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The determination of general gender for “Deutsche”

In my workbook, the given answer states: Etwa acht Liter Speiseeis schleckt jeder Deutsche im Jahr. I thought this would depend on knowing if you were talking about a male german or a female ...
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“Jegliche” vs. “sämtliche”

What's the difference between the words jegliche und sämtliche? I looked for the answer in the Duden dictionary, but all I found was that they are a synonym for all (nachdrücklich).
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Warum heißt es “gut möglich” statt “sehr möglich”?

Warum heißt es "gut möglich" statt "sehr möglich"? Etwa wegen Analogie zu "kann gut sein"? Ist "sehr möglich" auch geläufig? Immerhin sagt man "sehr wahrscheinlich".
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“Wir können in dieser Zeit nicht mehr ohne dem…” Why the usage of Dativ?

In writing an essay about nuclear energy, or electricity usage by humans in general, I was corrected to the below sentence but I don't understand why "dem" was used: Wir können in dieser Zeit ...
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Translation of “seine Persönlichkeit zu kennen, hilft dir dabei, diesen Schlüssel zu finden”

Jeder Mensch hat einen Schlüssel zu seinem Herzen, und seine Persönlichkeit zu kennen, hilft dir dabei, diesen Schlüssel zu finden. can be translated as: Every man has to know a key to his ...
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Resources for finding a German pen friend :) [duplicate]

I know that maybe it isn't the right place to look for a "Brieffreunde", but I've looked in another places and I didn't find what I was looking for. So please, if you can help me, help me! Ich ...
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Is there an alcoholic beverage that’s feminine in German? [closed]

I know that it’s das Bier, and all other forms of alcohol go with der (i.e., they are masculine). But is there an exception – is there an alcoholic beverage that goes with die (and is thus feminine)? ...
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Substantiv für etwas Grundlegendes?

Für mein Inhaltsverzeichnis suche ich ein Wort, das eine Seite aus meiner Arbeit zusammenfasst, in der ich nur ein paar Stichpunkte zu einer Software gemacht habe. Diese Stichpunkte beinhalten ...
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Why “den Studierenden”

Could someone possibly explain why it is "Den Studierenden" in the following sentence: Ziel des Studienganges ist es, den Studierenden den Zugang zu linguistischer Forschung internationalen ...
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Wie antwortet man auf “frohes neues Jahr”, um “and to you too” zu sagen?

Meine Versuche: Frohes neues Jahr auch an dich Frohes neues Jahr auch an dir Frohes neues Jahr auch zu dir Im Google findet man Ergebnisse für alle drei Formen. Antwort 1. hat die ...
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“zusammenschweißen” ohne Objekt verwenden

Aus dem Spiegel-Online: Auch das Team spricht für den Sport. Es springt zwar fast immer nur einer. Die anderen aber stehen um das Gerät, um ihn im Ernstfall aufzufangen. Man muss einander ...
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Grammatik in “wird nicht kommen gekonnt haben”

Zwei Sätze aus Loongs Antwort zu dieser Frage (mit kleiner Modifizierung): (a) Er wird nicht haben kommen können. (b) Er wird nicht kommen gekonnt haben. Wie ich verstehe, bedeuten die ...
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“zu”-Konstruktion von “dass ich sie gehen sehen musste”

Es reut mich, dass ich sie gehen sehen musste. Wie stellt man diesen Satz in eine "zu"-Konstruktion? Wäre es das Folgende? Es reut mich, sie gehen sehen gemusst zu haben. (Bemerkung: ...
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Entsprechender Term für “K-mer” (Englisch)

Ich arbeite seit einiger Zeit an einem Essay zur algorithmischen Bearbeitung der DNA und wühle mich dabei mehr schlecht als recht durch englische Quellen, vor allem, weil ich die darin vorkommende ...
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Why do irregular verb lists not show present tense changes?

In most lists of irregular verbs in particular the list in my Langenscheidt's dictionary, the list contains the infinitive, the past tense, and the past participle forms to show the irregularity. ...
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Translation of “What type of an animal are you interested in?”

How would one go about translating the sentence: "What type of animal are you interested in?" I read that "to be interested in" is "sich interessieren für". Would it be: "Was für ein Tier ...
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On the usage of “beschenken” or “schenken” in this sentence

I want to translate Give yourselves gifts, then [as a result of that] you love yourselves. into German and so far I have: (Be)schenkt euch, dann liebt ihr euch. (Be)schenkt euch ...
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Bedeutung von “eines jeden” und Vergleich mit “jedes”

Aus der Bild-Zeitung: (a) Es ist der größte Traum eines jeden Tennis-Spielers. Kann man auch das Folgende sagen, und würde es einen Unterschied dazwischen geben? (b) Es ist der größte Traum ...
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Which satellite channel to learn German in Europe? [duplicate]

I've a good satellite system here in Europe. I can get: Hotbird 13 Astra 19.2 Astra 28 I would like to know if there is a channel dedicated to German teaching, maybe with subtitle.
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Was bedeutet “Fügteilcharakter”?

Ich suchte danach im Internet und im Wörterbuch, aber ich habe dieses Wort nicht gefunden. Es stand in einem linguistischen Kontext.
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Unterschied zwischen “bereisen” und “reisen nach” [duplicate]

(a) Ich bereise Deutschland. (b) Ich reise nach Deutschland. Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den beiden Sätzen? Ich glaube, dass sie die gleiche Bedeutung haben, aber (a) ist vielleicht ...
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“Bild” vs “Abbild” vs “Abbildung”

I didn't understand the difference between Bild, Abbild and Abbildung. From Wikipedia: Abbild bezeichnet ein Bild und seine Beziehung zu einem darauf abgebildeten wiedererkennbaren Gegenstand. I ...
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1answer
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How would “He could have seen me” be translated to German?

Which of these two are the correct translation of the sentence "He could have seen me"? Er könnte mich gesehen haben. Er hätte mich gesehen können. I have seen both forms and am a little ...
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1answer
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German language simulator for training verbal skills

I have started to learn German language and seem to be doing okay when it comes to understanding the grammar and writing any texts. Where I am miserable lacking is when it comes to verbal skills as I ...
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“gegenüber etw. [Dat.] geduldig sein” or “mit etw. [Dat.] geduldig sein”

Which preposition can one use with Geduld or geduldig sein? Are they both the same? Example with geduldig: Sei geduldig gegenüber den Plagen or Sei geduldig mit den Plagen Example with ...
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“Sich vorkommen” vs “Sich fühlen”

In welchen Fällen wird sich vorkommen anstatt sich fühlen verwendet (bzw. bevorzugt)? Kann man im Kontext "You'll feel __" vorkommen benutzen? Also, beispielsweise: Du wirst dir da unruhig ...
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Finding Subject and Object in “Joachim Gauck ist der Präsident”

Joachim Gauck ist der Präsident. So who/what is the subject and who/what is the object in this sentence?
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Agreement of articles with lists of nouns

A question I’m hoping someone can help out with! In a sentence like this: bei der Informierung unserer Kunden, Planung und Umsetzung von Aktivitäten, Entwicklung von Werbematerialien … there is ...
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Meaning of “und ob ich das bin”

My German is mediocre, but in an attempt to expose my kids to the language, I got a few children’s books in German, including Bist du meine Mama? There is a puzzling phrase at the end. The little ...
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Is there a formal (Chomsky) grammar AVAILABLE for the German language?

I'm looking for an actually downloadable Chomsky grammar (preferably a context-free one) capturing as much of the German grammar (on a sentence level) as possible. I am aware that there is no Chomsky ...
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1answer
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German word for “suspension” / “suspended harmony” (music theory)

I'm searching for a German word for suspension, referring to music theory. Suspension as in suspended harmony. From Wikipedia: A suspension (SUS) (sometimes referred to as a syncope) occurs when ...
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Meaning of nominative, genitive, dative and accusative

Here are the declensions of the word "ich" in 4 different cases: nominative: ich genitive: meiner dative: mir accusative: mich Three questions: What are the English equivalents? In my native ...
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How much focus is put on German modality when it is taught?

I can remember how much focus we put on tense and aspect when learning English: endless lessons on when to use which tense and which aspect (mainly progressive/continuous of course). There is a term ...
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1answer
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Correct pronunciation of number words ending in -g? Such as “zwanzig” [duplicate]

What is the correct pronunciation of words ending in -g? Such as: heftig zwanzig lustig and so on... In many films and TV series I heard something like "lustich", "zwanzich" and so forth, however, ...
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German “für die klugen Leute” specific translation?

I was just wondering about a specific translation: German for clever people Would that be translated thus? Deutsch für die klugen Leute And specifically about word order for adjectives and ...
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“ich” in different cases

So how do you say "ich" in different cases? Is there any helping method like helping questions or something for each case? nominative: ich genitive: ? dative: ? accusative: ? Also, I think I heard ...
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Mundart: fuffzehn und fuffzig (15 und 50). Warum nicht “fuff” für 5?

In Mundart (zumindest in Österreich) wird oft "fuffzehn" anstatt "fünzehn" gesagt. Ebenso wird "fuffzig" für "fünfzig" verwendet. Beide Wörter finden sich auch im Duden. (fuffzehn, fuffzig) In ...
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Why doesn’t German have a present continuous tense?

German language doesn’t have a present continuous/progressive tense like English, Dutch or Spanish. German has no present progressive tense (am going/are buying). The German Präsens ich kaufe can ...
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How easy/difficult is it for a native German speaker to understand Swiss German?

Assuming she has never had any experience with it before. Would it be mostly comprehensible? Or mostly unintelligible? Or in between? Edit: I am referring to the Swiss German dialects ...
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1answer
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Verb when a bunch of people raise their glasses and swing it sideways while singing out loud

A long time ago I was at a German class and we where discussing "hard to translate words" and our teacher said there was one verb in German that stand for the action when people (usually in an ...
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3answers
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Pronunciation of Brötchen

In my family, we never pronounced Brötchen with a long ö, but rather a sound reminiscent of a diphthong oi or öi. In any case, Brötchen with a long ö sounds totally alien and unfamiliar to me. But ...
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2answers
545 views

How to ask about another person's job

What are the questions that one can ask to find out another person's job? Are the following correct/appropriate? (a) Was machen Sie beruflich? (b) Was sind Sie von Beruf? (c) Was machen ...
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Learning German and Yiddish at the same time [closed]

I need to learn German for professional reasons to a relatively high level (say C1 on the standard European scale). At the same time (or within a couple of years, say), I would like to learn Yiddish ...
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3answers
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Why not “Wir lieben die Autos”, with that article?

I know it is: Wir lieben Autos. Why it is not: Wir lieben die Autos. Second question: If I know only the word liebe, how do I know that I must use the word lieben? Is there some website that ...
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1answer
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Question word in “Wie/was ist deine Adresse/Nummer?”

(a) Wie ist deine Adresse/Nummer? (b) Was ist deine Adresse/Nummer? I usually see version (a), rather than (b). Why is it that "wie" is used, even though the question corresponds to "what" ...
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1answer
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“Dafür” vs. “dazu” (oder “darum”?)

Wir brauchen den Wagen, um in Urlaub zu fahren. Wie kann man den Satzteil "um in Urlaub zu fahren" umschreiben? Dafür brauchen wir den Wagen. Dazu brauchen wir den Wagen. Und weil ...
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7answers
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Dictionaries with example sentences for each entry

I am looking for offline or online English-to-German dictionaries that provide example sentences for each entry. This would help me learn the usage of each word. For example: I searched for the word ...
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2answers
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Language-themed podcasts

A while ago, I have received recommendations here for non-news podcast in colloquial German. I am also looking for language-themed podcasts, focusing on vocabulary, grammar, and style for the ...
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1answer
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What is the meaning of various 'haben + modal' or 'modal + haben' constructions?

Background: Of the following possible constructions, I found explanations of 1A, 1D and 2A in grammar books. (1A) Er hat mir einen Brief schreiben können : He was able to write me a letter ...
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Sentences with same modal verb occuring twice

Sein Führerschein wurde letzten Monat abgenommen, aber er dürfte wieder fahren dürfen. His driver's license was taken away last month, but he most likely is allowed to drive again. Is the ...

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