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Book Title Capitalization

At my work we are working on some software involving the capitalization of book titles. Under pronouns it is set to not capitalize, yet "Sie" is always capitalized. I thought pronouns were not ...
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Pluralbildung von Musketier und Rentier

Wie kommt es, dass Musketier ausgesprochen und gesteigert wird (Musketiere), als würde es sich tatsächlich um ein Tier handeln, während Rentier (Person, die von regelmäßigen Zahlungen aus in ...
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What is the meaning of “Das war das Wort zum Sonntag”?

When do Germans say it? What is its origin?
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Are there Ger-Eng dictionaries not based on machine translation? [closed]

I searched for an english term for Durchhalteparole. 4 different online dictionaries (leo, dict.cc,...) - 4 different results appeal to hold out,rallying call,exhortation to go on,call for ...
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What is the German Word For “Mortgagee?”

The word I'm inclined to use is "Hypothekar," which refers to a lender of a property. But a German teacher preferred "Gläubiger" which, I believe, refers to a "general" creditor. Which of these (or a ...
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Is 30-60 minutes per day enough to get fluent in eight months?

I will be spending May - Sept 2012 in Germany and want to be fluent in speaking and proficient in reading / writing by May 2012. I have started the journey to learning German I am currently using ...
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Are “Schmankerln” always Bavarian?

Is a "Schmankerl" a regional specialty, or does it refer to delicatesses anywhere although the word is used in Bavaria and Austria? Duden and Wiktionary give the meanings "besonderer Leckerbissen" ...
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Is there a difference between “Schuld haben” and “schuld sein”?

There are two expression which a very similar in German Schuld haben and schuld sein Is there a difference in meaning, maybe a subtle one? Why is the first "Schuld" capitalized and the ...
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What are some techniques to get me up to speed with German Grammar?

What are some techniques to get me up to speed with German grammar and sentence structure? I am not great with the "official" terms of parts of sentences. (For example, "infinitive" and ...
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What is the best format to use when writing out dates?

What format of date is appropriate for different contexts (business, personal) in written German, nowadays? Is it the same as in English?
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Distinction “prüfen” vs. “überprüfen”

I just read a technical spec in which I found the following sentence: Weiterhin kann zum Überprüfen der geparsten Dateien ein XML-Schema verwendet werden. which translates into "An XML ...
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How precise is “gegen 8 Uhr”?

I often hear "dann treffen wir uns gegen 8 Uhr irgendwo". How precise is this? Is it ±5 min or ±10 min or does it depend on the situation? Are there other words which means "approximately at eight", ...
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Is “to make one sigh” properly translated as “seufzen machen” or as “machen seufzen?”

This comes from another one of my poems. Both the English and German texts are mine: Yes she was a girl who could make men sigh, For she was the girl (called) the Lorelei. And she was someone ...
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In which situations would you use either “Toilette”, “Klo”, “WC” or “Bad”?

Inspired by this question on the English StackExchange sister site, I'm asking the following question. Which of the following synonyms is suitable for different situations (formal, colloquial, ...)? ...
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Verändern der Wort-Reihenfolge um eine Überschrift (Kurzbeschreibung, etc.) verständlicher zu machen?

Wenn wir in unserem Issue-Tracking-System neue Punkte einstellen, kommt es manchmal vor, dass durch Veränderung der Wort-Reihenfolge die Aussage klarer wird, der "Satz" dann aber irgendwie holprig ...
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“Warum/darum”, “Weshalb/deshalb”, “weswegen/deswegen”, is there a difference in usage or meaning?

We may use "warum", "weshalb" or "weswegen" in seemingly the same way in questions as we can use "deshalb" or "deswegen" in answers. Warum stellst Du diese Frage? Weshalb stellst Du diese Frage? ...
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Does the order of a subordinate clause change meaning?

When building a subordinate clauses we can put them at the end of a sentence, or at the beginning: Er lernt fleißig Deutsch, damit er sein Examen besteht. Damit er sein Examen besteht, lernt er ...
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Is there a difference in meaning or correctness between “anderthalb” and “eineinhalb”?

I remember years ago being taught that “one and a half” is anderthalb, and being corrected when I mistakenly used eineinhalb, but I’ve heard eineinhalb a few times recently on the radio. Any ...
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What are good German language programs for iPad/iPhone?

There are a number of applications relating to introductory German, dictionaries etc. available on the app store. Have people had any success with any of them and which ones are worth trying? ...
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Is there a German analog for the English expression, “It's not rocket science”?

I never heard Raketenwissenschaft in this context in Germany. Is this a case of anglicism, or are there better suited German synonyms for this expression?
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Is this syntax freestyling correct: “Ein Mörder er ist!”?

Which of the following has the proper syntax? Ein Mörder er ist! Ein Mörder ist er! Er ist ein Mörder!
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Is there a reason why Germany (Deutschland) is called so many different things in other European languages?

Excuse me if this is off-topic. When I'm learning other languages, I usually (99% of the time) find that "England" is either the same or very similar in the other language. However, I know at least ...
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Is/Was there a Basic German?

There is a whole Wikipedia written in Basic English. This leads to the question if something similar exists for German. Maybe a type of controlled language for teaching aboriginals a simplified German ...
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Welches deutsche Wort hat die meisten Konsonanten in Folge?

Der Titel sagt fast alles. Ich suche nicht nur echte "im Duden stehenden" Wörter, sondern auch leicht konstruierte Wörter, die aber immer noch einen Sinn haben, würden mich interessieren. Mit Google ...
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Is it possible to have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause?

Can one have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause? What I want to write in English is this: The economic crisis which started in 2007 resulted in mergers and state intervention, which ...
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What is a good way to start learning German?

There is already a question that asks for free resource for learning German. However, I would like to know what resources are good for learning German regardless of their cost. The online sources ...
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A phrase list for the curious case of the Genitivus Absolutus?

So Hendrik answer on my question "Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein" — is this grammatically correct? brought me back to the feared and famous Ablativus Absolutus (at least on my ...
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What does make a question in German (not) rhetorical?

Are there specific terms or grammatical structures that make a question including a statement rhetorical? For example. The statement and question is Ist das römische Reich an seiner eigenen ...
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Gibt es ein deutsches magisches Quadrat?

Gibt es ein deutsches magisches Quadrat, das dieselben Symmetrieeigenschaften hat, wie das lateinische magische Quadrat? SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS Arepo ist möglicherweise ein Name, eine ...
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Sie (you - formal), sie (she) and sie (they) / Ihr (you - plural), er (he)

How to differentiate pronunciation of these words? Sie (you — formal), sie (she), and sie (they) ihr (you — plural), er (he)
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Translation for 'abticken' needed

I couldn't find a match for the german "abticken". What is the word in English for that?
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Is it acceptable to add a “mal” after all verbs in imperative form?

I've heard the structure verb + mal a lot, like: Sag mal, schau mal, warte mal Is it a good style? does it sound more friendly? What's the difference between "warte" and "warte mal"? Is it ...
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Is the “was” in “Weißt du was?” really an “etwas”?

In English, there are two idioms with the same meaning: "You know what?" ("Weißt du was?") "You know something?" ("Weißt du etwas?") The "etwas" in the latter German phrase could conceivably be ...
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What is an “Ablaut”?

My understanding is that "Umlaut" represents the diacritical marks over 'a', 'o', 'u', etc. But what is an "Ablaut"? The topic came up in the comments on this question.
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Could a “Kerl” be female?

Some translations for "Kerl" are "fellow", "bloke", "guy", "chap" and "dude". Most of them are (somewhat) gender-neutral. What about "Kerl"?
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“So wären/wäre es Träume nur gewesen?”

I saw a poster with this text: So wären es Träume nur gewesen? The subject seems to be "es", not "Träume". Why is the Konjunktiv plural? I'd write: So wäre es Träume nur gewesen?
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“Scheiße ist Bargeld”

I know the title is a bit rude, but that's exactly what my question is about. The title is what Google Translate recommends as the German equivalent of "shit is cash". I've often seen the expression ...
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“Queen” vs. “Königin”

Is it just an example of an English word creeping in to use in German, or is there a particular reason why Queen is used rather than Königin? And does Die Queen always refer to Elizabeth II of the ...
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2answers
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Wörterbücher für Fachsprache / Dictionaries for terminology in specific domains

LEO und Co sind zwar für den allgemeinen Wortschatz ganz gut zu gebrauchen. Wenn es aber an die Übersetzung von technischen Dokumentationen geht, helfen sie einem nicht wirklich weiter. Man könnte die ...
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Are Adjectives Sometimes “Stem-Changing”?

Most people that study German learn about "stem-changing VERBs (z.B. singen, sang, gesungen). I don't come across them often, but there appear to be stem-changing adjectives, as well. Example: Gross= ...
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How can we abbreviate a subordinate clause by use of a participle

On Takkats advice i separated this part from this question: "Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein" - is this grammatically correct? A (maybe) possible (but nowadays uncommon) ...
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“Senkenden Hauptes schlief sie langsam ein” — is this grammatically correct?

Especially I would like to know when this is a correct complete German sentence: What type of grammatical structure do the first two words belong to? Is it common to speak that way? I mean the ...
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Synonyme für “(über)schwappen”

Ich suche nach guten Synonymen für das Verb "schwappen". Es geht um das Verhalten einer Flüssigkeit, die ihr Gefäß, z.B. bei einem Stoß, verlässt.
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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Höfliche Anrede mit zweiter Person Plural: »Ihr solltet zugeben, dass Ihr ganz einfach Angst habt.«

Die zweite Person Plural wird ab und zu verwendet, um Höflichkeit auszudrücken. Folgendes Beispiel stammt aus dem Buch "Die unendliche Geschichte" von Michael Ende: »Held Hynreck«, sagte Bastian ...
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Is There More Than One German Word For “Free”?

The obvious translation is "frei." But that is the word related to "freedom, right? If I wanted to say "free of charge," I'd use another word, like kostenlos. Or would I? The question comes from ...
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What time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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What is a suboptimal question?

Attention, rhetoric question ;) Actually i came upon suboptimal and thought over its meaning and origin. Is it a anglicism, german euphemism, slang... Because the meanings i get are quite contrary: ...
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“ist” oder “sind” bei Aufzählungen

Üblicherweise verwendet man bei Aufzählungen den Plural. In konkreten Fällen kann sich das aber schon einmal komisch anhören. Beispiel: Folglich sind in Abbildung 1 ein Subsystem und in Abbildung ...
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...

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