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

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Verb-derived noun and capitalization

Any verb, which is derived to a noun, is written capitalized, like Die Struktur kann genutzt werden, um die Aufgabe zu erleichtern vs. Das Nutzen der Struktur erleichtert die Aufgabe. ...
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What is the meaning of the following question? [closed]

Was hast du da alles gemacht? I know that alles means ‘all’ and gemacht means ‘doing’ or ‘making’, and of course Was means ‘what’ and hast means past of haben. And how can one answer this ...
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Past tenses usage for activities

I am a native Lithuanian and Russian speaker, my English and German are poor. I moved to Germany and then tried to say some phrases in German. In my languages, there is a clear difference, but my ...
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How can we approach translating complex sentences with multiple verbs or objects?

I am writing a German oral for school and am trying to add the sentence My parents will not allow me to watch TV. However one site said I should write it Meine Eltern werden mich nicht zu ...
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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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Looking for ALL german verbs database

It could be plain text. I need to have there all verbs with all forms written down. I'm afraid I can't use any web source, 'cause I want to create an application that will "read" sample german book ...
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Usage of “aussehen” [closed]

There is a sentence in a book about Harry Potter: Tante Petunia sagte oft, dass Dudley aussehe wie ein kleiner Engel - Harry sagte oft, Dudley sehe aus wie ein Schwein mit Perücke. Could someone ...
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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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Difference between riechen an und riechen nach

Wann kann man "riechen an" oder "riechen nach" benutzen ?
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“konzentrieren” as reflexive verb?

I want to say The conference focuses on global warming. Should I say (a) Die Konferenz konzentriert auf die globale Erwärmung (b) Die Konferenz konzentriert sich auf die globale ...
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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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“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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German equivalent of “to do something about”?

There doesn't seem to be a translation on dict.cc. Is there a German equivalent of this phrase, or would you just have to use another verb or rephrase it in some way? For example, You really ...
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What is the difference between “einräumen”, “aufräumen” and “verräumen”?

Während ich ins Schlafzimmer meiner Kinder ging, habe ich ihre Spielsachen verräumt. While I was going to the bedroom of my kids, I picked up their toys. Can I also use aufräumen or einräumen in ...
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What is the difference between “hinzufügen” and “fügen”?

I looked up the verbs fügen and hinzufügen and they both should mean to add something; according to Wikipedia the first has the following etymology: from "hin" there + "-zu" to + "fügen" add. What's ...
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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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Placement of elements in infinitive constructions

I have trouble with certain kinds of infinitive constructions. For example: John is expected to wake up before 9 tomorrow. I’m confused how you would order everything. Would it look like ...
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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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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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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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Über das Verb „gelten“ im Satz „Goethe gilt als das Genie der deutschen Literatur“

Ich habe eine Frage zum Verb gelten im Satz Goethe gilt als das Genie der deutschen Literatur Ich denke, dass das Verb gelten im Satz mit doppelter Nominativ-Ergänzung ist, nämlich Goethe und ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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Sind erwidern und antworten austauschbar?

"Wo gehst du hin? " fragt Klaus "Ich gehe in den Park." erwidert Jana Meine Frage ist : Kann man erwidern anstatt von antworten im Zusammenhang verwenden?
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What is the difference between “berichten” and “erzählen” in the sense of tell, narrate?

I recently found the verb berichten which, if I am not wrong, mainly is used to express to report something to someone, in a sort of official way. Then I also found that berichten can be used like ...
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“Verb” or “verb + lassen”? How to know when does a verb need “lassen”?

I thought I understood what a Verb and a Verb + lassen mean (somehow influenced by this question), but I don't. My previous idea was that one writes Verb + lassen when the action is not performed by ...
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“Lieben” vs “gefallen”

For the verb lieben, it is close to the English usage for love, e.g.: John loves Mary. -> John liebt Mary. For the verb gefallen, it's rather weird. A dictionary entry for gefallen didn't help ...
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When to use “bei” and “zu” and when to omit?

We could say as far as I know: “Hast du Geld bei dir?”. Here bei replies to the interrogative pronoun wo. But in following statement I don’t understand why we need to use abgeben in conjunction ...
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Wie sagt man “to redo one's nails” auf Deutsch?

Morgen werde ich meine Nägel in Ordnung bringen lassen. Tomorrow I will redo my nails. In meinem Wörterbuch sagt, dass "to redo sth" "etwas in Ordnung bringen" ist, aber ich weiss nicht, ob ...
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How to differentiate wägen und wiegen for Partizip II

I would like to know how Germans differentiate between wägen and wiegen. When it comes to past participle both changes to gewogen (of course, the simple past is also wog) Do Germans just know them by ...
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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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Der Unterschied zwischen “borgen” und “ausleihen”

Du kannst das Fahrrad von meinem Bruder borgen. Du kannst das Fahrrad von meinem Bruder ausleihen. Kann man die beiden Verben wahlweise verwenden?
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I wish to say “you can do it” but how I wish to is clearly wrong [closed]

Ich wünsche schreiben "Du schaffst es schön" Vorher mein Autokorrektur macht "Schafts" genau sowie, mit "s" als Groß. Wir alle wissen, keinen Verben sind sowie, deswegen habe ich gefragt. Aber ...
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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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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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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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What is the subject in the following sentences?

(1) Davids Freund Frank hört auch gern Jazz. Here we are talking about David or Frank or jazz, I am so confused. I feel like the subject should be jazz because here we have auch. (2) Hörst du ...
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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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Wie sagt man »butt dial« auf Deutsch?

Ich habe Dich zufällig angerufen. Gibt es ein deutsches Verb für butt call bzw. butt dial ("im Sitzen unabsichtlich die Ruftaste seines Telefons mit dem Gesäß aktivieren" laut dict.cc)? Ich habe ...
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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 ...
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stilllegen, but lahm legen?

In Bastian Sick, "Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod", I read that it is "stilllegen", but "lahm legen". He didn´t understand it himself and did not give an explanation, why the first word is written ...
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Question regarding the irregularity of “bekommen”

Why does the second and third person singular and second person plural of bekommen not follow the convention of adding an -e- before the personal endings in the Simple Present tense? Does it have to ...