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Using “-lein” and “-chen” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any rules how to build the diminutive? I was reading this article on Duden's webpage and began wondering about the diminutive forms of "-lein" and "-chen". ...
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Position of verbs in clauses

When should you place the verb at the end of a clause? I know that you're supposed to place the main verb at the end of a clause if it follows another clause; such as: Ich werde es nicht kaufen, ...
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What's the matter: Yiddish “was is der mehr?”

We have in Yiddish an expression for "what's the matter" that sounds like "was is der mehr?". Is this German or what? I can't make sense of it.
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What is a good translation of “Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen”?

Can you help me finding a good translation for the German idiom Aus dem Nähkästchen erzählen/plaudern.
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“bis der Tod euch scheide” or “bis der Tod euch scheidet”?

In one of Rammstein's most famous songs, "Du hast", the lyrics go like this: Willst du bis der Tod euch scheide Treu ihr sein für alle Tage? Nein! Now, I am a bit puzzled why there is ...
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Contraction of prepositions and definite articles in German

I could not find a table of the contractions of prepositions and definite articles in German, so I made one by my own: Is this an exhausting table of all the contraction there are?
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Do I need to use a definite article?

Is this correct? Ich freue mich, dass es Wochenende ist. Or should I say: Ich freue mich, dass es das Wochenende ist. With or without the article? I have definitely heard the first, but I ...
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Is the title of the “Vincent will Meer” grammatically correct?

I just watched the film Vincent will Meer and enjoyed it. The only thing bothering me is the title that does not seem to be grammatically correct in the absence of an article before meer. Is it some ...
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“Geht's” becomes “gehts”

This is a title from the book "German Grammar in a Nutshell" by Langenscheidt I suppose the word gehts stands for geht's (which is a clitic form of geht es). Is it correct to drop out the ...
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What is a “Vorentscheidung”?

After the match Dortmund–Bayern München (1:0) of yesterday, I read that this victory has marked a "Vorentscheidung" for the race to the German football championship. But what exactly is meant by ...
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Using Abflug vs Abfahrt

What's the exact difference and how should those words be used? P.S.: Is it when we talk about air travel and land travel?
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“Personen” or “Menschen”

While reading some recent newspaper stories as well as book jacket introductions, I noticed that when describing the characters of the story the writers were often using "Personen" and "Menschen" ...
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German postpositions

The German adpositions are predominantly prepositions, with some cases such as entlang that can be used both as a preposition and a postposition. are there any adposition in German that are used only ...
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Does “dürfen” + other negatives imply the same thing as “dürfen nicht”?

Do negations used with "dürfen" carry the same meaning as "must not" in German? That is, does a sentence like: Sie dürfen nicht jemandem erzählen. mean the same thing as Sie dürfen niemandem ...
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Ironic constructions in German

As part of my masters in linguistics, I am taking a course on the subject of irony. We were given examples of sentences that are most likely ironic, as the English sentence "he is not exceptionally ...
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How would you translate “fremdschämen”?

I was hanging out with friends tonight and we were watching a documentary on (Australian) TV. There was this obnoxious main character. For all her actions "habe ich mich fremdgeschämt", but I wasn't ...
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“Noted” in German

What's the German translation of "noted" in the following context: A: Note that if you have a parenthesis outside the Mathjax immediately following a curly brace inside, the curly brace won’t ...
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Warum ist das Theater sächlich?

Sind nicht normalerweise alle Nomen auf -er männlich? Ist das Theater eine Ausnahme? Oder gilt hier eine andere Regel?
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Woher kommt der Gebrauch von “umsetzen” für das Erledigen von Aufgaben in der IT?

Bei der Softwareentwicklung sagt man oft Diese Kundenwünsche wurden umgesetzt. um auszudrücken, dass bestimmte Aufgaben erledigt sind. Wo kommt dieser Sprachgebrauch her?
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Welche Präposition nutzt man, um “das Bild gehört ihr” zu sagen?

Gibt es eine Präposition, die Zugehörigkeit vermittelt? "Das Bild von ihr" bedeutet, dass man sie im Bild sehen kann, oder? Wie sagt man, dass das Bild ihr gehört? Ist "von" richtig in folgendem ...
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Learning German as a native Dutch speaker

Is there a method for learning German that leverages the close relationship between Dutch and German? My main concern here is the vocabulary (many words are pronounced the same way, and mean the ...
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Teaching German to businesspeople: tips?

For a once-weekly class taught to international learners of German, what recommendations can you give me. Three to four students (but sometimes only two or one). 60 minutes per class. Diverse ...
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What does the Abkürzung (abbreviation) SV mean?

What does SV mean within the following Context: Eintritt: VVK € 10,90 / TK € 12,- / inkl. Gebühren / SV.
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Do “regelrecht” and “buchstäblich” have the same meaning?

Today I came across this comic about the meaning of "literally". The point of the comic is that "literally" cannot be used to intensify a narration. I was wondering if the same applies to the German ...
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“umgekehrt als bei” oder “umgekehrt wie bei”?

In folgendem Satz: Bei X ist das anders als bei Y. muss das Wort "als" verwendet werden, sagt mir mein Sprachgefühl. Ich hadere aber etwas bei: Bei X ist das umgekehrt als bei Y. Ich würde sagen ...
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Deklinierung von Antezedens

Was ist die richtige Form vom Antezedens (im Sinn des Wenn-Teiles einer logischen Aussage) im Dativ Singular? Duden http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Antezedens gibt nur die Genitiv-Form an.
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What is the “correct” way of pronouncing - ig and the end of the word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where? In all of my German books and several websites (as in this one), it is said that an -ig suffix it is pronounced as -ich ...
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Is there an idiomatic equivalent in German for “have other fish to fry”?

Is there an idiomatic equivalent in German for “have other fish to fry”? have other fish to fry: "To have more important things to do" As an anecdote I want to mention that in the two romance ...
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Is there a german equivalent for 'prepper'?

I am wondering if there is a germain equivalent for a prepper. dict.leo.org didn't "know" this word. Would the average ordinary german person understand the word prepper?
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Is there an idiomatic equivalent in German for “add insult to injury”?

Is there an idiomatic equivalent in German for "add insult to injury"? How close is it to its English counterpart as far as literal translation is concerned? add insult to injury: to make a bad ...
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How do you say “I am almost # (age)” in German?

When I am using Google translate on "I am almost 18", I get: Ich bin fast 18. Ich bin beinahe 18. Are this sentences correct? What is most used? Are there any other popular forms?
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Verb form of the adjective mild?

A coworker (whose native language is not English) asked me to "mild" a letter. He meant to "soften" or "tone down" the message. There really isn't such a construct in English. But is it true that in ...
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What's the difference between “ehrlich” and “wirklich”?

During conversation, I've seen both words used singularly as a question: Ehrlich? And: Wirklich? In this context, are they both essentially the same as the English: Really? More ...
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Usage of the word “wenn”

Wenn can either mean when or if, but my question is, doesn't that cause confusion? Like if you said Wenn ich zu deiner Party gehe... Would this imply your attendance at the party is ...
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Where are these verses from?

Can someone tell me from which poem these verses are? "Das Unverfängliche gibt uns kein Gleichnis, das Unzulängliche, hier wird´s Ereignis." I think it is from Goethe.
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What is the difference between “wie” and “was” in a certain context?

When do you use wie and was in German? For example: What is your name? I understand you ask the question with wie instead of was.
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How to say “unmaintained”, speaking about abandonware?

I want to say that a given application is unmaintained: No support, No new features will ever be added, Bugs will not be fixed. Can I say "nicht erhaltet"? Preferably a short adjective so that it ...
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Do adjectives have gender?

I'm trying to get my head around gender in German, for example: Ist Ihr Freund Deutscher? So this is German for "Is your friend German?", referring to a male friend. Now if I wanted to say this for ...
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Englischer “Erklärbär”?

Der idiomatische Begriff Erklärbär hat seinen Ursprung laut Wikipedia in der Wochenshow, also keine allzu alten Wurzeln. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck am besten auf Englisch ausdrücken? Bemerkung: ...
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Terminus für unzulässige Satzverkürzung

Ich bin auf einem Fragebogen über folgenden Satz gestolpert, bei dem, m. E. unzulässigerweise, ein Teil der Wörter nicht wiederholt, sondern weggekürzt wurde. Im Spaß ist dieses Verfahren von Heinz ...
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What is a German programmer's “rubber duck”?

I came across this excerpt from answers of the now deleted stackoverflow question on new programming slang where it says: Rubberducking Sometimes, you just have to talk a problem out; for ...
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Geviertstrich als Gedankenzeichen?

Wikipedia sagt zum Geviertstrich (—), dass er im Deutschen kaum noch verwendet wird, da er als zu lange empfunden wird. Was ist Eure Meinung dazu: Verwendet Ihr den vollen Geviertstrich (—) oder nur ...
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Usage of space before punctuation mark / Leerzeichen vor Satzzeichen

I would like to know what the rules are in German (and if they are different in Switzerland) with respect to spaces before punctuation marks. I know for sure that . and , are never preceded by a ...
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“So ein X” vs. “ein solches Y”

There is a German song with a title "So ein Tag" (Such a Day). On the other hand, a native speaker corrected my usage of "solches ein Mädchen" as "ein solches Mädchen", which might translate into "a ...
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Noun-to-adjective: when does the vowel shift?

I recently noticed that I am unable to recognize when a vowel shift should occur in going from the noun to the adjective. I wrote vielzählig when I believe it should have been vielzahlig. On the other ...
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Unterschied Mietvertrag - Anmietvertrag

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einem Mietvertrag und einem Anmietvertrag?
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How to say “Thank you for teaching me that word” in German?

Using the polite form, I expect it to be something like: Vielen Dank für lehren mich dieses Wort. but I can't find any example thereof. What I have seen is "Vater, lehre mich..." translated to ...
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`jdn. heiraten` gegen `jdn. trauen`

Gibt es Unterschiede zwischen jdn. heiraten und jdn. trauen? Ist das "Ergebnis" eine Ehe oder eine Heirat und nennt sich der "Prozess" eine Hochzeit oder eine Trauung? Was bedeutet die Vermählung? ...
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Warum erhalten Zahlwörter manchmal das Suffix “-e”?

Es gibt seltene Varianten, in denen Zahlwörter ein Suffix "-e" erhalten: Sie streckten alle viere von sich. Beim Kegeln fielen alle neune. "Ach, du grüne Neune!" "Wir treffen uns um Zwölfe." ...
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Differences between zu Haus/nach Haus

When should I use zu Haus and when nach Haus? For instance: Ich fahrt nach/zu Haus. Ich gehe nach/zu Haus.

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