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Differences between “fortfahren”, “fortsetzen”, “weitermachen”, “weitergehen ”and “fortführen”

There may be other verbs that might also mean to continue. Whenever I practice my writing, I find these very confusing. What are the difference between these verbs? I initially thought that they are ...
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»Ausnahme dieses Grundsatzes« oder »Ausnahme zu diesem Grundsatz«?

Heißt es die erste Ausnahme dieses Grundsatzes oder die erste Ausnahme zu diesem Grundsatz ?
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Kann man zwei Punkte am Satzende zusammenfassen

Wenn ich einen Satz mit einer Abkürzung schließe (etc.) oder z. B. mit einem abgekürzten Firmennamen (Activision Publishing, Inc.), sieht es etwas merkwürdig aus, wenn zwei Punkte hintereinander ...
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When to use “das + [verb] vs. ”ich + [verb]"

By starting with two sentences Das merke ich auch so. Ich arbeite auch bei hier. It is somehow confused when to use das <verb> ich ... and when to shift to Ich <verb> .... Can ...
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1answer
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Grammatikalische Korrektheit von »was ich von der eurigen Arbeitsstelle erwarte«

In einer Bewerbung möchte ich schreiben: Das ist, im Grunde genommen, was ich von der eurigen Arbeitsstelle erwarte. Ist dies grammatikalisch wohlgebildet? Dazu muss ich auch fragen, ob es ...
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119 views

How to say “Class of” in German? [closed]

For example, how would you say "Welcome to (some school) Class of 2019?"
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Ist Ignoranz absichtlich?

Ich bin gerade über diese Frage auf English.SE gestolpert. Der Autor behauptet, dass auf Deutsch das Substantiv Ignoranz immer impliziert, dass der ignorante Mensch selbst daran schuld ist, etwas ...
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Unterschied zwischen »tauschen« und »(aus)wechseln«

Worin besteht der Unterschied zwischen tauschen und (aus)wechseln? Anwendungsfall: Handlungsanweisungen in der Industrie. Wann benutzt man Bauteil (aus)wechseln, wann Bauteil tauschen? ...
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143 views

»Das geht leider nicht« vs. »Es geht leider nicht«

In German, there is an expression: Das geht leider nicht. To my knowledge, this means one of the following: Unfortunately, this is not possible. Unfortunately, it won’t go. But what does ...
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57 views

Formulierungshilfe Satz

Mir fällt gerade nichts Vernünftiges ein. Ich müsste einen Satz so formulieren, dass er das ausdrückt, was ich meine. Von Gerät zu Gerät sind unterschiedliche Komponenten verbaut. Ausdrücken ...
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What does “alles” mean here?

In the course book DaF kompakt A1, I found the sentence: Was macht Sylvie alles? I can understand question without the word alles: What does Sylvie do? But the word alles confuses me.
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“Er anerkennt die Grenzen” - Korrektes Deutsch?

Neulich gelesen, und anscheinend auch nicht so ungewöhnlich: "Er anerkennt die Grenzen" (Google results) hat es sogar in die FAZ geschafft. Ich erkenne nur "Er erkennt die Grenzen an" als richtiges ...
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'Violinunterricht' vs. 'Violinenunterricht'?

I always thought that the correct way to say this was "Violinenunterricht." However, it seems that "Violinunterricht" is more commonly used (there are also more hits on Google). Which one is correct ...
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The loanwords of which languages are to be faithfully pronounced when speaking German?

I have the impression that – unlike English (where you say Euler as Yuler, or better yet, bruschetta as [/brʊˈʃɛtə/]), European Spanish (where one pronounces Wi-Fi as guifi) or French (Bounty as ...
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What might the names “Loeffler” and “Loeffelmacher” mean?

This question is not so much about language and grammar, but what I want to know is what could possibly be the origin of these two last names? Loeffler is a fairly common last name, Loeffelmacher is ...
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reflexive verb determining whether “sich” should be dative or accusative

I have gathered the following information from the University of Michigan's German course: Normally the reflexive pronoun will be accusative. If the verb already has an accusative object, ...
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1answer
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“Würde” oder Konjunktiv II, wenn der Konjunktiv dem Indikativ entspricht?

Bei manchen Verben entspricht ja der Konjunktiv I dem Indikativ, sprich es ist keine Unterscheidung möglich, z. B. in dem folgenden Satz: Er sagte, sie nehmen teil. Wenn ich aber trotzdem ...
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Can other verbs form contractions like “gemma”?

In Austrian and Bavarian speech it's common to use ma instead of wir, and what in Standard German would be gehen wir is often realized as gemma. Does this sort of contraction happen with any other ...
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German phrase with vorstellen

My wife applied for a position in a company in Germany and the answer she got from the responsible manager was (direct copy paste): Sehr geehrte Frau XY, können Sie sich kurzfristig hier ...
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The meaning of “wenn er… wollte”

The question is on the 'wenn'-clause of this sentence, which is from 'Kinder auf der Landstraße' by Kafka. Die stark durchbrochenen Vorhänge bauschten sich im warmen Wind, und manchmal hielt sie ...
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How to say “Thank you for being a valued customer”?

I need to say the following in German: Thank you for being a valued customer. I got: Als geschätzter Kunde von [Name der Firma], möchten wir uns bei Ihnen herzlich bedanken. Please advise ...
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´Der Patient entwickelte Symptome einer Lebensmittelvergiftung´ - possible sentences? [closed]

May I say the following sentences in German? I give the original English sentences (the following are the translations I´ve got from German native speakers, but I am not sure whether they are possible ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen “festsetzen”, “festlegen” and “feststellen”

These three verbs seem to mean pretty much the same thing (to set, or to determine, establish). I would like to know the precise difference between these verbs with examples if possible.
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“Tempel ein” in Die Zauberflöte

In the libretto of the Magic Flute, the phrase "Tempel ein" is often used. E.g. Sarastro says "Führt diese beiden Fremdlinge in unsern Prüfungstempel ein" and Monostatos says "...bald dringen wir in ...
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Modal verb used for probability in german

"Mag er mich?" is translated as " Does he like me?" My question is does "Mögen" is used also for probability... so my sentence about it I am confused "May she missunderstand me by that? " is ...
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0answers
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Can an email speak? [duplicate]

In English, one would say, "I have received an email from you, which said that..." Is the direct calque ("Ich habe eine Email von Ihnen bekommen, die sagt, dass...") proper German?
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Wegen, bezüglich, über. Is their use interchangeable?

Is the use of the words wegen, bezüglich and über always interchangeable when we want to say "about" (concerning)? If not, can in some cases be interchangeable? For example what is the best way for ...
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»Repository« oder »Repositorium«?

Ich schreibe eine Arbeit über ein zwei wöchiges Programmierprojekt, und zwar auf Deutsch. Ein Problem bei der Dokumentation ist es, falsche Anglizismen zu vermeiden. Welches ist die richtige Form: ...
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4answers
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How does the placement of “nicht” change the example?

I was curious if these sentences meant the same thing and if they were both valid. The first sentence I made myself, the second is what I heard. Does the meaning change with the different placement ...
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“self-conscious” vs “selbstbewusst”

Literally translated, selbstbewusst means self-conscious (selbst → self; bewusst → conscious), but in actuality, it means self-confident, which is quite the opposite. What is the history of the words ...
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Meaning of “Man nennt dich doch auch”

I am watching a little cartoon and I do not understand the German subtitles, especially this sentence: Man nennt dich doch auch... What does doch auch mean? Why are they both in the same ...
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3answers
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Can you replace “sich” in “Es lohnt sich nicht”

I learned the phrase "Es lohnt sich nicht" today from my Michel Thomas German course. From the "German Builder" CD 1 for those interested. The phrase means " it's not worth it" I want to know if I ...
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2answers
67 views

Future perfect tense “haben” vs “sein”

I'm wondering how "haben" and "sein" are used in the future perfect tense. Say Ich werde gegessen haben means "I will have eaten" and it uses "haben". Then Wann werden sie gegangen sein? ...
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How to say “Phrase of the week” in German

If there is a "phrase of the week", in German would it be correct to call it "die Phrase der Woche" or would it be better to say "die Redewedung der Woche" or "der Ausdruck der Woche"?
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Word order in complex sentences?

When there are particles, reflexive verbs with prepositions and negation how are the words in a sentence is formed? Also lets assume that both the place and the time is stated in the same sentence. Is ...
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4answers
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Was ist mit »Österreichisch« gemeint (in sprachlicher Hinsicht)? [closed]

Gelegentlich liest man hier im Deutsch-Forum Fragen und Antworten, in denen es darum geht, ob ein bestimmtes Wort ein österreichisches Wort sein könnte. Das halte ich für problematisch, wenn nicht ...
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Translate “Fanfare for the Common Man”

We are playing this music in the band. The others want to know how to say this in German. "Common" is a tricky word. I think the composer was intending to say "common" as opposed to "noble", so he ...
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Braucht man “es” in “es schaffen zu können, was man sich vorgenommen hat”?

Aus dem Spiegel-Magazin: Denn nur wenn man das Gefühl habe, schaffen zu können, was man sich vorgenommen hat, könne man auch zufrieden sein mit dem, was man tut. Es kommt mir wie eine Lücke vor, ...
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What is the difference in pronounciation of “Nichts” and “Nics”?

Often I hear different pronounciation for the word Nichts Some people pronounce it as Nics (Well, it sounds like "Nics".) Does it make any difference? Is this a different dialect? Is it ...
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2answers
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Is “Dieser Raum” in “Dieser Raum bietet Sitzplätze für 25 Leute” agent or locative?

I´ve got another question from my diploma research. My original English sentence was This room seats 25 people. This room was labeled as locative. When I give you another example, the ...
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2answers
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“erlernt” vs “gelernt”

As the title states, I'm having a hard time telling the difference in meaning between erlernt and gelernt. When I look them up in a GER-ENG dictionary, both translate to "learned". However, it seems ...
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2answers
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Wissenschaftliche Arbeit – Schreibweise von Akronymen

Tauchen in einer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit Akronyme auf, so ist es üblich diese einmal zu erläutern und von dann an fortlaufend nur noch das Akronym zu verwenden. Ich frage mich ob es eine korrekte ...
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8answers
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Asking ethnicity in German?

I am not a German speaker and I don't speak German well but I have to ask a German where she is from originally. I think I shouldn't say "Woher kommst du?", because that literally means "where do you ...
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3answers
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Which one is correct or more common in use: “Zweieinhalb” or “zwei und halb”?

Which one is (more) correct or common in use? Sie ist hier seit zweieinhalb Jahren. or Sie ist hier seit zwei und halb Jahren.
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German word in “Unfinished business”

What does the german word "Flügeschlagen" (or "Flugenschlagen"?) mean and why does the GPS keep saying it in the movie (they are stuck in traffic)? According to google translator (I know, not a very ...
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2answers
120 views

What is “Hacke, Spitze, eins, zwei, drei”?

I’m currently learning the German language as I’m new to Germany. Learning something new from the public every day is really cool! Yesterday I happened to hear bunch of kids playing across the street ...
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4answers
195 views

Possible sentence: 'Das Schiff brach sein Ruder.'?

I am a student of English and German language (non-native) and I compare English-German sentences for my diploma thesis from the semantic and syntactic point of view. I have English sentences which I ...
3
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2answers
94 views

“begann zu erzählen” vs “zu erzählen begann”

I consider my German intermediate and began to read Harry Potter to improve my knowledge, and I stumbled upon this sentence: ... als Harry ihm und Hermine zu erzählen begann, ... Shouldn't it be ...
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What or where is “Kehrzel”? [closed]

I am doing some genealogy work on a German family, and came across a message board post which claims a certain person to be from "Kehrzel"? I could not determine any location in Germany named ...
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3answers
161 views

Ist „ka“ ein österreichisches „kein“?

Hinweis: Optimal sagt oder schreibt man nicht so, wie es im Titel steht. Ich bin dessen bewusst und habe womöglich versucht, einen aussagekräftigeren, richtigen Titel zu suchen. Weil eine Veränderung ...

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