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Zugangsschutz „physisch“ oder „physikalisch“

Im Bezug auf die folgende Frage: Wann sagt man "physikalisch" und wann "physisch"? Ist der Zugangsschutz (zu Gebäuden) „physisch“ oder „physikalisch“? Ich lese immer „der ...
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When to use “am besten” and when to use “am liebsten”?

Welche Idee gefällt Ihnen am besten? Welche Reise würden Sie am liebsten buchen? Why would I use am besten in the first sentence and am liebsten in the second one? Is there any rule for their use?
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Is there a difference between “anschalten” and “einschalten”

Is there a difference between anschalten and einschalten? If I turn on the TV, oven, heat, start the car etc., can either verb be used?
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Ansatz vs. Herangehensweise

Ich würde gern den Unterschied zwischen den Worten im folgenden Satz wissen. Deine Herangehensweise, wie du arbeitest, gefällt mir nicht. vs Dein Ansatz, wie du arbeitest, gefällt mir nicht. ...
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What is the correct verb to pair with „das Deo(dorant)“?

What is the correct verb to pair with „Deodorant“ or „Deo“? By way of comparison, in (American) English, we most often put on deodorant or more rarely apply, but use seems a little awkward to me. ...
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“Especially because” in German

I often want to express a sentiment like: It was so nice to be outside this summer, especially because the winter was so cold! Literally translated, especially because would be insbesondere ...
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How do you say “with what” in this case?

I’m trying to write the following exchange in German: I need your help. With what? I know how to translate the first sentence, but the second one is puzzling me. It seems to be one of these ...
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Degree of demand with different translations for “request” (noun)

When looking at the rather lengthy list of translations offered by Leo for "request" (noun) I get a clear impression that the word has a spectrum of politeness and expressing a wish/desire (Bitte, ...
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Which words or phrases should non-native speakers avoid to prevent unintentional offense?

When I studied German in the early 90s, we were taught that an unmarried woman is a Fräulein, but I recently learned that Fräulein is offensive. We aren't all ugly Americans, and I don't want to fall ...
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What's meant with “Gendarmen Jude”

I've just read an article about the memorial stone of Adolf Herrmann. The following sentence is written on it: Unserem unvergeßlichen Bezirksführer Adolf Herrmann erschossen auf dem Heimwege vom ...
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Difference between “vor” and “seit”

I struggle to understand how to use these two words correctly. I cannot grasp their difference. In these next two sentences I can't see any. Ich habe vor einem Monat in Graz gewohnt and Ich ...
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When should you use “erst” rather than “nur”?

It seems that in many situations where I might use the word only in English, either nur or erst is used in German. I have the rather fuzzy idea that erst is used for only in the sense of something ...
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Häufig verwendete Begriffe oder Sätze beim Fußballspiel [closed]

Ich spiele regelmäßig Fußball in einer Fußballhalle in einer Mannschaft von meiner Firma, aber meistens kann ich mich während des Spiels nicht gut ausdrücken. Was sind die häufig verwendeten Begriffe ...
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Wieso ist Fußball so “pomadig”?

Es ist EM-Zeit (Stand: Juni 2016), viele Fußballspiele, die ich mit Vergnügen sehe. Ein neues Wort habe ich gelernt: pomadig. Laut Duden bedeutet es "träge" oder "schwerfällig". Ich habe dieses Wort ...
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Füllwörter im Deutschen (ähnlich wie “you know”)

Wie würde man im Deutschen die englische Phrase "you know" (als ein Füllwort gemeint) ausdrücken? Gibt es einige andere Redemittel beim Zögern?
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What is equivalent of “failure” in german

I was trying to translate an English sentence to German, but I don’t know which word best fits to failure in the following context. The affective filter is a theoretical construct in second ...
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Why is “lernenswert” not in the Duden?

Is the word lernenswert correct? Dict.cc finds it: http://www.dict.cc/?s=lernenswert, but it is not found in the Duden: http://www.duden.de/suchen/dudenonline/lernenswert and Word autocorrect ...
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What is another way to say “it refers to something”

I've created a question using "beziehen sich auf etw." but all my questions became the same.I would like to ask the same question but using different words. Welcher der folgenden Termini bezieht ...
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Verb for “would like”

I've been using a learning app and this sentence came up, Willst du ins Kino gehen? and the translation is Would you like to go to the cinema?. For all other times möchte has been used for would like....
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„Womit“ versus „mit welchem“ als Relativpronomen

Ist es möglich Folgendes zu sagen: das Auto, womit ich in den Urlaub gefahren bin Oder ist nur Folgendes zulässig? das Auto, mit welchem ich in den Urlaub gefahren bin
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21st century years pronounced as “zwo-” instead of “zweitausend”

Rarely, while watching YouTube videos, I believe I’ve heard native German speakers pronounce years in the 21st century as zwotausend rather than zweitausand, as in zwotausendacht. What’s going on ...
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Wie sagt man “i dont care” auf höfliche Art und Weise? [duplicate]

A: Welchen Wagen möchtest du morgen verwenden? Den roten oder den schwarzen? B: Egal, solange er funktioniert. Ich weiß nicht, ob egal in diesem Kontext passt.
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German word for “queue ticket”

When you go to an office you get a ticket with a number. You have to wait until your number is on a display. I want to know the German word for this ticket.
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The correct word for 'composition' in the context of photography

In photography, composition refers to the arrangement of the elements in the picture (composition can both refer to the finished photograph and be used as a verb to describe the act of positioning ...
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Translation of “such that”: “so, dass”?

Consider the following english sentence: A function f: A → B is called surjective if for every b in B, there is some a in A such that f(a) = b. What is the German translation of this sentence? ...
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What is the correct way to state “study abroad” in a sentence and in a CV?

I'm writing about study abroad for a homework assignment. I have done some looking around, and it seems that there are several ways to talk about study abroad. I read that Auslandssemester is for a ...
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How would “add folder” and “add file” would be translated in the shortest way into German?

I would like to make a localization of the interface into German and have faced a problem in how to translate add folder and add file. The only translations, which I have found, are Ordner hinzufügen ...
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Unterschied zwischen “es geht irgendwie” und “es ergeht irgendwie”

Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen „gehen“ und „ergehen“ in den folgenden Beispielen? Ist „gehen“ in diesem Fall nur der umgangssprachliche Ausdruck für „ergehen“? Wenn nein, wann benutzt man ein Wort ...
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Why “Bitteschön”?

I know that the word Bitte can have many different meanings. When translating Bitteschön into English word for word however, it makes no sense at all. My question thus is where does this expression ...
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What is the German word for “you can't change the user experience because your users are used to it”?

I was working with a website designer in Sydney who had just worked in Germany. We were talking about a website features we wanted to remove and replace with new ones. We came across a scenario ...
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What’s the difference between “möchte”, “will”, “lieber”, “würde”?

Each of the expressions möchte, will, lieber, würde seems to mean I want / I wish / I’d like. For example: Was würden Sie gern essen? Can you help me to understand the difference between them?
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen „Dunkelheit“ und „Finsternis“?

Beides bedeutet darkness, aber gibt es einen Unterschied? Ist Finsternis negativer, oder bösartig? Zum Beispiel gibt es diesen Satz in der Unendlichen Geschichte von Michael Ende: […] was ihn ...
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»geschmalzen« als Alternative zum Ausdruck »ins Geld gehen«

Die Häuser gehen ins Geld im Staate Kalifornien. Die Häuser sind geschmalzen im Staate Kalifornien. Ist geschmalzen ein Dialekt oder Hochdeutsch?
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Ist es korrekt “keywords” in Deutsch zu nutzen?

Ist es korrekt, keyword(s) im Deutschen zu benutzen? Oder ist es besser, es mit dem Wort Schlüsselwörter zu wechseln?
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“Wovon” or “von wo”?

If I would like to ask in German "Where is this from?", which of the following should I say: Wovon ist das? Von wo ist das? Are both sentences correct or is one of them better?
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Colloquial expression for “penis”

What's the best way to refer to a penis in a casual, but not necessarily overtly sexual, way, akin to saying dick in English? Take for example this sentence from the autobiography of Ice-T: I had ...
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Wann benutzt man 'erst' und wann benutzt man 'Zuerst'? Was ist der Unterschied?

Stufe: A1. Schreiben Sie die Antwort in Englisch bitte. Beide bedeuten das Gleiche, oder nicht?
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“Job enquiry” in German?

I am writing an e-mail (in German) enquiring about job vacancies in some company and I am having difficulty picking an appropriate subject (Betreff) for the e-mail. I would like to put something ...
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How to decide the use of 'sehr' and 'zu' with 'nicht'?

Stufe: A1. Beispiel: I want to say: It is not cold enough. So, would I say: Es ist nicht sehr kalt. or, Es ist nicht zu kalt. I am asking this because we have learnt that 'sehr'...
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What is the German word for paper abortion?

‚Paper abortion‘, auf dänisch ‚juridisk abort‘, ist eine stark umstrittene Thematik. Es gibt zwar einen englischen und einen dänischen Wikipediaartikel zum Thema, jedoch keinen deutschen Beitrag. Ich ...
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Desinstallation und Desaktivierung

Im Deutschen heißt es zum Beispiel Desinfektion und Desillusion; auf Grund der ersten Antwort wird wird also kein Fugen-S zwischen de und das Wort gesetzt, die Vorsilben de- und des- haben leicht ...
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“Platz” vs “Ort” when used in the sense of “place”?

What’s the difference between Platz and Ort when they are used in the sense of place? I know each can have different meanings on their own (e.g. Platz can mean city square and Ort can mean village), ...
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What is the difference between “besprochen” and “gesprochen”?

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences and which one is correct for a formal e-mail? Wie besprochen sende ich Ihnen meine E-Mail Adresse. Wie gesprochen sende ich Ihnen meine ...
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Standard way to say “use of smth.”

For example He did not like the use of pesticides, the name of chemicals used to kill bugs on the crops My first thought is to combine it into a compound word, like Er mochte nicht der ...
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In welchem Teil Deutschlands sagt man “ratzen”?

Ich möchte heute Nacht bei meiner Mutter ratzen. Wo in Deutschland sagt man "ratzen" und haben sie dieselbe Bedeutung wie "pennen" ?
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Superlative+verb phrase [closed]

This is the latest time I can work on the project For a sentence like this, would one just use a relativsatz? Das ist die spätestens Nacht, dass ich dieses Projekt bearbeiten kann. Or is ...
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Jemand, der diskriminiert, ist ein …?

Wie nennt man jemanden, der diskriminiert? „Diskriminator“ vielleicht?
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Usage of “pro Tag” and “am Tag”

I am trying to write a conversation between a doctor and his patient for an assignment. I'd like for the doctor to ask the patient about how much sleep he gets in a day. Here are my attempts: Wie ...
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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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Von null oder bei null anfangen

Wie wäre es richtig? Ein Projekt von null anfangen. oder Ein Projekt bei null anfangen.