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

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Various translations of the English verb “close”

I am trying to organize my knowledge about the various translations of the English verbs "close", and find out which German word is most suitable for typical usages. When closing something like a ...
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Difference between using the double infinitive or past participle?

For longer sentences with more verbs, it is often hard for a learner to figure out when to use the double infinitive sentence structure and when to use the past participle. For example in the ...
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Would every verb with be- become transitive?

We know, that by adding be-, we can make intransitive verbs transitive. Can we conclude, that all be- verbs are transitive?
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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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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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Dative or accusative with “ansehen” [duplicate]

I have read: Wann kann ich mir die Wohnung ansehen? Why don’t we say: Wann kann ich die Wohnung ansehen?
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Die Verwendung von »von … bis zu« bei Verben

Er kann alles machen, vom Einkaufen bis zum Fußbodenfegen. He can do everything from grocery shopping to sweeping the floor. Ich frage mich, ob man »von … bis zu« bei Verben benutzen kann.
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Alternativen zu dem Ausdruck „mit jemandem Zeit verbringen“? [closed]

Ich habe gestern mit einer russischen Freundin Zeit verbracht. Es gibt zwei weitere Verben dafür, aber sie werden umgangssprachlich verwendet. Ich habe gestern mit einer russischen Freundin ...
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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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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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Resources for learning verb tenses with short example sentenses

I wish to learn verbs with their tense forms for general conversation. I tried to use the verb tables, but I am not able to memorise them. I think it would help me if I learn these forms alongwith ...
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Verb for “to take on as an intern”

Für den Sommer hat mich ein Professor als Praktikant ___. Which verbs work here? (a) angenommen (b) akzeptiert (c) genommen (d) zugelassen
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Die Verwendung des Tätigkeitswortes “brabbeln” zur Beschreibung eines Erwachsenen, der einem Baby nachahmt?

Der Vater brabbelt mit dem Baby. Kann man das Verb "brabbeln" zur Beschreibung eines Erwachsenen, der das Baby nachahmt, verwenden? Oder kann man "sprechen" benutzen?
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Verwendung von „brauchen“ als Modalverb und „bräuchte“

Als ich beim Forschen war, um mehr über den Konjunktiv II zu lernen, um ein Handout zu machen, habe ich in Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage gelesen, dass brauchen manchmal als ein starkes Verb ...
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How to say something like “I trained every day to be a better runner”

How would you say something with this construction? “I did X (in order) to Y”. My thought for the sentence in the title was Jeden Tag trainierte ich ein besserer Läufer zu werden. Does this ...
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Where is the main verb in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm studying German and in a book I'm reading I have the following sentence: "Florian muss zum Arzt" ( Florian is a name ) Literally it means "Florian must to the doctor" - I do understand that it ...
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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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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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Passive sentence as a subordinate clause in Perfekt: arranging the verbal parts

Given the sentence: Everybody knows that money has always been loved too much by people, would you translate it in German as: Jeder weiß, dass das Geld von der Leute immer zu sehr worden ...
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Alternate sentence construction using “lassen”

The sentence: "Er hat Reim in seinem Gedicht benutzt." My instructor has suggested that I rewrite the sentence using "a more sophisticated construction, such as one with 'lassen'." How would I do ...
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Which German verbs have double accusatives? [closed]

Which German verbs have double accusatives, as in “Er lehrt ihn das Lesen”?
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An easy way to remember if a verb’s object requires accusative or dative case? [duplicate]

I am finding it difficult to find out which verb takes which case (accusative/dative). Please can somebody suggest a way to ease this?
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Warum werden Verben nach Personen konjugiert?

Verben werden im Deutschen – wie auch in anderen Sprachen – nach der Person konjugiert, z.B. ich spreche du sprichst er spricht Im Englischen wird eine derartige Unterscheidung nicht ...
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What is the difference between sich unterhalten and sprechen

I am talking on skpe with my German friends. Ich spreche mit meinen deutschen Freunden auf Skype. Can I also use sich unterhalten in this context? What is the difference between sprechenand sich ...
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Welche Verbform muss in einem Dass-Satz stehen?

Ist dieser Satz richtig und welche Konjugation von mitbringen ist korrekt? Ich habe vergessen, dass meine Brille mitbringen/mitbringe/mitgebracht
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What is the difference between “sich amüsieren” and “Spaß machen”?

Yesterday we drove to the beach and had fun. Gestern sind wir an den Strand gefahren und wir haben uns amüsiert. Does "sich amüsieren" fit in this context? Can I also use "Spaß machen"? Does "...
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“hinterlassen” and “verlassen”

Einen geliebten Mensch zu verlieren, hinterlässt tiefe Wunden. Why is hinterlassen used here instead of verlassen? Is hinterlassen more formal than verlassen?
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Dativ oder Akkusativ mit ‘eintragen’ und ‘sehen’ bzw. nach ‘in’?

If I register something in a database, is this dative or accusative? Ich trage die Daten in die Tabelle ein. Ich trage die Daten in der Tabelle ein. I have noticed that the verb sehen ...
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Einkaufen gehen + gern, the right word order in the sentence

In German, there are a lot of ways to tell «I like to go shopping». I'm interesting how to say this sentence using the verb einkaufen gehen and the form gern. What is the right word order? Should it ...
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How to say “Fear makes my heart beat faster”

How do you say: Fear makes my heart beat faster, my hands cold and head ache a little. Here are my attempts: Angst verursacht, dass das Herz mir schneller klopft, meine Hände kälter werden ...
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“Ich brauche eine Frau zum Lieben” [duplicate]

I thought the verb brauchen is a zu-construction verb, but in this context why does it have to be "zum Lieben" not "zu lieben"? Any explanations why it's like that?
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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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How to use verbs when demanding? [closed]

Sorry if this is a stupid question but what verb ending would you use when demanding something? Examples: "Get me a apple" or "Sing me a song".
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What is the difference between “in”, “aus” and “bei” with “arbeiten”?

What is the difference between arbeiten in, … aus and … bei? Even if it seems that the second one means ‘from’ and the first one ‘at’ (from wordreference.com), when I wrote: “Ich arbeite in der Uni.” ...
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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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How to convey some expressions using the verb “beschweren”? [closed]

To me this word is actually an important one, because we like or dislike things, then when we dislike generally we complain. So I would like to use the verb beschweren correctly. Which one of my ...
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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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Usage of “vermögen”

How do I use the verb vermögen? In my dictionary it functions like the modal verb können. Ich vermag es, mit meiner Freundin Jana nach Mallorca zu fliegen. Can I remove the es and still retain ...
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How the verb works in an imperative

I want to say: Yes, get water please in German, but I think my attempt is wrong. I'm speaking to one other person informally: Ja, bitte Wasser kriegt. Is this right? Do I conjugate like ...
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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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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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What is the best German to English dictionary for rare verbs? [on hold]

What's considered the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative German dictionary? I want one that will provide translations of rarer verbs that something like an Oxford dictionary doesn't ...
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Ich habe sie essen sehen oder gesehen [duplicate]

Wie sagt man richtig auf deutsch? Ich habe sie gestern essen gesehen. oder ich habe sie gestern essen sehen.
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Word order involving a subordinate clause [duplicate]

Here is the sentence: Ich hoffe, das Stück hat noch nicht angefangen Isnt hat supposed to be in the end of the sentence since it is on the subordinate clause? Like: Ich hoffe, das Stück noch nicht ...
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What’s the difference between “er möchtet” and “er will”? [duplicate]

What’s the difference between er möchtet and er will? I am confused because the verb mögen seems to have two different forms: er mag er möchtet
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How to find dativ/akkusativ/reflexiv Verben? [duplicate]

I know that some verbs goes with Dativ, others with Akkusativ. Also there are reflexiv verbs. However, I'm not able to find a way/resource to find them. In other words, if I see a verb I can't figure ...
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How should we include the purpose verb in a german sentence?

If, for instance, I want to say something like... ''I would like something to QUENCH my thirst with'', can I put it like this in German? Ich möchte etwas zum meinen Durst löchern. Further ...
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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 1....
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More info about the use of “bezüglich” [closed]

Can somebody try to explain in short, when it is appropriate to use bezüglich and when it is not?
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“dass er in Zeiten wie diesen nicht mehr studierte” – why “studierte”? [closed]

I can not understand a test question, can someone explain it to me. Frank sagt, dass er in Zeiten wie diesen nicht mehr ... (studieren), wenn er noch einmal jung wäre. studiere studierte ...