...
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“zusammenschweißen” ohne Objekt verwenden

Aus dem Spiegel-Online: Auch das Team spricht für den Sport. Es springt zwar fast immer nur einer. Die anderen aber stehen um das Gerät, um ihn im Ernstfall aufzufangen. Man muss einander ...
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Translation of “What type of an animal are you interested in?”

How would one go about translating the sentence: "What type of animal are you interested in?" I read that "to be interested in" is "sich interessieren für". Would it be: "Was für ein Tier ...
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On the usage of “beschenken” or “schenken” in this sentence

I want to translate Give yourselves gifts, then [as a result of that] you love yourselves. into German and so far I have: (Be)schenkt euch, dann liebt ihr euch. (Be)schenkt euch ...
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Verb when a bunch of people raise their glasses and swing it sideways while singing out loud

A long time ago I was at a German class and we where discussing "hard to translate words" and our teacher said there was one verb in German that stand for the action when people (usually in an ...
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Richtig oder falsch: “Kann ich ihr fotografieren?”

"Kann ich ihr fotografieren?" (Can I take your (a girl) photo?) Ist die Frage ist richtig oder falsch?
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Dativ plural usage for Window (der Fenster ?) [closed]

"Kann ich schließen der Fenster?" I want to ask "Can I close the windows (plural) ?"
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Woher stammt das Verb “flacken”

Der Duden sagt Bedeutung [faul] daliegen Herkunft schwäbisch, bayrisch flacken, Herkunft ungeklärt Im thüringischen und fränkischen Raum hat flacken eher die Bedeutung von "schmeißen". ...
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Translation of “I'm looking forward to…”

I'm writing a short essay and I wonder about how I could express "I'm looking forward to...". I found out that I should use the verb "sich auf etw. freuen". So I tried to write this sentence like ...
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unter als Vorsilbe/Präfix des Verbes [duplicate]

Ich habe gemerkt, dass in Verben das Präfix unter- manchmal untrennbar ist (z. B. in unterschreiben, unterlassen) und manchmal trennbar ist (z. B. in untergehen, unterkommen). (1) untrennbar ...
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When should I use Perfekt and when Präteritum? [duplicate]

I asked my german teacher this question and what she said is that there is not such a big difference. I am participating in a A2 German course so I am afraid that she doesn´t want to go too much into ...
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Bilden transitive Verben das Perfekt immer mit “haben”?

Beim Duden-Verlag, bei canoo.net, auf Deutsche Grammatik 2.0, wahrscheinlich auch noch in anderen Quellen und neulich sogar hier am Rande einer anderen Frage findet man die Aussage, daß transitive ...
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Singular oder Plural für Zeiten

Im Englischen gibt es eine Regel, dass für Zeiten (und Länge, Geldbetrag, usw.) das singuläre Verb verwendet werden soll (z.B. Regel 8 hier). Five years is the maximum sentence for that offense. ...
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Is “Möchte Sie” acceptable?

I've found these sentences in a book: "Möchte Sie Banknoten mit Bildern von Kaninchen?" and a couple of lines later: "Welche möchte Sie lieber - mit Bildern von Kaninchen oder von Hunden?" Is ...
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German equivalent of 'smells good' or similar sentence

In English it can it is normal to walk into somewhere and say "smells good" or "looking good" providing you are in an informal setting. Does German have an equivalent way of saying something like, ...
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Reason for irregular verb conjugation

For some verbs, such as essen, the conjugations for du and er, sie, es are irregular. Instead of following the pattern and becoming esst, the vowel is changed to i, making it isst. Another example is ...
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Regular verbs with irregular participle form as adjective

The verb verwirren is a regular verb, with past and perfect forms verwirrte, hat verwirrt However, the related form verworren is still in use as an adjective. Duden explains the etymology: ...
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Modal verb sentence order

I am learning German and we got our first modal verb today, können. We have to put the sentence in order. The sentence pieces are: Die Schüler/gut/Deutsch/können/? Is the sentence suppose to be ...
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List of Phrasal Verbs

I'm looking for a list of German phrasal verbs and their corresponding cases. The list should be as comprehensive as possible. EDIT Following Takkat's answer. The concept of phrasal verbs apparently ...
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Welchen Fall oder welche Präposition verlangt »untersuchen«?

Verlangt untersuchen eine Präposition und falls nicht, welchen Fall verlangt es?
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German sentence structure

is this correct ? In meiner Freizeit ich gern Bucher lesen or this? In meiner Freizeit lesen ich gern Bucher
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Regular compound verbs with irregular root verbs

The verb gleiten has past and perfect forms glitt, hat geglitten Entgleiten is also irregular, with the same forms entglitt, ist entglitten But begleiten is regular: begleitete, hat ...
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Why is “berauben” used with genitive noun?

The verb berauben is used with a genitive noun in the format jemanden einer Sache berauben Is there any reason why genitive? The related verb rauben is used with a dative, as is more common with ...
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“zu” that doesn't cover both verbs in a sentence

In my German essay I intended to say that Sunday should be a day for relaxing and another verb in my language that is translated as "relaxing", too. I wrote: Ein Sonntag sollte einen Tag für ...
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Participles of reflexive verbs

Mit der mittlerweile fünften Streikwelle will die Pilotengewerkschaft Vereinigung Cockpit Bewegung in die festgefahrenen Tarifgespräche bringen. The verb festfahren normally needs to be used in ...
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Verbs that are both separable and inseparable [duplicate]

Some verbs have both a separable and an inseparable form, like durchlaufen. In case of "durchlaufen", the separable form is mainly intransitive, while the inseparable form is mainly transitive ...
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Whats the function of “da” in connection with verbs?

As I figured, da has several meanings. How is it understood, when it comes together with a verb? Consider the following statements Und jeder Priester steht da und verrichtet täglich den ...
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Is there a way to form a “one who [verb]s” noun?

In English, I can take just about any verb (for example to crush), and form a noun which means "one who [does that verb]" by adding -er (for example, crusher). Is there a similar formulaic alteration ...
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When would you use “kommen”, “ankommen”, or “eintreffen”?

I was talking with my partner about when he would be arriving home and when our guest would be arriving. I didn't know the word for "arrive" and Google translate didn't provide much enlightenment. I ...
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Difference between “zweifeln”, “anzweifeln” and “bezweifeln”

I was looking at the verb form from the word "Zweifel" and I found 3 different words: zweifeln anzweifeln bezweifeln It probably is subtle, but could someone explain me the difference between ...
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Does the verb “möchten” exist?

I have often encountered the forms möchte, möchtest.... Does the verb möchten exist? Is it some special form of mögen or an independent verb?
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Does “wiederhören” really exist?

I know that wiedersehen exists together with its declination, but what about wiederhören? Does that verb really exist?
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Wie bestimmt man eindeutig die Zählform eines Verbs?

Es sollte eigentlich eindeutig sein, worauf sich das Verb in den folgenden Sätzen jeweils bezieht und wie es demzufolge - Singular oder Plural - gebildet wird. Ist es (für mich) aber nicht. ...
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Liste mit “Denk-Verben” [closed]

Ich suche Quellen - gedruckt oder online - für eine möglichst umfangreiche, wenn nicht gar vollständige Liste deutscher "Denk-Verben", also Verben wie denken, wissen, verstehen, erkennen, glauben, ...
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Verb for denoting location

I have noticed in German sein is not used as frequently as "to be" in English to denote where something is. The store is on the corner Your poster is on the wall Where is the closest ...
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“I am going to take a shower”

Would you say Ich werde eine Dusche nehmen. or Ich gehe eine Dusche nehmen. Which one is right for the sentence: "I am going to take a shower." "I am going to take a shower" vs. "I will ...
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Meaning of German verb “anflicken”

I have come across the verb anflicken in a German translation of Ars Poetica by Horace and have not been able to find the meaning or translation in English on the internet. I have found example ...
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Verb/noun pairs in German (collocation)

I am a native English speaker, relatively fluent in German - but something I continue to find quite difficult is to get a sense of which verb is appropriate for a given noun. It's possible this is ...