Wortauswahl - Choosing the best word out of a list of alternatives.

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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 ...
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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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Spell checker vs. Rechtschreibkorrekturprogramm

Which word is most commonly used to refer to spell checkers? die Rechtschreibprüfung (dict.cc) das Rechtschreibprüfprogramm (leo.org) die Rechtschreibkontrolle (leo.org) Which term is used? Don't ...