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Is something “kaputt” just broken or completely ruined?

Kaputt according to Duden: entzwei; defekt; nicht mehr funktionierend Which of these items are "kaputt" in this sense? a glass jar broken in half a glass jar with a crack that leaks water but ...
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What's the difference between “queren” and “überqueren”

I've tried to look here: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/queren http://www.wordreference.com/deen/%C3%BCberqueren But it's not clear to me. Also I don't understand why über-queren should ...
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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How do I know which declension pattern a noun belongs to in the Langenscheidt pocket dictionary?

I have this somewhat-useful little yellow book sitting in my backpack, and I've noticed that it has a table in the back that gives 16 groups of noun declension patterns. For whatever reason, these ...
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Accurate words to communicate the concept of “dating”

When I have used translation services, the word suggestions for "dating" seem to be along the lines of carbon dating, not the intended romantic words. The other challenge is that American concept of ...
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2answers
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Tight and Narrow = Eng und Schmal?

I've been trying to learn the vocabulary for both 'tight' and 'narrow', but I am having trouble with the translation. There seems to be some overlap. I'll give a couple of example sentences and my ...
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“aus”, “outside” or “from”?

In this sentence: Nehmen Sie den Wein aus Deutschland. what would "aus" mean? "outside" or "from" ? And is this a question? I see the verb and pronoun are switched. In other words, should I ...
3
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556 views

How to read “modulo” (Math) in German? About the preposition it induces

In English there exists the proposition modulo (see also the Wiktionary entry) or modulo the fact. Any of these, however, are not proper from English, but have their origin in mathematics, presumably ...
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What's the difference between “bereiten” and “vorbereiten”?

Is there a difference in meaning or can both expressions be used interchangeably? I also wonder about the strong difference of meaning between bereiten (prepare) and reiten (ride). How is it possible?...
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What's the meaning of “be-” prefix?

Keep this example: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/beachten http://www.wordreference.com/deen/%C3%A4chten achten means respect beachten means obey What's the meaning of the prefix be? What is ...
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What is the origin of the prefix “be-”?

Let's take an example. besuchen => to visit someone suchen => search
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320 views

What about “erschreckt” in addition to “bin erschrocken” and “hat erschrocken”?

I was reading the following explanation: How come there are two ways to conjugate the same verb? (e.g. erschrecken) however I am still confused with the verb "to scare". I gather from the above ...
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Bus fahren - usage and grammar

Does Ich fahre Bus. mean both I drive a bus. (=I'm a bus driver.) and I ride the bus. (= I travel on a bus as a passenger.) ? Why do you use Bus with no article here?
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Bei Wörtern wie „Arztbesuch“, wie bestimmt man kontextfrei wie das Verb „besuchen“ wirkt? Wer besucht wen?

(Der Titel diser Frage ist katastrophal, ich gebe zu. Hoffentlich lässt sich bald ein besserer finden.) Hintergrund Die Frage ist eigentlich ein bisschen komplizierter. Natürlich wäre denn ein paar ...
2
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1answer
902 views

Help with “schmecken” verb + dative

I'm a German newbie and I'm trying to translate "Der Wein schmeckt dem Mann" Der Wein = the wine, subject schmeckt = ? tastes ? dem Mann = to the Mann I can't give this sentence a meaningful ...
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1answer
599 views

Which is the order of words in Doppelkonjunktionen nicht…, sondern?

Doppelkonjunktionen nicht..., sondern... Wie ist die korrekte Wortstellung? Nicht + Hauptsatz, sondern + Hauptsatz oder Nicht + Inversion, sondern + Inversion oder Nicht + Inversion, ...
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1answer
704 views

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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4answers
221 views

Sentence structure for “Arzneimittel für Kinder unzugänglich aufbewahren!”

I translate the sentence: Arzneimittel für Kinder unzugänglich aufbewahren! as Keep/store all medicines out of reach of children. Given it seems to be an imperative statement, why isn't it ...
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Various translations of the English verb “close”

I am trying to organize my knowledge about the various translations of the English verbs "close", and find out which German word is most suitable for typical usages. When closing something like a ...
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1answer
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Wie sagt man “Hug bug” auf Deutsch?

Jana mag die ganze Zeit ihren Freund Klaus umarmen. Im Englischen würde man sagen, dass Jana den Hug Bug hat. Da Hug Bug aber sehr umgangssprachlich ist, gibt es dafür keine direkte Übersetzung. ...
2
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4answers
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Joining related events only with comma

(a) Ich war gestern draußen, ging am Abend ins Kino. (b) Gestern war ich draußen, ging am Abend ins Kino. Is each of the two sentences correct?
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“Du hast da noch ein Bier zu stehen” - richtig oder falsch?

In Berlin und Umgebung ist es üblich, Infinitive mit “zu” zu versehen, wenn es darum geht, einen Zustand bzw. eine aktuelle Lage zu beschreiben, etwa wie: “du hast deinen Taschenrechner noch ...
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626 views

vorbeikommen - wo? oder wohin?

Are all of these correct? Kommen Sie (wohin?) zu uns ins Büro vorbei. Kommen Sie (wo?) bei uns im Büro vorbei. Kommen Sie (mixed: wo?) bei uns (wohin?) ins Büro vorbei. Google seems to ...
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1answer
417 views

Wie sagt man “What a mess!” auf Deutsch? [closed]

Alle deine Bücher liegen auf dem Schlafzimmerboden und du hast dein Bett nicht gemacht! All your books are on the floor and you did not fix your bed! Wie sagt man "What a mess!" auf Deutsch?
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1answer
799 views

Mit dem Bus / mit einem Bus

I've noticed that it is far more common to say "Ich komme mit dem Bus" than to say "Ich komme mit einem Bus". So I wondered: is it ok at all to say "mit einem Bus"? if it's ok, does it have a ...
0
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3answers
752 views

What does “vorm” mean?

In the sentence: Früher habe ich immer Angst vorm Fliegen gehabt. What does "vorm" mean? Dictionary says it means "vor Mittags," but I don't think it fits here.
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1answer
70 views

Referencing another section/heading in the same document

This German taz article includes a same-document reference to another section: Die Technik […] Das liegt an dem aus zwei Schichten bestehenden Display (siehe Öko-Faktor). Das ...
6
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2answers
407 views

Difference between “heute”, “heutig”, and “heutigen”?

I was looking up the German word for "Today's" and Google translate suggested "heutigen" but I did not see that even listed in my English to German dictionary. But I did find many instances written ...
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3answers
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German shows/movies with German subtitles

I've found resources for German shows with English subtitles and vice versa, but I can't find German shows (either serials or movies) with German subtitles. Are there any online resources for this? I'...
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238 views

Nominative or accusative case for “ein Morgen”

To say "one morning in May I flew to London", should I say (a) Ein Morgen im Mai bin ich nach London geflogen. or (b) Einen Morgen ... or other possibilities?
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1answer
247 views

Difference between “Notizen” and “Aufzeichnungen” to mean notes

When I looked up English to German translation for "notes" I saw "Aufzeichnungen." But previously had seen "Notizen", when would either one of those words be more appropriate than the other to mean ...
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2answers
637 views

Usage of space before punctuation mark / Leerzeichen vor Satzzeichen

I would like to know what the rules are in German (and if they are different in Switzerland) with respect to spaces before punctuation marks. I know for sure that . and , are never preceded by a ...
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1answer
290 views

Nominative or accusative case for “ein Monat später”

If I want to say "a month later I came back home", should I say (a) Ein Monat später bin ich nach Hause zurückgekommen or (b) Einen Monat später ... or other possibilities?
3
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3answers
625 views

Where does the “Infinitiv mit zu” come from? [duplicate]

I was asked by a friend if the "Infinitiv mit zu" specifically come from the Berlin region because most of his friends who use it that way come from that area. Since I wasn't raised in the Berlin ...
0
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3answers
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nicht imperatives “haben” mit oder ohne “zu” [duplicate]

Die Beispielsituation: Neben mir steht ein Kelchglas mit Wein auf dem Boden. Aus Ärger wirft jemand nun eine Packung Zellstofftaschentücher oder etwas ähnliches in meine Richtung. Nun möchte ich auf ...
0
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1answer
129 views

Wie sagt man “who walked over your grave?” auf Deutsch? [closed]

Gibt es im Deutschen den Ausdruck who walked over your grave?
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1answer
257 views

Wie sagt man “To have beef with someone” auf Deutsch?

Ich habe Probleme mit diesem Typ in der Kneipe. I have beef with this guy in the Bar. Wie sagt man " to have beef with somebody" auf Deutsch?
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1answer
290 views

Wie sagt man “I am concious about” auf Deutsch?

Ich bin darüber bewusst, worum vorgeht. I am conscious about what is going on. Wie sagt man "I'm conscious about what's going on" auf Deutsch?
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Ich gebe Dir eine Hand beim Deutschlernen vs. Ich helfe Dir beim Deutschlernen

Würde es Sinn ergeben, wenn man Ich gebe dir eine Hand beim Deutschlernen sagt? Wäre dieser Satz umgangssprachlich?
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1answer
259 views

“Standard” German pronunciation of Spar: [ʃpʰaːɐ] or [ʃpaːɐ]?

I'm reading Modern German Pronunciation, 2nd edition by Christopher Hall and I have a question regarding the /p/. I hold piece of paper directly in front of my lips and first I say the word Paar. I ...
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212 views

Wie sagt man “Sleeping schedule” auf Deutsch?

Wir müssen Schlafzeitplan der Kinder ändern. We need to change the children's sleeping schedule. Wie sagt man " sleeping schedule" ?
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Wieso benutzt man “seine Schulden begleichen” nicht “seine Schulden bezahlen”? [closed]

Kann man sagen Ich werde nächstes Jahr meine Schulden bezahlen. anstatt von Ich werde nächstes Jahr meine Schulden begleichen.
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4answers
806 views

“passive aggressive” in german?

What is the German word / expression for "passive aggressive"? The closest I've found, would be, how one might expect, passiv aggressiv (see here). Unfortunately this term only really seems to be ...
0
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1answer
65 views

Eine Alternative zum Ausdruck “Eine tolle Sache”

Eine tolle Sache, dass ich 15 Jahre Deutsch gelernt habe, also habe ich keine Probleme zu verstehen, was sie sagen. Good thing that I studied German for 15 years, so i have no problems ...
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1answer
1k views

Do all German nouns start with a capital letter? [duplicate]

The title is auto-descriptive. Do all German nouns start with a capital letter? If no, when should I capitalize them?
2
votes
1answer
231 views

Wie sagt man “at your own time” auf Deutsch?

Arbeitest du zu deiner eigenen Zeit? (Ich versuche Do you work at your own time? zu übersetzen.) Wie sagt man at your own time auf Deutsch? Ich weiß nicht, ob zu deiner eignen Zeit hier richtig ist....
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2answers
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Der Nacht oder die Nacht?

Rammstein sings "Sie kommen zu euch in der Nacht" in "Mein herz brennt" song, but to my knowledge "Nacht" is of female gender and it's supposed to be "die Nacht". So what am I missing? And also http:/...
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2answers
999 views

Word order with “dass wenn” and “dass als”

Ich finde, dass wenn man zu viel redet, hört man nicht genug. Ich liebe japanisches Essen sehr, dass als ich in Japan war, habe ich es jeden Tag gegessen. Is the word order for both these ...
3
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3answers
213 views

How do you say “closure”?

How do Germans say "closure," as in emotional closure. For example, "We need to talk about when we broke up so that I can feel closure about our relationship."
2
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3answers
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The use of “Die beiden” versus “Sie beide”

I'm trying to figure out the difference between the following two sentences in regards to the use of beiden/beide. Die beiden kommen um 8 Uhr zu Besuch. Sie beide kommen. I'm trying to ...

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