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Why is “Fräulein” considered offensive, as opposed to “Frau”?

Does Fräulein imply that the woman being addressed is not fully a Frau? Does it imply a lower class status?
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How does one say “to catch up” in German, as in to catch up with a friend?

I am writing an email in German to an old friend, a colleague from a former job. I am trying to set up a meeting with him when I am going to be in town. I'd like to say that it would be great to catch ...
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“Es gibt Zeiten, wo/zu den/zu welchen”

Es gibt Zeiten, wo meine Freunde und ich in die Alpen fahren, um den Tag dort zu verbringen. Es gibt Zeiten, zu welchen meine Freunde u. ich in die Alpen fahren, um den Tag dort zu verbringen. ...
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Why is it “Tragödie um ihre Eltern” not “Tragödie von ihren Eltern”?

Nach der Tragödie um ihre Eltern kehrt das Glück zurück. After her parents' tragedy, her luck returned. Why is um used instead of von? What if von is used not um, will it still be correct ...
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Difference of “da” and “weil”

Da ich nichts zu tun habe, gehe ich ins Fitnessstudio. Weil ich nichts zu tun habe,gehe ich ins Fitness. Which one is more commonly used? Da or weil? And which one is dialectal?
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Meaning of “Dienstag vergangener Woche”

Dienstag vergangener Woche in Monaco. Is that the same as Letzten Dienstag?
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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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What is the best German translation for the useful word “issue” when describing a problem?

I would like to say the following in German: Unfortunately, we could not reproduce the Save-as-XML issue that you are experiencing on your computer. but I cannot find a word other than ...
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“Zumal” and “besonders”

My questions are: In what contexts are they used? Are they interchangeable?
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“Bildet sich ein Sturm” or “Formt sich ein Sturm”?

How do you say "a storm forms in the ocean" in German? Der Sturm formt sich über dem Ozean. Der Sturm bildet sich über dem Ozean.
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Can “to be more exact” be translated as “um genauer zu sein”?

I would like to use it in this context: Ich lebe auf den Philippinen, um genauer zu sein, dem Visayas-Gebiet.
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How to say “I am keen on sth” in German?

Ich bin davon sehr begeistert, dass sie das Haus putzen. I am very keen about them cleaning the house. Ich bin von Aufräumen des Hauses sehr begeistert. I am very keen on cleaning ...
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Can “sozusagen” be translated as “sort of”?

Ich lerne schon seit fast 15 Jahren Deutsch, jedoch mache ich immer noch Fehler, also halte ich mich für Anfänger, sozusagen. Can it also be substituted by so ähnlich?
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Usage of “aufführen” and “auftreten”

I have googled these verbs and nothing came up. I would like to know if aufführen and auftreten mean to perform? Die Beatles haben 1966 im Araneta Colliseum in Manila aufgeführt. Die ...
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Usage of “begehen”

Can one substitute begehen with gehen? In the dict.cc it says "penetrate into sth". I am going to type a sentence with begehen and gehen. Ich begehe das Gebäude. Ich gehe in das Gebäude. ...
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Translation of “someone will remind you of the danger”

(Meaning "will make you remember of the danger", "will make you think about the danger" and so on). My attempt: Jemand wird dich an die Gefahr erinnern However I'm almost sure that it's not a ...
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“Erfassen” and “verstehen”

What is the difference between erfassen and verstehen? Both mean to comprehend, but in what context is erfassen used? Ich verstehe den Satz sehr gut. Ich erfasse den Satz sehr gut.
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Zutaten and Ingredienzien

Which one is the right word for ingredients? Ich habe die Zutaten für den Geburtstagskuchen gekauft. Ich habe die Ingredienzen für den Geburtstagskuchen gekauft.
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How to attach the language in question to the word “Muttersprachler”?

Silly question, but useful I hope: Suppose you speak, say, Portuguese but you are, say, Brazilian. So you are a non-Portuguese having Portuguese as mother tongue. How to express that optimally in ...
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das or was: Relativpronomen

In the sentence: Die Room Tour ist das häufigst angefragte Video, das / was ich je gehabt habe. what will be the correct pronoun to use? Or both are possible? I found this rule but it's still ...
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“That is the reason why…”

To say That's the reason why he came would Das ist der Grund, warum er gekommen ist. Das ist der Grund, aus dem er gekommen ist. Das ist der Grund, weshalb er gekommen ist. Das ist ...
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Can 'was' mean 'warum'?

Example from: ansehen (Wiktionary): Was siehst du mich so an? Habe ich etwas Falsches gesagt? I think the 1st sentence is asking "why are you looking at me like that?", in which case 'was' ...
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Ambient Light Rejection

Context: Ambient Light Rejection: XXXX lux (Direct Sun-light), YYYY lux (Fluorescent Light) How to translate better: Umgebungslichtabschirmung or Tageslichtunterdrückung?
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Data retention (in device)

How can I translate into German this term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_retention Context: Data retention in device (backup battery) Datenpufferung, Datenhaltung or may be ...
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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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Genitive preposition “wegen” and personal pronouns

I am wondering how to correctly form a genitive construction in German while translating a sentence from English to German. For example: English: It is broken because of you. German: Es ...
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“a _ used for _” structure in German

Is there a standard way to translate phrases like "a _ used for _". Example: I'm trying to define 'Ohr' in German as "organ used for hearing". Based on what I've read, I've come up with a few ...
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Impliziert “leugnen” die Behauptung des Gegenteils einer erwiesenen Tatsache?

Die Frage steckt eigentlich schon im Titel. Aber ich möchte auch ein Beispiel geben: Atheist: der Gottesleugner Atheist: der Gottesverneiner Die erste Definition stammt so aus dem Brockhaus. Sie ...
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Words meaning 'thing' - Zeug, Gegenstand, Objekt, Sache, Ding

Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'? covers 3 of the 5 words I've translated as 'thing'. Based on it and a few sources, these are ...
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veraltet vs veraltend

I'm marking some definitions as 'archaic' and some as 'obsolete'. From what I understand, veralten means for something to become outdated. So I think the definitions could be marked up as: veraltet ...
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Wann sagt man “physikalisch” und wann “physisch”?

Wann schreibt oder sagt man physikalisch und wann physisch?
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Why “der” and not “die”? [closed]

In the following sentence: Der Mann tanzt mit der Frau why the definite article (Der berstimmte Artikel) is der and not die? isn't Frau feminine?
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Translation of “I have never been to …”

What would be the best translation for I have never been to Germany. Would it be Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gegangen. or Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gewesen. ? Also, is ...
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Saying 'for example' and 'e.g.'

I think that all three of these are acceptable: zum Beispiel (z.B) beispielsweise Bsp. If so, are there any differences between them? Is one more formal, archaic, colloquial, etc. than the other ...
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Choice in “Was für { eine | welche }?”

In a questionary I got wrong the following multiple choice question — Wir bieten Ihnen wunderbares Bier an! 1. — Welches? 2. — Was für eins? 3. — Was für welches? The number I ...
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German for nickname?

A German-speaking friend of mine referred to another person, Madeline, by the nickname "Maddie." Except that she used the term "cozy name." Google translate gives me "Spitzname," or more likely ...
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German word for “passphrase”

What is a good translation of the word passphrase into German? I refer, of course, to the technical term. I.e. when used with encryption. Would it be legit to use the old, but arguably suitable, ...
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Der/die/das as demonstrative pronouns: intonation, politeness and difference with dieser/diese/dieses

Three related questions: First, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference in the usage of der, die, das,... and dieser, diese, dieses,.... For instance z.B. Ich habe zwei Hunde. {Der ...
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Idiomatic translation for “In sum and substance?”

Google translate gives me "In Summe und die Substanz?' But is there a better, more idiomatic translation? And is that "better" translation "im großen und ganzen?" (This more literally back ...
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“von Englisch nach Deutsch” - why not “zu”?

Following the About.com article on zu vs nach, I would guess that "from English to German" would be von Englisch zum Deutsch, but Google Translate uses nach when trying to say 'to a language'. So it ...
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What is the best way to say “Thanks for reminding me”?

If I want to write "Thanks for reminding me" in a formal e-mail, which is best: Danke für die Erinnerung. Danke, dass du mich daran erinnerst. Danke, dass du mich daran erinnert hast. ...
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What is the difference between “zurzeit” and “zur Zeit”?

Word's spellchecker often suggest that I write "zur Zeit" where I would naturally write "zurzeit". Is my understanding correct, that the meaning is always: zur Zeit = at some time in the past (zur ...
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Haferschleim vs Haferbrei

I said to my friend: "Ich esse morgens Haferbrei". He asked, whether I mean Haferschleim. Is there any difference? Do these words have the same meaning or not? What about other dishes, like ...
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Relative pronouns for time (span)

Hätten Sie am Dienstag zwischen 10-11 etwas Zeit, 'wann'/'wo'/'in der' ich anrufen könnte? Which relative pronoun do I have to use in the question above?
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When to use “bezahlen” and when “zahlen”?

Leo shows that both bezahlen and zahlen are translated as "to pay". I noticed that people sometimes use the one, and sometimes the other. So, when to use bezahlen and when zahlen?
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What are the differences between “jein” and “naja”?

After reading this related post, I started wondering: what are the differences between jein and naja? I am especially interested in any context(s) where only one of them would be correct or ...
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Das Wort “ich” in offiziellen Schreiben

Sollte man einen Anfang wie z.B. "Ich, <Name>, geboren in ..., bestätige dass ..." vermeiden? Gibt es bessere Alternativen statt "ich", die öfter verwendet werden, z.B. "Unterschreiber" oder ...
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Correct usage of “sogar” and “einmal” to mean “even”

I would appreciate any clarification on the correct usage of sogar and einmal as translations of the English word "even" when used in the following sense: He didn't drink anything...not even the ...
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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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Words derived from “Kinder”?

My understanding is that kinderlos means childLESS. In the opposite vein, I once described a woman as "kinder fähig." That literally means "child capable," and would refer to someone's ability to ...