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Die Bedeutung von “kühl reagieren”

Aus dem Spiegel-Online: Der neue linke Ministerpräsident Tsipras lässt sich in Athen feiern. Berlin reagiert kühl. Kanzlerin Angela Merkel und ihr Finanzminister wollen sich von der neuen ...
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Die Bedeutung von »so« in diesem Zusammenhang

Möchten Sie das Griffmuster eines bestimmen Akkordes herausfinden, so können Sie mit Hilfe der Akkordsuchmaschine den gesuchten Akkord über ein Auswahlmenü auswählen. Hat es dieselbe Bedeutung wie ...
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German word for “suspension” / “suspended harmony” (music theory)

I'm searching for a German word for suspension, referring to music theory. Suspension as in suspended harmony. From Wikipedia: A suspension (SUS) (sometimes referred to as a syncope) occurs when ...
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What is the meaning of various 'haben + modal' or 'modal + haben' constructions?

Background: Of the following possible constructions, I found explanations of 1A, 1D and 2A in grammar books. (1A) Er hat mir einen Brief schreiben können : He was able to write me a letter ...
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»Jmd. ähnlich sehen« vs. »ähnlich aussehen« und »wie jemand aussehen«

Wenn ich richtig es verstanden habe, wird jemandem ähnlich sehen als to resemble someone ins Englische übersetzt, also: Er sieht mir ähnlich. – He resembles me. Wieso wird in diesem Fall nicht ...
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Usage about German 'bis'

Wir gingen bis an den Rand des Abgrunds. Can I delete an in this sentence? In German usually two prepositions stay together, which makes it a bit hard for me to understand. Bis auf den Kapitän wurden ...
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“dass alle unsere Bewusstheit sich auf Irrthümer bezieht” – meaning of “sich beziehen”

Does anyone have any insights into what Nietzsche means by sich beziehen auf in this passage? Usually it means to refer to or to apply to or something similar, but I am not sure here. Those words do ...
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“Thank you very much” in informal setting

This question asked for common ways to say "Thank you very much" in a formal setting. What about in an informal setting? Say, you want to express (extreme) gratitude to your friend? Since many of the ...
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“würde” vs “würde … werden”: Häufigkeit der Konjunktiv II Form von “werden”

Wenn der Indikativ Aufwind wird beschert. lautet, kann man den Konjunktiv II mit entweder (a) Aufwind würde beschert. oder (b) Aufwind würde beschert werden. bilden. (Siehe auch ...
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How to know when to place the helper verb prior to the end vs at the very end of the sentence?

I have noticed when one forms a more complicated sentence, that the helper verb seems to either go prior to the last 2 verbs, or at the very end of the sentence. These examples may help clarify what I ...
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Use of the (das & der) in an advertisement

So I'm doing this fictional ad for my German 1 class and I'm unsure about my accuracy in sentence structure. What I have written: Der sportfilm! Es kostet €4. Das ist billig. Now I would ...
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Formal “total cost of services rendered” in german

When rendering the services to the clients, one usually deals with legal documents. In the post-soviet countries there is a document called protocol of delivery-acceptance of services rendered in ...
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How to distinguish if dative or genitive depending on the order in sentence

Well, the question is regarding Akkusativ, Dativ and Genitiv positions in the following sentences: Ich gebe einer Frau die Rose. Ich gebe die Rose einer Frau. Ich gebe sie einer. Ich gebe einer sie. ...
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Dativ und Indirektes Objekt

How does the German organization of direct and indirect objects differ from English? For example, in English you would say: I gave the girl green eggs and ham. It goes: subject, I.O., D.O. How ...
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“Jetzt dreht der Trainer am ganz großen Rad”

In einem Computerspiel (Fußball) hörte ich den Spruch "Jetzt dreht der Trainer am ganz großen Rad". Erst dachte ich, dass gemeint ist, dass er sich extrem aufregt oder "durchdreht". Ein kurze ...
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Jemand, der oder die

To what extent is the common usage of "der" with "jemand" considered sexist now, and what ways are most commonly used to solve the sexist problem (if one exists)? An example sentence that I am ...
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Warum “niemand” anstelle “niemandem” in der Paraphrase “Ich nehme niemand einen Platz weg” einer Behauptung Lahms [duplicate]

Dank des Hauptitels auf dieser Seite der FIFA, und zwar Lahm: "Ich nehme niemand einen Platz weg", habe ich gerade erfahren, dass man auch niemand anstelle niemandem –und eigentlich auch ...
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Aural comprehension of German media [closed]

I am a native English speaker who has scant practice with listening to spoken German except via Internet radio and DVDs from Amazon.de. I have noticed that some shows at the same intellectual level ...
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Style and name of this kind of conditional: “Erfolgt die Zahlung nicht bald, so sind wir berechtigt …”

It's kind of basic, but I don't find the name of that construction. I've never learnt it, just pops up very often in newspapers and contracts. The formula is something like: Verb (oft in Konjunktiv)...
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“Many of the” in German

How would I go about saying this? Many of the physicists I admire are from Germany/are German. I know I could simplify it by saying “I admire many German physicists” (which I think would be “Ich ...
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German dictionary with native audio for Android?

Are there any regularly updated high quality German/English dictionary app available with native pronunciation? I see a lot of free ones but they don't have audio. The PONS dictionary website uses ...
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“Entscheiden” as reflexive verb?

Which of the following are correct? (a) Ich habe entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen. (b) Ich habe mich entschieden, am Wochenende nach Moskau zu reisen. (c) Ich habe mir ...
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Forming sentences with “übrigens”

By the way, tomorrow I'll go to the cinema. Forming this sentence with "übrigens", it would be (a) Übrigens werde ich morgen ins Kino gehen. Can we form the sentence using "übrigens" and ...
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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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Different meanings from different accentuation rules

On this site I recently read that it was possible, that the meaning of a word could change if you change the stressed syllable. The example was: [trotz-'dem] meaning altough (as obwohl colloquial ...
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Which declension follows an adjective?

It's getting more and more confusing: I sometimes expect to add an -en, but instead I find out -es. For example, the colors follow a strong declension, instead of weak, but I don't get why. Is there ...
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Zutaten and Ingredienzien

Which one is the right word for ingredients? Ich habe die Zutaten für den Geburtstagskuchen gekauft. Ich habe die Ingredienzen für den Geburtstagskuchen gekauft.
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The grammatical function of “-en” in “aus dem Französischen, Englischen” etc.

In the German phrase "aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche übersetzen", the language name, which is neutral in German, ends with "-en" after "aus dem", while after "ins" it ends in an "-e". Can anyone ...
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Position of noun modified by clause

I came across this sentence: Geschrieben von Redakteuren der Süddeutschen Zeitung, beantwortet diese Reihe viele typische Kinderfragen. In English, there is a rule that the clause has to modify ...
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How do you say “I am in the 9th grade”?

How do you say "I am in the 9th Grade"? Ich bin in der 9ten Klasse.
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Searching for an Android flashcard application which is integrated with some good dictionary

I'm looking for application in which I could look up a meaning of the word, save it automatically as a flashcard and later practice it. Great example of this is vocabulary trainer on dict.cc, but this ...
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Kommasetzung und Strukturanalyse bei Verneinung im Nebensatz

Das Thema lässt mich nicht los. Die Regeln sind eindeutig in diesem Satz: Ich warte nicht, bis du kommst. Es gibt zwar eine Mehrdeutigkeit, aber wie ich gelernt habe, ist hier ein Komma, da hier ...
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German dictionary with reverse words [duplicate]

Is there a German online dictionary that renders all (standard) German words by inputting the last letters? Say, you input “nebierhcs”, then you get, for instance, schreiben, abschreiben, ...
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What percentage of German masculine nouns are weak nouns?

Just what the question says. One could restrict the domain of nouns according to a certain frequency or top-X masculine nouns.
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Kann man einen “fachlich geprägten Kunden” einem “technisch argumentierenden Entwickler” entgegen setzen?

It is about Software Engineering, where it usually comes to problems in communication between the customers (domain-specific, functional, professional lexis) and developers (technical, generic lexis). ...
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Was ist die deutsche Bezeichnung für red/black/dead eye?

Die Begriffe "red eye", "black eye" und "dead eye" bezeichnen die Mischung von Filterkaffee und Espresso. Laut Wikipedia: Drip coffee to which espresso is added may be called a red eye, black eye,...
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Wo kommt der Ausdruck “Roter Retter” her?

Wiederholt habe ich jetzt den Ausdruck "Roter Retter" gesehen, sowohl in einer Kurzgeschichte als auch in Nachrichten (beispielsweise hier). Während ich in politischen Nachrichten noch nachvollziehen ...
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“Reconstruction theorem” auf Deutsch

Ich suche das richtige deutsche Wort für das englische „Reconstruction“ im englischen mathematischen Ausdruck „Reconstruction theorem“. Ich denke „Wiederherstellungstheorem“ kingt nicht so geeignet, ...
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What are some reading comprehension activities for early language learners? [closed]

I am a German teacher at the secondary level, and my German 2 students are reading the Lese-Novelas von Hueber Verlag, such as Anna, Berlin. The book is very good for beginners, but I'm running out of ...
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Philosophie des Geistes - Sprachphilosophie - common rules to merge substantives

Are there rules or is it just a relict of history and convention if substantives are merged? "Philosophie des Geistes" is a distinct discipline and so a proper name. But then there is also "...
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How do you write “The cold and lonely nights”

I believe it is "die kalten und einsam Nächte" but honestly I'm not sure if the arrangement of the sentence is correct, and if the word "einsam" means lonely
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»Sie liebte ihn so sehr, dass sie es vorzog, ihn weiter zu lieben, statt ihn zu täuschen, auch wenn sie ihm das auf brutale Weise mitteilen musste«

Sie liebte ihn so sehr, dass sie es vorzog, ihn weiter zu lieben, statt ihn zu täuschen, auch wenn sie ihm das auf brutale Weise mitteilen musste. Könntet Ihr mir bitte sagen, ob das fett markierte ...
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Does the content introduced with ‘aber’/‘doch’ carry more or less significance than the foregoing content?

Of the following sentences or structures, is the ensuing or the foregoing content to aber/doch attached with more significance? Er ist zwar nicht reich, dafür aber gesund; (quoted from ...
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Translations for Weather-Descriptions

I am trying to translate some weather descriptions for a weather-application to German. I managed to translate many of them, but I am still stuck with a few. I hope you can help me with it: ragged ...
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What type of information structure does “dann aber” signal in this sentence?

Das gelingt ihm auch anfangs; dann aber wird er in einen regelrechten Kampf verwickelt. I cannot decide whether aber denotes a turn of event development or a direct contrast between the situations ...
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How to know Nominative, Accusative, Dative, Genitive Verbs in German?

I am learning German, perhaps I am A1 level but I really wish to raise my level to B1 and as far as my experience goes, the verbs are quite important to know and for not only verb but for grammatical ...
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Unterschied zwischen sichergehen und sorgen

Ich will sichergehen, dass er jeden Tag in die Schule geht. Ich will dafür sorgen, dass er jeden Tag in die Schule geht Kann man sie austauschbar verwenden?
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What's the difference between “streiten” and “sich streiten”?

In Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, I read the following usages of streiten in the sense of quarrel: As an intransitive verb: "Er stritt mit seinem Bruder um das Spielzeug." (...
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what difference in the effect of expression that adversative words make with varying positions in a clause?

I read from Hammer's Grammar that such adversative particles as 'aber', 'doch', 'jedoch' will produce different effects of expression with varying positions in a clause; for example: (i) er ...
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When ‘(je)doch’ is used at the beginning of a clause, does inversion occur as the norm?

It is said that when (je)doch is used at the beginning of a clause in the sense of yet the subject-and-verb-inversion may occur optionally; I am wondering which option is the norm? I.e. which is ...

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