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“Have to” and “haben zu”

There is a construction which exists in both English and German and has about the same meaning: You have to do your homework Du hast Deine Hausaufgaben zu machen. I think there is a slight ...
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“von dem” oder “wovon”

Das ist alles, wovon ich träume. soll richtig sein. Da habe ich eine Frage: Kann "von dem" "wovon" in dem Satz ersetzen? Das ist alles, von dem ich träume. klingt ja irgendwie komisch. Ich ...
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Ist „Mittagessen haben“ richtig?

Normalerweise sagen wir Ich esse um 12 zu Mittag. Ist es richtig Am Mittag hat er Mittagessen. zu sagen? Ist Um 12 hat er Mitttagesssen. auch richtig?
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Spelling noun–noun compound words

I am translating my meatloaf recipe to German and am unsure about translating the meatloaf mixture from the sentence Transfer the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan. I have: meatloaf → der ...
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Sich entwickeln oder sich entfalten

sich entwickeln:1. allmählich entstehen, sich stufenweise herausbilden 2a. (von Lebewesen, Pflanzen) ein Stadium erreichen, in dem vorhandene Anlagen zur [vollen] Entfaltung kommen 2b. ...
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Fernsehen verb usage practice in a sentence

During the German class, we studied that the verb fernsehen (to watch TV) should be conjugated as ich sehe fern, du siehst fern, etc. I want to translate the sentence I watch TV on evenings to ...
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Wofür steht „dran“ in „spät dran sein“?

Die Bedeutung ist mir schon klar. Aber ich wollte fragen was die Abkürzung dran ersetzt und ob sie immer nötig ist? Hat ich bin spät nicht dieselbe Bedeutung?
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when to use “kein” and when “nicht”? [duplicate]

Ich habe keinen Wein Ich habe nicht Wein why is the former correct but Ich verstehe nicht Ich verstehe kein but here it's the other way around
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Platzierung des Wortes „nicht“ im Satz

Warum sind A1 und B1 anstelle von A2 und B2 richtig? A1. Die Bevölkerung ist meistens nicht kritisch (richtig) A2. Die Bevölkerung ist meistens kritisch nicht   B1. Die Fans haben nicht mit ...
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Warum „der späte Gast“, aber nicht „Der Gast ist spät“?

Normalerweise kann man die Phrase Das ist Artikel Adjektiv Substantiv. umstellen zu Das Substantiv ist Adjektiv. Also zum Beispiel Das ist ein rotes Auto. Das Auto ist rot. Beim ...
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Why “den Kindern” instead of “die Kinder”?

Den Kindern hat der Besuch im Planetarium Spaß gemacht. (The children enjoyed going to the planetarium.) Why is it "den Kindern hat der Besuch", instead of "die Kinder haben den Besuch"?
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“sich schaden” mit Akk.- oder Dat. Ergänzung?

Ich habe eine Frage, wie sagt man in DEU: Du schadest dir der Gesundheit oder Du schadest dir die Gesundheit Das Verb "schaden" ist mit Dat. Ergänzung, also ist das reflexive Pronomen im ...
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Meaning of Mehrfamilienhaus [on hold]

Ich weiß nicht, was Mehrfamilienhaus bedeutet. Und was ist der Unterschied zwischen einem Apartment und einem Mehrfamilienhaus?
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Is there a comprehensive list of n-declensed nouns?

Is there a complete list of German n-declensed nouns in any book or on the web? I found some lists, but they do not seem to be comprehensive enough.
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„Gut tun“ oder „guttun“

Ich lerne die Verben mit Dativ-Ergänzung, und ich interessierte mich besonders für das Verb gut tun auf dieser Seite, aber eine Sache kapierte ich nicht: Warum wird das Verb auf Duden online guttun ...
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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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What rules should one follow building German sentences? [on hold]

What general rules can describe the word order in German sentences? I know the basic ones, but I feel confused every time I’ve got to build anything more complex than Ich tue etwas It would be ...
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Die Deklination des Adjektives nach dem Pronomen

Es wird gelehrt, dass nach einigen Pronomina die Deklination wie nach einem definiertem Artikel stattfinden und nach den Anderen - wie nach einem undefiniertem. Was ist die Quelle dieser Teilung? ...
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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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Translation of “Anmk.”

In several German papers I've found such abbreviation as "10 Anmk. 1", but I have no idea how this could be translated. This looks like some abbreviation of well known edition. Contexts are: 1) "In ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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