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Meaning of “vier Jahre lang”

Das Museum wurde vier Jahre lang umgebaut. I have these two possible translations, but I am not sure, which is correct: The museum was rebuilt four years ago. The museum has been rebuilt since ...
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“doch” oder “aber”

Wie kann man wissen, ob man "doch" oder "aber" benutzen soll? Die beiden Begriffe drücken einen Gegensatz aus. Ich studiere in Münster, aber mein Bruder studiert in Berlin. Wir rennen auf den ...
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Gibt es eine genormte Aussprache für Standard-Deutsch?

In letzter Zeit erschienen hier mehrere Fragen, die erkennen ließen, dass die Fragesteller von einer bestimmten Annahme ausgingen. Sie gingen davon aus, dass es für jedes Wort der deutschen Sprache ...
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Sometimes “s” is pronounced [z] Why?

I have seen that many times, a German word is spelled with an s, but it is read like an English z. Moreover, every time this happens, the Dutch cognate word is spelled with a z. (But not the English ...
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Difference between “nur mehr” and “nur noch”

What is the difference between "nur mehr" and "nur noch"? Example: Wir haben nur noch 3 Stunden. Wir haben nur mehr 3 Stunden. Is there any difference or does it mean exactly the same?
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Accusative or nominative case after “wie”/“als”

What should be the case after "wie"/"als", as in the following examples? Er sieht aus wie ein/einen Amerikaner. Sie ist besser als ihr/ihren Freund.
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Use of 'so' as interjection at sentence start

According to the top answer from Word order with "so" and "also", "so" is never used at the start of a sentence as an interjection. That said, in Pokemon Schwarze Edition, this is ...
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How to say web addresses and version numbers in German?

In English, for example, "http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/ask" and "Windows 8.1" are read aloud as: H T T P COLON DOUBLE SLASH german DOT stackexchange DOT com SLASH questions SLASH ...
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What does “nein” mean in this context?

The context is from the Christmas carol, "O Tannenbaum." Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit. This translates into something like: You are green ...
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On the declensions of the pronoun “man”. Part II: does the dative depend on the gender of the speaker?

Part II (Part I of this question verses on the genitive for man) In Wiktionary reads: Das Indefinitpronomen des Nominativ Singular man hat keine weiteren Formen; bei der Verwendung in anderen ...
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On the declensions of the pronoun “man”? Part I: Finding a substitute for the genitive for “man”

Part I In Wiktionary reads: Das Indefinitpronomen des Nominativ Singular man hat keine weiteren Formen; bei der Verwendung in anderen Fällen muss daher auf die Formen des Indefinitpronomens ...
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Why is “A red apple” not “Ein rot Apfel”

I am learning German, very slowly though and when I typed red it came up as "rot" in Google translator. Then I typed a red apple and it came up as "ein roter Apfel". The only part I don't get is why ...
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Unterschied zwischen ermorden, töten, und umbringen?

I was just watching a crime show with a scene where the perpetrator shouted: Ich habe ihn nicht ermordet! I understand ermorden means to murder, but is there any difference between that, töten ...
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“Die unglaubliche Frage des Raffael V.”

Ich lese viel (zu oft) spiegel.de und mir ist irgendwann aufgefallen, dass man dort dazu neigt eine bestimmte (gekünstelte) Formulierung für Betitelungen zu nutzen, welche wohl dazu bestimmt ist eine ...
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What does the following translate to in english? “Jawooooolllllooo! - feeling hot -boy-mäßig”

I saw this on twitter, posted by a german female friend of mine but have no idea what it means, especially the Jawooolllooo part. Google translates mäßig as "Moderately". Could anyone tell me what is ...
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poetogen – Alternativbedeutungen, Herkunft, Herleitung

Über den Begriff poetogen stolpere ich immer wieder und suche deshalb nach Erklärungen, wie es zu zu diesem kam. Unter den ersten Google-Treffern ist die Topik des Sonetts, die eine Erklärung liefert: ...
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Substantivierung: “Mein Suchen war nicht von Erfolg gekrönt”

Dieser Satz steht in meinem Grammatikbuch als Beispiel für Substantivierung. Hier ist das Verb suchen substantiviert. Duden aber sagt, die Substantivierung soll die Suche sein, und Suchen besteht nur ...
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Finding out how many German words I do know

I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in English. http://testyourvocab.com/ I would like to find something similar for the German language. I've made some searches ...
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Gibt es eine Übersetzung von “blackboard bold”?

Wie nennt man Buchstaben mit Doppelstrichen, wie sie in der Mathematik für die verschiedenen Grundmengen (natürliche Zahlen, reelle Zahlen usw.) verwendet werden? In der englischen Sprache gibt es die ...
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Any German books with included vocabulary?

I am trying to learn German, but I find memorizing vocabulary lists very boring, and would prefer to read a book and just look up the words I don't get. The problem is, I find it really frustrating to ...
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Vorkommen” [closed]

What is the difference between Ereignis and Vorkommen. I keep on needing explanation in this question even so some can think it's nonsense. If someone, in Hedegger's understanding, could explain me, ...
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Hat man »zwei Eltern« oder »zwei Elternteile«?

Auf meiner Website habe ich heute einen Beitrag veröffentlicht, der mit diesem Satz beginnt: Ein Mensch hat zwei Eltern, vier Großeltern, acht Urgroßeltern und so weiter. Ein Kommentator hat ...
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“Gradeaus” vs. “geradeaus”

I know that geradeaus means straight. But I also heard its variation: gradeaus Is it appropriate to say or write this word like this?
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Etymlogy of “Bedürfnis”

I've tried to search on Google for the etymology of this word but I couldn't find it (or at least I couldn't understand that it was an etymology since it was written in German). Bedürfnis should mean ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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How to type the capital ß (ẞ) on a Windows 8 German keyboard?

I just started learning German through DW online courses. I can not find how to type the capital ß (ẞ, this one is copied :) ) on the German keyboard of Windows 8.
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What's the meaning of “würde”?

I know the meaning of the following sentence Ich würde gerne einen Termin machen. Trying to better understand the words like wollen, gern, möchten, würde etc., I realized that the meaning of ...
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Are “wenn” and “falls” really always interchangeable in case of a conditional? [duplicate]

The question is only about the case, when both conjunctions are used as a conditional (leaving the possibility to use "wenn" as temporal aside). Let's start off with an example: "Falls ich ...
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More info about the use of “bezüglich” [closed]

Can somebody try to explain in short, when it is appropriate to use bezüglich and when it is not?
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Meaning of “Augen unter Null”

I was hearing a german song by Eisbrecher music band. Song called "Augen unter Null". Augen unter null - Sehen das Ufer nicht, Einsam abgetaucht Und kein Land in Sicht. I think ...
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1answer
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Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [closed]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...
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2answers
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The difference between “Ereignis” and “Eventuell”

I know that this two words Ereignis and eventuell are related, but I would like to know more about what makes them different. Translating them into my native language, Portuguese, they both translate ...
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1answer
339 views

What's the meaning from “Machenschaft”

I’m writing about Heidegger’s use of the word Machenschaft and I would like to try to explain this word correctly because I chose to keep it in German. In my language it was translated as Maquinação, ...
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1answer
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Etymology of “Wertgegenstand”

I can't understand very well.. According to canoo.net, Wertgegenstand is composed of Wert (value), gegen (against) and Stand (state). So does this mean something like "stand against value?" And what ...
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Asking someone to switch to English

Not knowing quite enough yet to speak completely in German, I sometimes need to ask someone on the phone to switch to English (as they normally answer in German). My last attempt: Können wir ...
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4answers
987 views

Splitting the German word “Taucherausrüstung”

I mean splitting into prefix, suffix, and so on. Like when you look at the etymology. For example: Gelegenheit is: Ge+ legen + heit To better understand some German words I'm trying to ...
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1answer
639 views

“rucki zucki” - what is the meaning?

I hope I got that right : rucki zucki. I have a CD where a man said : Das ging rucki zucki. Later he tells how crazy is at his new job. What exactly does it mean? Quick google search just ...
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Why “schieben” guards “Wache”?

The expression "Wacheschieben" is well-known to native speakers. It's synonymous to "Wachestehen". I just realized that this word can be confusing to language learners. Ich habe vier Wochen ...
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When can I use constructions like “wenn du planst teilzunehmen?”

In writing an email to some friends, I was told that it's better to write Bitte gib uns Bescheid, wenn du planst teilzunehmen. instead of Bitte gib uns Bescheid, wenn du teilzunehmen ...
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Are these passive sentences correct?

Do these passive sentences make sense or are they wrong? Mir wird nichts gesagt. – I’m not being talked to; nothing is being said to me. Bei den Kino wird geraucht, obwohl man es nicht darf. ...
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Using reflexive verb “vorstellen” in infinitive construction

"I can imagine that." translates to Ich kann mir das vorstellen. If I want to say "It is hard to imagine that he is only 20 years old.", would it be (a) Es ist schwer vorzustellen, dass er ...
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What is the origin of the word “Ursprung”?

From which words does the German Ursprung originate? In Portuguese we have the translation origem (origin), but I need to know more about this word. I tried to separate the ur from the sprung to see ...
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3answers
459 views

“umfahren” – trennbares Verb oder nicht?

Wir umfahren die Stadt. Das Auto fährt den Mann um. Wann ist das Verb umfahren trennbar und wann untrennbar?
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Can one suppress the comma of a relative clause in parenthesis?

Quite irrelevant question, but also quite annoying not to know. If I want to suppress a relative clause by writing parenthesis around it, can I delete the comma? That is, like in the following ...
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Does “gemacht” also mean “something done too artificially”?

I remember someone using the word "gemacht" do describe something that was done too artificially. (In this case it was a dance move that was supposed to be spontaneous but looked too pre-planned.) I ...
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3answers
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Comparative with verbs

How do you compare verbs? Netflix is better than buying DVDs or going to the cinema. Would I use zu with the verbs, or convert them to nouns? Netflix ist besser als DVDs zu kaufen oder ins ...
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275 views

Preposition for “besuchen” with website

Besuchen Sie uns ___ www.abc.net. What would be the preposition here? Is it "an" or "bei" or some others?
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318 views

Verb order with multiple secondary sentences

Is this sentence correct in terms of verb order? And if not what would be correct and why? Ich wusste nicht, dass wir die Möglichkeit haben, ein Artefakt mit anderen Kollegen mitzubenutzen, die ...
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224 views

Welches Geschlecht hat “Quest”?

In Rollenspielen gibt es oft das Wort Quest, allerdings jedes mal mit einem anderen Geschlecht. Ich habe in verschiedenen Video- und Rollenspielen wirklich jede Möglichkeit gesehen: Die Quest Der ...
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1answer
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Dativ plural: den or denen

I've always learned that the article for Dativ Plural is 'den', for example Ich kenne die Frauen, den man Bücher schenkt. My Duden grammar agrees with me, but it is more common to see forms such ...

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