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Benutzung der Abtönungspartikel »halt«

Ich verstehe noch nicht, wie halt als Abtönungspartikel zu verwenden ist. Aus dieser Antwort lässt sich herausfinden, dass halt durch eben und einfach ersetzbar ist. Da wird auch Folgendes erwähnt: ...
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Looking for comprehensive, parsable table of conjugated German nouns

I'm looking for a reasonably comprehensive, and "script-parseable", list/table of German nouns with their conjugations (the four cases for all applicable forms). I.e., the desired information for ...
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Is “Mir ist kalt” correct? Did I hear it correctly?

While listening to Rammstein, in particular the song named "Keine Lust", I heard the phrase "Mir ist kalt, so kalt.". I thought it would have been "Ich bin kalt". Did I hear it incorrectly, or is ...
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Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with Dativ and when with Akkusativ?

Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with Dativ and when with Akkusativ, or can it be deduced? How to determine if a verb in question induces akkusativ or dativ? If there are direct object ...
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Nouns with 2 genitive forms (-s/-es). When to use each?

Wiktionary lists 2 genitive forms for a lot of nouns (e.g. Berg, Brauch), -es and -s. For these words and others, are these forms interchangeable or are they regional? Or is one more poetic sounding ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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“zum Zahnarzt” or “zur Zahnärztin” for female dentist?

I'm going to see the dentist today. If the dentist is female, should I say (a) Ich gehe heute zur Zahnärztin. or (b) Ich gehe heute zum Zahnarzt. I think (a) should be the correct ...
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Ist das Adjektiv “dämlich” von “Dame” abgeleitet?

In dieser Antwort und der darauf folgenden Diskussion kam die Vermutung auf, dass dämlich "unhöflicherweise" von Dame abgeleitet sein könnte. Ist das tatsächlich der Fall? Ich habe das gleich ...
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Schriftliche Höflichkeitsformel – Du oder du

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Is it still good form to use a capital D for Du or Dir in a letter? In einem E-Mail an meinen Kunden schreibe ich immer ...
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How to use “doch”

I know "doch" is used to contradict a negative statement: A: Das ist nicht wahr. B: Doch! It's a great word for this usage and some languages really lack this word. But, I found it hard to ...
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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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Good online resources for improving German over Summer Vacation?

I recently finished an evening class in beginners German (Common European Framework A1/A2), and plan to take an intermediate class in September. I don't want to slip out of practice over the summer. ...
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Polite alternatives to “Grüß Gott”?

I'm looking for polite alternatives to the omnipresent Grüß Gott in Austria/Bavaria. I dislike using a religious phrase to salute others (potentially non religious persons). I'm also not very ...
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Why are German numbers backwards?

Latin languages, as well as English, speak numbers from left to right, in the same direction in which they are written, e.g. forty-two, quarante-deux, but in German, you write from left to right but ...
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Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen “hätte machen sollen” and “sollte gemacht haben”

Ich bin in der letzten Zeit einige Male korrigiert worden, als ich die zwei Verbformen im Titel benutzt habe. Deshalb vermute ich, dass es einen Bedeutungsunterschied gibt, den ich noch nicht ...
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Word meaning “to use” – “verwenden”, “anwenden”, “benutzen”, “nutzen”, “gebrauchen”

I understand 5 words to roughly mean to use: verwenden anwenden benutzen nutzen gebrauchen When is one of these preferred to the others? I think that benutzen is the most commonly used of ...
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How do Germans refer to people without caring about the gender

In German, a noun always has its own gender. However, there is a case I don't know. Suppose that there is a class with many students, both males and females, and then when I want to refer to all ...
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Why it is “Eines Tages” and not simply “ein Tag”?

In a story I read recently, there was a sentence: Eines Tages fand Peter eine Schatzkarte! And I wonder why it is "Eines Tages" and not "ein Tag", because "ein Tag" is what I would say normally. ...
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What is the proper position of “gern”?

For example, which of these is correct: Ich esse gern Pizza or Ich esse Pizza gern
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Is putting an adverbial after the non-finite verb okay?

Roman muss zurückfahren nach Basel. Blinder Passagier, Andrea Maria Wagner Aren’t verbs combined with modal verbs supposed to be placed at the very end of the clause? I would have said Roman ...
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Wann schreibt man Zahlen aus?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: When does one write numbers with words, when with figures (e.g. "drei" statt "3")? Es scheint, dass man (in einem ...
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3answers
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Where to place “sich” in an elaborate sentence?

I've been studying German for some time and still I'm always unsure where to put the sich particle; this insecurity slows down my speech, in particular. Can somebody give a rule and an example with ...
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Fugenkonsonanten bei zusammengesetzten Wörtern

Es ist für Ausländer besonders schwierig, Fugenkonsonanten korrekt einzusetzen. Es gibt zwar einige regionale Unterschiede im deutschen Sprachraum (Adventkranz versus Adventskranz), aber ansonsten ...
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4answers
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“Es hat”: synonym for “es gibt”?

A teacher, I once had (native German), said there are three translations for English "there is/are": es ist (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es gibt (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es hat (ein Auto auf der ...
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Rechtschreibung zusammengesetzter Wörter unterschiedlicher Sprachen

Wie sollten, nach neuer Rechtschreibung, zusammengesetzte Wörte aus englischen und deutschen Begriffen geschrieben werden? Zum Beispiel: „Standby-Betrieb“, „Standbybetrieb“ „Empfangs-Thread“, ...
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Selbständig vs. selbstständig

Selbständig and selbstständig seem to share the same meaning. What are the differences in tone and usage?
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What is the equivalent of “boyfriend” in German?

In English when a man is in a relationship with another man, he can say he's his boyfriend. In German, saying "Freund" when both are of the same sex is usually understood to mean the equivalent of ...
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Why isn't “Ich danke dir” “Ich danke dich?”

I believe that in the sentence Ich danke 'du/dir/dich' that: ich = subject danke = verb du = direct object. Wouldn't that mean that it would be "Ich danke dich"? I hear people say ...
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Singular/Plural bei Aufzählungen

Man betrachte folgende zwei Sätze: Demnach muss nun das Ziel und der Zweck der Regelung ermittelt werden. oder Demnach müssen nun das Ziel und der Zweck der Regelung ermittelt werden. ...
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Wann verwendet man „zu“ mit dem Infinitiv?

Wie kann man wissen, ob man den Infinitiv mit oder ohne „zu“ schreibt? Das darf ich nicht probieren. Das wage ich nicht zu probieren. Ich gehe spazieren. Ich mag es zu spazieren. Bonusfrage: Was ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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Evolution of the digraph “ae” in the German language during the centuries

I am German, but I thought I would ask this question in English so that everyone possessing knowledge about this specific subject could join in independently from the language it was asked in. In ...
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1answer
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Audio Aussprachewörterbuch für “offline usage” für das iPad?

Ich brauche akustische Ausspracheangaben (audio pronunciations) fürs iPad; auch für "offline usage". Chats zum Thema hier und hier. Wo finde ich solche? P.s. Ich versuche auch ein ...
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3answers
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“I was working” in German

How can I say "I was working." in German? I was thinking: Ich war arbeiten. But I feel that is totally wrong.
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Wie schreibt man Umlaute und scharfes S auf nichtdeutschen Tastaturen?

How do you write Umlauts and ß on non-German keyboards? Wie schreibt man Umlaute und ß auf einer US-Tastatur?
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Neuter gender for nouns referring to children

In German we say der Mann/die Frau, but then we say das Kind/das Mädchen, so I got two questions: Are there particular historic and/or etymological reasons for this? "Das Mädchen" refers to a ...
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2answers
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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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Benutzt man Artikel mit Toponymen?

Muss, darf, oder darf man nicht Artikel mit Toponymen benutzen? Ich wohne in der Maxvorstadt. Er geht in die Studentenstadt. Kommst du aus der Hamburg?
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4answers
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Verb inversion with adverbs used at the beginning

I know that when adverbs are used in the first position, at the beginning of the sentence, the verb and subject position in German is inverted, such as in these examples with adverbs of place and ...
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7answers
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How is the equivalent of the English “Let's …” formed?

I read this part in a book: I wonder if this is correct because I always form such sentence like the English "Let's ..." with "lassen" ("lass uns ..."), for example: Lass uns gehen Lass uns ...
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4answers
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What does “an” mean at the end of a sentence

I’m using Rosetta Stone and have come across similar sentences like the following: Wen rufst du an? What does the an mean and is it necessary? I’ve tried typing it into Google Translate with ...
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3answers
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“anschauen” as reflexive or not

The verb anschauen can be used either as a reflexive verb or not jdn/etw anschauen: to look at sb/sth sich dat etw anschauen: to take a look at sth I have trouble understanding the ...
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5answers
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How do I answer a phone call?

When somebody calls me on the phone I need to say something when answering. In English (similar to other languages) it may be sufficient to just say "Hello" Is it accepted to just say "Hallo" ...
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3answers
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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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“Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein” — is this grammatically correct?

Especially I would like to know when this is a correct complete German sentence: What type of grammatical structure do the first two words belong to? Is it common to speak that way? I refer to the ...
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3answers
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Why Akkusativ in “dieses Jahr”, “diesen Sommer”?

"Dieses Jahr", "diese Woche", "diesen Sommer" are all answers to the question "When?". According to the rules one should use dative to answer (for example "diesER Woche"), however accusative is used. ...
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2answers
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What prepositions are appropriate with “Willkommen” and websites?

Which preposition is correct: Willkommen bei Myspace!! Willkommen auf meiner Website!
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2answers
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When do we capitalize numbers or fractions?

When do we have to capitalize numbers or fractions of a number or a quantity when writing them out like in Sie hatten erst drei Viertel/drei viertel/Drei Viertel des Weges zurückgelegt. Es ist ...
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3answers
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Deutscher Schäferhund or Deutsche Schäferhund?

Which is correct: Deutscher Schäferhund or Deutsche Schäferhund? I am still trying to get a hang of the language. I am not able to find an equivalent usage of an English adjective which has two ...
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Ist “wegen dir” falsch und nur “deinetwegen” richtig?

Ich habe Widersprüchliches darüber gelesen, ob die Verwendung der Präposition wegen + Pronomen im Dativ richtig oder falsch ist. wegen mir, wegen dir, wegen ihm, wegen ihr usw. Viele Leute ...

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