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Preposition/phrase for “to go outside”

I want to go outside. Do we say (a) Ich will nach draußen gehen. (b) Ich will zu draußen gehen. or others?
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Preposition of “We have known each other for a while”

How would you say "we have known each other for a while"? Is it: Wir kennen uns schon seit einer Weile. Can other prepositions work instead of "seit"? Also, what other phrases can be used ...
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Steigerung von gefährdet

Wie ich gerade bemerke, fasst www.duden.de "gefährdet" offenbar als (echtes) Adjektiv auf, nicht nur als Partizip. Demnach müsste es auch "normal" gesteigert werden (so sieht das auch dict.cc; aber ...
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freuen: with or without “darüber”?

Ich freue mich, dass du gekommen bist. Ich freue mich darüber, dass du gekommen bist. I've seen both forms used to mean "I'm happy that you've come". Is one of them wrong?
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Meaning of “wird eigener Vision nicht gerecht”

Obama wird eigener Vision nicht gerecht. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean "Obama is not upright to his vision"? Also, is "eigener Vision" dative or genetive here?
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what's the difference between wieso and warum? [duplicate]

My grammar book states that both "wieso" and "warum" mean "why" but my friend who lived in Germany for one year states there's a subtle difference in questioning between them but couldn't really ...
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Die Verwendung des Tätigkeitswortes “brabbeln” zur Beschreibung eines Erwachsenen, der einem Baby nachahmt?

Der Vater brabbelt mit dem Baby. Kann man das Verb "brabbeln" zur Beschreibung eines Erwachsenen, der das Baby nachahmt, verwenden? Oder kann man "sprechen" benutzen?
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What's the difference between “endlich” and “schließlich”?

I have up till now used both endlich and schließlich to mean "finally" but I'm suspicious there is a subtle difference in meaning. Can anyone please clarify? For example if I want to say: I ...
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Jugendsprache…again - “Alter”

I have another Jugendsprache question. I was communicating with a few German friends of mine and they were using the word "Alter" in a way I haven't seen before: Alter, was geht?! Which I ...
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“Darum” and the position of the verb

Where is the verb situated when we start a sentence with the word "darum"? What place does the verb occupy? Is it.. Darum bin ich krank. or Darum ich krank bin
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Unterschied zwischen “Angestellte”, “Beamte” und “Arbeitnehmer” [closed]

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen: Beamte Angestellte Arbeitnehmer
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Schreibung von (Klammer-)Ergänzungen

Ich habe meine Zweifel über die "einzig wahre" Schreibweise im Zusammenhang mit wortergänzenden Klammern, zumal ich in freier Wildbahn schon allen Varianten begegnet bin. Sollte man beispielsweise (in ...
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“hören” or “anhören” for listening to opera

"Wollen wir uns die Oper zusammen ___?" a) hören b) anhören From this dictionary, anhören is used for concerts, while hören is used for singers. So, does both work here, or only ...
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“benutzen” or “nutzen” for using the toilet

"Dürfte ich Ihre Toilette ___?" a) benutzen b) nutzen Since we're using an object (the toilet), "benutzen" should work. But does "nutzen" work or not?
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“Sehr geehrte oder geehrter” for companies or institutes

Normally we use sehr geehrte/geehrter for addressing the persons according to gender. How can we address a company/department/institute in a professional email?
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when we use an dem Platz und auf dem Platz (difference)

Ich habe diese Sätze gefunden : Wo ist bitte das Cafe? - Das ist an dem Rosenplatz. Wo ist der Markt? - Auf dem Kirchplatz.
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Are there some mnemonic rules to use correct articles by gender?

I speak Russian. It is quite easy in Russian to determine the gender of the word. The word termination is: o, e = it vowel = she consonant = he Of course there are some exception as in any ...
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“Now that I think of it…”

Wie würde man diesen Ausdruck ins Deutsch übersetzen? Meiner Einschätzung nach wäre es Jetzt, wo ich daran denke, müssen wir nicht bis den 27. einen aussuchen. (=Now that I think about it, ...
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How to write “to toss and turn” in German?

Jedes Mal, wenn seine Mutter sich bewegt, schreit das Baby laut. How do you say "to toss and turn" in German? In my dictionary it's "sich krümmern", yet I am not sure if it is the right verb in ...
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Deutsche Wörter für “cheap”

Du gehst einkaufen und du hast wenig Geld. Ich kenne drei Wörter, die du für cheap Waren und/oder Geschäfte du benutzen könnest. billig preiswert günstig Welchen Unterschied gibt es ...
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What is better - “es würde sein” or “es wäre”

My German friend told me that in speech, either one makes sense: Es würde „cool“ sein! Es wäre „cool.“ But which one is proper German in order to say something like "It would be cool!" ...
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Usage of 'éine' instead of 'eine'

I'm reading "Der logische Aufbau der Welt" by Rudolf Carnap, which is quite an interesting book. But I found something I do not understand. Everytime he writes the numeral "eine" or "ein" etc. he ...
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Translation of “If so”

How do you say "if so" in German? Do you have some time? If so, I would like to speak with you. Would you say "wenn ja"? Haben Sie etwas Zeit? Wenn ja, ich möchte mit Ihnen sprechen.
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Article for “a book or two”

Suppose I want to say "a book or two" in German Ich werde morgen ein oder zwei Bücher kaufen. Is this okay? I'm wondering since "ein" doesn't go with "Bücher". If not, how could I say this ...
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Does the dative requirement go away in the construct “meiner Meinung nach?”

I was reading the following answer on Meta: http://meta.german.stackexchange.com/a/615/2906 And noticed the following sentence: Diese Frage ist meiner Meinung nach ein Duplikat von dieser. This ...
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2answers
894 views

Some - How to say some?

I have not been able to find a definitive answer on using "some" in German. I've seen, irgend- words, etwas (Which I have come to know as something or some + an adjective: z.B. Dieses Kurs ist etwas ...
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“suchen” vs. “schnellsuche” for a search feature on a website

I have typically seen "suchen" and "suche" but have also ran into "schnellsuche". Is there a time when you would use one over the other? and what are some of the differences in how formal ...
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“Empfehlungen” vs “testimonial”

When a client gave us content from their German website, they seemed to use the word "Empfehlungen" as the label on a tab for the page that features testimonials. Is that correct? I ask because when I ...
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“Kontakt” vs. “Impressum”

I am building a contact page for a website that caters to a German audience and was wondering which word makes more sense for a "contact us" page. I was browsing various websites in Germany and ...
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“mir ist etw. gefallen” vs. “ich habe etw. fallen lassen”

Mir ist das Glas gefallen. Ich habe das Glas fallen lassen. Do both sentences mean I (accidentally) dropped the glass? Can these two structures be used interchangeably?
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Wann benutzt man 'sehr' oder 'viel' mit Substantiv und Adjektiv?

sehr adv. Zum Beispiel: Es schmeckt mir sehr. Bill Gates ist sehr reich. viel indef. pronoun, adj. Zum Beispiel: Das Kind hat viel gegessen. Bill Gates hat viel Geld.
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Zero article with countable nouns

I came across this sentence in Wikipedia: Eine Tasse ist ein Trinkgefäß mit Henkel, das vorrangig für Heißgetränke verwendet wird. Ein Henkel is a countable noun. In English, a singular ...
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Wie lautet das Gegenteil von “Muttersprachler”?

Wie der Titel schon sagt bin ich auf der Suche nach einem Wort, das das Gegenteil von Muttersprachler ausdrückt. Meine bisherigen Ideen sind: Nicht-Muttersprachler Fremdsprachler Beides gefällt ...
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How to translate: Some thing 'can go' for some time?

In the following sentence 'can go' is used to express that something will stay good for two weeks. She is saying that when she stops washing her hair for two weeks they still look good. I am puzzling ...
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When you add the article with the preposition “in” [duplicate]

Why is it that there is no article here: Mein Freund hat um 15 Uhr einem Termin IN Hamburg While we see one here: Wo Arbeitet dein Freund ? IN DER Schweiz
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“Jmdm zur Kenntnis gelangen” vs. “Jmdm zur Kenntnis bringen” [closed]

Dieses Ökonomieproblem wurde dem Präsidenten zur Kenntnis gelangt. Dem Präsident hat das Ökonomieproblem zur Kenntnis gebracht. What is the difference between the two phrases? Can they be ...
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Erlaubnis um eine Musikmarke bekommen

Wie habt ihr Erlaubnis um eine Musikmarke bekommen? How did you get a permission for a Music Label ? I am not sure if the words "Erlaubnis" and "Musikmarke" are correct in this context. i am not ...
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“Am Ort” vs “Im Ort” [duplicate]

Ich gehe an den Ort, wo ich mir die Haare schneiden lasse. Das ist der Ort, an dem ich geboren bin Why does the word "Ort" always uses the preposition "an"? If one uses "in" with Ort will it ...
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How to specify “Aunt”, “Uncle”, “Cousin” relative to father or mother, in German? [duplicate]

If we would specify "Onkel", "Tante" or "Cousin(e)" related through the mother's side of the family, can we use: mein mütterlicher Onkel meine mütterliche Tante meine mütterliche Cousine ...
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Anführungszeichen innerhalb eines Wortes?

Auf duden.de heißt es in einem Beispiel zur Regel 8 (die Art der verwendeten Anführungszeichen soll hier keine Rolle spielen, das wird bereits in einer anderen Frage behandelt): In dem Wort ...
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1answer
242 views

Trennbare Verben mit als/wie

I have a hard time with trennbare verbs, I always try to put one part to the end of the sentence. But it seems like there are exceptions: Du siehst heute aus wie ein Mädchen. Er füllt das ...
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Is this correctly translated? [closed]

Is this correctly translated? As far as hair is concerned, some might call mine a blessing. According to women’s magazines and most shampoos, my hair is classified as “normal.” Not too oily and not ...
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“Ich möchte das gerne machen” or “Ich würde das gerne machen”

What is correct, between (a) Ich möchte das gerne machen. and (b) Ich würde das gerne machen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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390 views

Can “da- words” be used for humans as well as objects?

I was speaking to a friend of mine about another person and I almost used "davon" to refer to a human. Is this allowed? For example: I realise it is legal for the following to take place: Ich ...
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3answers
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Do people actually use “ehrfürchtig!” to say awesome?

Do people actually use "ehrfürchtig!" to say awesome or is it old in usage? If not, then what would be more in common usage? I've heard mostly toll, super, prima but what else is possible?
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1answer
214 views

“Ich lerne schwimmen” or “Ich lerne zu schwimmen”?

What is correct, between (a) Ich lerne schwimmen. and (b) Ich lerne zu schwimmen. or both? If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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5answers
569 views

Why does “neu” become “Neues” after “etwas”?

I found this sentence in a German children's book: Jeden Tag entdeckt Katrin etwas Neues. Neues is a noun here? How can that be? I'd think that 'new' was an adjective. As a noun, I found Neue ...
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3answers
298 views

Pronunciation of “R” in the words or verbs starting with “Ver-” in Standard German e.g. “Verein, Verehren, Verachten,…”

the "R" in "Ver-" is pronounced like "R" in the "-er" in "Bruder" or like "R" in french?
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1answer
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How to perform an advanced search of German nouns in Wiktionary restricting both gender and ending?

I hope you could give this question a try before closing it. It's, admittedly, not directly related to German, but if a successful answer is provided, I'm sure it will be useful – at least for German ...
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3answers
645 views

Probleme mit der Definition von „Nebensatz“

Die Definitionen dafür, was genau ein Nebensatz ist, sind zahlreich, doch kreisen sie alle um denselben Kern: Nebensätze sind abhängig. Nebensätze haben Satzgliedcharakter (oder ...

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