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What is the punctuation rule in this German sentence?

What are my punctuation options here: He said: «When will you come?» or: «When will you come»? How else can I punctuate that sentence to the standards of the German?
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Onten und uben: mistake or on purpose?

"Denn auch onten und uben liegen viel näher beieinander, als uns die SPD und die Linkspartei glauben machen wollen" (source) I haven't been able to find "onten" and "uben" in any dictionary. Also, I ...
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Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with Dativ and when with Akkusativ?

Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with Dativ and when with Akkusativ, or can it be deduced? How to determine if a verb in question induces akkusativ or dativ? If there are direct object ...
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What is the Deutsch equivalent of the English phrase “F@#k me”?

In English I say "f@#$ me" a lot to show annoyance with myself. So, I'm not trying to say "f@#$-me" in the sexual way such as "f@#k-me" boots etc. Is there a way to say this in the German used in ...
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What do you call being “on hold” on the telephone in German?

In the situation that someone (in the room) might ask you, Sind Sie am Telefon? and I am indeed on a call but being on hold, and thus I can still speak while waiting to be put through, I'd like ...
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Synonym für “ob”?

Das Wort "ob" kann zwei Bedeutungen/Verwendungszwecke haben, siehe Duden hier (Präposition) und hier (Konjunktion). Wenn ich nun einen Satz wie folgt konstruiere: Man sollte sich ob der Ironie ...
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What are the historical reasons behind false friends English/German (and reverse)? [closed]

I've recently encountered the verb "bekommen", which, to my surprise, is not "to become" but "to receive". This is one example of a false friend English/German. One other, more evident example is ...
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Placement of the objective subordinate clause

I have this sentence to translate: Your sister has promised to visit me. I tried with: Deine Schwester hat mich zu besuchen versprochen, but I feel it as being wrong. I would also say: ...
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German/English dictionary with native audio for Android?

I'm learning German and I'm not sure who the accurate German dictionary publishers are...in English there are dictionaries that always have too many errors such as Collins. So, what publisher should I ...
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When does one use “von” and when “durch” to form the passive?

I've learnt that to form a passive sentence from an active one, one uses "von" and then one mentions the Subjekt of the aktiv sentence: Hans isst den Apfel. ---> Der Apfel wird von Hans gegessen. ...
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German shows/movies with German subtitles

I've found resources for German shows with English subtitles and vice versa, but I can't find German shows (either serials or movies) with German subtitles. Are there any online resources for this? ...
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Is there a pattern in the formation of compound verbs via prefixes?

Compound German verbs are formed as prefix + basic verb So, if you have the verb X you can have its compounds by adding one prefix to it. I'm asking whether a certain prefix carries always the ...
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When pronouncing ach Laut as an uvular sound, can you trill?

According to the wiki page: [x] occurs after /uː oː/ (for instance in Buch [buːx] 'book') and [χ] after /a aː/ (for instance in Bach [baχ] 'brook'), while either [x] or [χ] may occur after /ʊ ...
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Pronunciation of ‘ich’ in Rammstein songs

AFAIU, the h-sound in the English ‘huge’ is exactly the German ich-sound (e.g. in nicht). But I've noticed in a number of Rammstein songs, it's pronounced as ‘ish’. Is this regional or is it the ...
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Pronouncing bitte vs bitter

In Paul Joyce's German Course, he pronounces the ending of 'bitter' (sound link) with a roll. This is very different from the vocalic r I've been taught, and very different from the pronunciations on ...
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When to use “bezahlen” and when “zahlen”?

Leo shows that both bezahlen and zahlen are translated as "to pay". I noticed that people sometimes use the one, and sometimes the other. So, when to use bezahlen and when zahlen?
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What's the difference between “tun” and “antun”?

What is the difference between those two words? Are they interchangeable? Could you please provide some examples of their usage?
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Nach Hackfleischspieß Art?

Ich war gerade in der Mittagspause und stolperte bei einem Kleinimbiss über folgenden Ausdruck: Döner Kebab (nach Hackfleischspieß Art) Worüber ich mich nun wunderte ist, was dies für eine ...
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Nominativ-Ergänzung und Passiv

Im Deutschen ist es möglich, einen Passivsatz ohne Subjekt zu bilden: Hier wird gearbeitet. Das ist immer dann der Fall, wenn die Aktiv-Situation intransitiv ist. Die Abwesenheit eines ...
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Nouns with 2 genitive forms (-s/-es). When to use each?

Wiktionary lists 2 genitive forms for a lot of nouns (e.g. Berg, Brauch), -es and -s. For these words and others, are these forms interchangeable or are they regional? Or is one more poetic sounding ...
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Difference between “ihr” and “dessen”

If I want to say: “He is their son”, which is correct: Er ist ihr Sohn. Er ist deren Sohn. What is the difference (if any) between ihr and deren in the meaning of their?
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Ist die Redewendung “das mache ich mit links” diskriminierend?

Neulich sagte ich angesichts der recht übersichtlichen Menge an Arbeit zu meinem Kollegen: "Ach, das machen wir doch mit links." Worauf dieser, ein Linkshänder, halb scherzhaft meinte, dass man ...
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Plural von “Szenario”? Szenarien oder Szenarios?

Welches ist die korrekte Form? Ich habe es ursprünglich als "Szenarien" gelernt, meine Rechtschreibprüfung will mich aber überzeugen, daß Szenarios korrekt(er?) sei. Ein alter Duden kennt nur ...
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Your point being?

How would you translate "your point being?". Best thing I can come up with is "Und?". But that only works if the context is there. Is there some more "correct" translation?
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What case for time expressions? [duplicate]

What is the appropriate case for time expressions that don't involve a preposition? Letzten Monat sah ich ihn. (accusative) Letzter Monat sah ich ihn. (nominative)
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Written vs. Spoken German

Some teachers (and their books) are used to emphasize that there are certain structures used in "written German". For instance, I was told that Präteritum is rather used in texts and not so common in ...
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Associate the possessive adjective to a neutral noun

You want to associate the possessive adjective to the possessor (noun). If you have a masculine noun, you use sein/seine/sein If the possessor is feminine, you use ihr/ihre/ihr What about ...
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Chatty expression in German

There are chatty expressions in English, like in the middle of a conversation someone says: [Getting angry] Does it work the same in German? as in [sauer werden] Or such a thing isn't ...
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Präteritum of “sein” in Southern dialects

As in Southern dialects the Präteritum or Mitvergangenheit is often dropped in favor of the perfect tense, I was wondering about some things regarding the "i wår" (apparently the Präteritum of "sein") ...
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Ist “verunmöglichen” Standarddeutsch?

Ist das Wort "verunmöglichen" als Gegensatz von "ermöglichen" Standarddeutsch? Bin darüber schon mehrfach gestolpert, aber das Wort "fühlt" sich irgendwie schräg an.
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Regel für Abtrennung des Vornamens vom vorangestellten Nachnamen

Wo steht die Regel, dass der vorangestellte Nachname vom nachfolgend geschriebenen Vornamen durch ein Komma getrennt wird?
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What is the proper current tense?

I have two sentences which in my eyes mean the same, but I don't know which one is the proper current tense is in German. Zahlung information aktualisieren, I think this means, Refreshing payment ...
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Wie entstand aus “Sicht” die “Zuversicht”?

Schon länger frage ich mich, wie man die Etymologie von "Zuversicht" erkärt. Im Duden wird knapp aufgeführt mittelhochdeutsch zuoversiht, althochdeutsch zuofirsiht Duden und auch das ...
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How should we apologize in German?

The most common phrase in german phrase book for apology would be es tut mir leid or tut mir leid to mean "it does me suffering". From the questions on the difference between "entschuldigen" or ...
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Nummerierung im Text

Welche der folgenden Schreibweisen ist richtig? A) Das 8. Bit wird gesetzt. B) Das 8te Bit wird gesetzt. C) Das 8-te Bit wird gesetzt. D) Das achte Bit wird gesetzt. Im Duden habe ich folgendes ...
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Is the word “Wissenschaft” broader than “science”?

In my German class we were asked to deliver a little "Vortrag über ein wissenschaftliches Thema". I was surprised when more than the half of the students talked about themes which, in English, cannot ...
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When is it necessary to use the definite article?

I have the sentence People search the truth in science meaning that people want science to seek the truth. I don't know why but in English you don't use any article here before "people". Is it ...
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Was bedeutet “gerne” nach einem Verb in der Befehlsform?

Ich weiss schon, was "gerne" nach einem Verb im Indikativ bedeutet, aber was heisst es, wenn es nach einem Verb in der Befehlsform steht? z.B. Ich esse gern Pizza = I like to eat pizza aber ...
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“to make faces” = “Gesichter machen”?

In English we talk about "making faces," "making funny faces," etc. Is this expressed the same way in German? E.g.: Das Baby macht lustige Gesichter, wenn es ein großes Geschäft in die Windel ...
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What is the relative position of complements when there's a time adverb?

Imagine that your mother tells you a story often. What would you say? Meine Mutter erzählte sie mir oft. Meine Mutter erzählte oft sie mir. I know that the temporal complement should go ...
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Vergessen = “to forget” AND “to forget about”?

Kann man irgendwie auf eine Weise "forget about" sagen, die sich von einfach "vergessen" unterscheidet? z.B.: Mach dir keine Sorgen, Kleines! Wir haben dich nicht vergessen! (gesagt zu einem ...
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Difference between “Kind”and “Jugend” [duplicate]

I am interested in not only the literal but the figurative differences between "Kind" and "Jugend" Thanks for your input!
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Can the accusative be in the first position in a sentence?

How would you translate the simple sentence: We write a long letter for our grandfather and a short one for our uncle? I tried as: Wir schreiben unserem Grossvater einen langen Brief, einen ...
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Was genau bedeutet “Akademiker”?

Ich habe einen Artikel gelesen, aber ich wusste nicht genau was Akademiker bedeutet. Ist es jemand, der einen Hochschulabschluss geschafft hat? Oder jemand, der einen Doktortitel erhält?
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Are German people always sure about the declension of a noun?

Talking about masculine nouns, German has the three categories weak/strong/mixed. Then the strong one is divided into three classes for the plural. A noun is placed into a particular category/class ...
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Meaning of “einmal” as adverb

I've commonly heard the particle einmal as an adverb. Does it have a real meaning or is it just bitte? Situations where I have heard of it: By receiving an object Einmal deinen Ausweis, oder, ...
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What is the difference between “versuchen” and “probieren”?

According to my Collins dictionary, both versuchen and probieren mean to try. Are they synonyms?
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Why isn't the adjective declined just as the corresponding noun is? [closed]

Adjectives are divided into three classes according to the presence/absence of an article. But I don't understand why a certain adjective does not simply take the ending of the noun it refers to or ...
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German term for 'Frenemy'?

Has a German term for the English word frenemy been developed? I found a definition through Google: Eine Person, die nur vorgibt ein Freund zu sein. I would say this is accurate, however I'm ...
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“Mindestens” vs “zumindest”. Gibt es einen Unterschied?

Im Internet gibt es keinen klaren Unterschied dazwischen, aber meine Lehrerin hat mich mehrmals dafür verbessert (und danach habe ich den Unterschied wieder vergessen). Könnt ihr bitte auch ein paar ...

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