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Which preposition do I use in translating: I wish I could go to Germany today

I will heute Deutschland (preposition?) gehen/fliegen.
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“Hang out with friends” in German

How do I say I like hanging out with friends in German? I'm having trouble with the verb "hang out" in this meaning. From the dictionary, there are meanings of shirts/tongue hanging out, ...
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What does the phrase “noch viele Grüße” mean?

I read it in a letter where the girl was signing it off. The rough idea I get but I want to know what does the extra 'noch' do to the overall meaning of this fragment.
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Difference between “Song”, “Sang”, and “Gesang”

"Der Sang", "der Gesang", and "der Song" all mean "a song". What are the differences, if any?
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“Last spring” in “I took this math course last spring”

Suppose I want to say I took this math course last spring. Can I say (a) Ich habe letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs belegt. or (b) Ich habe im letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs ...
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Which grammatical gender would I use for a masculine noun with reference to a woman?

Given that "Schatz" is a masculine word, I would use masculine modifiers with it, such as "der". But suppose I were using "Schatz" to refer to a woman I was dating. Would I then refer to "mein ...
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“um.. zu” or “zu” in “help me wash my car”

Suppose I want to say I want to find someone who can help me wash my car. Can I say Ich will jemand/jemanden finden/suchen, der mir helfen kann, mein Auto zu waschen. Do I need an "um" ...
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nur vs. nur noch

Is there a rule that tells me when to us "nur noch" over "nur"? Are they interchangeable? For example, consider the following two sentences: Heute sehen wir uns nur noch selten. Heute sehen wir uns ...
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Any good website to practice translation *to* German?

As per the subject. I see duolingo is mostly about translation from German, which is good, but I'd like to practice the other way round. I also speak Spanish if that helps.
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What does sowieso mean? [closed]

I was watching a German show, and they kept using the word sowieso? Can someone explain to me what it means?
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92 views

Genitive: which is the “right” form?

I keep reading many things about the genitive disappearing, and indeed it's not uncommon to see forms like das Buch von meinem Bruder whose correctness (or lack thereof) I haven't been able to ...
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1answer
107 views

Das Quiz / Der Quiz

Der Duden sagt eindeutig Das Quiz. Aber ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, Der Quiz war (zumindest im Osten) auch in Gebrauch. Ist das regional, oder hat sich das so weiterentwickelt oder ist das Dialekt? ...
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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'Schau sie dir doch an'

I'm trying to understand the following phrase (the bit in bold is the bit I don't get - the rest is fine): Schau sie dir doch an, wie sie aussehen, die für ein bißchen Wohlstand ihr Leben und ihre ...
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German word for “passphrase”

What is a good translation of the word passphrase into German? I refer, of course, to the technical term. I.e. when used with encryption. Would it be legit to use the old, but arguably suitable, ...
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Woher kommt das g in „Kopenhagen“? Why is there a g in “Copenhagen”?

Der zweite Wortteil des dänischen Namens København bedeutet, wie man auch leicht errät, Hafen, und in der Tat ist der schwedische Name Köpenhamn, wobei hamn das schwedische Wort für Hafen ist. ...
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Trenne nie st – warum?

In der alten Rechtschreibung bildete die Buchstabenkombination st eine Ausnahme bei der Silbentrennung, da sie nicht getrennt wurde, auch wenn es im Widerspruch zu den sonstigen Trennregeln stand. Man ...
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249 views

Wie nennt man das Satzzeichen, das in Tabellen eine Wiederholung markiert?

In Tabellen findet man manchmal folgende Vereinfachung: Artikel Versand Gewicht ======================================= Schrauben Paket 500g Muttern " ...
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When to use “ins”?

I'm a little confused with the preposition contraction ins. As far as I know, it means in das, but I don't understand why it is used in this sentence: Sie fahren ins Theater. It feels like the ...
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“Das ist kein Thema” - What does it mean?

Recently I moved to the Konstanz area, and what I noticed is people saying "Das ist kein Thema" for everything. So, what exactly does it mean? And when to use it?
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Choice in “Was für { eine | welche }?”

In a questionary I got wrong the following multiple choice question — Wir bieten Ihnen wunderbares Bier an! 1. — Welches? 2. — Was für eins? 3. — Was für welches? The number I ...
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Meaning of “nur” in “nur fünf Jahre alt geworden”

Er ist nur fünf Jahre alt geworden. Can it mean (a) He only just became five years old. (b) He lived only to five years old (and died). or both?
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Translation of “Could you translate this into German?”

How would you translate the sentence "Could you translate this into German?" into German? (a) Könnten Sie das in Deutsch übersetzen? (b) Könnten Sie das ins Deutsche übersetzen?
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When, if at all, should I add an e to the end of a noun in the dative case?

In the past, when a noun was in the Dativ case, one would add an e at the end of the verb. This would be an example: Das habe ich zu dem Kinde gesagt. This is obviously not the case anymore, and ...
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1answer
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“Eine schrecklich nette Familie”: why? [duplicate]

Why isn't it Eine schreckliche nette Familie ? I suspect it has to do with the adjective/adverb dualism, but even then I can't make sense of it.
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Der/die/das as demonstrative pronouns: intonation, politeness and difference with dieser/diese/dieses

Three related questions: First, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference in the usage of der, die, das,... and dieser, diese, dieses,.... For instance z.B. Ich habe zwei Hunde. {Der ...
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1answer
682 views

Infinitive with “zu” after modal verb?

In an exercise, they ask to translate I like to sleep in my bed which I'd translate as Ich mag in meinem Bett schlafen However according to them my translation is wrong, and they give ...
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3answers
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Parsing ‘Aber über eines waren sich nach wie vor alle einig: So wie bei Momo konnte man sonst nirgends spielen’

I don’t understand how the following sentence is put together: Aber über eines waren sich nach wie vor alle einig: So wie bei Momo konnte man sonst nirgends spielen. Any ideas on how to break it ...
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“Made strong through the struggles”

My family is from Germany, I don't know how to speak the language, although my grandfather was fluent. His favorite phrase was "Made strong through the struggles" and I believe it went something like ...
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is “wie geschnitten Brot” grammatically correct?

I came across this idiom in a sentence similar to this one: das iPhone verkauft sich wie geschnitten Brot geschnitten Brot sounds wrong to me, shouldn't the adjective be declined? I searched ...
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Preferred form of nominalization

When writing project plans or the like, there are often 2 ways to nominalize verbs in order to describe activities, for instance: Using a suffix: Testen Entwicklung von ...
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1answer
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When to use “bei”, “in” or “an” with a job description?

The following three sentences use the definite feminine nouns in dative case: Der Mann arbeitet an der Tankstelle. Sie arbeitet in der Bank. Er arbeitet bei der Post. Questions: ...
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1answer
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What is the difference in pronunciation of letters E and I?

I watched a few videos on German alphabet, like these 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vquyjxImk and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlYLQvtG1as. It seems like the difference between E and I is ...
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Etymology of “geteilt durch”

Why does one say for instance "6 geteilt durch 2 ist 3"? Why "geteilt durch" but not "geteilt auf"? What you actually mean is "6 Dinge aufteilen auf 2 Personen, und jeder bekommt 3".
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Is Kaufhalle a regionalism?

Is a Supermarkt the same as Kaufhalle? I met people in East Germany saying Kaufhalle.
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Correct building of a double subordinate clause with impersonal construct

Given the sentence: Since I have been sick for a long time, I can only go out when the weather is nice and there is the sun, my German attempt is: Da ich viele Zeit krank gewesen sein bin, ...
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Numbering cases

Sometimes I see a case referred to by number instead of by name. Now that's fine if there's an official, definite order. But, while I see in tables mostly the order Nominativ Accusativ ...
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In flüssigem oder im flüssigen?

Was ist hier der Unterschied? Was ist richtig? Oder beides (unterschiedliche Bedeutung)? Es fließt in flüssigem Zustand. Es fließt im flüssigen Zustand. Oder ähnlich Sie tanzt in grünem Kleid. ...
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Kommasetzung in dieser Aufzählung

Wie muss die Kommasetzung in dieser Aufzählung aussehen? Für den Anwendungsserver, die Anwendungen und, in diesem Fall auch, die Automationssoftware wird eine Java-Laufzeitumgebung benötigt. ...
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1answer
135 views

allgemeiner Zeitpunkt einer dt. Rechtschreibreform [closed]

Wann ist jeweils die Zeit reif für eine deutsche Rechtschreibreform? Wird man jemals die deutsche Schriftsprache weitreichend "durchoptimieren" können, wie z.B. durch den "Verzicht" auf c, q, v, x, y, ...
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1answer
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Die Durchführung der dt. Rechtschreibreform von 1996 (und der Folgejahre) [closed]

Was war richtig, was war falsch an der Rechtschreibreform von 1996 (und der Folgereformen)? Was müsste man tun, um eine Rechtschreibreform optimal, d.h. mit minimalen Konflikten, durchzuführen? ...
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When to use “der/die/das” instead of “er/sie/es”?

I see many times sentences like: Ich nehme diese schönen Äpfel. Die sind billig! (or: Wie schmecken die?) whereas I'd say: "sie sind billig/wie schmecken sie?", or "Mark ist dort. Den will ...
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6answers
611 views

What is the most fitting translation of “Try me!”?

Is there an equivalent for the English phrase "Try me!" in German? The only translations I could find/come up with are: Wetten? Wetten, dass? I can't help but feel like this is not the best ...
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Wie vergleichbar sind die Widerstände gegen die Rechtschreibreformen 1876 und 1901 mit denen von 1996?

Gab es 1876 und 1901 auch derartige Widerstände wie gegen die Rechtschreibreform von 1996 und ihre Folgereformen? Was wurde damals anders oder evtl. besser gemacht?
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Help identify word - 'Ja imm(?)' with the meaning 'Yes, exactly'

I've heard many times people saying something what I've heard like 'Ja, imm' oder 'Ja, ihm' meaning 'Yes, exactly'. However, I couldn't find such phrase, so I think I could have heard that word not ...
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Ist „in groben Zügen“ ein Regionalismus?

Ich hatte in meiner Antwort zu Idiomatic translation for "In sum and substance?" unter anderem die Wendung „in groben Zügen“ vorgeschlagen. Bislang hielt ich sie für standardsprachlich und ...
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0answers
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Genitiv für Zeitangabe im Satz - warum? [duplicate]

Ich habe einen Text übersetzt und habe diesen Satz gefunden: Es wird erzählt, dass ein Zwerg eines Tages durch das Dörflein kam. Ich verstehe nicht, warum eines Tages den Genitiv benutzt. Ich ...
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Ist falsches Deutsch wie hier wirklich einfacher?

Die CDU hat zur Wahl ein Wahlprogramm in einfacher Sprache erstellt, in welchem sich wie ein roter Faden 2 Fehler beharrlich durchziehen: Alle Substantivkombinationen werden qua Bindestrich ...
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1answer
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Should I use the “neue Rechtschreibung” even with people who capitalize “Du”, “Dich”, usw.?

I write sometimes to people which answer not using the neue Rechtschreibung. Some of them write daß instead of dass and use some other spellings for words which already were changed. I have no problem ...
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Is 'Grüß Gott' greeting in Bavaria religious-neutral?

'Grüß Gott' is often used as greeting on Bavarian trails. From my limited experience, it's most often used by older people, younger use 'Hallo' more often. I don't feel 'Hallo' is very adequate to ...

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