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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 ...
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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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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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“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.
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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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Usage of “bis auf”?

I would like to know which of the following constructions are correct: Mir geht's gut, bis auf das ich dich vermisse. Mir geht's gut, bis auf dass ich dich vermisse. Mir geht's gut, bis auf das, ...
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Wann benutzt man “wenn” oder “ob”?

Ich glaube, dass ob wie das englische if ist und wenn wie das englische whether. Also ob mit Kondition, whether in allen anderen Fällen. Ist das richtig? Beispiele Ich weiß nicht, ob ich Zeit habe. ...
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“Aktivieren” and “aufrufen”

Is aufrufen the same as aktivieren? 1.Ich werde morgen mein Gmail-konto aufrufen. 2.Ich werde morgen mein Gmail-konto aktivieren.
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Is there a difference between “anschalten” and “einschalten”

Is there a difference between anschalten and einschalten? If I turn on the TV, oven, heat, start the car etc., can either verb be used?
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Unterschied zwischen “da” und “weil” im Nebensatz

Ich habe heute etwas über Nebensätze gelernt. Dabei habe ich etwas nicht verstanden. Meine Problem ist, dass ich nicht verstehe, wann man "da" und wann man "weil" benutzen muss. Könnte mir das ...
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Help identify word - 'Ja imm(?)' with the meaning 'Yes, exactly'

I've heard many times people saying something what I've heard like 'Ja, imm' oder 'Ja, ihm' meaning 'Yes, exactly'. However, I couldn't find such phrase, so I think I could have heard that word not ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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what's the difference between wieso and warum? [duplicate]

My grammar book states that both "wieso" and "warum" mean "why" but my friend who lived in Germany for one year states there's a subtle difference in questioning between them but couldn't really ...
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“hören” or “anhören” for listening to opera

"Wollen wir uns die Oper zusammen ___?" a) hören b) anhören From this dictionary, anhören is used for concerts, while hören is used for singers. So, does both work here, or only ...
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Die Verwendung des Tätigkeitswortes “brabbeln” zur Beschreibung eines Erwachsenen, der einem Baby nachahmt?

Der Vater brabbelt mit dem Baby. Kann man das Verb "brabbeln" zur Beschreibung eines Erwachsenen, der das Baby nachahmt, verwenden? Oder kann man "sprechen" benutzen?
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“benutzen” or “nutzen” for using the toilet

"Dürfte ich Ihre Toilette ___?" a) benutzen b) nutzen Since we're using an object (the toilet), "benutzen" should work. But does "nutzen" work or not?
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Deutsche Wörter für “cheap”

Du gehst einkaufen und du hast wenig Geld. Ich kenne drei Wörter, die du für cheap Waren und/oder Geschäfte du benutzen könnest. billig preiswert günstig Welchen Unterschied gibt es ...