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Jemand, der oder die

To what extent is the common usage of "der" with "jemand" considered sexist now, and what ways are most commonly used to solve the sexist problem (if one exists)? An example sentence that I am ...
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Is there a difference between “Leiche”, “Leichnam”, “Toter”, or “Verstorbener”

There are different German nouns for a corpse. Most used are die Leiche der Leichnam der/die Tote der/die Verstorbene A Google Ngram shows a trend towards "Tote" being increasingly used over ...
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best choice of words in requesting a reply to an email: zusenden, mitteilen

I need to add a sentence to a letter that has already been translated into German, to say that the recipient of the letter can send his/her evaluation (opinion) either by email or on our website. My ...
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Is “Abbau” a correct term when reffering to oil

When referring to Oil "Erdöl", is the term "Abbau" correct, or is it just for coal and other minerals?
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mit jdm. dulden

Aus Goethes „Die Leiden des jungen Werther“: Frau M. ist sehr schlecht; ich bete für ihr Leben, weil ich mit Lotten dulde. Was bedeutet der Teil „weil ich mit Lotten dulde”? Diese Verwendung von ...
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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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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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What does “hinschauen” mean?

I understand that "schauen" means to look but I have difficulties to understand "hinschauen" in this context Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt. Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen.
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Historischer Gebrauch des Begriffs “Kanakermann”

Laut Wikipedia soll das Schimpfwort "Kanake" aus dem seemännischen Ehrentitel "Kanakermann" stammen: Kannakermann war im späten 19. Jahrhundert unter deutschen Seemännern eine verbreitete ...
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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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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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Unterschied zwischen “auf etwas ankommen” und “von etwas abhängen”

(Aus der Zeitung) Frage: Welche Rolle spielt die Lebensdauer von Produkten für Konsumenten bei der Kaufentscheidung? Antwort: (Es) kommt auf das Produkt an. Könnte die Antwort auch ...
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Nuances of the seemingly Synonymous words “Flagge” and “Fahne”

With the World Cup in full swing, I've come across the words "Flagge" and "Fahne" quite a bit. These words are seemingly synonymous, but that might not be the case. Take a quick look at the ...
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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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How to use “verfassen”? [closed]

I know that verfassen means to write or to compose: Alle Bücher sind in deutscher Sprache verfasst. Can I say "Ich verfasse einen Brief"? Or is the word used for lengthier works such as books?
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Is “sich einverstanden erklären” proper German?

I am writing a translation for a cookie agreement text. I am quite sure my current text will bring the message across but I'm not sure if this 100% proper German. This is the original English text: ...
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Unterschied zwischen “wirken als ob” und “aussehen als ob”

Es wirkt fast so, als habe Linklater (ein Name) das unauffälligste Kind gewählt, das er finden konnte. Mason (ein Name) selbst wirkt in jeder Szene, als sei er nie ganz da. Er ist mir ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “drehen” und “umdrehen”?

Kann jemand den Unterschied zwischen den beiden kurz erklären? Sagt man "Das Auto dreht" oder "Das Auto dreht sich". Gibt es einen Unterschied?
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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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“Gleis” or “Bahnsteig”?

If I understand correctly, at a railway station Gleis designates the (rail)track while Bahnsteig is the platform. When giving information about where to go to catch a train, do we usually refer to ...
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Purpose of “mich” in the following translation

If I wanted to say "I look bad like you" Ich mich schlecht aussehen, wie dich. I don't know if it's correct, but my doubt is what's the purpose of mich in this situation?
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using “beenden” for “einen Kurs”

I want to say my german course will be in 7 July to end. Can I use beenden for these purpose? Mein Deutschkurs wird am 7. July beenden. If not, what would be the correct verb for this means?
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Translation of “to agree with something” with “zustimmen”

How would "I agree that..." be best translated? I've found all the following versions: Ich stimme dem zu, dass ... Ich stimme dazu, dass ... Ich stimme zu, dass ... Is one of them better? Are all ...
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Can “wo” have a temporal meaning? [duplicate]

Examples: Das war der Tag, wo wir in den Urlaub gefahren sind Die Zeit, wo wir froh waren Is this temporal usage of "wo" correct?
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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to say “take a joke” in German

When pulling a prank on someone or telling a joke that could come across as offensive, usually we say "take a joke" or something along those lines. What is the expression for this in German?
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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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“Ich kann Englisch”

Strange as it may sound (to me at least), it seems that it is correct, rather than (more logical sounding to me) Ich kenne Englisch Is that some kind of historical accident that "können" has ...
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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 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 time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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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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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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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 ...