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“Schnapp' sie Dir alle!”--why the apostrophe?

Why is there an apostrophe after the word schnapp in this Pokemon slogan?
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Meaning of this sentence with “erledigen” [closed]

Could anyone enlighten me as to the meaning of this sentence? "Sie sollte sich von selbst erledigen". The previous sentence is "Niemand wollte der Sache auf den Grund gehen".
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Bedeuten “anhören” und “zuhören” dasselbe?

Sind die folgenden Sätze richtig? Und wenn ja, haben sie dieselbe Bedeutung? Sie hörte der Diskussion schweigend zu. Sie hörte die Diskussion schweigend an.
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Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen “nun” und “jetzt”?

Ich übersetzte die beiden als "now", aber ich vermute, dass es irgendeinen Unterschied in ihrer Bedeutung geben muss. Welcher?
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Confusion with this ad by DB. Is it possible to omit the verb?

I got a DB ticket recently and went through the text. I took a pic of their 'Unser Angebot' text. Please note lines 1 and 2: Sie suchen Alternativen. Ich den besten Weg. Is it alright to ...
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von, aus or mit (or none)

If asking a shop keeper if they have any food (baguette, wrap etc.) having fish, what is the proper way to ask? I ask: Haben Sie etwas mit Fisch or Haben Sie etwas aus Fisch I am not ...
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Finding suitable German translations for “micro-vibration treatment”

I need to translate a phrase into German that should read "micro-vibration treatment" in English. It is a fairly recently developed medical treatment method, founded by, as I discovered, by an ...
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Is there any difference between “ein bisschen” and “ein wenig”?

As far as I knew, "ein wenig" is mostly used in written German (usually somewhat official language), and sometimes comes off as a bit old-fashioned when used in every-day speach. It at least appears ...
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Unterschied zwischen “bequem”, “gemütlich” und “angenehm”

Ich weiß, dass die drei Adjektive als comfortable übersetzt werden können. Aber was ist denn der Unterschied? Sind sie austauschbar?
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“viel” and “wenig” with adjective

Die Politik ist _____ sinnvoll. (a) viel (b) wenig Do both (a) and (b) fit into the blank, and would the meaning be "The policy is very sensible" and "The policy is not very sensible", ...
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“von Beruf” but not “Beruf von”?

I am new to German and I have some questions when asking for someone's job in German: Was ist die Person von Beruf? I was taught that "von" in German means "of" in English like in the sentence ...
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verb for “look up a word”

You should look up that word in the dictionary. What is the common way to say this in German? Du sollst das Wort im Wörterbuch nachschlagen. Which verbs are acceptable? I'm thinking of ...
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What does “Petze” mean?

My daughter came back from Kindergarten and mentioned this word to me. She said it means dumme Gans and dictionary says differently. Can someone give a few simple examples where it is used?
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Wie sagt man urinieren und defäkieren in der Kindersprache?

Mein 4-jähriger Sohn geht zur Deutschen Schule Rom (die ich selber 15 Jahre lang besucht habe), und daher versuche ich mit ihm soviel wie möglich Deutsch zu sprechen. Aus meiner Kindheit kenne ich ...
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Existence of the word “analkoholisch” (antialkoholisch)

I'm wondering if I can use the word "analkoholisch" for things like water, coke etc. This word sounds quite familiar to me, but I know that the correct term would be "antialkoholisch" or ...
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What's a good translation for “Watch Me Research”?

I have a blog called Watch Me Research, where I publish my research on interesting things, and I've been translating my posts to German, publishing them under a subdomain. I'm still learning German (I ...
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Using a possessive as predicative

So it occurred to me that, just as one can say "der Wagen is rot", one should be able to say Der Wagen ist mein with the uninflected (predicative) adjective "mein". That should merely mean, that ...
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What are the alternatives for “ schmutzige Wäsche in die Waschmaschine werfen”?

Vor dem Zubettgehen habe ich meine schmutzige Wäsche in die Waschmaschine geworfen, weil ich morgen arbeite. What are alternatives for werfen? Can I use reintun or stecken in this context?
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Which pronoun to use to refer to a city?

"Have you ever been to Paris?" "Yes, and I liked it." How would the latter sentence be translated to german? My attempt: Ja, und ich habe sie gemocht. Or Ja, und sie hat mir gefallen. I'm ...
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Looking for a good translation of “unpublish”

In many content management systems (CMS) administrators have the option to publish and "unpublish" articles. "Unpublish" disables an public article and sets it private again. What is a good German ...
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What is another way to say “sich schminken”?

When my sister puts on make-up, it takes her hours. Wenn meine Schwester sich schminkt, braucht sie Stunden. What is another way to say "sich schminken"?
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When can I use “Behüten” as a noun?

An Silvester war ich mit Aufräumen und Behüten meiner Kinder sehr beschäftigt. Ich habe im Internet gesurft und den Spiegel gelesen. On New Year's Day I was busy taking care of the kids and ...
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How do you say “with style” in German?

The singer of Oasis sings with style. Der Sänger von Oasis singt mit Stil. Is mit Stil correct in this context? Can I also use stilisch?
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What is the difference between “mischen” and “vermischen”

I want to know what exactly is different in the verbs "mischen" and "vermischen". Both of them mean to mix. Is there any example where they can mean a specific thing? Are they interchangeable?
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Preposition “in”: what article to use if the following noun is masculine?

Examples with feminine and neuter genders: Ich gehe in die Schule. Ich gehe ins (in das) Restaurant. But what to use with masculine gender? Ich gehe in den Bahnhof. Is it correct to ...
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Er liest das Buch nicht

I can't understand why nicht is positioned in the end of the following sentence: Er liest das Buch nicht According to the following site: ...
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Can the genitive relative pronoun be replaced with dative?

In general, we know that Das Buch meiner Mutter can be replaced by Das Buch von meiner Mutter Can the same transformation be applied to genitive relative pronouns, eg can Ich sehe den ...
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Can wissen mean remember?

In a book I'm reading, the author used the question "Weißt du noch". I'm guessing from the context it means "Do you remember". Is that so? Does the addition of the word "noch" turn "wissen" into ...
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What does “machste halt was” mean?

Taken from: http://www.uni-kiel.de/unizeit/index.php?bid=630202 »Haste nichts, dann machste halt was«, darf dagegen der norddeutsche Internet-User schriftlich unwidersprochen behaupten. ...
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Funktioniert zustimmendes “allerdings” für jede Sorte Statement gleich gut?

Das Wort "allerdings" wird oft benutzt, um einer Aussage zuzustimmen. "Das ist so und so." "Allerdings." Ich habe allerdings (haha) das Gefühl, dass es vor allem bei negativen, skeptischen ...
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When to use “gibt es” and “es gibt”, respectively?

Being new to German, I am not properly affiliated with the correct grammatical use of gibt es and es gibt. All I know is that they both mean there is in English. So in what scenarios do I use each one ...
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Why is the verb not always put to the end in a subordinate clause?

Wie sehr sich auch die Verhältnisse in den letzten fünfundzwanzig Jahren geändert haben, die in diesem Manifest entwickelten allgemeinen Grundsätze behalten im Großen und Ganzen auch heute noch ...
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Removal of “dass”: when? [duplicate]

My understanding is that, sometimes, "dass" can be omitted and the word order changed accordingly: Ich weiß, dass er zu Hause ist. or Ich weiß, er ist zu Hause. Now the question: can the ...
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Why is the ending EN in “irgendeinen” used in "Hast du irgendeinen dieser Romane gelesen?

I'm trying to figure out the grammatical rule in using the ending EN in "irgendeinen" in the sentence: Hast du irgendeinen dieser Romane gelesen? Since "the novels" is plural in die Romane, and ...
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“To be about” (eg a text)

I've seen different ways to indicate the topic of a text, film etc. Example: "The text is about the war" (ie, talks about the war, has the war as its topic). 1) Der Text geht um den Krieg. 2) ...
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Wo[hin] soll ich mich setzen?

If I got it right, while wo is being used normally for questions about a position of a state, wohin is being used normally for questions about a final position of a movement. Various clear examples ...
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When to use “zu jemandem sagen” instead of just “jemandem sagen”?

I've seen both the following forms: 1 - Ich sage dem Mann ... 2 - Ich sage zu dem Mann ... The second one seems to be less popular and mostly followed by direct discourse (sentences in ...
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Sich bewusst sein/werden: with or without anticipatory pronoun?

What would one do in this case? Can the anticipatory pronoun just be left out altogether, as in 1 - Ich bin mir bewusst, dass er morgen kommen wird or do we need eg 2 - Ich bin mir dessen ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “worden” und “geworden”

Laut Canoo.net ist das Partizip von werden entweder worden oder geworden. Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den beiden? Kann man immer geworden benutzen, oder gibt es Fälle, in denen geworden falsch ...
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Was ist der richtige Name für „Ohropax“?

Es fällt mir manchmal schwer, mit Wörtern wie Ohropax umzugehen. Bei denen muss man im Wörterbuch nachschlagen, um das sich nicht auf die Marke beziehende Wort zu finden. In diesem Fall ...
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Usage of plural Kommata vs Kommas

The Wiktionary entry for Komma shows 2 plural forms: Kommas and Kommata. However, my German teacher told me that only the form die Kommata is correct, and the second is used by the people that don't ...
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Hoch und tief mit Jahreszeiten

Man sagt "Hochsommer" und "tiefster Winter". Warum nicht anders rum, oder beides gleich ("tiefster Sommer") Gab es früher mal andere Versionen? Wie sagt man für Frühling und Herbst?
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“darauffolgend” oder “darauf folgend”?

Ich erstelle eine Beschreibung für eine Applikation, welche von der gesamten Firma verwendet wird und mit meinem Namen steht. Da die Firma über 600 Mitarbeiter beschäftigt, möchte ich in der ...
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Was bedeutet “abgespaced” in diesem Lied?

Ich musste dich überzeugen das du es besser lässt Valezka meinte nur: Langsam ist Ekrem abgespaced Was bedeutet das Wort abgespaced? Stammt dieses Wort aus dem Englischen? Oder ist das ist ...
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Difference Between “Meist” and “Am Meisten”

My dictionary shows that meist and am meisten have similar meanings: most/mostly and related words. What are the rules, if any, as to when either word should be used? Ich höre meist Lieder von ...
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Is there a non offensive word for inability?

So I recently thought about the word inability, which is a kind of neutral word in English, but in German when someone tells me »Du bist unfähig.« or »Das war deine Unfähigkeit«, it really is more or ...
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Is the use of “je” to represent “each” used in everyday speech?

I've noticed constructs in books using "je" to represent "each" but is that common usage in everyday speech? I haven't heard my teachers use it much but maybe they're saying it too fast for me to pick ...
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Difference between 'stets' and 'immer'

I've found the word stets in some statements and I've learned that it means always, just like immer. What is the difference between stets and immer?
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run-on sentence

What is a proper German translation for the term "run-on sentence?" I found Band­wurm­satz, but Duden notes that this is scherzhaft, abwertend. Is there a professional word for the concept that could ...
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Translation of “this idea is easy to explain”

Diese Idee ist einfach zu erklären Diese Idee ist einfach zum erklären I've seen both versions, but I think only 1. is correct (of course I may be wrong). If 2. is also correct, shouldn't ...