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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'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 does “endgeil” mean in German? [closed]

What does endgeil mean in German, is it comparable to awesome in English? Is there a direct translation of the word? This is "teen slang" and therefore hard to find in many dictionaries.
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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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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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“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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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 “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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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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What is the difference between “hinzufügen” and “fügen”?

I looked up the verbs fügen and hinzufügen and they both should mean to add something; according to Wikipedia the first has the following etymology: from "hin" there + "-zu" to + "fügen" add. What's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 man auf solchen Satz? Anscheinend wählt man zwischen ...
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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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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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Suche ein Forum um auf Deutsch zu diskutieren

Ich möchte mein Deutsch verbessern, entweder durch Sprechen oder durch Schreiben. Gibt es ein Forum oder so, wo man etwas diskutieren kann?
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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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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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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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How to translate “Split, merge, done.” into German?

I have a software application that uses a grid system for layout. In this grid system, the user can split and merge rows and columns. I have this phrase in English (to show how fast the operations ...
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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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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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Style and name of this kind of conditional: “Erfolgt die Zahlung nicht bald, so sind wir berechtigt …”

It's kind of basic, but I don't find the name of that construction. I've never learnt it, just pops up very often in newspapers and contracts. The formula is something like: Verb (oft in ...
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Subtleties of the Translations of “Cute”

Taking a quick look at the Leo search results for cute, you'll find that there are a little over a dozen entries. I'm primarily asking about the application of the word towards people, but the cases ...
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Sie schreiben (they or you?) [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: Sie schreiben uns ein Buch Which is similar to the following: Du schreibst uns ein Buch What happens if I want to write "They are writing us a book" ? won't ...
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“Der Hund will draußen bleiben”

I've seen such text on the doors to one shop: Der Hund will draußen bleiben I understand the meaning of the text, because from the context it was quite clear, that the dogs are banned from ...
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Was bedeutet „Ach wer wees, ach verwes“?

Ich verstehe fast kein Wort da. In mundmische finde ich eigentlich eine Erklärung, die aber selbst Umgangsprache ist: Schöner Spruch, wenn dir jemand auf die Eier geht. Das Gespräch, das da zur ...
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Wie sagt man “This is a reach” auf Deutsch?

Auf ELL bin ich vorhin über die Phrase "This is a reach" gestolpert. Here - and this is a reach - but it could technically be understood to mean that my mother thinks this girl is the prettiest I ...
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Funktioniert zustimmendes “allerdings” für jede Sorte Statement gleich gut?

Das Wort "allerdings" wird oft benutzt, um einer Aussage zuzustimmen. "Das ist so und so." "Allerdings." Ich habe allerdings (haha) das Gefühl, dass es vor allem bei negativen, skeptischen ...
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Genus bei Verwendung heterogener Termini [duplicate]

Welches Genus haben Nomen aus einer anderen Fremdsprache? Zum Beispiel das Wort application aus dem Englischen wird im Deutschen oft abgekürzt als App verwendet. Welches Genus hat dieser Begriff? ...
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When to use “gibt es” and “es gibt”, respectively?

Being new to German, I am not properly affiliated with the correct grammatical use of gibt es and es gibt. All I know is that they both mean there is in English. So in what scenarios do I use each one ...
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Erwachsenenlakritz - Kein Kinderlakritz

I bought this can of liquorice. At the back, it lists the ingredients in four languages. But for German, there is an additional row of text below the ingredients which says "ERWACHSENENLAKRITZ - KEIN ...
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Genuskonflikt bei Relativpronomen

Hintergrund. Ich versuche mit dieser Frage, ein interessantes Argument in dieser Antwort hervorzuheben und womöglich dessen Verallgemeinerung zu verstehen. Ein Anteil solcher Antwort lautet: ...
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Translating “He hurts her more than she does to him.”

I am German learner at an intermediate level. The superlative sentence should pose no problems to me. However, I can’t translate this following sentence well: He hurts her more than she does to ...
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What does "schwallt' means?

Source: http://www.schreiber-netzwerk.eu/de/2/Geschichten/10/Sehnsucht/22436/Via-Milano,-Cagliari/ Vernehmlich gähnend öffnet sich hier und da ein Rolltor, hervor schwallt die Kühle der Nacht, ...
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I have questions about german sentences order [closed]

1,..beauftragte auf dem in London im November 1847 abgehaltenen Kongresse die unterzeichenten mit der abfassung eines fuer die oeffentlichkeit bestimmten,ausfuehrlichen theoretischen Parteiprogramms. ...
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Every time I get the S-Bahn I hear “aussteck links/rechts”

I would like to know what they say in the S-Bahn that sounds like "aussteck links/rechts" but in the dictionary the closer to this I've found is: Aussteck: unplugging could someone explain what ...
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Warum ist religiöses Glauben gleich dem Wort “Glauben” (Unsicherheit)?

Ich selbst bin Atheist und finde diese Wortwahl passend, aber verstehe sie im historischen Kontext nicht. Warum sagt man "ich glaube, dass es morgen regnet", wenn man eine gewisse Unsicherheit ...
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What is the difference between these location adverbs?

I've been trying for some time to figure out the locational adverbs but no success. There are so many and I am not sure which I should use. Let's take 'up', 'above' ones for example. What is the ...
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73 views

Meaning of this sentence [closed]

Ein Blickfang und eine Freude für alle Sinne sind die Früchte und das Gemüse auf den Ständen vor dem Geschäft. Did I understand this correctly as: The fruits and vegetables on the stands in ...
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Why is the verb not always put to the end in a subordinate clause?

Wie sehr sich auch die Verhältnisse in den letzten fünfundzwanzig Jahren geändert haben, die in diesem Manifest entwickelten allgemeinen Grundsätze behalten im Großen und Ganzen auch heute noch ...
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Does -istisch, -ismisch translate to -istic, -ismic?

I intend to translate the German term perspektivismische Kritik. It is intended to mean criticism from people with an attitude characterised by its emphasis on perspective. Wikipedia tells me that in ...
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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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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sprachvarietät und einem Dialekt?

In einer Diskussion um "korrekte" Aussprache wurde angemerkt, dass das in Österreich gesprochene Deutsch kein Dialekt sei, sondern eine "Standardvarietät der deutschen Hochsprache". ...

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