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“Dachboden” or “Speicher” as “attic” in Austria?

I recently found two translations for the English word "attic", i.e the part of a building, especially of a house, directly under the roof. I found both "Dachboden" and "Speicher". My question is: ...
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“Er muss zurückfahren nach Basel.” Correct?

"Roman muss zurückfahren nach Basel." Blinder Passagier, Andrea Maria Wagner Aren't verbs combined with modal verbs supposed to be placed at the very end of the clause? I would have said "Roman muss ...
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Where do you place the stress in the word?

Every dictionary I have seen says stress an in angeblich. Yet often, I hear angeblich. Does it matter? Are there rules? Or is it dialect? Similarly, ausführlich or ausführlich? One dictionary says the ...
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Simpel vs einfach

einfach: a. leicht verständlich, durchführbar; ohne Mühe lösbar; unkompliziert, nicht schwierig b. leicht einsehbar; einleuchtend, eindeutig simpel: so einfach, dass es keines ...
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Difference between “nur mehr” and “nur noch”

What is the difference between "nur mehr" and "nur noch"? Example: Wir haben nur noch 3 Stunden. Wir haben nur mehr 3 Stunden. Is there any difference or does it mean exactly the same?
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Difference between “großziehen” and “aufwachsen”

What is the difference in usage or meaning between the two verbs großziehen and aufwachsen? To me they both are basically the same and I don´t have any idea about what the difference could be. Are ...
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When did “eitel” switch from “vergänglich” (fading) to “eingebildet” (smug)?

In the poem by Andreas Gryphius: Alles ist eitel written in the 16th century the adjective eitel stands for fading or fleeting. However, today Duden online says: selbstgefällig (smug), kokett ...
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How should I say “the most important”?

Which form is correct and how can I know which to use? Das wichtigste ist... Die wichtigste ist...
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What is the difference between “berichten” and “erzählen” in the sense of tell, narrate?

I recently found the verb berichten which, if I am not wrong, mainly is used to express to report something to someone, in a sort of official way. Then I also found that berichten can be used like ...
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Usage and meaning of “aufzeigen”

What is the difference between aufzeigen and zeigen? Both mean to show, and I guess aufzeigen could be more used in the spoken language maybe. Is it so? Is there a difference in the meaning? Ich ...
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What is the difference between “beweisen” and “nachweisen”?

Is there a difference between these two words? What is it? As I found they both mean: to prove, demonstrate. They are also reported as a synonym in Duden.
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What does “Zukunst” in “Zurück in die Zukunst” mean?

I've read in the news that some German music band called SDP made a new album "Zurück in die Zukunst". Why is it not Zukunft instead of Zukunst? What does this mean?
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In Anspruch nehmen oder in Gebrauch nehmen

jemanden, etwas in Anspruch nehmen (1. jemanden beanspruchen, von etwas Gebrauch machen: er nahm ihn, seine Hilfe gern in Anspruch. 2. erfordern, beanspruchen: der Beruf nimmt sie ganz in Anspruch; ...
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Difference between “Stottern” and “Stammeln”?

As I have found out, both 'Stottern' and 'Stammeln' refer to stuttering/stammering (correct me if I'm wrong), but are they being used in different contexts?
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“You got to be kidding me!” in German?

What is the correct translation/specific word for kidding in German in this context?
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Einsicht vs Einblick

Der Duden sagt: Einblick: 1.a.(Außenstehenden ermöglichter) Blick in etwas hinein 1.b.(einem Außenstehenden ermöglichtes) Durchsehen, Durchlesen in bestimmter Absicht, ...
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Does a “A free online Talking Dictionary of German Pronunciation” exist?

It helps me out a lot to hear how a word is pronounced in order to remember. I often use Duden, but sometimes it does not provide an audio recording of the word I´m looking for. Other dictionaries ...
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Is “es macht mir Freude” correct and used?

Is this expression equivalent to "it makes me happy"? Does it sound ok or maybe too old style? Would I ever hear a young person saying it? Is this expression used or common?
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Use of ‘und’ in Nebensatz

Which sentence is correct? Which is the word order if we have two subordinate clauses that are connected with und? I know that after und there is no change in place like in a subordinate clause but I ...
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1answer
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Difference between “ab nun”, “ab sofort” and “ab jetzt”

I was wondering about the difference between "ab nun", "ab sofort" and "ab jetzt". I think that most of the time, speaking, I just heard "ab jetzt". Are the other two expression the same? Or is there ...
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How do you say “handwavy proof” in German?

In English language there is a beautiful colloquial usage, which describes the way a proof is done ie a "handwavy proof". A handwavy proof is a kind of proof, in which you use no/very little ...
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Usage of wollen; what rules are defining the verbs order

A correct way to use wollen is Ich will schlafen where wollen is used as a verb and schlafen as an adverb. We can also have Ich habe ... wollen where wollen is now used as a second part ...
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Der, das oder die „Club-Mate“?

Auf der offizielle Seite lautet „die Mate“: Die Mate nützt dem Körper, denn in jeder Flasche Club-Mate befindet sich ein voller Teelöffel Mate-Tee. Club-Mate ist darum der Zunge ein Genuß, dem ...
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How to use mitfeiern?

I came across this phrase Schade, dass wir nicht mitfeiern können which means Shame we can’t be there to celebrate with you but I couldn’t find more examples of these word. I think it ...
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1answer
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Was bedeutet „nichts wie hinterher“?

Was bedeutet die Phrase nichts wie hinterher? Oft trifft man diese zum Beispiel im Kontext von Reisen. Jedoch kann ich die Bedeutung nicht klar verstehen, auch nicht mit Hilfe von Google.
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275 views

Habitual past vs simple past

How would the translation of the habitual past He would visit the beach everyday differ from the one of the simple past He visited the beach everyday? when translating those sentences to ...
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Does “aufrollen” have a colloquial meaning?

I'm translating an old German newspaper article and the word "aufrollen" is used in what appears to be a colloquial manner, since the literal meaning "to roll (up)" doesn't quite fit. Here is the ...
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1answer
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Meaning of Middle High German “uñ”

In translating some of the Middle High German of the Carmina Burana, my edition (piano/vocal edition of Orff's settings published by Schott, 1996) has the following verse: Suzer rosenvarwer munt, ...
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Wieso sprengt man Rasenflächen?

Googles Resultate bezüglich der Herkunft waren mittelprächtig. Es scheint mir, dass es sich mit in die Luft jagen (dem anderen sprengen, das sehr bekannt ist) die Herkunft teilt. Aber wie die genau ...
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Preposition for islands: “auf Venedig”,…, “auf Grönland”?

I was surprised to hear auf Kuba For islands one uses auf but I somehow assumed "very small Islands" was the scope of that use. Greenland is the largest island you can find. Do we also have to ...
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Is there a difference between “die Erkennung” and “die Anerkennung”?

Translated they both mean "recognition, identification" (the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized). Are they synonymous? Is there any difference in usage or meaning? Is one maybe the ...
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How can we approach translating complex sentences with multiple verbs or objects?

I am writing a German oral for school and am trying to add the sentence My parents will not allow me to watch TV. However one site said I should write it Meine Eltern werden mich nicht zu ...
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Was is the difference in meaning between “dürfen” und “müssen” in these two examples?

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? Es dürfte lustig sein, in fremde Länder zu reisen. Es muss lustig sein, in fremde Länder zu reisen. Are these two sentence ...
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Difference between “weil” and “denn”

Both mean because. I know that denn does not change the sentence structure of the subordinate clause, but weil does, i.e. pushing the verb to the end. Other than that, is there a difference between ...
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Wie nennt man eine Person, mit der man häufiger mal Sex (eine Romanze) hat?

Gesucht ist quasi das Gegenstück zu fester Freundin/festem Freund in einer Beziehung. Was sagt man, wenn man (auch in ihrem Beisein) gefragt wird: „Ist das deine Freundin?“ — „Naja, äh, ...
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Warum hat die Wahrheit nur ein Auge?

Warum heißt die Redewendung der Wahrheit ins Auge sehen und nicht der Wahrheit in die Augen sehen?
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Ist der Gebrauch von „zeitgleich“ als Synonym für „gleichzeitig“ neueren Ursprungs?

Im Laufe der letzten Jahre fällt mir immer häufiger auf, dass in den Nachrichten statt gleichzeitig das Wort zeitgleich verwendet wird, wie z. B. Dort wurden mit 250 Polizisten zeitgleich Razzien ...
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How to translate “items to be approved”?

I’m bumping into this English to German translation in our software: Project bookings to be approved -> Zu genehmigende Projektbuchungen I’m Dutch, but something does not sound correct here. ...
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Züruckgreifen – indirekte Rede nutzen oder nicht?

In einem Aufsatz zitiere ich eine Umfrage: Was ist für die Jugendlichen wichtig: 91% – toll aussehen 83% – Karriere machen usw. Ich habe geschrieben: „Toll ...
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Any flexibility in the predicate word order here? Multiple prepositions

In Wilhelm Müller's Winterreise, we have the line: Eine Krähe war mit mir aus der Stadt gezogen. (This is not the full sentence of the original, but if I'm not mistaken, it is capable of ...
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Are “Xylofon” and “xenophob” really pronounced with /ks/?

Pronunciation dictionaries suggest that words beginning with x, such as Xylofon and xenophob, should be pronounced with /ks/. This sounds awkward every time I try. How common is it for real-life ...
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1answer
50 views

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “vorbeugen” und “verhindern”?

vorbeugen: etwas durch bestimmtes Verhalten oder bestimmte Maßnahmen zu verhindern suchen verhindern: durch entsprechende Maßnahmen o. Ä. bewirken, dass etwas nicht geschehen kann, von ...
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1answer
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Was darf nach dem Wort »Anzahl« stehen?

Insbesondere geht es um folgende Konstruktion: [...], denen man eine beliebige Anzahl Elemente übergeben kann. Ist das so in Ordnung? Was die Alternativen betrifft: beliebige Anzahl an ...
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1answer
63 views

Southern Austrian Dialect word for “Patenonkel”

I am from Southern Austria (Eastern Tyrol/Carinthia) and during my childhood we used to say Gete to our Patenonkel (like a godfather) and Gote if female. Yet I remember my cousin always calling ...
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Grammatik in „In 2010, dem Jahr, in welchem …“

Aus dem Spiegel: In 2010, dem Jahr, in welchem das Kanzleramt nachweislich vom … erfuhr, war Ernst Uhrlau bereits seit fünf Jahren Präsident … Ist dieser Satz grammatikalisch richtig? ...
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2answers
148 views

How is “tr” pronounced?

In my dialect of English, we pronounce tr like chr (IPA: [t͡ʃɹ]; like tsch if using the German spelling of the sound). Tree is pronounced chree. Train is pronounced Chrain. Track is pronounced ...
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1answer
121 views

How to make questions in the Present Perfect Tense (Perfekt)?

I started to learn German a few months ago, and right now I'm getting into the Present Perfect tense (Perfekt), so a question came out to me: How can I make questions in the perfect tense? For ...
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6answers
201 views

Wasser siedet oder Wasser kocht?

In which cases do you use Wasser siedet and when Wasser kocht? It looks like the two aren’t synonyms.
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When do we use “nicht” or “kein” for making a sentence negative? [duplicate]

When do we use "nicht" or "kein" for making a sentence negative? And what are the differences?
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1answer
49 views

Konjunktiv 2 mit Modalverben

Haben die zwei folgende Sätze die gleiche Bedeutung? Wenn Mark den Bus nicht verpasst hätte, hätte er nicht den ganzen Weg laufen müssen. Wenn Mark den Bus nicht verpasst hätte, müsste er ...

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