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The German 'Kommen + Past Participle' Construction

I encountered the usage of a German verb + past participle construction when in English one would have used verb + present participle. It is from the fairy tale 'The Frog King or Iron Henry' ('Der ...
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Does a sign (or book, or webpage etc.) “say” its written contents in German?

In English, I can write things like The sign says "Stop". The webpage said that it had already finished. Can I likewise write Das Schild sagt "Stoppen Sie". Die Internetseite hat ...
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How to say “That sounds good to me” in German?

I was wondering about the options for saying That sounds good to me or just Sounds good in German. I initially thought something along the lines of "Das klingt mir gut" oder "Das hört ...
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In den Bergen vs auf den Bergen

What is the difference between in den Bergen and auf den Bergen? We say in die Berge fahren and in den Bergen sein. What about auf die Berge? Does it only refer to mountain climbing and getting to the ...
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How to start learning German? [duplicate]

I want to start learning German. Are there any online resources that you recommend? I hope that you can recommend a book or two to start studying from. So are there any good texts? Are there any ...
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Can someone please translate a German inscription into English?

My son's birthday is next week. For a gift, I bought a 150-year-old German drinking glass with a hand-painted image of a man bowling, and an inscription below. It reads: "Gut Holz ein Hoch dem ...
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Differences between “weg” (away) and “Weg” (way)

As you can see in the title the words "weg" and "Weg" confused me somehow. Is the only difference between them the upper-/lowercase writing?
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Akkusativ and Dativ confusion with possession [closed]

In the sentence: Er kommt mit seinem Auto ...it uses the Dativ "seinem". However in the sentence: Ich kaufe seinen Auto ...it uses the Dativ "seinen". Could anybody explain this to me, ...
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Woher kommt das Wort “Heia”?

Das Wort Heia für Bett haben meine Eltern in meiner Kindheit oft verwendet wenn es für mich Zeit war schlafen zu gehen: Heia machen ( = schlafen gehen) in die Heia gehen ( = ins Bett gehen ) ...
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Schlussformel für Beschwerdebrief?

Standardschlussformel für förmliche Briefe ist ja „Mit freundlichen Grüßen“. Wenn ich nun aber einen förmlichen Beschwerdebrief schreibe, der nicht wirklich „freundlich“ gemeint ist (weil ich ...
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“Ich schweig Deinen Namen” - Kann schweigen transitiv sein?

Aus Tokio Hotels Lied 'Spring Nicht': Ich schweig Deinen Namen, weil Du ihn jetzt nicht hören willst. Soviel ich weiß, kann man nicht 'etwas schweigen', weil 'schweigen' intransitiv ist. ...
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What does “bleibt der Abwasch schon mal liegen” mean?

Der Haushalt ist für ihn aber nicht so wichtig. Wenn er keine Zeit hat, bleibt der Abwasch schon mal liegen. Source: "Direkt", LektorKlett, a story about a boy who lives alone
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Difference between “häufig”, “gewöhnlich” and “üblich”

Looking them up in dictionaries gave me this: häufig - frequent, common; gewöhnlich - ordinary, common, habitual, normal, usual; üblich - common, usual, ordinary, normal. I looked online for the ...
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Use of dative after “wegen” [duplicate]

This sentence is from the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Nicht nur wegen Athleten wie Reus oder den Kugelstoß-Assen Christian Schwanitz und David Storl blickt der Deutsche Leichtathletik-Verband ... ...
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Capital letter after a semi colon?

I've just learned today that one should use a capital letter after a colon in German if the second part of the sentence could be separated to make a sentence alone. z. B. Ich habe Hunger: Ich ...
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Word order in a sentence

Last week I had an appointment with a notary public. How can I say it? Ich habe den Termin beim Notar am 28. Juli. I feel this sentence is not correct.
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Complimenting 101: Hair

"You look more beautiful with long hair than before." I tried but I don't know if my translation is valid. I would say: Du siehst aus schöner als vor, mit langen Haaren" Do I have my words in ...
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What does the phrase “es reut mich” mean?

I was reading a book and came across the phrase "es reut mich". I am not familiar with the conjugated word of "reut". I understand the phrase to mean "it pains me," but what does it really mean?
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Mixing of 'tschüss' and 'ciao' in saying farewell

I am currently in Heidelberg, Germany. I find often that when I say tschüss, someone will reply with ciao (or: tschau) and vice-versa. This has struck me as odd because when I say tschüss, I usually ...
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What is the meaning of “Mensch” when used between friends or family members?

I met a long-time couple recently, and I frequently heard the wife calling her husband "Mensch." As an example, at one point she asked "Was ist das, Mensch?" and at another "Ach, Du ...
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1answer
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Use of personal pronouns (including the polite forms)

I need some help/sources for grammar exercises regarding personal pronouns. I don't know when to use Ihnen, ihr, ihrem, ihm and so on. For example: Ich habe Sie angerufen, um zu fragen, ob Sie ...
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Concise way of saying “A list of things”

Thinking from the point of view of an URL/Blog/Page Title. I wish to say A list of things or My list of things. I am not sure whether Dingeliste is accurate and concise at the same time. Another word ...
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For a German website: how to translate “call me back”?

I have added a "call me back" form to our website but I'm thinking it might better to translate "call me back" into German. On the other hand I don't think "rufen Sie mich zurück" would be a nice way ...
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2answers
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How do you translate German wordplay into English?

This is a somewhat generic issue, I suppose, in that it affects both English-to-German and German-to-English translation. Today I came across what I thought was an example of good German wordplay: ...
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What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?

There are some words in German which sound as if they were English foreign words, but have a completely different meaning in English. E.g. Handy - mobile phone Homeoffice - Working from Home ...
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Verb for denoting location

I have noticed in German sein is not used as frequently as "to be" in English to denote where something is. The store is on the corner Your poster is on the wall Where is the closest ...
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Use of the word “had” more than once in a statement in the German language

Even though the question contains the word had, I am referring to any forms of the word have. In English it's easy to think of a sentence which has two haves in it. For instance: I have had enough ...
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Is there a rule that dictates whether to use the eszett (scharfes S) or double s?

It's clear in the case of compound nouns, double s should be used e.g. Bundesstraße, but with other words I cannot see a pattern. To me it appears to be used somewhat randomly, e.g.: besser ...
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What is the meaning of the word “regenfleckige”?

I don’t mean to call for help just for translation, but I couldn’t find anything related to this word using Google. Dict.cc usually has many alternatives to choose from, for the meaning of a given ...
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Historically correct usage of “Britannien” and “Großbritannien”

Quick background: I am working on a translation from English to German of a Canadian history textbook (note: for grade 7 students). The textbook refers consistently to "Britain" and does not use the ...
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When to use 'ß' and 'ss'?

It was my understanding that 'ß' is a double 's' and can be written with as 'ss', especially for computer applications which don't offer the 'ß' character. However, why are some words with 'ss' not ...
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Bedienungsanleitung – Alternative zur Überschrift »Für Eilige«

Ich schreibe an einer Art Anleitung, der ein Abschnitt für Nutzer vorangestellt ist, die nicht die Zeit oder Muße haben, sich durch die Anleitung zu arbeiten. In diesem wird eine Methode beschrieben, ...
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Which one of the sentences is correct? [duplicate]

I have a problem with constructing a sentence which has a Nebensatz while using Perfekt tense. Which one is correct? Die Situation hat auf dem Parkplatz vor dem Gebäude, das sich an der X-Straße ...
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German Equivalent of “Time Sensitivity”

I am looking for the German term that is equivalent to the English term "Time sensitivity" or "time sensitive nature" in a professional, business setting. I have considered two options, but am ...
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Is there a common origin for “to count on s.o.” / “auf jmd. zählen”

My girlfriend told me that the phrase "You can count on me" exists also in French, with the same meaning and as a literal translation to count on s.o. => to rely on s.o. In German, it is also ...
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“Sterben” oder “versterben”? [duplicate]

In Reich-Ranickis Für alle Fragen offen lese ich, dass Nabokov "1977 verstarb". Ist das ein respektvoller Ausdruck für "starb", oder liegt da eine andere Nuance vor?
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Wie drückt man aus, dass man sich falsch in dieser Welt fühlt?

Viele Menschen, die an einer Depression leiden, haben das Gefühl, dass sie "falsch sind", dass sie nicht zu der Welt passen, in die sie geworfen wurden, und dass sie in einer anderen Welt durchaus ...
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Need help deciphering writing on old headstone

I cant seem to read exactly what this says. I am recreating a headstone that was originally made out of white marble in 1888. It has deteriorated badly. I have figured out everything except this last ...
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(ein) flüssiges Deutsch / Englisch usw

Does the indefinite article make any difference in the phrase (ein) flüssiges Deutsch / Englisch? For example, what is the difference between: Sie spricht ein flüssiges Deutsch. Sie spricht ...
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Using “Ihr” as a formal singular “you” [duplicate]

I set the video game "Torchlight II" to the German language, and I noticed that the characters use "Ihr" as the singular second-person pronoun (for example, "Ihr habt eine neue Quest"). I read ...
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2answers
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What are the resources to learn to pronouce words the right way?

I have just decided to learn German. I want to pronounce things the right way. I started with Pimsleur, but when I compared the pronunciation with Google Translate, it was very different. So what is ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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relative clauses and relative pronouns

I want to combine 2 sentences with a relative pronoun. Example: Ich habe einen Hund. Mein Hund hat den Briefträger gebissen. Result: Ich habe einen Hund, der den Briefträger gebissen hat. ...
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1answer
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Worauf bezieht sich “es” in “es bleibt noch viel zu…”?

Warum finde ich das Wort "Lippen" mit dem Pronomen "es"? Ist Lippen hier nicht feminin und Plural? Der Kontext ist das Gedicht "Es bleibt noch" von Rose Ausländer. Dort heißt es in der letzten ...
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4answers
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Is there a difference between “Leiche”, “Leichnam”, “Toter”, or “Verstorbener”

There are different German nouns for a corpse. Most used are die Leiche der Leichnam der/die Tote der/die Verstorbene A Google Ngram shows a trend towards "Tote" being increasingly used over ...
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How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)?

In a language such as English, where there are no "built-in" (so to say) polite and familiar forms, what are some simple tips or guidelines for when to use the polite or the familiar forms? Are there ...
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Best German expression for being metaphorically “rusty”

What would be the most natural way of saying in German that one is "rusty" at a particular skill/language? I have used "verrostet" myself and while native speakers have caught my meaning, I don't ...
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Eine Alternative zu “schwerfallen”?

Es fällt mir schwer, deutsche Redewendungen zu verstehen. I am having difficulties comprehending German idioms. Was sind Alternativen zum Verb "schwerfallen"?
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Die Möglichkeiten sind groß

Intuitiv ist mir klar, was durch "die Möglichkeiten sind groß" - etwa in einem politischen Kontext - ausgedrückt wird, jedoch fällt es mir schwer, eine passende Umschreibung zu finden. Welches ...
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Wortart von “w”-Fragewörtern in Kontext

W-Fragewörter können je nach Kontext sowohl als Fragewort als auch als Relativpronomen fungieren. Wo wohnst du? Das ist die Stadt, wo Goethe mal durchgefahren ist. Das erste Beispiel ist ...

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