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“machen anzufangen” vs. “anfangen zu machen”

I was sure that Ich habe vor, die Hausaufgabe machen anzufangen. was right. Nevertheless I've heard Ich habe vor, die Hausaufgabe anfangen zu machen. from a good source. Assuming that ...
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Ist “mein Deutsch” a “correct” phrase?

Obviously in English, you can say stuff like "My German is terrible," or equivalent. But how is it in German? Is the following expression "correct"? Mein Deutsch ist gut / schlecht / verbessert ...
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Finance metaphors for relationships [closed]

I've recently read that there are quite a few metaphors describing relationships between humans that are taken from the financial sector. However, examples were very scarce. The best one being ...
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Case confusion: “der ausgefüllten Dokumente” or “die ausgefüllten Dokumente”

I would like to reply to an email in formal context. I have doubts regarding the German counterpart of the English phrase: Please find attached the completed documents. Is the German phrase ...
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Menschen vs Leute

Is the same to say Menschen and Leute? When are they exchangeable? I've heard that if you know the people you use one of this words, but I don't know which. (And I don't know if what I've heard is ...
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Classic German Literature

I´m looking for a book on German Literature, describing its history the differents phases and currents, something rather exhaustive and "umfangreich". Is there a classic textbook ? (like for example ...
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What is an equivalent of English “piece of cake”?

How do you say in German something that is easy to do. I have found "ein Klacks" in my dictionary, but I have a great doubt about the meaning of the word and how to use it.
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Gibt es eine deutsche Übersetzung zu „friend zone“?

Ich habe zumindest „Freundeszone“ (erste Google-Treffer) noch nie gehört. Ein Wikipediaeintrag existiert für Englisch, Spanisch, Portugiesisch und Russisch.
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What should be correct translation for “it's me”?

As far as my little German goes, translation for this should be - Es ist Ich. But here it says - Ich bin's. Is my translation correct ?
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Hochdeutsch und Luthers Bibelübersetzung

Ein Deutscher hat mir einen Grund dafür genannt, warum man in Hannover (und in dessen Nähe) Hochdeutsch spricht. Es habe damit zu tun, dass Luther in diesem geographischen Gebiet die Bibel übersetzt ...
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Wie schreibt man Dezimalbrüche in Worten?

Man hat mich gefragt, wie man Dezimalbrüche in Worten schreibt. Aber ich weiß es nicht und konnte auch nichts im Netz finden. Schreibt man die Zahlen nach dem Komma einzeln? (z.B. eins Komma eins ...
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Seltsamer Genitiv

In einem Theaterflyer las ich neulich folgendes: Ein Stück über Blüte und Fall eines von uns Darüber stolpertete ich. Meine Freundin auch. Es klingt nach wie vor falsch für uns. Ist das ...
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Tage wie diese/dieser/diesen

I've stumbled across two German songs with similar titles. First is Tage wie diese with phrases like: Tage wie diese (plural nominative?) Tagen wie diesem and second is Tage wie dieser with: ...
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Difference in pronunciation “Seiten” vs “Saiten”

I have found in one learning lesson that there is a difference between two words mentioned in title. But I can not find any audio evidence of this. Is there a real difference or it can be neglected in ...
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Why is it “den zwei Autos” and not “die zwei Autos”?

I've come across the sentence Ich stehe zwischen den zwei Autos Google also gives me much more results when searching den zwei Autos than when searching for die zwei Autos. I've also found ...
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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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Is this sentence a run-on sentence?

Is the following a run-on sentence? Is there even such a concept in German? Was wir machen, hängt von euch ab, vor allem soll es darum gehen, euch zu zeigen wie ihr Verschlüsselung benutzen könnt, ...
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Which of these two is the correct translation for “Silly me”?

Me is nominative here. So what it should be? Bin ich dumm! or Dumm ich!
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Über den Ursprung der zu „einen Vogel haben“ zugeordneten Geste

Anstelle folgender Aussagen: Du hast einen Vogel, bei dir piept es wohl, usw. macht man manchmal eine Geste. Ich erkenne nur folgende Zeichen. Zeigefinger zur Stirn, genau wo die Schläfe ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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Servus mitanand?

What does Servus mitanand mean? I have looked at Google and can not find any translation of this phrase. I know that servus is kind of greeting. But what does the phrase mean and what is the origin? ...
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Why “Ich habe Hunger” and not “Ich bin Hunger”?

The sentence Ich bin Hunger translates to I am hungry, which seems right, whereas Ich habe Hunger translates to I have hunger. Why do Germans own or possess hunger?
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How would you say “valid from [a date] onwards”?

I'm not quite sure how to say the following in German, despite googling and looking at dictionaries for a while. Call me (from the 20th onwards) I basically want to tell the recipient of the ...
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Which common mistakes do Spanish native speakers studying German make?

Although the title might sounds subjective, let me prove firstly that it isn't so: If the title would be Question. Which common grammar mistakes do Russian native speakers studying German as a ...
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1answer
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What is the meaning of (something which sounds like) “nö”, “ne” or “no” at the end of a sentence?

I commonly hear people saying something like: Aber du wirst mir noch den Rest heute bezahlen, ne? Heute fühle ich mich nicht wohl, ne! oder Versuch es anders, ne! I've ...
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“Willst du mich für dumm verkaufen?” Is saying this rude?

I just want to know how to show skepticism towards something that, in my opinion, is obviously false (or a joke). I think that with friends, I would say Na, du willst mich verarschen. ...
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Most efficient way to learn German? [closed]

There have already been a few duplicates regarding how to learn German efficiently; however, my question may be a slight variant. (If it's not distinct enough, please let me know and I will delete.) ...
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Why isn't accusative used in the sentence “Wann macht der Supermarkt auf?”

According to the dictionary, aufmachen is used with accusative: etw.Akk. aufmachen Then why is Wann macht der Supermarkt auf? Instead of Wann macht den Supermarkt auf? For example ...
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Einen Satz mit «dass» anfangen

Das ist etwas, dem ich oft begegne, aber nie ganz verstehe. Was bedeutet es, wenn man einen Satz mit «dass» anfängt? Ich lese jetzt einen Artikel, der um den Streit um das Made in Germany Label geht ...
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Kann das Wort “Entschuldigung” eine Frage oder Bitte einleiten?

Ich bin Italienerin und arbeite seit kurzer Zeit in Deutschland. Bisher habe ich immer Entschuldigung gesagt, wenn jemand vor mir stand und ich durchgehen wollte... also so wie auf Englisch ...
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Betonung von Mephistopheles

Ich habe hauptsächlich die Variante gefunden, in der das o betont wird, aber es gibt einige, die behaupten, dass die Betonung auf dem vorletzten e liegt (Betonung auf o und e: 1, Betonung auf o: 2). ...
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How do you say “I walked in the park” in German?

How do Germans say "I walked in the park/in the woods yesterday"? My dictionary translates to walk as (spazieren) gehen and laufen. I thought to walk, as in I walked in the woods, didn't indicate a ...
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Stellungnahme mit “Meiner Meinung nach”

I 'm about to complete B1 (Yay!) and Goethe Institut has changed the examination pattern from this year on. We're supposed to write a Stellungnahme in Teil schreiben and I wish to write my answer in a ...
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Why isn't the verb separated in “Wenn du aufstehst”?

I thought the translation for What do you do when you get up? would be: Was machst du, wenn du stehst auf? But I've read it is: Was machst du, wenn du aufstehst?
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Etymology of “harren” (wait or await in English)

I am trying to find the etymology of harren (to wait or await). Are there any cognates in English/Dutch/Scandinavian ?
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Wie liest man das Zeichen „§“ vor?

Einfach so. Wie spricht man „§“ aus? Bezieht es sich immer auf Gesetze?
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How to avoid repeating nouns, using an adjective?

I wanted to write Rather than famous writers, I like predominantly unknown ones. in German, and I was trying with Ich mag überwiegend/eher unbekannte Schriftsteller, mehr als bekannte ...
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Meaning of “behind” when translated from German [closed]

I find the following phrasing in software I receive from German authors. There will often be an installation instruction to place a line into a file in a certain location. For example: Where there is ...
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Wie kommst du zu? / Wie kommst du in?

Is there any difference between Wie kommst du zu? and Wie kommst du in? Is any of them more formal? More common? I could think that it depends on the object, but I've seen them both very often, even ...
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Ich meine == I mean?

Today in my German class, I subconsciously said "I mean" and when I apologized for changing to English, my teacher said "Almost, you also say 'ich meine'" in German. Is this expression used so common ...
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1answer
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Are Genug and Genügend Interchangable?

My dictionaries list both genug and genügend as "sufficient, enough, etc." Are there any differences between the two other than one functions as a participle of genügen? Additionally, are these two ...
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2answers
164 views

Software developer positions equivalents in German [closed]

What are the equivalents in German for software developer positions: junior developer, middle developer, senior developer, lead developer?
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1answer
316 views

Kommasetzung und Strukturanalyse bei Verneinung im Nebensatz

Das Thema lässt mich nicht los. Die Regeln sind eindeutig in diesem Satz: Ich warte nicht, bis du kommst. Es gibt zwar eine Mehrdeutigkeit, aber wie ich gelernt habe, ist hier ein Komma, da hier ...
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How come there are two ways to conjugate the same verb? (e.g. erschrecken)

Take, for sake of concreteness, the verb erschrecken: Du erschrickst vor Kakerlaken (du gerätst in Panik, wenn du Kakerlaken siehst) to be compared with Du erschreckst sie, wenn du trinkst. ...
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Eingeschobener Nebensatz bei Modal-Ausdruck mit “gern” - Kommasetzung

Eine Grundtendenz im Deutschen für Kommasetzung ist diese: Pro finitem Verb ein Komma (bei eingeschobenen Nebensätzen zwei). Klar, es gibt Ausnahmen, aber man kommt ganz gut damit durch. Bei ...
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When to say “schönen Tag”, when “schönen Tag noch”?

Just wondering, when does one have to add the noch to the greetings? Does the noch implies that that part of the day (Tag, Abend) is about finishing? I'd also would like to know whether it makes ...
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1answer
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User Experience vs. User-Experience

kurze Frage: im Prinzip geht es um den Bindestrich bei "User-Experience". Im Englischen wird klarerweise keiner geschrieben, ich schreibe meine Abschlussarbeit zum Thema Usability und da kommen eben ...
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“schmecken lassen”: Tuck in?

I am familiar with "Das schmeckt" to say you like the taste of something and I was working on a lesson in DuoLingo.com and used it in context a couple of times. I was looking up how to spell it, and ...
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When to use articles as in “Was für” versus “Was für ein”?

If you say Was für einen Tee möchten Sie? (with article after für), why do you say Was für Kleidung trägst du am Wochenende? and not Was für eine Kleidung trägst du am Wochenende?
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Immer + Akkusativ?

Why is accusative used with ein Pinguin in the following sentence? Man sollte immer einen Pinguin im Haus haben Immer is an adverb, not a preposition.

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