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When to use “circa” or “ungefähr”?

Both words can be translated as "approximately". Is there any rule/guidance as to the usage of circa and ungefähr? I have heard circa being used more often and when there are numbers involved (and ...
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“folgende” or “folgendes”?

I am writing test instructions for a website. Which is (more) correct from these two sentences? Testanweisung ist folgendes: Testanweisung ist folgende: I know that it is die Testanweisung, ...
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Particle “ter” in german surnames such as Marc-André ter Stegen. Does it mean something?

I read the football news and I have a non-football question now. Does the particle "ter" mean something in a such kind of german names as Marc-André ter Stegen? Are there other particles?
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“…, nie ohne etwas Neues zu erfinden.” — Bedeutung?

Meine Großmutter erzählte uns Kindern Geschichten, nie ohne etwas Neues zu erfinden.* Was bedeutet der Satz genau? Hat sie jedes Mal etwas Neues erfunden? Oder hat sie niemals etwas Neues ...
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Wasser siedet oder Wasser kocht?

In which cases do you use Wasser siedet and when Wasser kocht? It looks like the two aren’t synonyms.
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Why and when is the comparative degree used to express the opposite?

Looking at adjectives like "alt", "jung", "lang", "kurz" and their respective comparative degree "älter", etc. I get the impression that their sense is inversed. Like in "älteres Auto"/older car, the ...
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'gemeinsam' vs. 'beisammen' vs. 'zusammen' vs. 'miteinander'

Was sind die Unterschiede zwischen den Wörtern: gemeinsam beisammen zusammen miteinander Wiktionary nach sie sind Synonyme. Sind die Unterschiede regional? Ist ein Wort formaler als die anderen?
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Why 'der' in 'Danke der Nachfrage'?

I've read this in a reply to a mail: Danke der Nachfrage! Why is der there and why is not für die Nachfrage instead? And is it genitive or dative? (My only guess is that we are omitting a ...
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How to use verbs when demanding? [closed]

Sorry if this is a stupid question but what verb ending would you use when demanding something? Examples: "Get me a apple" or "Sing me a song".
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Wie sagt man urinieren und defäkieren in der Kindersprache?

Mein 4-jähriger Sohn geht zur Deutschen Schule Rom (die ich selber 15 Jahre lang besucht habe), und daher versuche ich mit ihm soviel wie möglich Deutsch zu sprechen. Aus meiner Kindheit kenne ich ...
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Gender of the subject in a sentence starting with “und”

If I have a main sentence like this: Den Fehler zu ignorieren and I want to connect another one with "und" in that way: und xx zu löschen Which pronoun fits best at the position of xx? Es ...
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When is “sch” spoken like “sh” and when like “s” “ch”?

Regarding the words like Hose, Dose, Rose the pronunciation of the diminutive (Höschen, Döschen, Röschen) is with an explicit "s" phoneme. Opposite to the usual "sch" pronunciation. Is this a rule? ...
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Answer to “Machen Sie es gut”

Sometimes when saying goodbye people would say Machen Sie es gut. or Mach es gut. What would be good answers to this? I can think of Gleichfalls. Sie auch. / Du auch.
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Lateinische oder germanische Etymologie? Drückt „das gleiche Wort“ wirklich dasselbe aus?

Die Liste ist groß, vermute ich: Germanisch - Nicht-germanisch --------------- - ---------------- Erdkunde - Geographie verallgemeinern - ...
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What does “Knallerfrauen” mean?

Google translate doesn't seem to make sense with this word. I found this comedy show that I think It's hilarious, which its name is this word. What does "Knallerfrauen" mean?
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Various colloquial meanings of “Der Hammer”

My question is about the word 'Hammer' in colloquial and idiomatic usage. I have heard this word used in three ways in German: Das ist der Hammer (to indicate that something is cool or awesome) Das ...
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Literary passage: 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of the following passage. Specifically, I do not understand the 'als zu + Infinitiv' construction at the end. Zum Schäkespears Tag [1771] von ...
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Existence of the word “analkoholisch” (antialkoholisch)

I'm wondering if I can use the word "analkoholisch" for things like water, coke etc. This word sounds quite familiar to me, but I know that the correct term would be "antialkoholisch" or ...
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“I can change the way I look at it” translation

The context is: “I cannot change the way I look but I can change the way I look at it.” How could you translate the last part? My proposal would be “Ich kann es nicht ändern wie ich aussehe, aber ich ...
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Use of “so” instead of “laut” or “zufolge”

Take the following sentence as context: Dies sei auch ein Grund, warum die Gesamtkosten bei Anwendung von XXXX zumindest nicht viel höher sein dürften als bei Gabe einer Chemotherapie, so Duarte. ...
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Sprichwort “Meine Mutter sagt mir auch immer die Nachbarn sind überall schlecht”?

Gibt es das Sprichwort "Meine Mutter sagt mir auch immer die Nachbarn sind überall schlecht"?
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Arten von Adjektiven

In einem englischen Paper über deutsche Sprache wird von "attributive and descriptive adjectives" gesprochen. In meinem Grammatik Duden (Band 4 - 7 Auflage) steht, dass es folgende Arten von ...
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Translation of “The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory”

How would you translate The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory I would say Das amerikanische Erneuerbareenergielabor It is correct to write "Erneuerbareenergielabor" as one word? If ...
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Kann „Tandem“ als weiblich bzw. männlich betrachtet werden?

Nehmen wir an, Herr Mustermann macht eine Tandempartnerschaft ab. Er kann wohl sagen Mustermann: „Heute treffe ich meine Tandempartnerin.“ bzw. Mustermann: „Heute treffe ich meinen ...
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Can the indirect pronoun go before the subject?

I often see sentences like Allerdings ist mir der Begriff nicht total unbekannt or Hier werden euch neue Ideen präsentiert I know the rule that an indirect object pronoun always goes ...
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Woher kommt das Negative in “Zustände”

Es gibt in Deutsch zwei Wendungen in denen Zustände per se negativ ist. Zustände sind das hier. Da kriegt man ja Zustände. Seit wann gibt es die, und woher kommt die Negativität?
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What is the difference between “testen”, “probieren” and “schmecken”?

Der Restaurantkritiker hat meinen Kuchen geschmeckt. The Food critic tasted my cake. Can I use probieren or testen in this context? What is the difference between testen, probieren and ...
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Position of relative clause

I have this part of a sentence: ... deswegen hatte ich ein paar Worte geschrieben, über was ich machen kann. That syntax makes more sense, or that: ... deswegen hatte ich ein paar Worte, ...
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German passive construction with 'Spaß' and 'machen'

In German, is there a correct way of saying we have lots of fun using the passive voice? I have trouble understanding the grammar behind this, because German used Spaß with machen for to be fun, ...
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Tricky Sentence Grammar

I've noticed that it's not so clear to me how to translate English sentences that don't conform nicely to familiar German constructions. Here are some examples: It would be better if we would ...
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Woher kommen Begriffe wie “Heidenarbeit” und “Heidenspaß”?

Laut Wikipedia sind Heiden in der christlichen Lehre Menschen, die nicht im christlichen Glauben getauft sind und die keine Juden sind. Laut Duden.de bedeutet Heidenarbeit umgangssprachlich ...
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What's a good translation for “Watch Me Research”?

I have a blog called Watch Me Research, where I publish my research on interesting things, and I've been translating my posts to German, publishing them under a subdomain. I'm still learning German (I ...
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Perfect pangram using only common words?

Is there any German perfect pangram using only common words? The only one that I've found, was in another question here – German Pangrams: »Fix, Schwyz!«, quäkt Jürgen blöd vom Paß. But it is ...
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English Present Progressive and German language

Actually 2 questions: Do English Present Progressive and German Partizip 1 have the same grammatical origin? I mean something like I am thinking. and Ich bin denkend., although German uses it only ...
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How to translate “durch das Bundesverwaltungsamt” from German to Spanish? [closed]

I would like to translate this from German to Spanish durch das Bundesverwaltungsamt It is on my Apostille document which I wish to translate.
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What is the difference between “abschliessen”, “beenden” and “aufhören”?

Nachdem ich meinen MA an der Universität Oklohoma abgeschlossen habe, werde ich nach Deutschland umziehen. After I am done with my masters at Oklohoma University, I'll move to Germany. Will it ...
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3answers
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Using a possessive as predicative

So it occurred to me that, just as one can say "der Wagen is rot", one should be able to say Der Wagen ist mein with the uninflected (predicative) adjective "mein". That should merely mean, that ...
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How do you translate “bless his (little) heart?”

I'm trying to figure out how to translate the idiomatic expression "Bless his (little) heart" into German. The general sense is: "He meant well, but, wow, was that ever dumb!" I don't think the ...
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What is the difference between “zugleich” and “gleichzeitig”?

Ich skype mit meinen Freunden und zugleich surfe ich im Internet. I am skyping with my friends and surfing the internet at the same time. Can I also use gleichzeitig in this context? Or are they ...
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“I should be…” Constructions

I'm not fully sure of how to go about conveying the meaning of sentences like "I should be going to bed now" or "He should be speaking decent English". I think part of my problem may stem from the ...
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What is the difference between “checken”, “nachprüfen” and “kontrollieren”?

Ich muss mal das Haus kontrollieren, ob wirklich alle Fenster zu sind. Can I use nachprüfen or checken in this context? What is the difference between nachprüfen, checken and kontrollieren?
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Good German phrase for the situation that there are too few resources, and too many people wanting it?

For example: "Es gibt zu viele Eskimos, und zu wenige Robben", or something like that.
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Basic German books of novel to learn the language for beginners (1000 words or A1/A2 level)

I'm looking for some easy books to read like the following one which is in English, but I need some in German: link But the search is not very easy since I find a lot of "false positive" like the ...
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1answer
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Sentence from Pimsleuer

I was looking for some phrases to practice German. I'm studying it by some tools and I would like to be able to read that sentence again to avoid forgetting. Do you know any website where I can find ...
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How do you say “to have an oil change” in German? [closed]

Every 3 months i have my car oil changed. Alle drei Monate lasse ich meinen Wagen Öl wechseln. In English, you can also say to have an oil change, where the word "change" is a gerund, and the ...
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1answer
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How do you say “to have a tire rotation” in German?

Tomorrow I am going to have my tires rotated because the tires in front are worn out Morgen werde ich die Reifen meines Autos umstecken lassen, da die Reifen von vorne abgenutzt sind. Does ...
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What's the origin of “Bock haben”/“Null Bock”?

I've heard about "Bock haben" or "Null Bock!" which colloquially means to be up for sth. (or not), but where has it developed from? It seems to have started around 1980 (look at ngram).
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What's the right terminology for “white” and “black” people? / Richtiger Begriff für Schwarz und Weiß

(for English, scroll down) Ich habe in Der Spiegel, Kultur folgendes Interview mit dem aus Kamerun stammenden Kurator Simon Njami gesehen: »Ich finde auch die englische Übersetzung des ...
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What is the difference between “losfahren” and “losgehen”?

The bus driver drove off after picking up passengers at the stop. Der Busfahrer fuhr los, nachdem er Fahrgäste an der Bushaltesstelle aufgenommen hatte. Can I also use losgehen in this context? ...
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Ist „von wegen“ unhöflich?

Ist folgender Ausdruck irgendwie grob, unhöflich oder vulgär? Von wegen! Ich vermute, da ist etwas dran. Diese Vermutung basiert drauf, dass dessen Übersetzungen gewissermaßen vulgär klingen. ...

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