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what is the meaning of “gier und gar” in poetry?

I am trying to understand the meaning of the idiom "gier und gar." I have serched per word and in the internet it is not clear.
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What is the meaning of “bissig und böss” [closed]

In working on a translaion I would like to know if "bissig und böss" could be interpreted as "caustic and naughty" in relations to animals?
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Must one use ‘wir haben’ to express the date rather than ‘es ist’?

In my exercises I’m reading through it says: Wir haben den dritten Oktober — It is the third of October Is this the common way to express the date in German? would no one say: Es ist der ...
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Difference between century names

Why does German prefer the ordinal century names (18tes Jahrhundert/18th century) and almost never uses cardinal numbers (1700er [Siebzehnhunderter]/1700s [seventeen hundreds])?
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How do you write “The cold and lonely nights”

I believe it is "die kalten und einsam Nächte" but honestly I'm not sure if the arrangement of the sentence is correct, and if the word "einsam" means lonely
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German word for “queue ticket”

When you go to an office you get a ticket with a number. You have to wait until your number is on a display. I want to know the German word for this ticket.
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How to build a German sentence with three verbs?

How would I build a German sentence with three verbs? For example I will begin speaking German today. with the verbs werden, beginnen, and sprechen. Is this translation sentence correct? ...
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Is “Weltschmerz” an untranslatable word?

Sometime I come across lists of untranslatable words like this one. It states that Weltschmerz is a word that cannot be translated to English, but searching for it in Duden it gives me a lot of ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen «im Moment», «im Augenblick» und «vorerst»

Im Moment bin ich im Park und trainiere meine Arme mit meinem Freund Johan. Im Augenblick bin ich im Park und trainiere meine Arme mit meinem Freund Johan. Vorerst bin ich im Park und ...
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distinguishing between I want food, and I want to eat?

How can you differentiate between I want to eat: Ich will essen. And I want food: Ich will Essen. during conversation, in written form it is only the capitalisation of the noun the makes ...
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Alternative expression of equality other then “wie”

I would like know are there other words to express thing's equality rather than "wie". Following are translated like in examples but in some "wie" is missing, are there other comperative words like in ...
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Geld, das man vor der Frau versteckt

Im Polnischen existiert das Wort zaskórniaki, welches Geld bezeichnet, das man(n) vor seiner Frau und Familie versteckt, um sich dafür etwas zu gönnen. Als deutsche Übersetzung habe ich Biergeld und ...
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Exportieren an Ägypten

Ich habe folgende Überschrift im Spiegel Online gelesen und mich gefragt, ob diese Korrekt ist Trotz Verbot: Zwölf EU-Staaten exportieren Waffen an Ägypten Soweit ich weiß müsste es [...] ...
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E-Mail | Mit freundlichen Grüßen Alexander und Anja oder Anja und Alexander?

Wie der Title schon sagt, würde ich gern wissen, in welcher Reihenfolge ich die Namen schreiben soll. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Alexander und Anja oder Mit freundlichen Grüßen Anja und ...
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Wortstellung von „Weder… noch“ + „dass“

Was ist die richtige Wortstellung für „weder... noch“ mit „dass“? Gilt „weder dass... noch dass...“? Z.B: Ich werde nicht bestreiten, weder dass Trump rassistisch ist, noch dass seine Anhänger ...
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Verb für mehrere Subjekte: Wann funktioniert diese Ellipse?

Ich bin auf folgenden Satz gestoßen, dessen Art ich nie (bewusst) gesehen hatte: Mir fiel ein, dass ich ihn später noch einmal bei einem jour fixe zu Hause getroffen, er mich flehend und ...
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Question regarding the irregularity of “bekommen”

Why does the second and third person singular and second person plural of bekommen not follow the convention of adding an -e- before the personal endings in the Simple Present tense? Does it have to ...
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Do Germans understand the Dutch language?

I would like to ask if a native German speaker can understand a Dutch speaker with fluency or at least to have a normal conversation
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What is the correct way to state “study abroad” in a sentence and in a CV?

I'm writing about study abroad for a homework assignment. I have done some looking around, and it seems that there are several ways to talk about study abroad. I read that Auslandssemester is for a ...
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Are “Ende” and “Schluss” synonyms?

is there any difference between "das Ende" and "der Schluss" in meaning? Can it be used interchangeably as synonyms?
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Feiertage und Urlaubstage

Könnte mir jemand folgende Wörter erklären? Ich habe im Wörterbuch gesucht aber noch nicht verstanden Sind diese Wörter Synomyne ? Feiertage und Urlaubstage
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Word order in composite sentences involving reflexive verbs [duplicate]

In this sentence, Denken Sie jetzt aber nicht, dass sich in deutschen Landen alles um das Essen dreht! I'm confused as to why sich is occupying that position. I am aware that when dass is involved, ...
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Unterschied zwischen “gehen” und “ergehen” [duplicate]

Ich habe schon einen Artikel gelesen, in dem dieselbe Frage gestellt wurde, aber ich hätte gerne eine Klärung, denn ich darf noch nicht Kommentare schreiben. Ist es richtig, zu sagen, dass "gehen" ...
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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “GETRIEBEÖL WECHS NÄCHSTE WART.”?

This looks like a TV series, and here is the 2nd season :). You may look at the previous one to read detailed information about my car and the 1st occasion where I looked for the sense of its ...
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Heucheln so, als ob vs tun, als ob

Er heuchelt so, als ob er alles wüsste. Er tut so, als ob er alles wüsste. Kann man sie austauschbar verwenden? Wenn ja, werden sie einen großen Unterschied haben?
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Which one is used more widely for “Jump” in software interfaces : “Sprung” or “springen”

I know that I can directly use the english word but I'm trying to use generally accepted and agreed german terms in the german translation of our software. Our developers missed some of the button ...
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German word for “Binge TV watching ending depression”

Germany has a wonderful ability to make compound words for things not found in other language. There is a modern experience I would like to know how to say with a German word. Binge TV Watching ...
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How to say that any appointment time fits me

I’m trying to figure out how to say that any appointment time fits me in German. So I start with usual: Ich möchte gerne einen Termin vereinbaren. And then I know how to specify a time like so: ...
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“Besagen” and “sagen” in a poetic context

I am translating the following piece of poetry Nightingale said it to flower, and flower said it to spring, what stars heard as a whisper from night’s silver fling: “The World for the lovers, ...
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What is the best DE-PL offline Android dictionary [closed]

I'm already using pons dictionary, but it is slow and needs internet connection. Thats why I'm asking you, what is the best DE-PL offline Android dictionary ?
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Can I switch to the du-form myself when I am addressed as “du”?

I am an undergraduate and will be staying with a host family in Mannheim for to learn German. I have never met the host family before and I see them as senior to me, so I used the Sie-form when I ...
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1answer
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“Tiere sind auch nur Menschen”…what's therole of “nur” on this phrase?

I was watching the 10th episode of "Extra" and on minute 2:41 they say the phrase "Tiere sind auch nur Menschen" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaW3bWuwgL0 I translated the phrase on Google ...
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What is the difference between MarburgLand and MarburgStadt?

I'm doing some research and I've come across two regions MarburgLand and MarburgStadt. What is the difference? The context of this is regional listings in https://www.archion.de. I'm trying to find ...
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Aussprache von »Gluten«

Kurze und einfache Frage: Wie wird das Wort »Gluten«, mit dem ein Eiweißstoff bezeichnet wird, der in vielen Getreidesorten zu finden ist, richtig ausgesprochen? Zur Auswahl stehen: [ɡluˈteːn], ...
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How can “Pflaster” also mean “place” or “city”?

The main definition of das Pflaster is: plaster pavement band-aid How is it then possible to use it to mean place and city, such as in ein teures Pflaster – an expensive city/...
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What is the English translation for the Hessische Wort “Ger”?

In Hessen, people often use the word "ger" at the end of sentences, as in ** "Danke ger!" "Weißt du, ger!" ** Definitely know it is an exclamatory expression. Is there any translation in ...
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What is the German word for “you can't change the user experience because your users are used to it”?

I was working with a website designer in Sydney who had just worked in Germany. We were talking about a website features we wanted to remove and replace with new ones. We came across a scenario ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen diesen zwei Sätzen?

Ich kann den Unterschied zwischen diesen beiden Sätze nicht finden: 1) Das Buch wurde 1959 veröffentlicht. 2) Das Buch ist 1959 veröffentlicht worden.
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How to write 7-digit numbers in German words? [closed]

It would be very helpful if you solve 3598462.
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Welchen Modus kann das Wort „sei“ haben?

Mir ist klar, dass das „sei“ in Sätzen wie „Sei ruhig.“ ein Imperativ ist. Allerdings taucht das Wort auch in Sätzen auf, in denen man es (zumindest umgangssprachlich) mit „wäre“ ersetzen könnte: „...
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On the pragmatic focus and emphatic force of „aber“ in a sentence

I read this example in Duden’s Richtiges und gutes Deutsch: Sie hörte Schritte, es öffnete aber niemand. Which sentential constituent does aber focus on: the verb öffnen or the subject niemand? ...
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1answer
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How to adjust the word order of the following sentences to a more common style?

I read in a grammar text this sentence: Wir kränkelten; krank (aber) durften wir nicht heißen. Leaving out the focal effect of aber from consideration, I am wondering which one of the following ...
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Which are the top 10 most important verbs to learn in German? [closed]

I'd like to focus on that at first and then continue to incorporate more...I'm self studying using various resources from the internet(youtube, tv shows, bilingüal books, whatever comes at hand)... ...
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1answer
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is this the right word for gratuitous?

Unentgeglich is a word I can't find in dictionaries but have heard used. I think I have spelled it right. Can it be used to mean something is cost free?
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1answer
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Female dative case [duplicate]

I am translating the phrase "With a magnificent view". I was expecting it to be "Mit einer herrliche Aussicht" However my book indicates it to be "Mit einer herrlichen Aussicht". I know in the ...
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Warum benennen die Deutschen Filmtitel um? [closed]

Ich habe schon vor einiger Zeit bemerkt, dass Originalfilmtitel in andere Sprachen übersetzt werden. Aber scheinbar machen nur die Deutschen das bis zur vollständigen Unkenntlichkeit des ...
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1answer
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How to restore the following elliptical constructions into a complete sentence?

Here is a dictionary example : Er arbeitet langsam, dafür aber gründlich. I think the second part dafür aber gründlich is an ellipsis of a complete clause and I'd like to know what the complete clause ...
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1answer
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How to render the following sentence with a proper emphatic construction into German?

Could this sentence ''I didn't buy this book, but borrowed it'' be rendered as follows: nicht kaufte ich das Buch; aber ich borgte es I am particularly unsure how to render not buy and borrow ...
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meaning of phrase “krank … heißen”

I read in my grammar text the following example sentence: Wir kränkelten; krank aber durften wir nicht heißen. I have difficulty with the second clause, especially with this phrase krank heißen. Could ...
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1answer
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Volume Units – how much is EL?

I have bought a product. In the use instructions, it is said to add 3 EL Wasser und 3 EL Öl Now, I did a little bit of search, and EL definitely is not short for Exaliter. How much is it then?

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