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Word order in run-on sentence with “zollen”

Vor zwei Jahren hatte sich Bromeis erstmals auf die 1238 Kilometer lange Strecke gewagt, nach knapp 400 Kilometern aber den Belastungen Tribut zollen und abbrechen müssen. Why is the word order ...
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Sind o. ä. und o. Ä. unterschiedlich?

Ich glaube, dass o. Ä. mit Substanstiv und o. ä. mit Adjektiv benutzt wird. Aber Wiktionarys Beispiele tun dies nicht. Sind o. ä. und o. Ä. unterschiedlich?
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How often is 'zwo' actually used in place of 'zwei'

Just starting learning German and a number of texts I've read say that 'zwei' takes on a morphological change to 'zwo' in spoken speech to differentiate with 'drei'. How often do people actually use ...
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Verb preceding 'aber' in second clause

From Wikitionary: Ich würde gerne mit euch mitkommen, bin aber leider krank. The position of 'bin' confuses me. Is it placed before 'aber' for stylistic reasons? Does it change the meaning of ...
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What is more commonly used, (die Tür) “aufmachen” or “öffnen”? [duplicate]

Is either of those more common (due to some subtle differences)? die Tür aufmachen and die Tür öffnen
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“Hätte sie mehr Zeit, so käme sie mit zur Party” - position of 'mit'

Hätte sie mehr Zeit, so käme sie mit zur Party - If she had more time, she would come to the party At first I thought that 'mit' was the separable prefix of 'mitkommen', but AFAIK in any case ...
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Adverb/adjective role in “”ein überlegen weiter Flug“”

I was reading an article about a German long-jumper who has an artificial leg but won the regular long-jumping event. Now people are discussing whether his artificial leg gave him an advantage. ...
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Relative placement and relationship between clauses

Forgive me if this question is too broad. I think I fairly well understand what goes into a clause. But the relationship between clauses makes very little sense to me. I hope I can quote Wikipedia, ...
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Idiomatic equivalent for “I am afraid, I can't do that”

Is there an idiom which would convey I'm afraid I can't do that Literally translating, It would become Ich fürchte, ich kann das nicht tun Would that make sense?
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Case confusion nominative-accusative

In this sentence (from Beethoven's Choral Fantasy), I do not understand why "Menschen" appears to be in the accusative case: Wenn sich Lieb und Kraft vermählen, lohnt den Menschen Göttergunst. ...
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Replacing the genitive with a “von” construction

When can a genitive be replaced with a "von" construction? For instance: ein Vater der sechs Töchter ein Vater von sechs Töchtern And can the English "of" in the context of belonging ...
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In den Bergen vs auf den Bergen

What is the difference between in den Bergen and auf den Bergen? We say in die Berge fahren and in den Bergen sein. What about auf die Berge? Does it only refer to mountain climbing and getting to the ...
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“To go rogue” in German

How could this phrase be translated into German? I can think of zu einem wütenden Einzelgänger werden or similar combinations with different adjectives, but none of them are nearly as concise ...
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How to start learning German? [duplicate]

I want to start learning German. Are there any online resources that you recommend? I hope that you can recommend a book or two to start studying from. So are there any good texts? Are there any ...
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How to say “That sounds good to me” in German?

I was wondering about the options for saying That sounds good to me or just Sounds good in German. I initially thought something along the lines of "Das klingt mir gut" oder "Das hört ...
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Can someone please translate a German inscription into English?

My son's birthday is next week. For a gift, I bought a 150-year-old German drinking glass with a hand-painted image of a man bowling, and an inscription below. It reads: "Gut Holz ein Hoch dem ...
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1answer
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Akkusativ and Dativ confusion with possession [closed]

In the sentence: Er kommt mit seinem Auto ...it uses the Dativ "seinem". However in the sentence: Ich kaufe seinen Auto ...it uses the Dativ "seinen". Could anybody explain this to me, ...
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How to say “to handover a telephone receiver” in German?

If I receive a call for my friend and he/she is sitting beside me, what should I say in German? In English, I'd say: Just hold on while I give him/her the receiver. or Just hold on, I'll ...
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Differences between “weg” (away) and “Weg” (way)

As you can see in the title the words "weg" and "Weg" confused me somehow. Is the only difference between them the upper-/lowercase writing?
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keiner/jeder vs niemand/alle

When I speak or write in German and need to say something with either no one/nobody or everyone/everybody I always translate it to niemand- or alle- respectively, but I spent 4 weeks in Germany this ...
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“Ich schweig Deinen Namen” - Kann schweigen transitiv sein?

Aus Tokio Hotels Lied 'Spring Nicht': Ich schweig Deinen Namen, weil Du ihn jetzt nicht hören willst. Soviel ich weiß, kann man nicht 'etwas schweigen', weil 'schweigen' intransitiv ist. ...
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What does “bleibt der Abwasch schon mal liegen” mean?

Der Haushalt ist für ihn aber nicht so wichtig. Wenn er keine Zeit hat, bleibt der Abwasch schon mal liegen. Source: "Direkt", LektorKlett, a story about a boy who lives alone
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Difference between “häufig”, “gewöhnlich” and “üblich”

Looking them up in dictionaries gave me this: häufig - frequent, common; gewöhnlich - ordinary, common, habitual, normal, usual; üblich - common, usual, ordinary, normal. I looked online for the ...
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284 views

Capital letter after a semi colon?

I've just learned today that one should use a capital letter after a colon in German if the second part of the sentence could be separated to make a sentence alone. z. B. Ich habe Hunger: Ich ...
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Use of dative after “wegen” [duplicate]

This sentence is from the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Nicht nur wegen Athleten wie Reus oder den Kugelstoß-Assen Christian Schwanitz und David Storl blickt der Deutsche Leichtathletik-Verband ... ...
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Gibt es eine gängige Übersetzung von »premature optimisation«?

Im Englischen ist premature optimisation ein feststehender Begriff für übereifrige Laufzeit- oder Speicheroptimierungen beim Programmieren. Gibt es einen gängigen oder gar etablierten Begriff, der ...
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1answer
178 views

Word order in a sentence

Last week I had an appointment with a notary public. How can I say it? Ich habe den Termin beim Notar am 28. Juli. I feel this sentence is not correct.
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What does the phrase “es reut mich” mean?

I was reading a book and came across the phrase "es reut mich". I am not familiar with the conjugated word of "reut". I understand the phrase to mean "it pains me," but what does it really mean?
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Use of personal pronouns (including the polite forms)

I need some help/sources for grammar exercises regarding personal pronouns. I don't know when to use Ihnen, ihr, ihrem, ihm and so on. For example: Ich habe Sie angerufen, um zu fragen, ob Sie ...
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For a German website: how to translate “call me back”?

I have added a "call me back" form to our website but I'm thinking it might better to translate "call me back" into German. On the other hand I don't think "rufen Sie mich zurück" would be a nice way ...
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Concise way of saying “A list of things”

Thinking from the point of view of an URL/Blog/Page Title. I wish to say A list of things or My list of things. I am not sure whether Dingeliste is accurate and concise at the same time. Another word ...
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Use of the word “had” more than once in a statement in the German language

Even though the question contains the word had, I am referring to any forms of the word have. In English it's easy to think of a sentence which has two haves in it. For instance: I have had enough ...
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Which one of the sentences is correct? [duplicate]

I have a problem with constructing a sentence which has a Nebensatz while using Perfekt tense. Which one is correct? Die Situation hat auf dem Parkplatz vor dem Gebäude, das sich an der X-Straße ...
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What is the meaning of the word “regenfleckige”?

I don’t mean to call for help just for translation, but I couldn’t find anything related to this word using Google. Dict.cc usually has many alternatives to choose from, for the meaning of a given ...
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German Equivalent of “Time Sensitivity”

I am looking for the German term that is equivalent to the English term "Time sensitivity" or "time sensitive nature" in a professional, business setting. I have considered two options, but am ...
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1answer
438 views

Need help deciphering writing on old headstone

I cant seem to read exactly what this says. I am recreating a headstone that was originally made out of white marble in 1888. It has deteriorated badly. I have figured out everything except this last ...
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“Sterben” oder “versterben”? [duplicate]

In Reich-Ranickis Für alle Fragen offen lese ich, dass Nabokov "1977 verstarb". Ist das ein respektvoller Ausdruck für "starb", oder liegt da eine andere Nuance vor?
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Verb for denoting location

I have noticed in German sein is not used as frequently as "to be" in English to denote where something is. The store is on the corner Your poster is on the wall Where is the closest ...
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Using “Ihr” as a formal singular “you” [duplicate]

I set the video game "Torchlight II" to the German language, and I noticed that the characters use "Ihr" as the singular second-person pronoun (for example, "Ihr habt eine neue Quest"). I read ...
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2answers
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relative clauses and relative pronouns

I want to combine 2 sentences with a relative pronoun. Example: Ich habe einen Hund. Mein Hund hat den Briefträger gebissen. Result: Ich habe einen Hund, der den Briefträger gebissen hat. ...
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What are the resources to learn to pronouce words the right way?

I have just decided to learn German. I want to pronounce things the right way. I started with Pimsleur, but when I compared the pronunciation with Google Translate, it was very different. So what is ...
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1answer
120 views

Jemand, der oder die

To what extent is the common usage of "der" with "jemand" considered sexist now, and what ways are most commonly used to solve the sexist problem (if one exists)? An example sentence that I am ...
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1answer
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Wortart von “w”-Fragewörtern in Kontext

W-Fragewörter können je nach Kontext sowohl als Fragewort als auch als Relativpronomen fungieren. Wo wohnst du? Das ist die Stadt, wo Goethe mal durchgefahren ist. Das erste Beispiel ist ...
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Bedienungsanleitung – Alternative zur Überschrift »Für Eilige«

Ich schreibe an einer Art Anleitung, der ein Abschnitt für Nutzer vorangestellt ist, die nicht die Zeit oder Muße haben, sich durch die Anleitung zu arbeiten. In diesem wird eine Methode beschrieben, ...
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3answers
188 views

Site to talk with people from German speaking areas

Is there a good site to talk with people from German speaking areas to improve my German ?
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Best German expression for being metaphorically “rusty”

What would be the most natural way of saying in German that one is "rusty" at a particular skill/language? I have used "verrostet" myself and while native speakers have caught my meaning, I don't ...
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Wie drückt man aus, dass man sich falsch in dieser Welt fühlt?

Viele Menschen, die an einer Depression leiden, haben das Gefühl, dass sie "falsch sind", dass sie nicht zu der Welt passen, in die sie geworfen wurden, und dass sie in einer anderen Welt durchaus ...
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1answer
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What does “umgekehrt” at the beginning of a sentence mean?

This fragment comes from the text about the KaDeWe: Umgekehrt prägen Berliner Luft, Pariser Duft und das besondere Flair der Metropole das Image unseres Hauses. Source: "Direkt", LektorKlett I ...
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143 views

“etwas gegen etwas anderes eintauschen”. Warum nicht 'für'?

z.B. aus 'Ni no Kuni': Eine Stempelkarte gegen die "Springer"-Belohnung eintauschen? Kann man 'für die "Springer"...' sagen?
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1answer
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best choice of words in requesting a reply to an email: zusenden, mitteilen

I need to add a sentence to a letter that has already been translated into German, to say that the recipient of the letter can send his/her evaluation (opinion) either by email or on our website. My ...

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