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Welche guten Tipps für den täglichen Gebrauch der deutschen Sprache gibt es? [closed]

Frage: Diese Frage zielt auf die, in der FAQ erwähnten, finer points of the language and translation der deutschen Sprache ab. Da dies eine eher fortgeschrittene Sammlung von Tipps sein soll, die ...
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How to get from the diminutive form to the root word (from Häuschen to Haus), and back?

Is there a rule (or best practice) on how to get from a "Substantiv" to it´s diminutive form and also back again? What I mean is i.e: How to get from Haus to Häuschen and back to Haus. It´s a ...
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Does the verb “möchten” exist?

I have often encountered the forms möchte, möchtest.... Does the verb möchten exist? Is it some special form of mögen or an independent verb?
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Etymologie des kölschen “Mer” (1. Person Plural)

Das Pronomen der ersten 1. Person Plural in der kölschen Mundart lautet "Mer", und in einigen angrenzenden Dialekten "Mir". Diese Pronomen können gedeutet werden als variation des deutschen "wir". ...
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How to translate “The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination”

How would you translate this quote? The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person's determination You can translate it to this: Der Unterschied zwischen dem ...
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Sprachlicher Fehler Unserer Lieben Frau in Lourdes?

Im Jahre 1854 verkündete Papst Pius IX. in seiner Bulle Ineffabilis Deus das Dogma von der unbefleckten Empfängnis Mariens. Dieses Dogma besagt, dass die Jungfrau Maria von ihrer Zeugung an frei von ...
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Religious connotation of “Verzeihung”

I recently used "Verzeihung" to apologize, whereupon the person smilingly responded Ich bin kein Pfarrer. I looked up the word on Duden.de and found "Entschuldigung" among the synonyms, like I ...
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When to use 'Entschuldigen Sie'

I know that when asking a favor from an adult that I am unfamiliar with, such as asking for directions, I should start with "Entschuldigen Sie..." but should I use the formal form when I am, for ...
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How can “Constitution Council” be translated?

Context: Do you wish the Constitution Council's proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution? Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_constitutional_referendum,_2012 I know ...
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Does the noun “Kärtchen” have a plural form?

My dictionary does not even have the word Kärtchen, and online translators have very little about this noun. I think that it's neuter (das), yet I would like to know if this word has a plural form and ...
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Warum Drittanbieter?

Wenn ich, häufig günstigere, Ersatzteile, Druckerpatronen oder anderes Verbrauchsmaterial kaufe, dann ist häufig die Rede von Drittherstellern. Unter dem "Ersthersteller" könnte ich mir ja ja den ...
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Translation of “to maintain a skill”

I haven't been able to find an obvious translation for this. There are three verbs I've come across the seem like they could do that job: Halten Erhalten Aufrechterhalten But I can't seem to figure ...
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Does “wiederhören” really exist?

I know that wiedersehen exists together with its declination, but what about wiederhören? Does that verb really exist?
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Translation of “weiterwandern”

I found in some German newspaper word weitergewandert and I think it is present perfect of weiterwandern, but I cannot find a translation. What would be an appropriate translation?
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Geht “beobachten, wie jemand etwas tut” auch ohne “wie”?

Im Englischen kann man schön schreiben: I watch my son eating soup. Im Deutschen muss man dagegen einen holprigen Nebensatz bilden: Ich beobachte, wie mein Sohn Suppe isst. Ich beobachte ...
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Wie bestimmt man eindeutig die Zählform eines Verbs?

Es sollte eigentlich eindeutig sein, worauf sich das Verb in den folgenden Sätzen jeweils bezieht und wie es demzufolge - Singular oder Plural - gebildet wird. Ist es (für mich) aber nicht. ...
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Meistens: meaning and usage

»Seid ihr am Wochenende zu Hause?« – »Ja, meistens.« Does the above mean that they are at home most weekends, or that they are at home most of the time during the weekend?
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Connotation of the word “Mischling” for Germans

Back story: A few months ago, my school hosted some German exchange students. I don’t know any German, as I chose French classes, but anyhow an American female friend of mine in my math class was one ...
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Wer bestimmt, welche Regeln in der deutschen Spache gelten?

Wie der Titel schon sagt: Wer (oder was) hat das letzte Wort, wenn es um Regelfragen in der deutschen Sprache geht? Die angesprochenen Regelfragen können sowohl die Grammatik als auch die ...
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Liste mit “Denk-Verben” [closed]

Ich suche Quellen - gedruckt oder online - für eine möglichst umfangreiche, wenn nicht gar vollständige Liste deutscher "Denk-Verben", also Verben wie denken, wissen, verstehen, erkennen, glauben, ...
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“zu” phrase with separable verb

What is the rule on using a "zu" phrase with a separable verb? Between Ich fange an zu weinen. and Ich fange zu weinen an. Are both correct? If the "zu" phrase is long, would that mean the ...
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Implicit distances in demonstrative pronouns “das”, “dieses”, “jenes”

[For the following, please assume neutral case always to make it simpler.] I was lucky enough to grow up in a Spanish-German bilingual household, and as such am fluent in both languages. This is ...
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Sprachwandel oder weit verbreiteter Misnomer von “komplex”?

Es ist mir inzwischen des Öfteren nicht entgangen, dass sich Leute des Begriffes "komplex" bedient haben, obwohl in betroffenem Kontext eher "kompliziert" gemeint war. Es ist selbstverständlich weder ...
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Translation of “the 45th most beautiful city”

For "the second/third beautiful city, we can write Die zweitschönste Stadt and Die drittschönste Stadt What about the 45th most beautiful city? We can probably write Die 45. schönste ...
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Translation of “once in a week”

Is there a difference between einmal in der Woche and einmal die Woche Google Translate suggests the first one, yet I wonder if the second can be used synonymously.
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Meaning of “Nebenfelder” [closed]

The weather prediction says Morgens einige Nebenfelder, sonst setzt sich tagsüber überall die Sonne durch. What does "Nebenfelder" mean? I can't find it in the dictionary, and since "neben" ...
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“Jetzt dreht der Trainer am ganz großen Rad”

In einem Computerspiel (Fußball) hörte ich den Spruch "Jetzt dreht der Trainer am ganz großen Rad". Erst dachte ich, dass gemeint ist, dass er sich extrem aufregt oder "durchdreht". Ein kurze ...
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Literal meaning of: es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen

I recently came across the expression: Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen There's still no master [that has] fallen from the sky I'm curious about the es ist part, which I ...
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“viel zu selten” translation into English [closed]

Is "far too often" the correct equivalent for "viel zu selten"? I have already checked Google Translate and some dictionaries but feel that the meaning must be negative not positive.
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Meaning of “die Kurve kriegen”

I played chess with the German speaker and he tells me that 'Irgendwie habe ich noch die Kurve gekriegt'. Generally I understand that somehow he took advantage of the game. So what's the meaning of ...
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Das, diese(s), jene(s)

I am asking this question since I noticed something while doing EN/DE Duolingo. I am a German native myself. I would like to get a confirmation or geographical specification on this observation for ...
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Gebrauchsanweisung für Gräzismen und Latinismen

Ich war kurz davor, eine Frage zu einem Gräzismus zu stellen, aber langfristig wäre wohl Folgendes hilfreicher: Gibt es eine gute Referenz, wie Gräzismen (und Latinismen) in der deutschen ...
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Are “fuchzehn” and “fuchzig” dialectal expressions?

I noticed that people sometimes use fuchzehn and fuchzig instead of fünfzehn and fünfzig. Is there a certain reason or is this just dialect?
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German weasel words

I have been using lists of English weasel words for quite some time now to check my language for clarity. Weasel words are words or phrases which make statements sound more meaningful or strong than ...
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Größte Menge deutscher Wörter, deren Aussprache sich nur durch Variation eines Vokals unterscheidet

Ich suche eine möglichst große Liste von deutschen Wörtern, deren Aussprache sich nur durch Variation eines Vokals bzw. Polyphtongs (Diphtong, usw.) unterscheidet, also das größte deutsche ...
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Word order in run-on sentence with “zollen”

Vor zwei Jahren hatte sich Bromeis erstmals auf die 1238 Kilometer lange Strecke gewagt, nach knapp 400 Kilometern aber den Belastungen Tribut zollen und abbrechen müssen. Why is the word order ...
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Sind o. ä. und o. Ä. unterschiedlich?

Ich glaube, dass o. Ä. mit Substanstiv und o. ä. mit Adjektiv benutzt wird. Aber Wiktionarys Beispiele tun dies nicht. Sind o. ä. und o. Ä. unterschiedlich?
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How often is 'zwo' actually used in place of 'zwei'

Just starting learning German and a number of texts I've read say that 'zwei' takes on a morphological change to 'zwo' in spoken speech to differentiate with 'drei'. How often do people actually use ...
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Verb preceding 'aber' in second clause

From Wikitionary: Ich würde gerne mit euch mitkommen, bin aber leider krank. The position of 'bin' confuses me. Is it placed before 'aber' for stylistic reasons? Does it change the meaning of ...
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What is more commonly used, (die Tür) “aufmachen” or “öffnen”? [duplicate]

Is either of those more common (due to some subtle differences)? die Tür aufmachen and die Tür öffnen
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“Hätte sie mehr Zeit, so käme sie mit zur Party” - position of 'mit'

Hätte sie mehr Zeit, so käme sie mit zur Party - If she had more time, she would come to the party At first I thought that 'mit' was the separable prefix of 'mitkommen', but AFAIK in any case ...
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Adverb/adjective role in “”ein überlegen weiter Flug“”

I was reading an article about a German long-jumper who has an artificial leg but won the regular long-jumping event. Now people are discussing whether his artificial leg gave him an advantage. ...
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Relative placement and relationship between clauses

Forgive me if this question is too broad. I think I fairly well understand what goes into a clause. But the relationship between clauses makes very little sense to me. I hope I can quote Wikipedia, ...
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Idiomatic equivalent for “I am afraid, I can't do that”

Is there an idiom which would convey I'm afraid I can't do that Literally translating, It would become Ich fürchte, ich kann das nicht tun Would that make sense?
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Case confusion nominative-accusative

In this sentence (from Beethoven's Choral Fantasy), I do not understand why "Menschen" appears to be in the accusative case: Wenn sich Lieb und Kraft vermählen, lohnt den Menschen Göttergunst. ...
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Replacing the genitive with a “von” construction

When can a genitive be replaced with a "von" construction? For instance: ein Vater der sechs Töchter ein Vater von sechs Töchtern And can the English "of" in the context of belonging ...
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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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“To go rogue” in German

How could this phrase be translated into German? I can think of zu einem wütenden Einzelgänger werden or similar combinations with different adjectives, but none of them are nearly as concise ...
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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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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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