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Meaning of “Anstrengungen geben”

„Der Kampf gegen die Miliz müsse von der internationalen Gemeinschaft getragen werden. Es muss eine gemeinsame Anstrengung geben, den Krebs zu entfernen, damit er sich nicht ausbreitet.“ (via Spiegel ...
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Dativ und/oder “für”

Manchmal kann man wahlweise den Dativ oder "für" benutzen: Das Buch ist mir zu kompliziert. Das Buch ist zu kompliziert für mich. Meine Frau hat mir Essen gekocht. Meine Frau hat Essen für mich ...
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What are the major areas of grammar to cover for German cloze tests? [closed]

Cloze tests are those tests where you have to fill in the blanks in large passages. Sometimes it's adjectival endings, missing articles, missing verb forms, etc. What are the most important areas of ...
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Can a reflexive pronoun be used after a preposition?

I'm working through the Collins easy learning German Grammar & Practice book, and am currently on the reflexive pronouns section. I'm confused, because it says: 'Unlike English, reflexive ...
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Pronunciation of “der”, “er” (the word) and “-er”

I have been learning German for a little while now and my pronunciation is still horrid. I just recently noticed though that it may be worse than I have imagined. I may have been pronouncing der and ...
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“Thank you for your consideration” am Ende eines Bewerbungsschreibens

So könnte das Ende eines englischen Bewerbungsschreibens aussehen: Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John Doe Auf deutsch fällt mir nur ein Mit freundlichen Grüßen, ...
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How does the crew address the captain in “Das Boot”?

In the movie Das Boot, the crew address the captain with a word I don't understand. I think it may be "Kaleun", which I assume is short for "Kapitan Leutnant". Am I right? Is that a real word?
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What is “hochdeutsch”? Which dialect should I learn?

If I want to learn the German language, which dialect should I learn? In other words, I would like to know about the dialect which is most common? (I have just arrived in Germany and living in ...
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Welchen Fall benutze ich in einem ob-Satz?

Ist "Artikel" hier Dativ oder Akkusativ? "Könntest Du bitte nachschauen, ob die Artikeln brauchbar sein könnten?"
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Präposition für fliegen

Ich weiß, dass dieser Satz richtig ist: Im Sommer fliege ich in die USA. Kann ich auch sagen: Im Sommer fliege ich nach den USA. Gibt es andere präpositionen, die ich benutzen kann?
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Warum 'in die Türkei' aber 'nach Italien'? [duplicate]

Warum heißt es Ich fahre in die Türkei in den Urlaub. aber bei anderen Ländern Ich fahre nach Italien in den Urlaub.
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Does “wiederhören” really exist?

I know that wiedersehen exists together with its declination, but what about wiederhören? Does that verb really exist?
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What does “so” mean in “So macht Lernen Spaß!”?

What does so mean in this title? So macht Lernen Spaß! – Film Tanzen wie die Stars The film is about a Tanzschule. I have a few ideas what it could mean, but so got so many meanings that I’m not ...
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Does “schwarzl” also mean black?

While driving I noticed there was a lake in Austria called "Schwarzlsee". "Schwarzl" is very similar to "schwarz". Does it also mean black, what is the difference between it and just "schwarz"?
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Besser als meines – why “meines”?

I found myself in a situation where I wanted to say: I’m a beginner, your German is better than mine! My first attempt was wrong, because I said: Ich bin Anfänger, dein Deutsch ist besser ...
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When to use “der” or “den”?

Die Frau isst der Apfel. Die Frau isst den Apfel. Are these both the same?
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Strange Pokémon attack names in a German translation

While playing Pokémon in German, I came across a few attack names (usually with the -er ending) that I wasn't able to find in the dictionary. In the English version of the game these names just seem ...
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Using definite article with people's names

So, in looking at some fairly basic German conversations, I came across the following: Hallo, wie heißt du? Ich heiße Susanne. Und du? Ich bin der Martin. Und wer ist das? Das ist ...
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Last name Fahnel pronunciation

Our last name is Fahnel which is German and I wanted to know the correct way to pronounce it. Some relatives believe it is pronounced Fennel like the spice but I believe it is either Fah-nel or ...
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When to use “gibt es” and “es gibt”, respectively?

Being new to German, I am not properly affiliated with the correct grammatical use of gibt es and es gibt. All I know is that they both mean there is in English. So in what scenarios do I use each one ...
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“sagt man” or “man sagt” [duplicate]

I am just starting my journey to German language, so please excuse me for my trivial question. What is the difference between "sagt man" and "man sagt". How would I understand where to use right one? ...
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'Blau machen' and other phrases for absenteeism

I was watching a video about various idioms that have 'machen' in them. This included the sentence 'Er macht blau', which would formally translate into English as something like 'To be absent from ...
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Translation of „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am Schreibtisch.“

From a coffee shop, I acquired a small cookie individually packaged in a plastic wrapping. On the wrapping the following is printed: „Lieber mit einer Flamme im Bett, als mit einer Leuchte am ...
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»Anfangs« oder »Zuerst«?

Laut Duden sind anfangs und zuerst Synonyme. Diese beiden Sätze sagen also dasselbe: Zuerst empfand ich noch wenig Sympathie für meinen Kollegen Klaus. Anfangs empfand ich noch wenig Sympathie ...
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What are examples of grammatical mistakes that native Germans make? [closed]

I'm curious to know what sort of grammatical mistakes are made by native German speakers. Are there errors in speech or writing that give a native away as being poorly educated? Native English ...
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Construction with “sein” + infinitive?

In Harry Potter, the sentence I'll send this with Hedwig when she gets back; she's off hunting at the moment. is translated as Ich schick dir diesen Brief mit Hedwig, sobald sie ...
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How do you say that you're 'high' (from smoking marijuana) in German?

How do you say that you're 'high' (from smoking marijuana) in German? Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well? Also if there is a term for people who smoke a ...
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What is the Singular of 'Ferien'?

In the last days I have come across the question: What is the singular of 'Ferien'? Plural: die 'Ferien' But what is the singular?
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keiner/jeder vs niemand/alle

When I speak or write in German and need to say something with either no one/nobody or everyone/everybody I always translate it to niemand- or alle- respectively, but I spent 4 weeks in Germany this ...
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-isator versus -isierer

Zu Verben auf -isieren gibt es zwei Möglichkeiten, den Akteur dieser Handlung zu bezeichnen: mit -isator und -isierer: Stabilisator / Stabilisierer Homogenisator / Homogenisierer Magnetisator / ...
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Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation?

I'm German and residing in France. When I was asked the following question the only word which came into my mind was Gesäß. Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation? Are ...
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How do I ask for my coffee “for here”?

In a coffee shop, you can say, for example, "einen Kaffee zum Mitnehmen, bitte" to say that you want your coffee "to go". What is an idiomatic way to instead ask for your coffee "for here", meaning ...
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Gibt es das Wort Mülltasche?

Gibt es das Wort "Mülltasche"? Wenn ja worauf bezieht sich das?
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Sprachlicher Fehler Unserer Lieben Frau in Lourdes?

Im Jahre 1854 verkündete Papst Pius IX. in seiner Bulle Ineffabilis Deus das Dogma von der unbefleckten Empfängnis Mariens. Dieses Dogma besagt, dass die Jungfrau Maria von ihrer Zeugung an frei von ...
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Welche guten Tipps für den täglichen Gebrauch der deutschen Sprache gibt es? [closed]

Frage: Diese Frage zielt auf die, in der FAQ erwähnten, finer points of the language and translation der deutschen Sprache ab. Da dies eine eher fortgeschrittene Sammlung von Tipps sein soll, die ...
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Etymologie des kölschen “Mer” (1. Person Plural)

Das Pronomen der ersten 1. Person Plural in der kölschen Mundart lautet "Mer", und in einigen angrenzenden Dialekten "Mir". Diese Pronomen können gedeutet werden als variation des deutschen "wir". ...
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to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning

What's the idiomatic German for to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning? jemanden massiv ins Kreuzfeuer nehmen jemanden scharf verhören
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Is there any other way to say “I don't care” in German

Is there any other phrase to express "Das ist mir egal" (I don't care) in German?
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How do you say “I am almost # (age)” in German?

When I am using Google translate on "I am almost 18", I get: Ich bin fast 18. Ich bin beinahe 18. Are this sentences correct? What is most used? Are there any other popular forms?
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German weasel words

I have been using lists of English weasel words for quite some time now to check my language for clarity. Weasel words are words or phrases which make statements sound more meaningful or strong than ...
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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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Does the verb “möchten” exist?

I have often encountered the forms möchte, möchtest.... Does the verb möchten exist? Is it some special form of mögen or an independent verb?
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How can “Constitution Council” be translated?

Context: Do you wish the Constitution Council's proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution? Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_constitutional_referendum,_2012 I know ...
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Geht “beobachten, wie jemand etwas tut” auch ohne “wie”?

Im Englischen kann man schön schreiben: I watch my son eating soup. Im Deutschen muss man dagegen einen holprigen Nebensatz bilden: Ich beobachte, wie mein Sohn Suppe isst. Ich beobachte ...
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How to get from the diminutive form to the root word (from Häuschen to Haus), and back?

Is there a rule (or best practice) on how to get from a "Substantiv" to it´s diminutive form and also back again? What I mean is i.e: How to get from Haus to Häuschen and back to Haus. It´s a ...
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Does the noun “Kärtchen” have a plural form?

My dictionary does not even have the word Kärtchen, and online translators have very little about this noun. I think that it's neuter (das), yet I would like to know if this word has a plural form and ...
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Translation of “to maintain a skill”

I haven't been able to find an obvious translation for this. There are three verbs I've come across the seem like they could do that job: Halten Erhalten Aufrechterhalten But I can't seem to figure ...
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Is the second verse of the German national anthem offensive? Why is it not used?

My understanding is that today's national anthem, "Einigkeit, und Recht, und Freiheit..." was the third verse of the original and that we're not supposed to sing the original first verse, ...
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Liste mit “Denk-Verben” [closed]

Ich suche Quellen - gedruckt oder online - für eine möglichst umfangreiche, wenn nicht gar vollständige Liste deutscher "Denk-Verben", also Verben wie denken, wissen, verstehen, erkennen, glauben, ...
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How do Germans react to foreigners messing up noun genders? [closed]

My boyfriend is German and we're going in a few months where I will meet his family for the first time. I am OK at German, but something I really have a hard time with is remembering noun genders, ...

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