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What's the difference between “öffnen” and “aufmachen”?

Meagan opens her car door and gets in. Meagan macht die Wagentür auf und steigt ein. Can I also use öffnen in this context? What's the difference between aufmachen and öffnen?
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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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“Mitkommen” oder “mit jdm. kommen”?

Supposing we have the following sentence: I cannot speak yet so good German. That's why I came [here] with an interpreter. Which of the following senteces would translate it better? Ich kann ...
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Meaning and usage of “aufarbeiten”

So I was given an example sentence from Baron's 501 German verbs … It goes as follows "Er denkt daran, seine Kriegserlebnisse zu einem Artikel aufzuarbeiten." The translation says "He's thinking of ...
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Difference between “wegfahren”, “fortfahren”, “losfahren” and “abfahren”

Wegfahren, fortfahren, losfahren, abfahren — all these verbs mean to leave by car (e.g. drive away, drive off). But is there any difference between them or are they complete synonyms? In case of ...
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What sort of correlation is there between “Abkommen” as a noun and “abkommen” as a verb?

I am pretty sure that those who are studying German must have encountered the following verb and noun: das Abkommen (Agreement, pact) and abkommen (to deviate) I am pretty sure the above ...
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How to derive the despective-collective nouns from verbs?

Is there a general rule to derive this sort of colloquial despective nouns: schreiben → das Geschreibe rennen → das Gerenne schreien → das Geschrei I wanted to form that from ...
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Why isn't “gehen” in the sentence?

Sie müssen durch den Eingang, dann die Treppe hoch und sofort rechts. [You must go through the entrance, then up stairs and immediately to the right]. In English, we have the verb to go. Why ...
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Warum „am Bahnhof ankommen“ anstatt „an den Bahnhof“?

Ankommen ist ein Bewegunsverb. Dementsprechend sollte es allem Anschein nach den Akkustativ verlangen, denn an geht beides mit Akkusativ und Dativ. Wieso denn: am Bahnhof ankommen und nicht ...
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Wann verwendet man „zu“ mit dem Infinitiv?

Wie kann man wissen, ob man den Infinitiv mit oder ohne „zu“ schreibt? Das darf ich nicht probieren. Das wage ich nicht zu probieren. Ich gehe spazieren. Ich mag es zu spazieren. Bonusfrage: Was ...
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Differences between “fortfahren”, “fortsetzen”, “weitermachen”, “weitergehen ”and “fortführen”

There may be other verbs that might also mean to continue. Whenever I practice my writing, I find these very confusing. What are the difference between these verbs? I initially thought that they are ...
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reflexive verb determining whether “sich” should be dative or accusative

I have gathered the following information from the University of Michigan's German course: Normally the reflexive pronoun will be accusative. If the verb already has an accusative object, ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen “festsetzen”, “festlegen” and “feststellen”

These three verbs seem to mean pretty much the same thing (to set, or to determine, establish). I would like to know the precise difference between these verbs with examples if possible.
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“Tempel ein” in Die Zauberflöte

In the libretto of the Magic Flute, the phrase "Tempel ein" is often used. E.g. Sarastro says "Führt diese beiden Fremdlinge in unsern Prüfungstempel ein" and Monostatos says "...bald dringen wir in ...
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Der Fußball steht oder liegt?

I am not sure about which verb to choose between "der Fußball liegt/steht". The shape of the ball makes me confused. With for example Schere I would guess more easily that the right choice is ...
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Are sentences such as “wir waren essen” grammatically correct?

German supposedly has no equivalent of the progressive/continuous tense in English (e.g. "we are going"). However, I sometimes hear sentences such as "wir waren essen" or "er ist telefonieren". Are ...
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Different usage of “bin gegangen”

I am looking for a way to say: "Yesterday I went running". I tried to translate it like this: Ich bin gestern laufen gegangen But I am not sure this is correct and right. I am sure I could ...
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Is this sentence violating a grammatical rule?

The following sentence appeared in a documentary about Germans settling in Switzerland: Das Schweizbild in Deutschland oszilliert zwischen den bösartigen Cliches von diesem Fluchtgeld-Eldorado und ...
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What is the underlying meaning of 'an'?

According to the following site The prefix "an-" usually carries the meanings "at," "begin," "on," "onward," "to," or "toward". Some of the many possibilities: Yes, I concede but the following verbs ...
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“Ich miete eine Wohnung” bedeutet “ich bezahle für eine Wohnung” oder “ich bekomme Geld dafür”? Oder beides?

Vielleicht ist es mit den Objekten einfacher zu verstehen, aber bedeutet der Satz Ich miete eine Wohnung. "Ich bezahle für eine Wohnung" oder "Ich bekomme Geld dafür"? Wenn die Antwort ...
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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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“… einiger betriebener …” oder “… einiger betriebenen …”

Ich bin vor einiger Zeit auf folgenden Satz gestoßen und habe mich seitdem immer wieder gefragt, wie es korrekt heißen muss oder was sich besser anhört: Der Datenbestand einiger im Internet ...
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Translation of “If they would make me choose between the red car and the blue car, I would choose the red one” into German [closed]

"Wenn sie mich unter das rotes Auto und das blaues Auto auswählen lassen würden, würde ich auswählen das Rotes" is that translation correct? and is there a german verb meaning "to make someone choose ...
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Wann benutzt man “laufen” und wann “rennen”?

Ein Mann geht auf einer Straße. Er muss den Bus nehmen, um zur Arbeit zu kommen. Er hat die Uhr im Haus vergessen und weiß die Zeit nicht. Der Bus kommt, er muss sich beeilen, wenn er ihn erwischen ...
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“gäbe” vs. “gebe”

Ich komme hier jedes Mal durcheinander. Wenn ich Konjunktiv I verwende, soll das berichtend, also wertfrei sein. Konjunktiv II dagegen soll die Aussage in Zweifel ziehen. Wenn ich also keine eigene ...
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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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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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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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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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Zweite und dritte Person im gleichen Satz - wonach richtet sich das Verb?

This question also has an answer here (in English): "Paula und ich bin..." or "Paula und ich sind..." Wenn man zwei verschiedene Personen im gleichen Satzteil beschreibt, von denen einer ...
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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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What verbs require an impersonal “es” object?

I’ve noticed that some verbs require an es as an object to be correct: Ich lasse dich es wissen. (es wissen) while other verbs do not: Ich habe vor, nach Hause zu gehen. (not Ich habe es ...
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The use of an infinitive with the pronoun “es”

I have seen a few examples where one uses an infinitive with the pronoun es. Namely, in the movie Downfall (Der Untergang), Hitler says: Es bleiben im Raum: Keitel, Jodl, Krebs und Burgdorf. ...
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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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How to translate “add” as in “add me on Skype”?

How to translate the "add" when talking about social networks? Please add me on Skype. I'll add you on Facebook.
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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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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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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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“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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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “reden” und “sprechen”?

Ich denke, sie sind Synonyme; aber sind sie es wirklich? "Reden" scheint mehr umgangssprachlich zu sein, während "sprechen" ganz viele verschiedene Bedeutungen hat. Warum gibt es das Wort "reden"? ...
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How many words in “zuzulegen” or “zuzuschreiben”?

I am a native speaker born in Germany and still living here, but I have trouble with words as described in the topic. Do the words zuzulegen and zuzuschreiben consists of 1, 2 or 3 words? ...
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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 ...