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“Ich möchte das gerne machen” or “Ich würde das gerne machen”

What is correct, between (a) Ich möchte das gerne machen. and (b) Ich würde das gerne machen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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Can “da- words” be used for humans as well as objects?

I was speaking to a friend of mine about another person and I almost used "davon" to refer to a human. Is this allowed? For example: I realise it is legal for the following to take place: Ich ...
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Do people actually use “ehrfürchtig!” to say awesome?

Do people actually use "ehrfürchtig!" to say awesome or is it old in usage? If not, then what would be more in common usage? I've heard mostly toll, super, prima but what else is possible?
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“Ich lerne schwimmen” or “Ich lerne zu schwimmen”?

What is correct, between (a) Ich lerne schwimmen. and (b) Ich lerne zu schwimmen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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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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Pronunciation of “R” in the words or verbs starting with “Ver-” in Standard German e.g. “Verein, Verehren, Verachten,…”

the "R" in "Ver-" is pronounced like "R" in the "-er" in "Bruder" or like "R" in french?
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How to perform an advanced search of German nouns in Wiktionary restricting both gender and ending?

I hope you could give this question a try before closing it. It's, admittedly, not directly related to German, but if a successful answer is provided, I'm sure it will be useful – at least for German ...
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Probleme mit der Definition von „Nebensatz“

Die Definitionen dafür, was genau ein Nebensatz ist, sind zahlreich, doch kreisen sie alle um denselben Kern: Nebensätze sind abhängig. Nebensätze haben Satzgliedcharakter (oder ...
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“Begriff” vs. “Konzept” [closed]

Das Konzept des Lernens der deutschen Sprache ist schwieriger zu lernen als das von Spanisch. The concept of learning the german language is harder than learning Spanish Can one substitute ...
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Are old textbooks still useful for learning German?

I know someone who is teaching himself German from the original copy of Assimil printed in 1957. He thought to himself, "wouldn't it be hilarious if I spent years learning out-dated German?". Is ...
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How would you translate “Please enter the security code” into German? [closed]

I need these terms translated for a contact form that I am building for a German website. Please enter the security code Security Check Try another code Enter code So far I have these terms that a ...
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“Mach dir die Augen zu” vs. “Mach die Augen zu”

Someone told me that saying "Mach dir die Augen zu " is rude. He told me that to make it more polite say " Mach die Augen zu". Does using the reflexive pronoun "dir" makes it more direct? If the ...
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“Terminologie” vs “Fachsprache”

Ich werde mir ein Wörterbuch, in dem man alle medizinischen Terminologien beherrschen kann, kaufen. I would like to know if the word Terminologie is correct in this context. And there's another ...
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807 views

“An der Schule” or “in der Schule”?

I've seen a sentence like Ich habe Deutsch an der Schule gelernt. instead of Ich habe Deutsch in der Schule gelernt. Why is the preposition "an" used? Does it have something to do with ...
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101 views

Is “so” in this sentence in the correct place?

I asked a question about this very same sentence earlier, but this is a different question about it. I have this sentence: Wenn Sie es wissen müssen, so erkläre ich Ihnen, dass ich einen Besuch ...
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114 views

Recycling Center in German? [closed]

How do you say "Recycling Center" in German? I am going to the Recycling Center to recycle soda cans. Ich fahre ins Recyclingzentrum um Sodakannen zu recyceln. Is "Recyclingzentrum" the right ...
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“Anfassen” and “berühren”

I would like to know which of the two verbs is used to tell someone that you're serious about not being touched. If he touches you the second time, something's going to happen to him. Someone told me ...
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Difference between using the double infinitive or past participle?

For longer sentences with more verbs, it is often hard for a learner to figure out when to use the double infinitive sentence structure and when to use the past participle. For example in the ...
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Difference between “etwas in den Griff bekommen” and “sich an etwas gewöhnen” [closed]

What is the difference between the two phrases: etwas in den Griff bekommen Ich muss das Auto in den Griff bekommen. sich an etwas gewöhnen. Ich fange an mich an dieses kalte Wetter zu ...
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Es genau mit etwas nehmen

What is another alternative for the phrase "es genau mit etwas nehmen" ? Ich nehme es genau mit dem Deutschlernen, wenn ich auf Germanstackexchange.com bin.
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How should I arrange these modal verbs?

I have a question about sentence structure. I found a sentence like this, Wenn Sie es wissen muessen, so erkläre ich Ihnen, dass ich einen Besuch gehabt habe. My question is about the first ...
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2answers
137 views

McDonald's drive thru

How do you say " I am going to the McDonald's drive thru " in German? Mein Versuch : Ich fahre zu McD. Drive-thru?
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189 views

Translation of “Let me ask him”

A: Will your friend come to the party tomorrow? B: Let me ask him. I'm having trouble translating "let" here. Should I use "lassen" as follows? A: Wird dein Freund morgen zur Party ...
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1answer
149 views

Partizip II von intransitiven Verben

Kann man das stattgefundene Ereignis sagen? Oder müsste es auf jeden Fall das stattgefunden habende Ereignis heißen? Bei transitiven Verben unterscheidet "getötete Person" vs. "getötet ...
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647 views

“Sich freuen auf” oder “über”?

Wann benutzt man auf oder über mit freuen? Zum Beispiel: Meine Tochter freut sich schon _ die Sommerferien.
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What about “erschreckt” in addition to “bin erschrocken” and “hat erschrocken”?

I was reading the following explanation: How come there are two ways to conjugate the same verb? (e.g. erschrecken) however I am still confused with the verb "to scare". I gather from the above ...
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Translation of “Wir sind die, vor denen uns unsere Eltern immer gewarnt haben” [closed]

I bought a sign that says: "Wir sind die, vor denen uns unsere Eltern immer gewarnt haben" Does this translate to We are the ones who our parents warned us against Or We are the ones who ...
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Is “Von was für ein glückliches Leben redest du” correct?

X said to Y: Ich wünsche dir ein glückliches Leben voll von dem Gutem zu dir. Y was hopeless, so he said: Von was für ein glückliches Leben redest du? Are those sentences above correct?
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What are the differences between the german nouns for 'event'?

There are many nouns that describe an event, occation, or happenings They all can be translated to either; * der Anlass * das Geschehen * das Geschehnis * das Ereignis * die Veranstaltung How do ...
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1answer
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Need help with demonstrative pronouns

I have an assignment for German class to write a letter, expressing some kind of problem. I won't go deep into the subject, I just need help with some demonstrative pronouns, the first sentence being: ...
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Ich erinnere mich daran or ich erinnere mich?

When do you remove "daran"? A: Woher kommst du nochmal? B: Ich komme aus Berlin. A: Ich erinnere mich. Why is the "daran" removed here? Can it also be not removed in this context? ...
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Difference in translation by capitalizing the first letter in 'How are you' [closed]

I translated 'how are you' on Google translate and it gave me the response 'wie geht es dir'. On the other hand, when I translated 'How are you' (making the H capital), the translation became 'Wie ...
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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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What preposition to use with “übergeben”?

What preposition do I use with übergeben: Nach dem ersten Weltkrieg wurde Kamerun an Frankreich übergegeben. I want to say: After the first World War Cameroon was handed over to France. ...
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When does one require “dass” and when can it be omitted?

There seem to be some examples where dass does not seem to be needed but I don't know how to differentiate when it's required or not. For example: Wollen Sie ihm sagen, er sollte es mir so ...
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Jugendsprache - “ma”

I am seeing increasing use of the word "ma" amongst German teenagers nowadays. What does it mean? Beispiele: Und dann hab' ich ma gegoogelt. Nimm das ma raus! I can't figure it out and it ...
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How to say “Fear makes my heart beat faster”

How do you say: Fear makes my heart beat faster, my hands cold and head ache a little. Here are my attempts: Angst verursacht, dass das Herz mir schneller klopft, meine Hände kälter werden ...
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Case of “Geraden” in “auf einer Geraden”

I ran into the sentence Die Punkte A, B und C liegen auf einer Geraden. From the dictionary I understand that "Gerade" takes on the form "Geraden" for both plural and genitive. But here it looks ...
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Use the dative case or “für”?

Will it be grammatically correct to write: Ich kaufe einen Blumenstrauß für meine Frau. Instead of: Ich kaufe meiner Frau einen Blumenstrauß. Because in English one says " I am buying a ...
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What verbs require an impersonal es object

I've noticed that some verbs require an es as an object to be correct Ich lasse dich es wissen (es wissen) while other verbs do not Ich habe vor, nach Hause zu gehen (not Ich habe es ...
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How do you say “Selfie” in German?

How do you say " selfie" in German? Is it "das Selfie"? Sie macht sich immer Selfies auf Facebook and MySpace.
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How do I say “on her/his/ their mother/father's side” in German?

How do I say "She looks like her aunts on her mother's side"? Sie sieht wie ihre Tanten mütterlicherseits aus. I cannot use "mütterlicherseits" in this case because that would mean "on my ...
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Word order following the word “also”

After the word "also", do you need to use any change of word order? I.e. invert the subject and verb or does it stay unchanged like when one uses "und" oder "aber"? Zum Beispiel: Es gefällt mir ...
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Warum heißen Verben “Zeitwort”?

Wie ich in einem Kommentar erfahren habe, nennt man im Deutschen Verben auch Zeitwort. Wieso? Ist das wirklich sinnvoll oder nur ein komischer Versuch Fremdwörter zu vermeiden?
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How do you say “from X to Y” in German?

How do you say "from X to Y" in German? I am not sure if I am supposed to write an article with "zu": Ich höre mir alle Arten deutscher Musik an, vom Rock bis zu(r?) Hip-Hop. I listen to all ...
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“Wegen” or “unter”?

What is the difference between "unter" and "wegen" when used in a sentence? In my dictionary one can either use "unter" or "wegen" with "müde": Ich war unter den Hausaufgaben sehr müde. Ich ...
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When to use the anticipatory es/das?

Let's take the following pairs of sentences: Ich weiß es, dass du zu Hause bist / Ich weiß, dass du zu Hause bist. Ich versuche es, dir zu helfen / Ich versuche, dir zu helfen. Es ist ...
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545 views

Groß- und Kleinschreibung von Zitaten am Satzanfang

Hier auf Stackexchange kommt es immer wieder vor, dass ein Wort, über das diskutiert wird, am Satzanfang steht. Es ist dann mittels Anführungszeichen oder anderer Marker herausgehoben, um es nicht ...
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1answer
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Which one is correct? Eine Menge von Fehlern or eine Menge Fehler?

Can one say "eine Menge von Fehlern" instead of " eine Menge Fehler" ? Er macht eine Menge Fehler, wenn er Deutsch schreibt. Will it be still be grammatically wrong if one says: Wir machen ...
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Benutzung von Anführungszeichen

Immer wieder stolpere ich über die Verwendung der Anführungszeichen in der deutschen Sprache. Bisher nahm ich immer an, dass diese Variante korrekt sei: „Das Beispiel“ Nun ist in der DIN5008 ...

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