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“Eine Begrüßung, die es in sich hat” idiom meaning?

I’ve seen what I believe is a German expression/idiom twice, in two slightly different forms: eine Begrüßung, die es in sich hat and die Begrüßung hatte es in sich but I can’t find an ...
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is the pragmatic usage of 'jedoch' restricted to qualification?

I read from Farrell's Dictionary of German Synonyms that jedoch is only used to qualify a preceding absolute statement; however, this seems unsupported by the following example I read in Duden: ...
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Usage and translation of “blitzkrieg”

In English it’s quite acceptable and normal to use the German word blitzkrieg even in other than historical contexts. For example, in the October 2015 issue of National Geographic I read on page 43 ...
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Über die Interpretation von »mindestens sechs Monate[n]«

Folgende Aufgabe führt aktuell zu heftigen Diskussionen, ob nun Richtig oder Falsch die korrekte Antwort ist. Welche Argumente können für welche Seite sprechen?
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Grundgesetz zitieren?

In einem Deutschaufsatz (erörternde textbasierte Argumentation) habe ich folgendes geschrieben: Diese grundlegende Idee ist sogar im deutschen Grundgesetz, Artikel 2, festgehalten: „Jeder ...
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International interpretation of “Public viewing” [closed]

The phrase "Public Viewing" was created and established during the world championships in 2006 in Germany. It describes the viewing of an event (like a football match) in a public crowd. As ...
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Is “vorlagen” a form of “vorliegen”?

I could find no conjugation of any close verbs that include vorlagen. I found somewhere a mention of a subordinate clause form of vorliegen, which I had never heard of before and can find no ...
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German words for “capitalise” vs. “uppercase”

What would be the German words for uppercase (or all-caps; all letters uppercase) vs. capitalise (first letter uppercase)? I know of Großschrift and have a feeling it fits best for uppercase – but ...
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What can be a proper translation for: “degree obtained with Merit”?

In Great Britain you can get a degree with Merit or Distinction from any university when you have high grades. What is the equivalent or translation for this in German?
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Was hat es mit der Trennung von Zwar und Aber auf sich?

Immer wieder stolpere ich beim Lesen von Artikeln über eine Konstruktion, die ich so nie gelernt habe. Dabei wird ein Satz mit Zwar gebildet, die ergänzende „Aber-Partikel“ folgt dann allerdings erst ...
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Der Nebensatz „dass“ und „das“

Einige meiner Freunde benutzen das anstelle von dass im Nebensatz, wie zum Beispiel: Ich wusste es, das du einen Topf voller Gold versteckt hast. Ist es ein Dialekt oder Hochdeutsch?
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Imperatives with separable verbs

When forming the imperative of a separable verb, is the prefix sent to the end of the sentence (as in declarative sentences) or next to the verb? I looked at the grammar exercise book Practice ...
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Is it “Überblick auf etwas behalten” or “Überblick über etwas behalten”?

In the following sentence Behalte den Überblick über deine Lebensmittel. I'm not sure if it should stay like this or if it should be Behalte den Überblick auf deinen Lebensmitteln. I'm ...
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Word for “unskippable”

In advertising, it is possible to have video adverts that are skippable and unskippable. Skippable videos are those that give you a few seconds forced viewing, then allow you to skip the video if you ...
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Correct way to say “this is where something goes”

I'm writing a FAQ for an app and not quite sure if this is written correctly: Hier kommen gekaufte Listeneinträge rein, wenn du die vollständige Liste nicht auf einmal kaufst (answers the ...
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On the usage of “beschenken” or “schenken” in this sentence

I want to translate Give yourselves gifts, then [as a result of that] you love yourselves. into German and so far I have: (Be)schenkt euch, dann liebt ihr euch. (Be)schenkt euch ...
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Why did Heidegger say that, “German speaks being?”

Heidegger was quoted as saying that The German language speaks being, while all other languages merely speak of being. This question may be slightly opinionated, but, if possible, would one be ...
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Komma vor „derart“ in bestimmten Sätzen [duplicate]

Man betrachte folgenden Satz: Es gibt ein x derart, dass … In diesem Satz wird vor derart kein Komma gesetzt. Nun betrachte man aber Sätze der folgenden Form: Es gilt …, falls es ein x gibt,...
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What do these words mean as German language knowledge level?

Can you please help me to know what these words mean exactly as German proficiency level: Foreign language A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2? Because while I’m looking for any job vacancy I see these words and ...
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What is another way to say “it refers to something”

I've created a question using "beziehen sich auf etw." but all my questions became the same.I would like to ask the same question but using different words. Welcher der folgenden Termini bezieht ...
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When do we omit the trailing “-e” in 1st person singular?

When I hear Germans speak - but sometimes in writing too - I observe that the trailing "-e" from verbs in 1st singular person is often omitted: "Ich geh mal schnell zur Tanke." "Ich krieg noch ...
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What is the best practice for gendering in a professional context right now? [closed]

I know Binnen-I used to be a thing, but I am also seeing some other practices like the Gendergap. Which one is the currently least controversial and most widely accepted?
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What time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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How did the polite form “Sie” evolve? [duplicate]

In the German language you address other people politely using the capitalised 3rd person plural personal pronoun "Sie", rather than the 2rd person plural "Ihr". The logic behind the medieval ...
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Wie könnte man “spouse” gender-neutral übersetzen?

Das Wort spouse ist im Englischen eine genderneutrale Bezeichnung für den/die Ehepartner/-in. Wie könnte ich es übersetzen, und dabei diese Neutralität bewahren? Ehepartner ist vermutlich am nähsten,...
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Wissen & Kennen

I am wondering if this translation is wrong: Do you know where the train station is? Wisst ihr wo der Bahnhof ist? Should kennen be used here since it is talking about a place?
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Alternative (synonym) to „demokratisieren“ in the sense of „make accessible to common people“

Duden: demokratisieren etwas, was Privilegierten vorbehalten war, allgemein zugänglich, erreichbar machen; z.B. das Reisen demokratisieren I am wondering whether there is any ...
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Is there a colloquial/slang equivalent of “'them's fight'n words” in German?

I'm giving a keynote in Potsdam in two weeks on reputation systems, and I'm looking for a German colloquial/slang phrase for "Them's fight'n words!" I'm using it to represent the idea that people can ...
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Verb for “would like”

I've been using a learning app and this sentence came up, Willst du ins Kino gehen? and the translation is Would you like to go to the cinema?. For all other times möchte has been used for would like....
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Is it necessary to use “werden” in passive voices?

Strategie bezieht sich auf die spezifischen Aktionen, Verhaltensweisen, Schritte oder Techniken, die von Studenten verwendet, um ihr eigenes Lernen zu fördern. I didn’t use werden in sentence above, ...
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What does “Behinderter Lehrer ever” mean?

A recent Spiegel article talks about a 14-year-old who was sentenced for insulting her teacher by posting a photo of him on Facebook and commenting it with: Behinderter Lehrer ever I don’t ...
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What does x do in meaning of “how it works”

I would like know is there a question-answer type in german like following: What does a norm-referenced test do? (Was sorgt ein normbezogener Test für?) It compares students’ performance to ...
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What's the right article for “Issue” in German?

In software development and IT slang, it is very common to adapt English expressions to German language. Beispiele: Ein Bug ist ein Programmierfehler. Ein Commit ist ein eingesandter Beitrag ...
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What is the stylistic device in “Pistolenstich und Messerschuss”

The song Karate by the German rap group K.I.Z. contains the line: Pistolenstich und Messerschuss In this line the second parts of the words are exchanged, since it usually would be “...
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Vertauschen von Haupt- und Nebensatz, wenn Nebensatz ein Lokalsatz ist

Ich habe die folgenden Sätze: Bleib, wo du bist! Er ging zurück, woher er kam. Geh, wohin das Herz dich trägt! Meine Frage ist, ob ich Haupt-und Nebensatz in diesen Sätzen vertauschen ...
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When to use “nachher noch”?

What is implied by the expression nachher noch? In which cases is such term used? e.g Hast du nacher noch Lust mit uns zu kochen? Could the term "nachher noch" have been replaced by später?
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“I have been informed by Alex” in German

Wie sagt man "I have been informed by Alex" auf Deutsch? Könnte die Aussage so übersetzt werden? Ich bin von Alex informiert geworden. Ich war durch Alex bescheid geworden.
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Usage of “aber”, “jedoch” and “allerdings”

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?
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What's the difference between “Taste” and “Taster”?

Reading some user manuals in German, I sometimes encounter the word Taste and sometimes Taster. Is there any difference to a native German speaker?
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Gibt es in der deutschen Sprache das Adverb »endes« oder etwas Ähnliches?

In der deutschen Sprache existiert das Adverb anfangs, das dem Adverb am Anfang gleichen kann, meine Frage ist, ob das Adverb endes oder etwas Ähnliches, das dem Adverb am Ende gleichen kann, ...
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“Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit” or “Ich habe fertig die Arbeit”?

Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit. or Ich habe fertig die Arbeit. if there is more explication for "fertig"
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Wie funktioniert “Das König der Biere”?

Der Werbeslogan "Das König der Biere" (zum Glück erinnere ich mich nicht an die Marke, sonst hätte die Werbung gegriffen) "funktioniert" bei den meisten Menschen - er wird i. d. R. zwar als merkwürdig ...
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Hyphen in “Samstagen, Sonn- und Feiertagen”

I saw this in an official poster: ...in den Nächten vor Samstagen, Sonn- und Feiertagen. Is there any reason behind this not have been written as follows? ... in den Nächten vor Sams-, Sonn-...
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1answer
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Translations for Weather-Descriptions

I am trying to translate some weather descriptions for a weather-application to German. I managed to translate many of them, but I am still stuck with a few. I hope you can help me with it: ragged ...
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“zu” to describe purpose?

I saw the following sentence in a dialogue: Wir sind zum Besuch hier Is this a common construction to describe one's purpose of being somewhere, or doing something? Is there a formal name for ...
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1answer
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Correct way to write sequence of compound words with same ending

I have multiple compound words with the same ending word: Listeneinträge, Gruppeneinträge, Inventareinträge, Verlaufseinträge When I put them all in a sequence, is this the correct way to write? ...
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Warum steht kein Komma vor „derart“ in Sätzen der Form „Es gibt ein x derart, dass …“?

Warum wird oft (fast immer) kein Komma vor derart in Sätzen der folgenden Form gesetzt? Es gibt ein x derart, dass … Müsste es nicht eigentlich wie folgt heißen: Es gibt kein x, derart, ...
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“Das ist eines ihrer beliebtesten Ferienziele.” — Why is “eines” used here?

This is a sentence I found in Assimil, Chapter 37: Das ist eines ihrer beliebtesten Ferienziele. Ferienziele is plural and genitive, so I understand why ihrer beliebtesten is there. But I can't ...
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Where can I find streams of German comedies that include subtitles and are in Hochdeutsch?

What are the best sites where I can find German comedy shows with German subtitles? I'm learning German and am quite enthusiastic about it (more than any of my other subjects). I've enjoyed watching ...

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