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Usage of halber / halben

It is common to use halber to indicate a cause, a reason or an end for something. Der Einfachheit halber hier ein einfacher Beispielsatz. Now 'Einfachheit' is feminine, so 'halber' is ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “drehen” und “umdrehen”?

Kann jemand den Unterschied zwischen den beiden kurz erklären? Sagt man "Das Auto dreht" oder "Das Auto dreht sich". Gibt es einen Unterschied?
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Wann Drache und wann Drachen?

Wann nehme ich das Wort 'der Drache' und wann 'der Drachen'? Ist es egal oder gibt es einen feinen Unterschied?
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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No article - why “Altes Rathaus”?

This page is about the old city hall of Munich. The title is Altes Rathaus and in the text it says Das Alte Rathaus entwickelte sich ... Now AFAIK the indefinite form is ein altes ...
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In letzter Zeit vs. in der letzten Zeit

Does the presence/absence of the definite article change anything? Or is it just the matter of preference whether to use it or not? in letzter Zeit in der letzten Zeit The German-English ...
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Warum sind “totlachen, kaputtlachen,…” reflexiv, und “lachen” nicht?

Hier auf dieser Seite habe ich einen Kommentar gesehen, in dem es behauptet wird, Komposita mit lachen reflexiv seien bzw. reflexiv sein können. Warum?
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Warum lachst du über meinen Freund?

Can lachen über be used only to mean laughing at something? Or can it be used when laughing at a person or situation as well?
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Was bedeutet “in jemandem sterben” in einem religiösen Zusammenhang?

Ich kenne eine Arie von J.S Bach, deren Titel «Stirb in mir, Welt, und alle deine Liebe» lautet. Ich habe das auch irgendwo anders gehört, in dem Text eines Liedes. Was bedeutet das? Gibt es eine ...
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Was bedeutet “ins Blaue gehen”?

Aus dem Buch "Der Hobbit": "doch nicht der Gandalf, der es auf dem Gewissen hat, daß so viele brave Burschen und Mädchen einfach ins Blaue gingen, verrückte Abenteuer zu erleben." Was ...
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“Ihr” as second person singular

I'm reading "Der Hobbit" and in their first encounter Bilbo and Galdalf address each other as "Ihr". I learned that it's either "du" or "Sie". Is it common to use "Ihr", in literature for instance? ...
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If “Plattdüütsch” is a completely different language than “Hochdeutsch” (standard German), then why is it called “German”?

“Plattdeutsch” is closer to Dutch language dialects than to “Hochdeutsch”. Then why is it called “German”? Here’s an example of “Plattdeutsch” on Youtube.
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“Ich mag ihn nicht” and expressing mild dislike of something

I was taught that mögen with a direct object corresponds to don't like or don't care for in English, and I've used expressions such as Ich mag ihn nicht to mean a general but not especially strong ...
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Sein Haus und Garten ist/sind schön

Which is correct grammatically? Sein Haus und Garten ist schön. Sein Haus und Garten sind schön. I tend to think the former is correct by taking Sein Haus und Garten as a singular subject. ...
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Reference for accusative and dative forms

What is a good reference to look at the accusative and dative forms of nouns? I was looking at the word Wille in the dictionary, and while in this case I can deduce from the examples that the ...
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Invariant form of adjective “genügend”

The dictionary lists genügend as an invariable adjective, meaning that (as I understand) it cannot be inflected. Ich habe genügend Geld. (not genügendes Geld) Is there a reason why this ...
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Präposition für fliegen

Ich weiß, dass dieser Satz richtig ist: Im Sommer fliege ich in die USA. Kann ich auch sagen: Im Sommer fliege ich nach den USA. Gibt es andere präpositionen, die ich benutzen kann?
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Why “ein Uhr” and not “eins Uhr”

Why is it that "one o'clock" is ein Uhr and not eins Uhr? It is understandable that it's not eine Uhr, since we're not referring to one clock. But why is it that we're just using ein here?
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Aural comprehension of German media [closed]

I am a native English speaker who has scant practice with listening to spoken German except via Internet radio and DVDs from Amazon.de. I have noticed that some shows at the same intellectual level ...
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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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Translation of “That must have been a year ago”

A: Remember when we had dinner together at that restaurant? B: That must have been a year ago! To translate: A: Erinnerst du dich, als wir zusammen Abendessen in diesem Restaurant ...
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Searching for shopping items in German

Question: Does anyone have any advice, or know of websites or other resources that could inform me, on how Germans do web searches in their language? Background: We have a search engine for large ...
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How to use the verb “pflegen” with the meaning of - being used to do something?

How to use the verb "pflegen" with the meaning of - be used to doing something? Example - How to say My grandmother is used to taking a nap every afternoon.
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Is there any other way to say “I don't care” in German

Is there any other phrase to express "Das ist mir egal" (I don't care) in German?
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When to use which preposition with “gehen”? “in” vs “zu” [duplicate]

I've always been confused about this: Ich gehe zur Haltestelle Einsteinstraße. Ich gehe in die Bank. Is there a rule on when to use zu/in with gehen?
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Which online course for learning German can you recommend?

I got a place at a German university and I would like to learn some essentials from the scratch during the summer. My main concern is to be efficient while learning. I don't mind paying for an online ...
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“In Kontakt, in Zukunft” without article?

I usually hear Wir bleiben in Kontakt. rather than Wir bleiben im Kontakt. and also in Zukunft rather than in der Zukunft Is there a reason why these words are not used with a ...
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Purpose of “mich” in the following translation

If I wanted to say "I look bad like you" Ich mich schlecht aussehen, wie dich. I don't know if it's correct, but my doubt is what's the purpose of mich in this situation?
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Omit one of double dative case using “und” sentence connection

I am unsure if this is correct German: ... bei der die einfache Verknüpfung von und die Interaktion mit Entitäten gewährleistet ist. Here "Entitäten" is the dative case and I omitted it just ...
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Programming: Verb for #include, build in Diploma thesis

For my diploma thesis in engineering I describe some programming. One thing is that I want to describe which libraries can be included. The German inkludiert sounds very old. Eingefügt does not get ...
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“To have a haircut”

How would you say I had a haircut yesterday. Would it be (a) Ich hatte gestern ein Haarschnitt. or (b) Ich habe mir gestern die Haare schneiden lassen. Which one sounds more natural? ...
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Zugehörigkeit ausdrücken ohne »von«

Meine Frau und ich besitzen gemeinsam (zu gleichen Teilen) eine Wohnung. Ich kann also, während ich Gäste durch die Wohnung führe, folgende Sätze sagen: Das ist die Wohnung von meiner Frau. ...
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using “beenden” for “einen Kurs”

I want to say my german course will be in 7 July to end. Can I use beenden for these purpose? Mein Deutschkurs wird am 7. July beenden. If not, what would be the correct verb for this means?
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Konjunktiv II expressing likelihood vs. expressing unreal event

I tried to ask a question about the two meanings of Konjunktive II with a modal verb, but chose a bad example which led the discussion astray. Let me try a better one here. Look at the English ...
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How to colloquially refer to things written on the blackboard?

English text below. Manche wunderbare Vortragende, die auf Englisch wärend der Vorlesung bzw. während des Vortrags über Mathematik u.ä. an der Tafel schreiben, sagen oft „this guy“ anstelle des ...
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Übersetzung für “Badger cull”

Der "Badger cull" oder auch "- culling" beschreibt die systematische Jagd auf Dachse um deren Population drastisch zu minimieren (siehe Link für weitere Details). Ich habe allerdings Schwierigkeiten ...
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How to include an English word in a German sentence? [duplicate]

I am currently writing my master thesis in computer science. The thesis is written in German, but due to the subject a lot of words are English. The thesis is about the deployment of an application ...
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Konjunktiv II with passive in perfect and modal verb

The English sentence He must have been killed. can mean two things: (1) He is now dead. It is likely that he has been killed. (2) He is alive. He deserves to be dead, but he isn't. (similar to ...
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Doubt about a sentence translation and word order

I wanted to say I read your profile and I see that you are in America. So in German, I wrongly translated as Ich lese dein Profil und ich kann du bist in Amerika sehen. Someone ...
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Does the ending “-a(c)ke” lead to a pejorative?

I have two options when knowing a taboo word: either I keep it as taboo or I ask, if I want to understand a pair of fine points of German. Whence this question, which is mostly based on a ...
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Would you find it polite if your doctor sent you a payment reminder letter like this?

My doctor sent me a payment reminder letter. Normally we are given 30 days to pay and a reminder letter will be sent out after 40-50 days. But this doctor gave me only 23 days in a vacation season and ...
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What's the relationship between “Fehler” and “Befehl”?

The two seem to have pretty different meanings, one meaning a mistake and the other meaning an order. The usual "be- as transitive marker" explanation doesn't really seem to help here either. What ...
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Can native German speakers identify each other's dialect even if they are speaking “Hochdeutsch”?

If yes, how? For example, what are the strongest markers to differentiate between bairisch and frankisch first language?
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-(i)al oder -(i)ell bei Suffigierung?

Mein größter Fehler bei der Suffigierung deutscher aus Nomen abgeleiteten Adjektiven ist die Wahl zwischen -ial oder -iell. Z.B. heißt es potenzial oder potenziell? (Ich weiß nun welches richtig ist, ...
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Good German phrase for “lone wolf”? [closed]

I am looking for a good German word(s) for the English "(a)lone wolf". Practically I am looking for not only a simple dictionary translation, but for a secondary/metaphorical meaning as well, if it ...
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Are the words Deutsch and Durch homophones?

I searched for the answer to the question on Google.com and also on Bing.com, but wasn't able to find an answer. Whenever I have heard these words on Youtube.com, or on my Duolingo app, I am not able ...
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Can “wo” have a temporal meaning? [duplicate]

Examples: Das war der Tag, wo wir in den Urlaub gefahren sind Die Zeit, wo wir froh waren Is this temporal usage of "wo" correct?
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Translation of “to agree with something” with “zustimmen”

How would "I agree that..." be best translated? I've found all the following versions: Ich stimme dem zu, dass ... Ich stimme dazu, dass ... Ich stimme zu, dass ... Is one of them better? Are all ...
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Ist „ob … oder nicht“ eine Wiederholung?

Als nicht-Muttersprachler ist es kaum möglich zu merken, wann man in eine Redundanz gerät. Diese Frage geht um den richtigen Gebrauch der Subjunktion ob. Wenn man mehr als zwei Möglichkeiten hat, ...
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“Für einen Apfel und ein Ei.” – Woher genau kommt diese Kombination?

Für einen Apfel und ein Ei Ich weiss, dass das im Endeffekt billig oder günstig bedeutet. Ich habe mir das aber Ernährungstechnisch mal angeschaut und Apfel+Ei ist gar keine so schlechte ...

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