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In what regions do you say “Das ist mir”?

To express possession you normally say Das gehört mir. or Das ist meins. But there are regions where people regularly say Das ist mir. Which are these regions and is there are ...
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Resources for learning verb tenses with short example sentenses

I wish to learn verbs with their tense forms for general conversation. I tried to use the verb tables, but I am not able to memorise them. I think it would help me if I learn these forms alongwith ...
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Can the position of “auch” change the meaning of the sentence?

Am I correct that the position of auch can give different meanings to a sentence? For example: Ich bin auch groß. means: I have some qualities, one of which is that I am tall. Ich auch ...
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Welches Geschlecht hat “Quest”?

In Rollenspielen gibt es oft das Wort Quest, allerdings jedes mal mit einem anderen Geschlecht. Ich habe in verschiedenen Video- und Rollenspielen wirklich jede Möglichkeit gesehen: Die Quest Der ...
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Verb order with multiple secondary sentences

Is this sentence correct in terms of verb order? And if not what would be correct and why? Ich wusste nicht, dass wir die Möglichkeit haben, ein Artefakt mit anderen Kollegen mitzubenutzen, die ...
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Wie üblich ist 'Feber' in Österreich?

Ich bin gerade am Lokalisieren eines Programmes und wollte für den Monatsnamen Januar in der österreichischen Fassung Jänner verwenden. Dabei fiel mir auf, das es auch einen Feber für Februar gibt. ...
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What's the correct way to say “I will have been…” in German?

Let's say I want to say "I will have been a cat." Is it "Ich werde eine Katze gewesen haben.' or "Ich werde eine Katze haben gewesen."? I think it's the first one, but I want ...
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What kind of construction is “eine Tasse Kaffee”?

I was a little surprised to not find more information about this kind of construction in German, e.g. eine Tasse Kaffee ein Glas Wasser My intuition said that this could be a genitive (in ...
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German in Bach's Cantatas

My German is very rudimentary (A1) and I have no regular exposure to the language except what I get listening to Bach. Recently, I have been very interested in Bach's cantatas. It uses text from the ...
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Dativ plural: den or denen

I've always learned that the article for Dativ Plural is 'den', for example Ich kenne die Frauen, den man Bücher schenkt. My Duden grammar agrees with me, but it is more common to see forms such ...
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In welchen Regionen ist die dem-sein-Form gebräuchlich?

Als Alternative zum Genitiv gibt es das dem-sein-Konstrukt. (Keine Ahnung, wie man es sonst nennen sollte): Der Frau ihre Handtasche. Dem Fritz sein Schwager. Wo ist diese Form gebräuchlich?
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“Ich kann Englisch”

Strange as it may sound (to me at least), it seems that it is correct, rather than (more logical sounding to me) Ich kenne Englisch Is that some kind of historical accident that "können" has ...
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How to say “happy cooperation” in German?

I want to express the wish for a "joyful and fruitful cooperation" to my German colleague in German. But it is hard for me to trust Google translate on this task. Can anyone kindly show me how to say ...
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Capitalization of number-noun-adjective

Assume I want to use/create a german adjective of the form number-noun-adjective, for example think about things that are as long as two cars. Could I say zweiautoslang or Zwei-Autos-lang? ...
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Meaning of “endgeilfett”

For example: Frü­her ein­mal fand ich Klas­sen­kampf end­geil­fett. I suppose it is just a combination of endgeil meaning awesome (slang) and fett meaning awesome (slang), for superlative ...
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How to say “now a days…” / “nowadays” in German?

Google Translate says Nun wird ein Tag but I think it does not feel correct. Can we just say "Heute..."? Are there any other ways to say this? Example: Now a days smartphones are very ...
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How does a German say “Nice to meet you”?

In English it is common to reply with "Nice to meet you" when you were introduced to somebody. Likewise you say "Was nice to meet you" on leaving. Are there any similar phrases a German would use in ...
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Looking for ALL german verbs database

It could be plain text. I need to have there all verbs with all forms written down. I'm afraid I can't use any web source, 'cause I want to create an application that will "read" sample german book ...
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Er liest das Buch nicht

I can't understand why nicht is positioned in the end of the following sentence: Er liest das Buch nicht According to the following site: ...
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What is the etymology of “sau-”?

I lived in Germany during half a year and when hanging out, I heard lots of times this word. I know it's quite an inappropriate word prefix and that it should only be used in a friendly setting, but ...
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Ist “belgischer Bierabend” falsch?

Die Frage hat nichts mit dem Reinheitsgebot zu tun; es geht eher um Grammatik. Ist die folgende Adjektivierung falsch? Belgischer Bierabend Wenn, wie kann man das besser ausdrücken? Natürlich ...
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What do I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut?

Can someone share what I need to know to pass the A1 or A2 exams from Goethe Institut? For instance, do I need to know all cases (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive)? the past form of every ...
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Zeitkonflikt bei Kausalsatz

Laura hat die ganze Nacht getanzt, sodass/weswegen ihr die Füße am Morgen wehtun. Warum steht wehtun im Präsens und nicht in Präteritum?
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Usage of “aber”, “jedoch” and “allerdings”

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?
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por la ciudad, по городу, across(?)/over(?) the city

(The title is in Spanish and Russian, because I'm not sure what's the best way to say it in English either.) I'd like to say that I took a walk in the city (and visited many different places on the ...
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978 views

Meaning of the “Schnee von gestern” as an idiom

I was watching a "Learn German" video and heard this line: ...das ist doch Schnee von gestern! I think I understand it, but would like to make sure. I understand that literally means "Snow from ...
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“Gateway language” to German

I want to learn to speak German, but I'm having some trouble getting the words right (not sure exactly what I'm hearing). Since I intend to learn to speak a few new languages, I figured maybe I ...
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Meaning of “Retourenstelle” and “weiterleiten”?

Die Sendung wurde im HUB sortiert und an die Retourenstelle des Versenders weitergeleitet. I would like to know what do "Retourenstelle" and "weiterleiten" mean? Does this sentence mean my ...
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Help with Sogar and Darauf

I'm currently reading Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen. I am managing to comprehend a bit of it (I'm far from fluent in German) although the first sentence in the book is really confusing to me. ...
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How to say “and such” in German?

I'd like to translate the sentence "We need sunburn cream, bath towels and such." Wir werden heute an den Strand fahren. Was brauchen wir fürs Sonnenliegen? Wir brauchen Sonnebrand-Creme, ...
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Verwendung von „Herrschaften“ je nach Alter

Die Nutzung des Nomens Herrschaften für Menschen verwirrt mich etwas. Laut Wiktionary bedeutet es Herrschaft. Plural. Veraltend und mitunter ironisch gebraucht: vornehme Anrede für eine Gruppe von ...
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Can wissen mean remember?

In a book I'm reading, the author used the question "Weißt du noch". I'm guessing from the context it means "Do you remember". Is that so? Does the addition of the word "noch" turn "wissen" into ...
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“sprengen”: Wieso sprengt man Rasenflächen?

Google's Resultate bzgl. Herkunft waren mittelprächtig. Es scheint mir, dass es sich mit "in die Luft jagen" (dem anderen "sprengen" das sehr bekannt ist) die Herkunft teilt. Aber wie die genau ...
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What time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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How should one pronounce “Denglisch” words when one is a native English speaker?

I'm not sure if this question is completely on-topic since I think it's largely a cultural question rather than being strictly about German language, but I noticed a pronunciation tag so I thought it ...
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Man erwartet eine Spur von Dativ in „zu dessen“. Wo ist sie? Warum erscheint nur da der Genitiv? Oder existiert „zu dessem“?

Betrachte man die Rolle des Bezugwortes dessen im folgenden Satz: Klaus, zu dessen Vater diese Krawatte gar nicht passt, hat […] Wie kommt auf solchen Satz? Es scheint, als ob man auschließlich ...
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Can I say “Togo war deutsch”?

Can I say "Togo war deutsch bis 1918" ? Togo war eine der deutschen Kolonien in Afrika von 1884 bis 1918. Togo war deutsch nach dem Untergang Deutschlands in 1918. Nach der Unterzeichnung ...
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beide/beiden - what does the ending (-n) depend on

When should it be beide and when beiden? Why is die beide Frauen incorrect? Can somebody post a precise rule here?
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What is the etymology of Gelegenheit?

I've tried to look for it and I found out a strange result: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/Gelegenheit => http://www.wordreference.com/deen/gelegen I pperf → liegen => ...
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Is “Er ist gehend” or “Er ist am gehen” proper German?

Is "Er ist gehend" possible in german? As in "Right now he is going". I realize that adding another word, as in "Er ist gehend nass geworden", makes more sense, but still "Er ist gehend" doesn't ...
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What does “machste halt was” mean?

Taken from: http://www.uni-kiel.de/unizeit/index.php?bid=630202 »Haste nichts, dann machste halt was«, darf dagegen der norddeutsche Internet-User schriftlich unwidersprochen behaupten. ...
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1answer
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Can the genitive relative pronoun be replaced with dative?

In general, we know that Das Buch meiner Mutter can be replaced by Das Buch von meiner Mutter Can the same transformation be applied to genitive relative pronouns, eg can Ich sehe den ...
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How do I say in german “car parking fine lawyer”?

I would like to make a search on Google for finding information about a lawyer company specialized on this. I know only the word Strafzettel. I've found many words but which is the more correct for ...
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1answer
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Herkunft von “Ausnahmen bestätigen die Regel”

The idiom "Ausnahmen bestätigen die Regel" exists in English, too. The exception proves the rule. However, someone recently told me that this originally was based on the old meaning of "to ...
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Weak masculine nouns

Has anybody come across reliable ways to know if a masculine noun is weak or not? Der Präsident... Wir brauchen einen neuen Präsidenten. Der Held... Gotham braucht einen Helden. I have noticed ...
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Dies vs Diese - what is the rule to follow

I want to translate the sentce These are newspapers. Newspaper is die Zeitung, plural is die Zeitungen. Since this plural has die as an article, I thought this should be diese (because with die ...
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Subclause with “wollen” and “ob”

I'm trying to say "I'm making these videos because I want to see if I can improve." I came up with this: Ich mache diese Videos, weil ich sehen wollen, ob ich verbessern kann. I'm ...
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How come there are two accusative objects here “das geht dich einen Dreck an”? (so it seems)

I failed with the object analysis of the following sentence: Das Subjekt geht Verb dich Akk-Objekt(!?) einen Dreck Akk-Objekt(!?) an. I know there are instances, in which one finds, on top ...
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I am having trouble understanding this sentence:

I cannot make sense of this in English: Der empirische, zweite Teil der Diplomarbeit stellt das Projekt "Bewegte Steiermark” vor und stellt das dazugehörige Evaluationskonzept sowie die ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between 'verwalten' and 'regieren'?

I came across a podcast on Berlin Wall and they said that for Germany post-World War II: "Ein Viertel wurde von den USA verwaltet." I would have imagined to use 'regieren' here. Turns out verwalten ...

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