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how to say “It does not make any difference”?

I want to know what is the correct(most common) way to say It doesn't make any difference" Is it something like es macht keinen Unterschied or is there a better way to say this.
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Is “es gibt” not used as often as the English “there is”?

Do Germans use other verbs like befinden or existieren or totally different constructions to avoid using es gibt regularly?
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What's the correct American translation for the family name “Würker”?

I'm interested to know the correct American English form of Würker. Any general background information on this name's roots would also probably prove insightful as well. Thanks! :)
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When does “war” change to “wäre gewesen” rather than just “wäre” in the conditional?

I'm currently doing an exercise where you have to join two sentences together and turn them into conditional sentences using "wenn". An example: Sie war gesund. Sie brauchte die Ärztin nicht. I ...
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Does “dürfen” + other negatives imply the same thing as “dürfen nicht”?

Do negations used with "dürfen" carry the same meaning as "must not" in German? That is, does a sentence like: Sie dürfen nicht jemandem erzählen. mean the same thing as Sie dürfen niemandem ...
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Gibt es Wörter, bei denen noch ein Trema verwendet wird?

Wikipedia sagt zum Trema, dass es in der neuen Rechtschreibung gar nicht behandelt wird. Gibt es Wörter, bei denen das Trema noch regelmäßig verwendet wird?
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Prepositions and 'which' - how does it work?

In English, you can get phrases, such as 'the house in which he lost his bag', but how would you do this in German? I have made some attempts at a few, but I am unsure if this is how to do it, and if ...
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Do people actually use “ehrfürchtig!” to say awesome?

Do people actually use "ehrfürchtig!" to say awesome or is it old in usage? If not, then what would be more in common usage? I've heard mostly toll, super, prima but what else is possible?
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Distinction between “bewölkt” and “bedeckt”

While I read some story I found two terms that confusing me: Bewölkt and bedeckt. Both of them are same to me, or I am wrong. Is there any distinction?
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When to use dative or accusative object with “sitzen”?

I'm starting to learn German and I'm confused with usage of those two. Should I use accusative or dative in the following? In dem Kino sitzen Bürger. – dative or In das Kino sitzen Bürger. – ...
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Meaning of “Beitrag zum Büfett”

I came across the sentence Über einen kleinen Beitrag zum Büfett würde ich mich freuen! What does this sentence mean? What is a "contribution to the buffet"? Is it saying like "I would be ...
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How does one use “gehört” in the context of “Wenn es sich gehört”

I recognise the usage of "gehört" in the context of the verb "gehören" (to belong to someone/something) and the context of the past participle of "hören", however I have only now come across the usage ...
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Difference between “umgezogen” and “verzogen”

What is the difference between "umgezogen" and "verzogen"? Or is it just the same? Especially "umgezogen nach" and "verzogen nach" seem to be exactly the same. Just the combination with "unbekannt" ...
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Translation of “Und ob”

Die wahre Landlust So früh aufstehen, so hart malochen, sich täglich die Finger schmutzig machen - will man das wirklich? Und ob, sagen vier Jungbauern, die sich ganz bewusst für diesen Beruf ...
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Was bedeutet “angezeckt”?

Ich habe die Bedeutung dieses Wortes nicht herausgefunden. Kann jemand mir helfen? Ein Beispiel auf Englisch wäre super. Die Nacht ist vorbei, die bösen Geister sind weg Ich kipp’ dich aus’m Bett ...
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Lemma, Grundform-Lexikon deutscher Sprache

Gibt es irgendwo eine Quelle, die mir ein Lexikon aller deutschen Lemmata (Grundformen) - am besten frei - zur Verfügung stellt? Und am besten auch, ohne vorher eine Lizenz einzureichen wie bspw. bei ...
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Was bedeutet “auf dem Schlauch stehen”?

Was genau bedeutet „auf dem Schlauch stehen“? Ist es so etwas wie „ich bin nicht interessiert“ oder „ich verstehe nichts“? Über eine Antwort bin ich dankbar.
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How to say “I have no past” in German?

I want to say “I have no past” to express the following thought: I don’t have a past, I only have the future, and I am to start anew". Is “Ich habe keine Vergangenheit” correct?
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German uses of which and prepositions in sentences [closed]

Sorry to present it like this, but are these OK? Ich habe die Platte verloren, von deren ich essen wollte! Es war so sauber, wie diese Platte! I lost the plate, from which I wanted to eat! It was so ...
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When article can be left out for countable nouns

In German, it is quite common to see the article left out for countable nouns, e.g., So gilt die Mietpreisbremse nicht überall, sondern nur in Gebieten mit "angespanntem Wohnungsmarkt". Es ist ...
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Beugt man jemand oder niemand mit Endung?

Diese Wörter und ihre Varianten findet man ja in vielen Büchern endungslos gebeugt, zum Beispiel: Ich habe jemand gesehen. Ist das niemand aufgefallen? Dies ist absolut korrekt, klingt für mich ...
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Suffix “-halber” in “sicherheitshalber”

What is the meaning behind the suffix "-halber" in the word sicherheitshalber? Is it like "to be on the safe side/half"? Still, if so, why does it come with the "-er"?
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Drinks as countable nouns?

I've seen the following sentence: Wenn du heute Abend nach Hause kommst, trinken wir einen Sekt auf deine Beförderung. Why is it that Sekt has an article einen even though we cannot really count ...
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1answer
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aus, bei, mit, nach, seit, (usw)

"aus, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu, gegenüber" I vaguely remember this list of prepositions (I hope it's correct) which we had to learn by heart in my German class 30 years ago. But I don't ...
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Welche Eselsbrücken gibt es, um “dass” und “das” auseinander zu halten?

Die Wörter "das" und "dass" klingen gleich, haben aber völlig unterschiedliche Bedeutungen. Welche Tricks/Eselsbrücken gibt es, um im Schreibfluss rauszufinden, ob man "das" oder "dass" verwenden ...
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4answers
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Difference between “treffen” and “treffen auf”

Is there a difference between treffen and treffen auf in the meaning of to meet sb/sth? The dictionary simply translates both as to meet in this meaning.
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Double quotes in Switzerland for German texts (Guillemets/Gänsefüsschen)

I'd like to know which double quotes should be used when writing German in Switzerland. A Wikipedia article explains that the French « ... » quotation marks (Guillemets) are more often used than the ...
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3answers
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Meaning of “BesucherInnen”

On a Viennese park sign, I saw the word “BesucherInnen”. Is this a short form for Besucherinnen und Besucher? Can this contraction be used generally, i.e., -----Innen covers both genders? It ...
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If “Mensch” is masculine, why is it “ein ehrlicher Mensch”?

Mensch is masculine, but I saw ein ehrlicher Mensch today. I have seen similar cases, but don’t understand why one must use ein.
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1answer
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Looking for comprehensive English-German dictionar(y/ies) in a database format

I'm currently researching per-word language translation (as opposed to the per-sentence/in-context translation provided by eg Google Translate), and as a part of this I'm looking for a comprehensive ...
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2answers
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Meaning/structure of “so als”

Gleich mehrere Kernaussagen hatte das Kanzleramt zuvor in der Bevölkerung testen lassen, so als handelte es sich um eine neue Margarine-Reklame - und nicht um die Begründung eines zentralen ...
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7answers
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Gibt es im Deutschen Reste von anderen grammatischen Fällen als den vier üblichen?

Ich habe mal gehört, dass das "Hause" in "zu Hause" ein Lokativ ist. Gibt es noch andere Überbleibsel von ungewöhnlichen grammatischen Fällen im Deutschen? Does German contain relics of other ...
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3answers
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Future and Future 2 + passive voice in subordinate clauses

If I want to say in German, This is a question that will be asked often I think the correct German translation will be: Das ist eine Frage, die oft gestellt werden wird. But if I want to ...
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3answers
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Structure of “Er bekommt die Frage gestellt”

From Spiegel Online: US-Präsident Barack Obama befürwortet dagegen ein vereinigtes Königreich - und bekommt dafür die Frage gestellt, wann denn die USA wieder ins UK eintreten würden. What is ...
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2answers
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Accurate translation of “bildungsfern”

I have the feeling that all dictionary entries are not really cutting to the core of bildungsfern, because it is a more neutral, descriptive term to show that someone did have the privilege to receive ...
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4answers
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Tense and Aspect

Most linguists recognize two tenses in English, present and past, although other verb forms are often mistakenly described as tenses. I walk is present tense and I walked is past tense. A form such as ...
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What's the difference in usage between “machen” and “tun”?

Is there any rules or guidelines when to use which one? Du darfst mir nicht sagen, was ich machen soll. or Du darfst mir nicht sagen, was ich tun soll. I find a big overlap in their usage: ...
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Meaning of “Klatsche”

A headline on Bild Sport read: Böse Klatsche für die Wölfe! Bei Everton gibt's in der Europa League eine herbe 1:4-Klatsche. What does "Klatsche" mean in this context? According to the ...
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Meaning/Structure of “Es mag so paradox anmuten”

Das Führen von Kriegen ist keinesfalls ein unverbrüchliches Naturgesetz, sondern ein Kulturprodukt, sozusagen ein Kollateralschaden des zivilisatorischen Prozesses. Und so paradox es angesichts ...
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Meaning of “anschneiden” as “fasten (seat belt)”?

I've heard a German friend use "anschneiden" to mean "fasten a seat belt". But according to the dictionary, to fasten a seat belt is "zumachen" or "sich anschnallen", while anschneiden means "to ...
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2answers
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Definition of Passiversatzform

Wenn man Informationen zu Passiversatzformen sucht, findet man verschiedene Definitionen, bzw. Auflistungen, was denn nun alles darunter zu zählen sei. Konsens scheint jedoch einerseits zu sein, dass: ...
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5answers
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Where do personal pronouns in subsequent sentences refer to?

Consider the sentences Der Mann jagt den Hund. Er fällt in ein Loch. Who drops into the hole, the man or the dog? The personal pronoun "er" in the second sentence matches both the flexion of ...
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Time-related phrases- clarification, please [duplicate]

I'm confused about time-related phrases. Specifically "When are you going? Next Friday. Next week. Next weekend." All answers in accusative? Why? Then how about something like "One morning, I ...
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5answers
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How would you write “South Gee Street” in German?

I need to write down the addresses of several stores in my area for my German class and need to translate South Gee Street for this purpose. My Professor said that South China changes to Südchina ...
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10answers
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Resources for learning German

Since they have same questions on different language learning SE websites(resources for learning Russian), I'd like to write one for German language since it's a great idea to have all kinds of ...
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3answers
148 views

“Absentiv” oder doch was anderes

Konstruktionen wie die folgende werden manchmal als Absentiv bezeichnet. Ich bin einkaufen. Dieser ist beschränkt auf das Verb "sein" und ich frage mich, ob diese Kategorie wirklich sinnvoll ...
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What does “bitte sehen” mean?

When leaving a small shop in Germany, the storekeeper said “bitte sehen” to me as I was leaving. What does this mean? What would an appropriate response be? Could I reply by repeating “bitte sehen”? ...
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4answers
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What does “inf” mean in German dictionaries?

The dictionary listing for versieben has: versieben ver•sie•ben ( versiebt ptp) vt inf (=vergessen) to forget (=verlieren) to lose (=verpfuschen) to make ...
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2answers
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Ist das Adjektiv “herrlich” von “Herr” abgeleitet?

In dieser Antwort und der darauf folgenden Diskussion kam die Vermutung auf, daß herrlich von Herr abgeleitet sein könnte (was insbesondere mit Blick auf das Paar "dämlich / Dame" unfair bis ...
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How to ask German student to homecoming?

I want to ask one of the foreign German guys to homecoming. I found different quotes but I don't know which one is correct. So how should I write the note to ask him? "Will you go to homecoming with ...

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