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Trennbare Verben und Wortstellung

This question also has an answer here (in English): Putting (part of) separable verb at beginning of sentence? Ich glaube, dass die Antwort "auf keinen Fall" ist, aber ich wollte ...
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What is the English translation of “Bemerfungen”?

I've tried google and bing translate as well as asking my uncle (a native German speaker, born in Germany). None have a translation, my uncle's response was the word Bemerfungen has me stumped. It ...
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Deutsches Wort für “adjacent possible”

Ich habe ein englisches Buch gelesen (Cal Newport, So good they can’t ignore you), in dem mehrfach der Begriff adjacent possible auftaucht. Soweit ich verstanden habe ist es der nächste Schritt nach ...
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Doubt about how “ohne” influences sentence meaning

Studying on Duolingo, I am trying to translate this sentence here: Die ersten Kakaobohnen brachte Christoph Kolumbus aus Amerika mit, ohne dass man zu dieser Zeit etwas damit anfangen konnte. I ...
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When to use German subjunctive? [closed]

I realize that German subjunctive is more like English conditional as it translates to would and should. If I wanted to say We would have taken a bus, but it was too crowded. would I use ...
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What does “Fur Reichbeshaffenungsamp” (embossed on a camera) mean?

Embossed on a camera are the words Fur Reichbeshaffenungsamp I have tried to split the letters but cannot find a true meaning.
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Can “manche” induce singular? (“Winterreise” example)

In Müller-Schubert’s Winterreise the sixth lied begins with Manche Trän’ aus meinen Augen ist gefallen in den Schnee: (…) Why is Manche Trän(e[n]) in singular? Is this rather a “I have to ...
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Übersetzung von “in late June”

The event takes place every year in late June. Wie lässt sich dieser Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? (a) Die Veranstaltung findet jedes Jahr im späten Juni statt. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob ...
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“Vorname Name” oder “Name, Vorname” auf Visitenkarten

Da ich einen für deutsche Ohren kompliziert klingenden Vor- und Nachnamen habe, überlege ich, meinen Namen auf Visitenkarten im Format "Name, Vorname" anzugeben, damit klarer zwischen Vor- und ...
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The grammatical case of a “free-standing” noun phrase

The question is on why den Rücken der Türe zugewendet as occurring in this quote (from Kafka’s Der Verschollene) is in the accusative case. Am Fenster saß an einem Schreibtisch, den Rücken der ...
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Welche Argumente gibt es, Numeralia zu den Artikeln zu zählen? Sind sie syntaktisch ähnlich wie Demonstrativpronomina?

Auf Wikipedia steht: Mitunter wird die Selbständigkeit einer Kategorie Numeralia verneint [1], und diese werden dann den Adjektiven zugeschlagen [2]. Bleibt es dabei, hat man eine weitere ...
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Are there adjectives or adjectival phrases which may precede an indefinite article?

As used in the following sentence,* is fast ununterbrochen an adjectival or adverbial phrase? Auf dem Tisch lagen, hochaufgeschichtet, verschiedene Dokumente welche der Offizier zuerst mit der ...
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Unterschied zwischen “deshalb” und “deswegen” [duplicate]

Welchen Unterschied gibt es zwischen den beiden Wörtern deshalb und deswegen? Im Duden wird deswegen lediglich mit deshalb erklärt: http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/deswegen
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Unterschied zwischen “sofort” und “sogleich”

Welcher Unterschied besteht zwischen den beiden Wörtern sofort und sogleich? Der Duden erklärt sogleich ausschließlich mit sofort: a. sofort b. sofort ...
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Kann »aufgrund« eine mit Komma abtrennbare Apposition einleiten?

In diesem Thread wird die Kommaregelung folgenden Satzes diskutiert: Ich bitte Sie, mein Fehlen am XXXX, aufgrund starker Kopfschmerzen, zu entschuldigen. Der Großteil behauptet, dass vor ...
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Kommt hier das Komma [closed]

Ich habe zwei Sätze zur Auswahl Durch ein sehr großes Interesse an Hunden möchte ich das Hundeheim übernehmen. Ich habe daraus gemacht: Aufgrund meines sehr großen Interesses an Hunden, möchte ich ...
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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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Interpretation der letzten Strophe von »Erstarrung« aus Müller-Schuberts »Winterreise«?

Hier ist das ganze Gedicht, aus dem ich die letzte Strophe nicht ganz verstehe: Mein Herz ist wie erstorben, kalt starrt ihr Bild darin: schmilzt je das Herz mir wieder, fliesst auch ihr ...
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How do you say “he will be on TV”?

This is kind of urgent. I can't figure out how to say “I will be on TV” or “he will be on TV" correctly (in reference to being on a TV show that will be aired). The best I can think of something like ...
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Verwendung des Begriffs Baukommissionierung

Wird mit dem Begriff Baukommissionierung der Beginn eines Bauvorhabens bezeichnet? (In Österreich Bauverhandlung) Für was wird er eigentlich verwendet? Ist dieser Begriff umgangssprachlich noch ...
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Putting (part of) separable verb at beginning of sentence?

Diese Frage wurde hier auch (auf Deutsch) beantwortet: Trennbare Verben und Wortstellung I was doing some grammar exercises, one of which involved putting highlighted parts of a ...
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Etymologie von “forschen”, “Forschung”

Kennt jemand die Herkunft von forschen? Ich kann nichts Ähnliches im Englischen finden, aber es gibt forska auf Schwedisch.
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Is “wäre … können” used for “sein” verbs?

Take the following sentence: Ich hätte Cricket spielen können. meaning I could have played cricket. spielen has haben as an auxiliary, and it is obvious that hätte können is the right way ...
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What does the term “Jahreswagen” mean?

What does the term Jahreswagen mean? It literally translates to year car. In which context is it used?
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Is “lassen” a modal verb?

In a lot of sentences lassen has the same grammar structure of modal verbs for example: Kundenanfragen lassen sich schneller und effizienter bearbeiten. If it’s a modal verb, when should we use ...
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Exact meaning of present perfect in German [duplicate]

In English present perfect is used to show that something happened in the past which has an effect that still remains till now (present). Now let's take a look at a simple Present Perfekt sentence ...
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Which preposition to use when “going to ATM”?

I am confused between in ATM or zum ATM when I want to say that I am going to the ATM.
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Is ‘mögen’ plus verb an indication of ‘maybe’?

I have been encountering some of the new concepts that I was not able to grasp. That is, I used to know that the usage of mögen only refers to the concept of to like or want (may be more inclined to ...
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1answer
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Commands in software labels (“click here”)

I'm working on translating English language content of a website into German, and I was curious which form do you use in German commands for labels in software. Think of messages like "Click Here" or ...
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Difference between “farbig”, “farblich” and “bunt”

I am trying to understand if there are differences in the way people use these three adjectives: farbig, farblich and bunt. So far as I know: bunt = coloured (a dress, a bird …), lively (an ...
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Etymology of “weiter” and “wieder”

The words weiter and wieder are in the same semantic field (e.g. they can both be translated with different meanings of again). They also look similar. Are they etymologically related? How far? In ...
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Genitive prepositions plus personal pronouns: Does it sound strange?

I'm aware that one says, say, meinetwegen instead of wegen meiner (and wegen mir). But with other prepositions accepting genitive I cannot judge, because I've never heard nor read anstelle ...
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What is the particle “irgend” used for, or what concept/sentiment does it convey?

I wonder what irgend means? I’ve seen so many words with it as a prefix, like irgendein, irgendwas and irgendwo. What do they have in common that irgend expresses? The explanations in the Duden ...
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Ist »mit ihren Freunden« eine Dativergänzung?

I want to build a Sentence with: Julia - will - machen - einen Ausflug an den Bodensee - mit ihren Freunden if Mit ihren Freunden is a Dativergänzung, then my sentence would be: Julia will mit ...
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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “KÜHLMITTLE NIEDR MOTOR ABSTELLEN”?

I'm French and I purchased a used (2001) Volvo V70 which was initially buyed in Switzerland, and where diagnosis are displayed in German, so for me it's often a painful task to understand what the ...
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Ear-training with Minimal Pairs?

I came across this article on Minimal Pairs that seemed to perfectly describe the issues I have been having: not being able to clearly differentiate between the different sounds and vowels. The ...
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Difference between “wahr” and “echt”

I’ve seen both translated as true or authentic; I would like to know what the difference is. If they are both synonyms, please clarify when you would use one over the other.
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'Da war doch noch was' [closed]

This phrase has been discussed extensively elsewhere, but how would one best convey the meaning of 'Da war doch noch was'? there was something there(that I can't think of right now) there is one ...
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“The text is about” in German

Do you say Der Text, den ich gelesen habe, handelt sich um einen türkischen Jungen, der Metin heißt. Handelt sich um here means is about, doesn’t it?
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Mit Substantiv erweiterte Partizipien: Zusammen oder getrennt? Groß oder klein?

Ich bin mir stets unsicher, was ich bei adjektivisch gebrauchten Substantiv-Partizip-Kombinationen mache. Welche der folgenden Schreibungen ist richtig? Er arbeitete in einem Metall verarbeitenden ...
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German words for different cleaning agents (shampoo, body wash, detergent, etc.)

I've been trying to look up words for shampoo, conditioner, detergent, etc. However, I've only a few months of German under my belt and cannot distinguish the nuances between words that the ...
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Wie nennt man es, wenn man auf „Sie“, „Du“ und „man“ in Erklärungen verzichtet?

Beispiel mit Sie, du, man: Um das Menü zu öffnen, klicken Sie auf diese Schaltfläche. Um das Menü zu öffnen, klicke auf diese Schaltfläche. Um das Menü zu öffnen, klickt man auf diese ...
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Can the polite form ‘wie geht es Ihnen’ be shortened to ‘wie geht’s’?

I understand that Wie geht’s? is a shortened form of Wie geht es dir? where the es becomes contracted and the dir is omitted. However, this can only be used with close friends where du is ...
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Die Bedeutung von »Sauerei« und »Schweinerei«

Als für Menschen angewandtes Adjektiv nutzen wir im Spanischen perro (wörtlich Rüde; Bedeutung: sehr schlecht) schon als gewissermaßen beleidigend, aber dessen Femininum, perra (wörtlich Hündin), ...
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Difference between “sprechen”, “sagen”, “reden”

I would like to know what the difference between "sprechen", "sagen", "reden"? My guess would be, to say, to tell, to talk. I might be wrong, but please clarify!
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Position of Non-finite verb forms [duplicate]

As I see, when using a verb compound, the helping verb should always be placed in the second position of the sentence while the non-finite verb form (or the main/second verb) usually at the end, but ...
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“Wann basds am bestm?” Can anyone translate? [closed]

I am having some issues translating a few phrases from Bavarian to English. There are a few words i can recognize but I cant put the sentences together. "Wann basds am bestm?" "Dei dande dad am ...
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1answer
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Most quick way to read paper written in Geman [closed]

I am a student majored in mathematics, and need to understand a paper written in German. The only foreign language I learnt is English. I am wondering is there any way to understand this paper more ...
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3answers
158 views

Meines wissens vs meinet wissens

In a recent discussion we talked about the phrase meines Wissens but I recalled a variant with a t: meinet Wissens. Is this a regionalism or what? If I google it the first dozen hits or so come up ...
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Resources for learning how to pronounce German phonemes?

In reading Fluent Forever. The author makes a point of something I had begun to suspect on my own: Learning to hear and correctly pronounce a language will help you learn much faster, because your ...

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