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What is meaning of “verlustbehafteteren”?

Here is a sentence from book: Wenn möglich, bevorzugen wir die direkte Kommunikation und vermeiden die meist deutlich aufwendigeren und verlustbehafteteren indirekten Kommunikationstechniken. I ...
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Can Ihr be used as her?

I was going through a lesson on lingq about a girl named Elli. There's a sentence in it Ihr Vater heißt Thomas. I looked up the meaning of Ihr and it is said to be the plural of du which is ...
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So viele Bezeichnungen für Nackedeis? (nackt, nackig, nackelig, nackert, nackend, …) [closed]

Warum gibt es so viele Varianten von nackt? Bestehen bei nackig, nackelig, nackert und nackend Unterschiede in der Bedeutung, Herkunft oder Verwendung? In der Wikipedia heißt es, es seien tabuistisch ...
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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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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Weshalb spricht man vom “abgesicherten Modus” und nicht vom “sicheren Modus” in der EDV?

Seit ich vor Jahren zum ersten Mal auf den Begriff "starte den Computer im abgesicherten Modus" gestoßen bin, frage ich mich, welche besondere Bedeutung diesem Adjektiv zukommt, die dazu führte, ...
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Are Genug and Genügend Interchangable?

My dictionaries list both genug and genügend as "sufficient, enough, etc." Are there any differences between the two other than one functions as a participle of genügen? Additionally, are these two ...
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“schmecken lassen”: Tuck in?

I am familiar with "Das schmeckt" to say you like the taste of something and I was working on a lesson in DuoLingo.com and used it in context a couple of times. I was looking up how to spell it, and ...
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Is there a difference between “bauen” and “erbauen”?

What is the difference between bauen and erbauen? I mean, semantically. Or can they be used interchangeably?
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Schwarzer Kaffee vs schwarzen Kaffee

I need to know why do we say "schwarzen Kaffee, bitte" and not "schwarzer Kaffee, bitte". To me, it should be "schwarzer Kaffee", however, I am being told it is the other way around.
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The adjective grauenkalt

I've only seen the word 'grauenkalt' in a line from the song, 'Dieses Leben,' by Juli. The line is: "Diese Nacht ist grauenkalt und schwer." I looked up the verb 'grauen,' and it means both 'to ...
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What does it mean when my friend comes up to me and says “Na”?

I think it means something like "Hello" or "How are you?", am I right?
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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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Can someone give the examples ( few sentences ) with words: da, deutete, dabei? [closed]

I read a book on german and meet these words very often, but the context still not clearly for me. So I want to see a few examples with these 3 words with translation. upd As I read a book further ...
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Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'?

Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'? Can we use them interchangeably?
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How do I use the word “da”

I have just learned German. I have heard a lot of people say the word "da" in conversation, but I don't know what it means. And dictionary doesn't help. Can somebody help me translate this word and ...
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Translation Explanation: “Bist du das”

I was reading my German book, and I founded a little statement that I wasn't capable to understand. ... Plötzlich geht das Licht aus. Robert: "Wer ist da? Martha, bist du das?" Can someone ...
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“projektiert” vs. “projeziert”

Ich kenne nur "projeziert", das Partizip "projektiert" ist mir neu. Gefunden in "Das projektierte Großsyrien umfasste folgende heutige Staatsgebiete: [...]." aus Wikipedia. Handelt es sich um eine ...
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Bedeutung von “menscheln”

Seit ungefähr 15 Jahren kenne ich das Wort menscheln und ich dachte immer, es hieße, dass in einer Umgebung (wie zum Beispiel einem Meeting oder einem Parteitag), wo sonst eher Objektivität und Kühle ...
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What is the difference between “belehren” and “lehren”?

I realize many verbs add the "be" to the beginning, which fundamentally changes the meaning, e.g., kommen and bekommen, or stehen and bestehen. However, it seems as though the "be" in belehren doesn't ...
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What is the meaning of “Abkettrand”?

I believe "Abkettrand" is a knitting term of some description but have been unable to find a translation to English. Here is a sample paragraph where it's appeared: Zum Schluss die letzte Masche ...
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What is meaning of “kullerleicht”?

Here are lines from children book: "Vorher wollen wir noch darüber sprechen, wie all unsere Körperteile heißen." "Aber das ist doch kullerleicht", denkt Lisa. What is meaning of word ...
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Benutzt man immer einen Wasserschlauch in einer Wasserschlacht?

Ich suche ein Wort für das Kinderspiel, in dem sich Kinder mit Wasser bekriegen. Wasserschlacht klingt gut, aber mein Wörterbuch merkt an, dass es ein Krieg "mit einem Wasserschlauch" sei. Ist das ...
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Was genau ist ein “Teutonismus”?

Erst durch Kommentare wie diesen "Schippe" kenne ich nur als Teutonismus für das Wort "Schaufel". Kann sein, dass das in einigen Gegenden Deutschlands verwendung findet, aber Hochdeutsch ist ...
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What is the meaning of the exclamation? [closed]

While playing a computer game, I noticed that German soldiers exclaim a phrase which I cannot correctly write but what I hear looks something like "Beawiren Angegassen! Zehst zeveloog!" I do not know ...
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Was ist die Bedeutung des Wortes “der Papiermillionär”?

Leo hier aber "Millionaire on paper" bedeutet mir nichts. Reich oder nicht? was bedeutet das Wort "der Papiermillionär"? warum gibt es zwei Wörter "der Millionär" und "der Papiermillionär"? warum ...
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Using Abflug vs Abfahrt

What's the exact difference and how should those words be used? P.S.: Is it when we talk about air travel and land travel?
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Was ist ein Tröglein?

Im Märchen Das Tröglein baut der Sohn ein hölzernes Tröglein. Was ist das?
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Seit wann ist ein “Wurm” nur noch ein Wurm und kein anderes Insekt?

Heutzutage versteht man unter einem Wurm ein bein- und wirbelloses Kriechtier wie auf folgendem Bild: Bild eines Regenwurms Wikimedia Das war aber möglicherweise nicht immer so. So nennt man im ...
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Words for the degree of carbonation of German mineral water

A typical situation when having guests at home or the office, is - since you know they will have to drive - after asking about their desire for non-alcoholic beverages getting the following reply: ...
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Looking for translation of “Tanzverbot ”

How would you translate the German word "Tanzverbot" and more interesting, Why can't I find any ("official") translation online, nor a wikipedia article about the issue, even though (probably) Germany ...
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Woher kommt “Total gaga sein”?

Woher stammt das seltsame Wort "gaga" und was bedeutet es tatsächlich? Woher kommt "Total gaga sein"? Where does the strange word "gaga" come from and what does it actually mean? Where does "Total ...
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Could a “Kerl” be female?

Some translations for "Kerl" are "fellow", "bloke", "guy", "chap" and "dude". Most of them are (somewhat) gender-neutral. What about "Kerl"?