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Platonic term of “endearment” vs. “romantic”

Would "mein Schatz" be used between platonic male and female friends or is there a romantic connotation?
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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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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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Does “Tschüssie” sound a little …weiblich?

Actually I don't know where did I learn the word Tschüßie, but I suspect that is a word that is not so frequently used by men[*]. Is it true? *And I don't know if there is a term for that ...
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Kann “abstrahieren” synonym zu “vereinfachen” verwendet werden?

Aus der Frage "Weniger informeller Ausdruck für weg-abstrahieren?" und dem anschließenden Chat mit bitmask heraus, bin ich mir nicht mehr sicher, ob ich das Wort abstrahieren richtig verwende. Das ...
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What is the meaning of (the perhaps swisswide used) “resonieren”

In the swiss german song for children Joggeli sött go Birli schüttle I came accross the word resoniere of which the written german equivalent should (probably) be resonieren. [...] Do goht de ...
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When to use 'Entschuldigen Sie'

I know that when asking a favor from an adult that I am unfamiliar with, such as asking for directions, I should start with "Entschuldigen Sie..." but should I use the formal form when I am, for ...
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When to use 'Ich bin', 'es geht mir', 'Ich habe' and 'mir ist'?

If you wanted to translate "I'm hot" into German, like "I'm burning up cause it's hot outside", it would translate to "Ich bin heiß" which has a bad connotation. So it is translated to "Mir ist heiß". ...
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Did the connotation of “emsig” change?

When looking up the meaning of "emsig" (assiduous, diligent) it seems it has an entirely positive connotation unausgesetzt fleißig, ununterbrochen tätig DWDS The first that come to mind with ...
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unter anderem / unter anderen

Was ist richtig? unter anderem oder unter anderen oder beides? Ein Beispiel: In vielen Sprachen (unter anderem / unter anderen Englisch und Französisch) ist es zwingend erforderlich, dass ein ...
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What is the difference in “umgangssprachlich”, “familiär”, “salopp”, and “derb”?

Duden lists word usage in several categories: umgangssprachlich salopp gehoben bildungssprachlich familiär Jargon derb The definitions on when a word is ...
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Woher kommt die fragende Antwort “Okay?”?

Schon lange wird "okay" für "abgemacht, einverstanden, in Ordnung" in der deutschen Umgangssprache verwendet. Neuerdings hört man aber zunehmend "okay" als Frage formuliert, mit einer mir noch ...
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Jugendsprache…again - “Alter”

I have another Jugendsprache question. I was communicating with a few German friends of mine and they were using the word "Alter" in a way I haven't seen before: Alter, was geht?! Which I ...
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Can the word “gelenk” be used as an adjective?

In the Pokemon game one of the swimmer enemies describes himself as locker und gelenk. But what does it mean? Locker, I've already found in a dictionary.
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Translation of “She is too talkative for my liking”

If I want to say that I don't like someone because she talks too much, how should I say it? Sie redet zu viel nach meinem Geschmack? Basically I am looking for the right words for "to my ...
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auf meinem Handy drauf

I was wondering about the "auf ... drauf" expression. For example, in this sentence I heard on YouTube: Ich zeig' euch mal was auf meinem Handy drauf ist. Does it literally mean: I'll show ...
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“Ellbogen” vs. “Ellenbogen” - is there a difference in usage?

Both, "Ellbogen"", and "Ellenbogen" are German synonyms for elbow. All dictionaries I consulted, including English-German dictionaries, don't say that one or the other is correct but they sometimes ...
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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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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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What new meaning does “letztendlich” contribute?

According to Google Ngram Viewer the word "letztendlich" is a very new invention in German language. Meanwhile this word is very present in all kinds of communication, be it formal or informal. Is ...
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How is “lassen” used in the context of this sentence?

Könnten Sie mein Gepäck bitte herunterbringen lassen? How does usage of lassen work here? Can anybody please give more examples of lassen similar to this one. Normally it means leave.
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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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freuen: with or without “darüber”?

Ich freue mich, dass du gekommen bist. Ich freue mich darüber, dass du gekommen bist. I've seen both forms used to mean "I'm happy that you've come". Is one of them wrong?
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How do we use “Verschlimmbesserung”?

Sometimes we can hear or read of a "Verschlimmbesserung": Schmidt bezeichnete Elena als Beispiel „für die schlimmste Verschlimmbesserung von Verfahren“. Was als Projekt zum Bürokratieabbau gedacht ...
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Where to read German essays online?

Are there any sites where one can read German essays? I'm learning to write essays and with my learning style I think I will learn a lot by reading authentic German written school essays and journal ...
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Usage of halber / halben

It is common to use halber to indicate a cause, a reason or an end for something. Der Einfachheit halber hier ein einfacher Beispielsatz. Now 'Einfachheit' is feminine, so 'halber' is ...
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Usage of “vereinzelt” / Bedeutung von “vereinzelt”

In diesem Video (10:05) spricht der Altkanzler Helmut Schmidt. Wenn ich richtig verstanden habe: Wenn man sich die Gemeinschaft der Europäer [ EU-Länder ] vorstellt, als eine die in der Eurozone ...
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On the origin of “guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr” // Wie deutsch ist „guten Rutsch“?

Ich hatte nie die Bedeutung von „guten Rutsch“ verstanden. Ich habe das DWDS nachgeschlagen und das gefunden: Rutsch m. im Neujahrswunsch Guten Rutsch (ins Neue Jahr)! (Anfang 20. Jh.). Wohl aus ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen einem “Sprichwort”, einer “Redewendung” und einer “Redensart”?

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen einem Sprichwort, einer Redewendung und einer Redensart, oder sind diese Begriffe synonym?
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'eternal' (ohne Anfang und Ende) und 'everlasting' (ohne Ende) im Deutschen

In dieser Antwort auf christianity.SE steht folgender Satz: Don't confuse eternal (having no beginning or end) with everlasting (just having no end). (Hervorhebung von mir.) Kennt das Deutsche ...
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Translation of “it all depends on what you believe in”

My attempts: Alles kommt darauf an, an was du glaubst Alles kommt darauf an, woran du glaubst I'm not sure about the "an" in the second part, though my understanding is that it should be there, ...
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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 oder ...
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Usage of “dort” or “da” in proper context

I read the question "How to use “hier”, “dort” and “da” properly in German?" and in the answer says that if the distance is far away, you use 'da' and the farthest is 'dort'. I was given a home work ...
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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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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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“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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“sparen” and “einsparen”

What is the difference between sparen and einsparen? Consider the sentence below: Die britische Regierung muss 2014 weitere 30 Milliarden Euro einsparen, sagt Finanzminister George Osborne. Er ...
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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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How do you translate “across a crowded room” into German?

I used "in der Grosser Menschen Menge." The context is another one of my translations, of "Some Enchanted Evening" (Rogers and Hammerstein) Ein bezauberdes Abend. Siehst du eine Fremde, ...
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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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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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Do native German speakers use “cross gender” references?

Here's an example of what I mean. Among my (American) friends, I referred to a certain old, rich, domineering woman as "die Herrin." My understanding is that "Herr" literally means "master," and while ...
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Expressing processes in the past with “als”

I've been told by a native speaker that the following sentence is not correct: als ich 15 Jahre alt war, lernte ich Französisch (to mean that I studied french for some time when I was 15) and ...
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The usage of the modal particle “ja”

How is the modal particle "ja" used? Is it the same as "you know"? Ich kann ja den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen. Ich kann den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen, weisst du?
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Ist “kumulierbar” ein Schweizerischer Begriff?

Ich habe auf Gutscheinen (in der Schweiz öfter als Bon bezeichnet) gelesen, sie seien nicht mit anderen Rabatten kumulierbar. Siehe auch einen Artikel im Konsumentenmagazin K-Tipp. Anscheinend weiss ...
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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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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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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 ...
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“Sich handeln um” and “handeln von”

What is the difference between sich handeln um and sich handeln von? Dieses Buch handelt sich um eine schöne Prinzessin. Dieses Buch handelt sich von einer Prinzessin.