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Translation of “If so”

How do you say "if so" in German? Do you have some time? If so, I would like to speak with you. Would you say "wenn ja"? Haben Sie etwas Zeit? Wenn ja, ich möchte mit Ihnen sprechen.
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Can I use “doch” as negation to “es ist meine Schuld”?

I'm trying to understand a particular use of the word doch If somebody says es ist meine Schuld, meaning "it's my fault", may I use doch in response to convey, essentially, "no, on the contrary, it'...
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Article for “a book or two”

Suppose I want to say "a book or two" in German Ich werde morgen ein oder zwei Bücher kaufen. Is this okay? I'm wondering since "ein" doesn't go with "Bücher". If not, how could I say this ...
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Some - How to say some?

I have not been able to find a definitive answer on using "some" in German. I've seen, irgend- words, etwas (Which I have come to know as something or some + an adjective: z.B. Dieses Kurs ist etwas ...
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Wie lautet das Gegenteil von “Muttersprachler”?

Wie der Titel schon sagt bin ich auf der Suche nach einem Wort, das das Gegenteil von Muttersprachler ausdrückt. Meine bisherigen Ideen sind: Nicht-Muttersprachler Fremdsprachler Beides gefällt ...
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“Empfehlungen” vs “testimonial”

When a client gave us content from their German website, they seemed to use the word "Empfehlungen" as the label on a tab for the page that features testimonials. Is that correct? I ask because when I ...
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Does the dative requirement go away in the construct “meiner Meinung nach?”

I was reading the following answer on Meta: http://meta.german.stackexchange.com/a/615/2906 And noticed the following sentence: Diese Frage ist meiner Meinung nach ein Duplikat von dieser. This ...
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Höfliche Anrede mit zweiter Person Plural: »Ihr solltet zugeben, dass Ihr ganz einfach Angst habt.«

Die zweite Person Plural wird ab und zu verwendet, um Höflichkeit auszudrücken. Folgendes Beispiel stammt aus dem Buch "Die unendliche Geschichte" von Michael Ende: »Held Hynreck«, sagte Bastian ...
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Es genau mit etwas nehmen

What is another alternative for the phrase "es genau mit etwas nehmen" ? Ich nehme es genau mit dem Deutschlernen, wenn ich auf Germanstackexchange.com bin.
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“Jmdm zur Kenntnis gelangen” vs. “Jmdm zur Kenntnis bringen” [closed]

Dieses Ökonomieproblem wurde dem Präsidenten zur Kenntnis gelangt. Dem Präsident hat das Ökonomieproblem zur Kenntnis gebracht. What is the difference between the two phrases? Can they be ...
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Erlaubnis um eine Musikmarke bekommen

Wie habt ihr Erlaubnis um eine Musikmarke bekommen? How did you get a permission for a Music Label ? I am not sure if the words "Erlaubnis" and "Musikmarke" are correct in this context. i am not ...
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How to perform an advanced search of German nouns in Wiktionary restricting both gender and ending?

I hope you could give this question a try before closing it. It's, admittedly, not directly related to German, but if a successful answer is provided, I'm sure it will be useful – at least for German ...
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“Ich möchte das gerne machen” or “Ich würde das gerne machen”

What is correct, between (a) Ich möchte das gerne machen. and (b) Ich würde das gerne machen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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“Am Ort” vs “Im Ort” [duplicate]

Ich gehe an den Ort, wo ich mir die Haare schneiden lasse. Das ist der Ort, an dem ich geboren bin Why does the word "Ort" always uses the preposition "an"? If one uses "in" with Ort will it be ...
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How to specify “Aunt”, “Uncle”, “Cousin” relative to father or mother, in German? [duplicate]

If we would specify "Onkel", "Tante" or "Cousin(e)" related through the mother's side of the family, can we use: mein mütterlicher Onkel meine mütterliche Tante meine mütterliche Cousine ...
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Trennbare Verben mit als/wie

I have a hard time with trennbare verbs, I always try to put one part to the end of the sentence. But it seems like there are exceptions: Du siehst heute aus wie ein Mädchen. Er füllt das ...
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Can “da- words” be used for humans as well as objects?

I was speaking to a friend of mine about another person and I almost used "davon" to refer to a human. Is this allowed? For example: I realise it is legal for the following to take place: Ich ...
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Does “paar” still mean “two items”? Words that have lost their original meaning

–Ich hätte gerne ein Paar Brötchen –Wie viele? That was (modulo trivialities) a conversation that surprised me. Of course –assuming the grammatical correctness of the sentences–, the baker doesn't ...
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How would you translate “Please enter the security code” into German? [closed]

I need these terms translated for a contact form that I am building for a German website. Please enter the security code Security Check Try another code Enter code So far I have these terms that a ...
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Are there any German Internet slang acronyms like “LOL”?

LOL (an acronym for "laughing out loud"), LMAO, ROTFL and other Internet slang acronyms that express bodily reactions, in particular laughter, are very popular. Are there equivalent or similar German ...
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“Begriff” vs. “Konzept” [closed]

Das Konzept des Lernens der deutschen Sprache ist schwieriger zu lernen als das von Spanisch. The concept of learning the german language is harder than learning Spanish Can one substitute "...
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“An der Schule” or “in der Schule”?

I've seen a sentence like Ich habe Deutsch an der Schule gelernt. instead of Ich habe Deutsch in der Schule gelernt. Why is the preposition "an" used? Does it have something to do with ...
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Is “so” in this sentence in the correct place?

I asked a question about this very same sentence earlier, but this is a different question about it. I have this sentence: Wenn Sie es wissen müssen, so erkläre ich Ihnen, dass ich einen Besuch ...
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“Mach dir die Augen zu” vs. “Mach die Augen zu”

Someone told me that saying "Mach dir die Augen zu " is rude. He told me that to make it more polite say " Mach die Augen zu". Does using the reflexive pronoun "dir" makes it more direct? If the ...
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“Terminologie” vs “Fachsprache”

Ich werde mir ein Wörterbuch, in dem man alle medizinischen Terminologien beherrschen kann, kaufen. I would like to know if the word Terminologie is correct in this context. And there's another ...
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Recycling Center in German? [closed]

How do you say "Recycling Center" in German? I am going to the Recycling Center to recycle soda cans. Ich fahre ins Recyclingzentrum um Sodakannen zu recyceln. Is "Recyclingzentrum" the right ...
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How should I arrange these modal verbs?

I have a question about sentence structure. I found a sentence like this, Wenn Sie es wissen muessen, so erkläre ich Ihnen, dass ich einen Besuch gehabt habe. My question is about the first ...
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“Anfassen” and “berühren”

I would like to know which of the two verbs is used to tell someone that you're serious about not being touched. If he touches you the second time, something's going to happen to him. Someone told me ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen einem “Sprichwort”, einer “Redewendung” und einer “Redensart”?

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen einem Sprichwort, einer Redewendung und einer Redensart, oder sind diese Begriffe synonym?
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Partizip II von intransitiven Verben

Kann man das stattgefundene Ereignis sagen? Oder müsste es auf jeden Fall das stattgefunden habende Ereignis heißen? Bei transitiven Verben unterscheidet "getötete Person" vs. "getötet ...
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Difference between “etwas in den Griff bekommen” and “sich an etwas gewöhnen” [closed]

What is the difference between the two phrases: etwas in den Griff bekommen Ich muss das Auto in den Griff bekommen. sich an etwas gewöhnen. Ich fange an mich an dieses kalte Wetter zu ...
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McDonald's drive thru

How do you say " I am going to the McDonald's drive thru " in German? Mein Versuch : Ich fahre zu McD. Drive-thru?
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“Streng gegen jmdn” or “Streng mit jmdm”?

What is the difference between streng mit jmdm and streng gegen jmdn: Ich bin streng damit, dass ich mein Haus sauber halte. Er ist streng dagegen, dass seine Freundin mit ihren Freunden ...
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2answers
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Translation of “Let me ask him”

A: Will your friend come to the party tomorrow? B: Let me ask him. I'm having trouble translating "let" here. Should I use "lassen" as follows? A: Wird dein Freund morgen zur Party kommen? ...
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“Sich freuen auf” oder “über”?

Wann benutzt man auf oder über mit freuen? Zum Beispiel: Meine Tochter freut sich schon _ die Sommerferien.
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How do you say “Selfie” in German?

How do you say " selfie" in German? Is it "das Selfie"? Sie macht sich immer Selfies auf Facebook and MySpace.
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How come there are two ways to conjugate the same verb? (e.g. erschrecken)

Take, for sake of concreteness, the verb erschrecken: Du erschrickst vor Kakerlaken (du gerätst in Panik, wenn du Kakerlaken siehst) to be compared with Du erschreckst sie, wenn du trinkst. ...
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Why is “Fräulein” considered offensive, as opposed to “Frau”?

Does Fräulein imply that the woman being addressed is not fully a Frau? Does it imply a lower class status?
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What are the differences between the german nouns for 'event'?

There are many nouns that describe an event, occation, or happenings They all can be translated to either; * der Anlass * das Geschehen * das Geschehnis * das Ereignis * die Veranstaltung How do ...
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2answers
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Is it good style to use latin phrases? [closed]

I don't know how much and deep school kids in Germany actually get in touch with Latin. For some areas of studies it seems to be a prerequisite. In US literature, also scientific, it has -to my ...
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Need help with demonstrative pronouns

I have an assignment for German class to write a letter, expressing some kind of problem. I won't go deep into the subject, I just need help with some demonstrative pronouns, the first sentence being: ...
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Can you invert sentence structure without sounding like Yoda?

I've heard that you can invert the sentence structure, as shown in the following examples, in order to emphasize an adverb, prepositional phrase et.c. -- Wie ist er? -- Wunderschön ist er. ...
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When does one require “dass” and when can it be omitted?

There seem to be some examples where dass does not seem to be needed but I don't know how to differentiate when it's required or not. For example: Wollen Sie ihm sagen, er sollte es mir so ...
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Use the dative case or “für”?

Will it be grammatically correct to write: Ich kaufe einen Blumenstrauß für meine Frau. Instead of: Ich kaufe meiner Frau einen Blumenstrauß. Because in English one says " I am buying a ...
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3answers
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How do you say “from X to Y” in German?

How do you say "from X to Y" in German? I am not sure if I am supposed to write an article with "zu": Ich höre mir alle Arten deutscher Musik an, vom Rock bis zu(r?) Hip-Hop. I listen to all ...
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2answers
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What preposition to use with “übergeben”?

What preposition do I use with übergeben: Nach dem ersten Weltkrieg wurde Kamerun an Frankreich übergegeben. I want to say: After the first World War Cameroon was handed over to France. ...
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How to say “Fear makes my heart beat faster”

How do you say: Fear makes my heart beat faster, my hands cold and head ache a little. Here are my attempts: Angst verursacht, dass das Herz mir schneller klopft, meine Hände kälter werden ...
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Word order following the word “also”

After the word "also", do you need to use any change of word order? I.e. invert the subject and verb or does it stay unchanged like when one uses "und" oder "aber"? Zum Beispiel: Es gefällt mir ...
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Case of “Geraden” in “auf einer Geraden”

I ran into the sentence Die Punkte A, B und C liegen auf einer Geraden. From the dictionary I understand that "Gerade" takes on the form "Geraden" for both plural and genitive. But here it looks ...
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“In Gruppen” or “Gruppenweise”

Sie helfen einander in Gruppen. Sie helfen einander gruppenweise. They help each other in groups. Can "in groups" be substituted by gruppenweise? My book said gruppenweise means "in groups" ...

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