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A Few Questions about Deutsch [closed]

I have a few questions about German or Deutsch. What is the difference between "Bin Ich" and "Ich bin". It's really been bugging me and I couldn't find anything about it. I also looked at the ...
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Help with finishing translation

I recently wanted to see if the owner of a domain name was possibly interested in selling it to me. I don't speak German, so I had to use Google Translate to compose the email. She responded in ...
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Kommasetzung bei “nur wenn”

Allgemein sollte man Nebensätze immer durch Kommas abgrenzen. Wenn ich Zeit habe, gucke ich Fußball. Ich gucke, wenn ich Zeit habe, Fußball. Wenn man jetzt aus dem simplen Temporalsatz ...
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What's the difference between “instabil” and “unstabil”?

Question What's the difference between instabil and unstabil? Elaboration I always use instabil, but hear other people also use unstabil. I assumed unstabil was wrong, but Duden has an entry for ...
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Was genau bedeutet “Akademiker”?

Ich habe einen Artikel gelesen, aber ich wusste nicht genau was Akademiker bedeutet. Ist es jemand, der einen Hochschulabschluss geschafft hat? Oder jemand, der einen Doktortitel erhält?
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Eine passende Anzeige finden [closed]

Ich möchte nach einer Aufgabe fragen, die ich gemacht habe. Die Aufgabe ist: Ich muss eine Anzeige finden, die zu der gegebenen Situation passt. Hier ist die Situation: Sie sammeln alte ...
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Are there any significant changes in German grammar since 1975? [duplicate]

I've decided to revise my German, after a pause. In home I came across a textbook called "Deutsch Intensiv - Grundkurs für Ausländer", VEB Verlag Enzyklopädie, Leipzig 1975 - with around 700 pages ...
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Difference between Leitung and Geschäftsführung

Are these two words synonyms? I've seen Leitung for a team-leading role (Projektleiterin), but is Geschäftsführung for executives only? Any better examples ?
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Practicing German in daily activity [duplicate]

English is my first language. I have taken four semesters of university German in preparation to go abroad in 2015 to work and study. My question is this: how can I practice and improve my German in ...
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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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Difference between Erfahrung and Erlebnis?

They both translate into "experience" in English.
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Wie schreibt man zusammengesetzte Adjektive aus Nomen und Verben?

Wird ein Adjektiv, dass sich aus einem Nomen und einem Verb zusammensetzt groß oder klein geschrieben? Wie ist das mit dem Bindestrich? Mein konkretes Beispiel: ein Fluoreszenz-markiertes Protein ...
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Hab und Gut: What is the difference between “Hab” and “Gut”?

In the phrase "All sein Hab und Gut", what exactly is "Hab" and what is "Gut"? I realise that both refer to private property of some kind, but are the two distinct concepts? Is "Gut" real property ...
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What does “hinschauen” mean?

I understand that "schauen" means to look but I have difficulties to understand "hinschauen" in this context Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt. Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen.
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“To have a haircut”

How would you say I had a haircut yesterday. Would it be (a) Ich hatte gestern ein Haarschnitt. or (b) Ich habe mir gestern die Haare schneiden lassen. Which one sounds more natural? ...
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Why does “neu” become “Neues” after “etwas”?

I found this sentence in a German children's book: Jeden Tag entdeckt Katrin etwas Neues. Neues is a noun here? How can that be? I'd think that 'new' was an adjective. As a noun, I found Neue ...
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Does 'Kritik' always come with a negative touch?

I often read Lob, Anregungen und Kritik erwünscht. My question: is it necessary to differ between Lob and Kritik? Does Kritik not include Lob?
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What is abbreviated to “penn'”

I'm translating some song lyrics to English from here. Und wenn du mich da draußen grade hörst Dann bitte warte kurz auf mich, ich bin direkt bereit und fahr los Doch wenn nicht, gehe ich ...
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Der / Die / Das Butter?

Ein beliebtes Streitthema. Der Duden definiert Butter als feminin. Wikipedia merkt an, dass im Norddeutschen auch der männliche Artikel verwendet wird. Woher aber kommt die Verwendung des neutralen ...
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Why “Bitteschön”?

I know that the word Bitte can have many different meanings. When translating Bitteschön into English word for word however, it makes no sense at all. My question thus is where does this expression ...
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Indicating case for proper nouns

Consider sentences of the form (correct me if I've got them wrong): Mir ist langweilig / Es ist mir langweilig. Dem Mann ist kalt / Es ist dem Mann kalt. It's important not to use the ...
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Why is it “bis zum nächsten Mal”?

I got confused by using both bis and zu there, Why it's "bis zum nächsten Mal"?
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Examples of the prefix “co–” (instead of “ko–”) in German

Gibt es im Deutschen Beispiele für die Verwendung von „co–“ als Präfix anstelle von „ko–“? Sind zumindest stets beide Verwendungen akzeptiert, auch wenn vielleicht eine Verwendung unüblich ist? ...
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W → V, V → F. Why do German speakers wrongly transpose rather than shift when speaking English?

If German "W" is pronounced like an English "V" and German "V" is pronounced like an English "F" i.e. W → V V → F Why is it that I continually hear German speakers pronounce their (English) ...
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How can “Dense plasma focus” be translated?

Does anybody know how to translate "dense plasma focus"? I would like to start the German Wikipedia article, but I don't know how this is called in German. A dense plasma focus (DPF) is a machine ...
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List (exhaustive-ish) of predicates with “quirky subject”? (“Lexikalischer Kasus”)

I’m trying to find an exhaustive-ish list of predicates with quirky subjects (Lexikalischer Kasus) to get a better idea of how many of these there are (a dozen, a hundred?), how common they are, and ...
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Translation of “it all depends on what you believe in”

My attempts: Alles kommt darauf an, an was du glaubst Alles kommt darauf an, woran du glaubst I'm not sure about the "an" in the second part, though my understanding is that it should be there, ...
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List of 1000+ (most common) German nouns with plural form

Has anyone managed to find a list of this kind in a tabular form, possibly with articles? Something like this would be ideal: ---------------------------- das Kind | die Kinder | der Hund | ...
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Historischer Gebrauch des Begriffs “Kanakermann”

Laut Wikipedia soll das Schimpfwort "Kanake" aus dem seemännischen Ehrentitel "Kanakermann" stammen: Kannakermann war im späten 19. Jahrhundert unter deutschen Seemännern eine verbreitete ...
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What is another way to say “sich schminken”?

When my sister puts on make-up, it takes her hours. Wenn meine Schwester sich schminkt, braucht sie Stunden. What is another way to say "sich schminken"?
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How do you say “to have a tire rotation” in German?

Tomorrow I am going to have my tires rotated because the tires in front are worn out Morgen werde ich die Reifen meines Autos umstecken lassen, da die Reifen von vorne abgenutzt sind. Does ...
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Can the word “gelenk” be used as an adjective?

In the Pokemon game one of the swimmer enemies describes himself as locker und gelenk. But what does it mean? Locker, I've already found in a dictionary.
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Unterschied zwischen “auf etwas ankommen” und “von etwas abhängen”

(Aus der Zeitung) Frage: Welche Rolle spielt die Lebensdauer von Produkten für Konsumenten bei der Kaufentscheidung? Antwort: (Es) kommt auf das Produkt an. Könnte die Antwort auch ...
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Haben Wörter mit Endungen auf „-männin” sexistische Konnotation?

Ich habe ein Wahlproblem. Ich kann zwischen Wörtern wählen, die entweder „sexistisch“ klingen dürfen, oder nicht so geläufig sind. Zum Beispiel deutet dieses Ngram darauf hin, dass Landsmännin weit ...
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How does one pluralize hyphenated compounds constructed from phrases?

In light of the highly regular pluralization in English, compound phrases are instinctively pluralized by likewise adding an s. For example, a parent might say to a child, "I'm really sick of hearing ...
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Semantische Vokalvielfalt

Mit semantischer Vokalvielfalt meine ich sinnvolle Wörter, die sich nur in einem Vokal bzw. Vokallänge unterscheiden (Groß-Klein-Schreibung unberücksichtigt). Jedem fallen sicherlich ein paar einfache ...
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“Allerdings” as a threat

My German teacher told me that the email I sent her contained a threat. What I wrote was "Allerdings komme ich morgen." She didn't tell me why, just asked me to research about this, but I can't find ...
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Any German dict like Webster?

I'm a beginner of German and I wonder whether there is any dictionary as important as the Webster in English, which I found is extremely useful when I was preparing my GRE test.
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Nuances of the seemingly Synonymous words “Flagge” and “Fahne”

With the World Cup in full swing, I've come across the words "Flagge" and "Fahne" quite a bit. These words are seemingly synonymous, but that might not be the case. Take a quick look at the ...
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A German relative clause that begins with “welchem in diesem”

Grammar books have taught me that 'der' words are the usual relative pronouns in German, and that 'welcher' words might work sometimes but would sound stilted and bookish. But I found a sentence in ...
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German always needs an article even when refering to general things?

I have a question relating to the use of articles in German that I think is different in English. When people say something in general like I always wear T-shirt and jean in summer. no article ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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Idiom: einen Türken bauen. Etymology?

What is the origin of the strange idiom "einen Türken bauen"? I have already checked wiktionary, and they present a few alternatives. All these alternatices are insufficient IMO, as they all smell ...
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How rude is “Quatsch!”?

I've seen Quatsch! translated as Bullshit, which I was fine with as I had only heard it used among friends. Today, a university teacher used the Q-word in response to a student's serious suggestion in ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “merken” und “sich erinnern”?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "sich erinnern" und "merken"? Z.B.: Ich höre ein neues Wort und sage: Ich werde mich daran erinnern. oder Ich merke (mir?) das. Auf English würde ich ...
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Individuell/Individual- and Generell/General- Phenomena

Can a native German speaker kindly explain this horrible inconsequence in his language? An adjective generell but a noun die Generalprobe Another example... An adjective individuell but a noun die ...
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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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What is the difference between “Ich weiß nicht” and “Das weiß ich nicht”?

I think these two sentences have the same meaning, but which one should I use and why?
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“Nesting” of subordinate clauses

A simple example to explain what I mean: as far as I know, the following sentence is correct: 1 - Ich habe begonnen, zu machen, was du gesagt hattest. Is the following, alternate form correct? ...
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Where to place “Bitte” in a sentence

As far as I know, many languages have no rules for the place of "please" in the sentence. In German, seems it's not the same. Is it right to use "bitte" at the beginning or at the end of each ...

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