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“To be about” (eg a text)

I've seen different ways to indicate the topic of a text, film etc. Example: "The text is about the war" (ie, talks about the war, has the war as its topic). 1) Der Text geht um den Krieg. 2) ...
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Sie ist in {einen, einem} Mann verliebt - Accusative or dative?

Sie ist in {einen, einem} Mann verliebt. I want to write that she is in love with a man. Should I use accusative or dative? Why?
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Preisrichtertätigkeit [closed]

Living in Germany for quite a while now, working as an architekt, I stumbled over the word "Preisrichtertätigkeit". Anyone a clue what this expression means?
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Word order when there are three verbs in a row without “dass” [duplicate]

I have read this link: Word order with modal verbs in complex tenses and I understand the word order fine when there is dass forming a Nebensatz and thus creating three verbs in a row, for example: ...
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Why do some but not all countries have articles?

I can't understand why some countries have articles for example Switzerland is a die word. Why then, are other countries (Großbritannien) for example, not have an article?
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Wo[hin] soll ich mich setzen?

If I got it right, while wo is being used normally for questions about a position of a state, wohin is being used normally for questions about a final position of a movement. Various clear examples ...
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Warum erscheint der Konjunktiv II für „kommen“ als „käme“, während der Konjunktiv für „brauchen“ keinen Umlaut hat?

Schauen Sie sich bitte ruhig die zu den Verben kommen und brauchen entsprechenden Konjugationstabellen und merken Sie sich bitte die Verben in folgendem Tempus: Präteritum, Aktiv, Konjunktiv II für ...
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Passt dem Verb „entscheiden“ nur die Präposition „gegen“?

Ich würde gerne wissen, ob man immer gegen für das Verb entscheiden benutzt. Beispiel Manchmal muss man sich gegen den eigenen Wunsch entscheiden.
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Is there a dictionary for verb meanings with different prefixes?

So my problem is that I find it a lil bit confusing there are some verbs that changes its meaning with different prefixes and others that would have the same meaning but used in different contexts ...
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Entwerten literal meaning

I am not that good at German, but correct me if I am wrong, 'entwerten' is to do with validating your ticket on public transport. When you look into the meaning of the word, it is 'devalue'. I was ...
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Was bedeutet “wohl”?

Ich würde gerne die Bedeutung verstehen: Dann hast du wohl keine Zeit. Was bedeutet hier wohl?
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Woher kommt “Du daube Nuss”?

German Wenn man eine Nuss knackt und diese leer ist, sagt man, das ist eine daube Nuss gewesen. Daher auch das Sprichwort "Du daube Nuss" (Später zu "taube Nuss" geworden), wenn jemand nichts in der ...
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Ist „tut mir leid“ stärker als „Entschuldigung“?

Ich würde gerne die verschiedenen Schichten verstehen, die es gibt, um sich zu entschuldigen. Die Frage wäre aber sehr breit. Deswegen frage ich nur: Ist „tut mir leid“ stärker als ...
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When to use “zu jemandem sagen” instead of just “jemandem sagen”?

I've seen both the following forms: 1 - Ich sage dem Mann ... 2 - Ich sage zu dem Mann ... The second one seems to be less popular and mostly followed by direct discourse (sentences in ...
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How can 'label propagation' be translated?

'Label propagation' is a technique to classify nodes. So you have a graph and some nodes (in this case the nodes are named with "1", "2", "3", "4", "5" and "6") have labels (e.g. if your graph is a ...
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Why do Bayern and Baden-Württemberg (±RP, SL, HE, TH) share sometimes more words with Switzerland and Austria, than with the rest of Germany?

I hope you excuse the sloppiness of the following description, but I'd like you to realize that only a qualitative approach –instead of a desired quantitative one– is possible. (Otherwise, if you ...
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Wann Anführungsstriche, wann kursiv?

In der deutschen Wikipedia sehe ich, dass manche Wörter kursiv und manche in „Anführungsstrichen“ gesetzt werden. Beispiel: ...Das Wort Haus, ursprünglich „Schutz“ (wie Gehäuse), dann ...
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Word order of “Glücklicherweise hat mich jemand herein gelassen”

I am confused about the word order for Glücklicherweise hat mich jemand herein gelassen. In English, you would say: Luckily, someone had let me inside but then why isn’t the German ...
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Collecting data on prepositions, looking for counter-examples

I’m collecting data on phrases with two-way prepositions. These are the prepositions that can go with either Dativ or Akkusativ case depending on the usage (an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, ...
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Gender of country names without articles

There are some country names with article, like der Iran, die Schweiz, die Niederlande. But what is the gender of the country names without articles? For example, what pronoun to use in the ...
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Translation of “She has a nice look”

“Sie hat eine schöne Sicht” or “Sie hat einen schönen Anblick” or something else? Look in the meaning of the manner of view, or the motion of eyes when viewing.
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Für Luft gibt es “entlüften”; für Gas, “entgasen”. Was entspricht folgenden Gasen: Stick-, Wasser- und Sauerstoff?

Für Luft existiert das Verb entlüften. Dem Nomen Gas entspricht entgasen. Welche Verben entsprechen den folgenden Gasen? Stickstoff Sauerstoff Wasserstoff. Mein Versuch für Nummer 2, ...
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Sich bewusst sein/werden: with or without anticipatory pronoun?

What would one do in this case? Can the anticipatory pronoun just be left out altogether, as in 1 - Ich bin mir bewusst, dass er morgen kommen wird or do we need eg 2 - Ich bin mir dessen ...
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trösten + Personalpronomen im Akkusativ: “Die andere Frau tröstet sie”

Die eine Frau weint und die andere Frau tröstet sie. Can trösten be used together in a sentence with a personal pronoun in accusative?
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How is the verb “singen” used in different tenses?

I have read that "Gesang" translates to "singing" in English. But is that the present tense? The sentence that I am working on is: Sing to yourself So I would like to know the context in ...
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Kann man „tut mir leid“ sagen, wenn ein Dritter den Fehler macht?

Ich würde gerne die verschiedenen Schichten verstehen, die es gibt, um sich zu entschuldigen. Die Frage geht um die Angemessenheit des Ausdrucks „Tut mir leid“ bei einem Fehler bzw. bei einer Qual, ...
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Why is it “der Bikini”? Shouldn't the noun be feminine?

I can understand that some German nouns (e.g. Mädchen) might just always have been whatever gender the noun is, and the explaintion is lost to the mists of time. But Bikinis were invented in the ...
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What are the different variations of the word “workplace” in German and what is their most appropriate context?

I understand that Workplace translates into german as Arbeitsplatz but in America we use variations such as "the office", "the shop", etc. And it seems that much of the context depends on the type of ...
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Wie werden Lehnwörter aus dem Französichen ausgesprochen?

z.B. Chance, Engagement Werden sie wie im Französischen ausgesprochen oder gibt es eine deutsche Aussprache?
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Pronunciation of “Rock” and “Ruck”

Guten Tag, all. I was looking words up on dict.cc just now, and I realized how the two German words Rock and Ruck sound exactly identical – at least to my ears, with headphones on – as I clicked on ...
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The definition of Zusammenfassung: Understanding the cases and its repeated articles

I got this definition of Zusammenfassung from de.wiktionary.org and it is as follows. Zusammenfassung: kurzer Text, der den Inhalt eines längeren Textes knapp wiedergibt. There is a lot of grammar ...
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Differences between “erwachen” and “aufwachen”?

I was trying to read Die Verwandlung in German and in the first lines I encountered this word in this context: Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, ... I'd like to know ...
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Difference between “Wechselwirkungen” and “Interaktion” in the context of social interactions

To discuss social interactions, would which of the two best fit in different contexts. And are there different words that are used if the context is formal or casual?
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Translation of “Get complete peace of mind”

Ich tue mich schwer, diese englische Phrase ins Deutsche zu übersetzen. Als temporäre Lösung hätte ich: »Ein ruhiges Gewissen haben.« Allerdings soll das deutsche »Get complete peace of mind« ohne ...
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Reflexive constructions instead of the Passive in usage?

I find the passive construction quite fun to use. However I had not come across the use of a reflexive construction instead of the passive before. The reflexive constructions sound very unusual to my ...
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Zusagen plus Dativ

Die Anpflanzung der Bäume durch die örtlichen Betriebe ist zugesagt. Ist der Satz richtig? Ursprünglich hieß der Satz: Örtliche Betriebe sagten zu, Bäume anzupflanzen. Warum heiß es nicht, ...
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Noob question about German pronunciation

Let me first give a big fat disclaimer that I essentially know no German at all. Being an IPA junkie I just decided to read about German orthography and (epicfailingly) try to read out some German for ...
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Zur schwankenden Deklination. Kriterien zur entsprechenden Wahl (stark oder schwach)?

Laut canno.net sei schwankende Deklination etwas zwischen starker und schwacher Deklination. Zum Beispiel gehöre das Indefinitpronomen andere zu dieser Gruppe, mit anderem gutem Bier oder mit ...
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1answer
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How to merge a list of sentences with the same subject, containg adverbs, in a single one?

I want to find an equilibrium between the following bad writing problems: excesively repeating a subject (Hans ... Dannach hat Hans... Hans fand x gut. usw.) making a too long sentence (which make ...
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2answers
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How to explain the ending -en in “dem alten Hafenviertel” if we know it's in dative?

In the phrase dem alten Hafenviertel, I have dem which is dativ of der or das, then I have alten which I suppose is the accusative of der and, at the end, I have the noun Hafenviertel which has the ...
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Translating “I deserve more (than I actually earn)”

I have a problem with translating the phrase I deserve more [than I actually earn] Because the only I can find is something like that: Ich verdiene mehr [als ich jetzt verdiene] The ...
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In or im with years and dates

When it comes to dates, I've seen both variants, like these: "Im Januar 2001 wurde das Video veröffentlicht..." "Im Jahr 1905 erschien seine Arbeit mit dem Titel..." "In 1980 schloss ...
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Is there a difference between “Medikamente”, “Arzneimittel” und “Drogen”?

The words "Medikamente", "Arzneimittel" und "Drogen" all seem in the dictionaries to mean drugs or medicines. Apart from drogen which I can understand may have the negative connotation of illegal ...
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1answer
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How to pronounce “ich” [duplicate]

I've been learning German since October 2013. I know at some point I must decided how to pronounce "ich". Any opinions that might help me make this decision? Danke...
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2answers
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What's the name of words such as “Fahrerei”, “Kocherei”, “Putzerei”, etc

I got a bunch of questions concerning these words: What's the name of words such as "Fahrerei", "Kocherei", "Putzerei", etc From which words can they be formed of? Only verbs? All verbs? Are ...
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What's the meaning of this sentence: “Für Ulrike war der Wintersport mit dem Gipsbein vorbei, der Urlaub zum Glück nicht”?

Für Ulrike war der Wintersport mit dem Gipsbein vorbei, der Urlaub zum Glück nicht. I think that Urlike's leg was in a cast by the time the winter sport was over, but fortunately the holiday ...
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Would “Seiten” be common on German websites to communicate the available web pages?

In the footer of our website we want have the option to select the main pages. But the "pages" needs to be translated to the best German equivalent. The literal translation that I found was ...
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Ist „Schande“ in „ach du Schande!“ ein Euphemismus?

Einfach so. Ich höre so oft „ach du Scheiße!“ und manchmal auch „ach du Schande!“ in Kontexten, in denen man sich auf keinen Fall buchstäblich auf Schande als Scham beziehen würde. Daher die Frage, ...
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2answers
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “worden” und “geworden”

Laut Canoo.net ist das Partizip von "werden" entweder "worden" oder "geworden". Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen die beide? Kann man immer "geworden" benutzen, oder gibt es Fälle, in dem "geworden" ...
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Comparison between equivalent words meaning “home” in German if used on websites

In the US we use the word "home" to indicate the main page on a website. This might be exclusive to the English language because I know in Spanish we do not use "casa" which would be the equivalent of ...

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