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What's the difference between “untersuchen” and “analysieren”?

What is the difference between analysieren and untersuchen? Ich untersuche den Fall Nicole Smith. Ich analysiere den Fall Nicole Smith.
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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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“sehr ernsthaft” vs “sehr ernst”

Why is there a difference between sehr ernsthaft vs sehr ernst? In English it both means very seriously. When do I use which? E.g. from the same document: Und wir halten solches Streben für sehr ...
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Sentence structure tips: verb placement

I'm having some trouble getting used to placing the second verb in a phrase at the end. Sie kann sehr gut deutsch sprechen Taking the above sentence as an example, I find it hard to read ...
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What is the difference between “fallen” and “stürzen”?

What is the difference between these two words for "fall"? On a website I read the following: Halten Sie das Baby immer so sicher, daß es auf keinen Fall stürzen kann. Would the word "fallen" ...
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“To know somebody” as in “have knowledge of”

In English, "to know somebody" may have two different meanings: Do you know my neighbor Felix? (acquainted with) Do you know Angela Merkel? (have knowledge of) The first meaning is ...
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Bedeutung von “menscheln”

Seit ungefähr 15 Jahren kenne ich das Wort menscheln und ich dachte immer, es hieße, dass in einer Umgebung (wie zum Beispiel einem Meeting oder einem Parteitag), wo sonst eher Objektivität und Kühle ...
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What is “schlagen” slang for?

I had a German exchange student in my class and he always used "schlagen" in a weird way and it was hard to understand him. I know "schlagen" means "to fight" in English but what does it mean in ...
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“Darum -— ich mir ein Auto.”

How should I complete the following sentence: Ich mochte nicht mit der Bahn fahren. Darum ---- ich mir ein Auto. Is "mieten" the correct answer? If yes, why "mir"? Is it a reflexive verb? I ...
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Difference between “kämpfen um” and “kämpfen für”

What is the difference between: Ich kämpfe für mein Heimatland. and Ich kämpfe um mein Heimatland.
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Verb order with multiple secondary sentences

Is this sentence correct in terms of verb order? And if not what would be correct and why? Ich wusste nicht, dass wir die Möglichkeit haben, ein Artefakt mit anderen Kollegen mitzubenutzen, die ...
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Can we use “wissen lassen”?

I was thinking about how to say "I will let you know". The first sentence that comes to mind is Ich werde dich wissen lassen. Grammatically this looks fine. However, I feel a bit strange about ...
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Hassling the Hoff - Conjugating sein with two subjects

David Hasselhoff's number Du (featured in the movie Eurotrip) has these lyrics: Ich hab' ein Ziel und dieses Ziel bist du, bist du, bist du. I found the conjugation of sein here interesting ...
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“Sich handeln um” and “handeln von”

What is the difference between sich handeln um and sich handeln von? Dieses Buch handelt sich um eine schöne Prinzessin. Dieses Buch handelt sich von einer Prinzessin.
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Are the subjunctives of “brauchen” and “verbrauchen” different?

There seems to be a difference when building subjunctives from the verb "brauchen" when used alone, or in the composite verb "verbrauchen". Hätten wir überall Energiesparlampen, verbrauchten wir ...
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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 ...
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Wann wird die richtige Konjunktiv-II-Form bei schwachen Verben verwendet?

Ich weiß, dass die richtige Konjunktiv-II-Form nur bei einigen starken/gemischten Verben üblich ist, aber wenn sie so benutzt wird, ist klar, dass die im Konjunktiv II stehen: Ich hülfe gerne, ...
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Can “liegen” be used for people?

Can "liegen" be used for people. For instance I am here. - Ich liege hier. or it is wrong? Is Ich bin hier better?
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Difference between “bieten” and “anbieten”

Is there a difference between the verbs "bieten" and "anbieten" in sense "to offer"?
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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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What does “Was hat Kim Jong Un mit Texas vor?” mean?

hat... mit... vor According to my dictionary, this is etw mit jdm/etw vorhaben = to intend doing sth with sb/sth. So, the question about Kim should be rendered in English as "What does Kim intend ...
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Most common Präteritum / Imperfekt forms in written German?

I have a German examination in two weeks, which includes two comprehensions of about CEFR-B1 level. (An example of this exam from 2012 can be found here.) I have worked up to over 2000 of the most ...
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“Could” phrases

As far as I know the word could is the subjunctive of "can/to be able to" which translates to "können". However I'm not sure about the subjunctive of "können", and how it affects German sentence ...
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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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German phrasal verbs?

I know of German separable prefix verbs and of English phrasal verbs, but these examples seem to be of phrasal verbs on German that do not fall under the definition of separable prefix verbs: weg ...
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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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“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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“Hat erfolgt”? Echt?

Wiktionary meint, das Hilfsverb für erfolgen sei haben. Wenn man den Link öffnet, findet man aber, dass es mit sein das Partizip bildet. Ich erkenne ein paar Verben, die mit beiden Hilfsverben ...
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verb for “look up a word”

You should look up that word in the dictionary. What is the common way to say this in German? Du sollst das Wort im Wörterbuch nachschlagen. Which verbs are acceptable? I'm thinking of ...
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How to use the verb “pflegen” with the meaning of - being used to do something?

How to use the verb "pflegen" with the meaning of - be used to doing something? Example - How to say My grandmother is used to taking a nap every afternoon.
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What's the difference between “ausziehen” vs “ablegen”?

Sie zieht den Mantel und die Handschuhe aus. Er legt den Mantel ab. What is the difference between these two words?
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Wie beschreibt man das Futur mit der Vergangenheitsform?

Wenn man etwas, das man vorhatte, ausdrücken will oder eine in der Vergangenheit stattfindende Geschichte erzählt, kann diese Form in Englisch verwendet werden: I was going to go to the library. ...
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Is there any difference in the words “roast” and “fry” in German?

Is there any difference in the words "roast" and "fry" in German? Or are they both just braten? Here are some definitions for them: fry, roast
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What is the difference between “testen”, “probieren” and “schmecken”?

Der Restaurantkritiker hat meinen Kuchen geschmeckt. The Food critic tasted my cake. Can I use probieren or testen in this context? What is the difference between testen, probieren and ...
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What is the formal way to say “to say” in German?

My mom asks me whether I want to go to my friend's house and I said yes. Meine Mutter fragt, ob ich zu meiner Freundin gehen will und ich antworte mit "ja". What is the formal way to say "to ...
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“machen anzufangen” vs. “anfangen zu machen”

I was sure that Ich habe vor, die Hausaufgabe machen anzufangen. was right. Nevertheless I've heard Ich habe vor, die Hausaufgabe anfangen zu machen. from a good source. Assuming that ...
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How to say “You must let me speak.” in German?

It seems that I have three verbs in my sentence. Are must and let verbs? Must turns to to have in its verb form, but let?
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What does "schwallt' means?

Source: http://www.schreiber-netzwerk.eu/de/2/Geschichten/10/Sehnsucht/22436/Via-Milano,-Cagliari/ Vernehmlich gähnend öffnet sich hier und da ein Rolltor, hervor schwallt die Kühle der Nacht, ...
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Why is the adjective placed before a conjoined verb?

I am using an app called Duolingo to practice learning German through assimilation techniques however I have come across something that is a bit confusing to me in a a way, regarding the way that ...
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“I want to” vs. “I like to” vs. “I have to”

How do you say the following in German? I want to eat an apple. I like to eat apples. I have to eat an apple. Can you apply the same context to all verbs?
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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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Unterschied zwischen “anmachen” und “einschalten”

Ich habe einen Beispiel, um die Unterschied zwischen die zwei Verben zu verstehen. Wenn das Licht ist aus, und du magst das nicht, fragst du: Kannst du bitte das Licht anmachen? oder Kannst ...
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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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Vague “daherkommen”

Why the meaning of the intransitive verb "daherkommen" is quite equivocal (I suppose)? Der Glaube an Gott, Familie und deutsche Einheit kommt meist polemisch daher, gegen den politischen Gegner ...
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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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Usage of the verb “gehen”

Gehen actually means 'to go'. The use of gehen is a semi-auxiliary in colloquial. It expresses a possibility and the infinitive has passive force. Die Uhr geht zu reparieren. which means 'The ...
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Composite verbs with prefix zu: how to deal with infinitives

Suppose I want to write a sentence with the verb zumachen. It is composite, so in past participles and in constructs as zu + infinitive the added particles go between the prefix and the main verb. ...
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“Entscheiden” as reflexive verb?

Which of the following are correct? (a) Ich habe entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen. (b) Ich habe mich entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen. (c) Ich habe mir ...
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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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Translation of “entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge”

I came across this sentence Bei den "für alle" und "es gibt" kommt es in der Mathematik, anders als in der weniger präzisen Umgangssprache, entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge an. I looked up ...