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Word order of “Glücklicherweise hat mich jemand herein gelassen”

I am confused about the word order for Glücklicherweise hat mich jemand hereingelassen. In English, you would say: Luckily, someone has let me inside but then why isn’t the German ...
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Collecting data on prepositions, looking for counter-examples

I’m collecting data on phrases with two-way prepositions. These are the prepositions that can go with either Dativ or Akkusativ case depending on the usage (an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, ...
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Gender of country names without articles

There are some country names with article, like der Iran, die Schweiz, die Niederlande. But what is the gender of the country names without articles? For example, what pronoun to use in the ...
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Translation of “She has a nice look”

“Sie hat eine schöne Sicht” or “Sie hat einen schönen Anblick” or something else? Look in the meaning of the manner of view, or the motion of eyes when viewing.
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Für Luft gibt es “entlüften”; für Gas, “entgasen”. Was entspricht folgenden Gasen: Stick-, Wasser- und Sauerstoff?

Für Luft existiert das Verb entlüften. Dem Nomen Gas entspricht entgasen. Welche Verben entsprechen den folgenden Gasen? Stickstoff Sauerstoff Wasserstoff. Mein Versuch für Nummer 2, ...
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2answers
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Sich bewusst sein/werden: with or without anticipatory pronoun?

What would one do in this case? Can the anticipatory pronoun just be left out altogether, as in 1 - Ich bin mir bewusst, dass er morgen kommen wird or do we need eg 2 - Ich bin mir dessen ...
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trösten + Personalpronomen im Akkusativ: “Die andere Frau tröstet sie”

Die eine Frau weint und die andere Frau tröstet sie. Can trösten be used together in a sentence with a personal pronoun in accusative?
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How is the verb “singen” used in different tenses?

I have read that "Gesang" translates to "singing" in English. But is that the present tense? The sentence that I am working on is: Sing to yourself So I would like to know the context in ...
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Kann man „tut mir leid“ sagen, wenn ein Dritter den Fehler macht?

Ich würde gerne die verschiedenen Schichten verstehen, die es gibt, um sich zu entschuldigen. Die Frage geht um die Angemessenheit des Ausdrucks „Tut mir leid“ bei einem Fehler bzw. bei einer Qual, ...
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Why is it “der Bikini”? Shouldn't the noun be feminine?

I can understand that some German nouns (e.g. Mädchen) might just always have been whatever gender the noun is, and the explaintion is lost to the mists of time. But Bikinis were invented in the ...
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What are the different variations of the word “workplace” in German and what is their most appropriate context?

I understand that Workplace translates into german as Arbeitsplatz but in America we use variations such as "the office", "the shop", etc. And it seems that much of the context depends on the type of ...
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Wie werden Lehnwörter aus dem Französischen ausgesprochen?

z. B. Chance, Engagement Werden sie wie im Französischen ausgesprochen oder gibt es eine deutsche Aussprache?
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Pronunciation of “Rock” and “Ruck”

Guten Tag, all. I was looking words up on dict.cc just now, and I realized how the two German words Rock and Ruck sound exactly identical – at least to my ears, with headphones on – as I clicked on ...
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The definition of Zusammenfassung: Understanding the cases and its repeated articles

I got this definition of Zusammenfassung from de.wiktionary.org and it is as follows. Zusammenfassung: kurzer Text, der den Inhalt eines längeren Textes knapp wiedergibt. There is a lot of grammar ...
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Differences between “erwachen” and “aufwachen”?

I was trying to read Die Verwandlung in German and in the first lines I encountered this word in this context: Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, ... I'd like to know ...
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Difference between “Wechselwirkungen” and “Interaktion” in the context of social interactions

To discuss social interactions, would which of the two best fit in different contexts. And are there different words that are used if the context is formal or casual?
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Translation of “Get complete peace of mind”

Ich tue mich schwer, diese englische Phrase ins Deutsche zu übersetzen. Als temporäre Lösung hätte ich: »Ein ruhiges Gewissen haben.« Allerdings soll das deutsche »Get complete peace of mind« ohne ...
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319 views

Reflexive constructions instead of the Passive in usage?

I find the passive construction quite fun to use. However I had not come across the use of a reflexive construction instead of the passive before. The reflexive constructions sound very unusual to my ...
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Zusagen plus Dativ

Die Anpflanzung der Bäume durch die örtlichen Betriebe ist zugesagt. Ist der Satz richtig? Ursprünglich hieß der Satz: Örtliche Betriebe sagten zu, Bäume anzupflanzen. Warum heiß es nicht, ...
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Noob question about German pronunciation

Let me first give a big fat disclaimer that I essentially know no German at all. Being an IPA junkie I just decided to read about German orthography and (epicfailingly) try to read out some German for ...
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2answers
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Zur schwankenden Deklination. Kriterien zur entsprechenden Wahl (stark oder schwach)?

Laut canno.net sei schwankende Deklination etwas zwischen starker und schwacher Deklination. Zum Beispiel gehöre das Indefinitpronomen andere zu dieser Gruppe, mit anderem gutem Bier oder mit ...
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1answer
291 views

How to merge a list of sentences with the same subject, containg adverbs, in a single one?

I want to find an equilibrium between the following bad writing problems: excesively repeating a subject (Hans ... Dannach hat Hans... Hans fand x gut. usw.) making a too long sentence (which make ...
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2answers
173 views

How to explain the ending -en in “dem alten Hafenviertel” if we know it's in dative?

In the phrase dem alten Hafenviertel, I have dem which is dativ of der or das, then I have alten which I suppose is the accusative of der and, at the end, I have the noun Hafenviertel which has the ...
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684 views

Translating “I deserve more (than I actually earn)”

I have a problem with translating the phrase I deserve more [than I actually earn] Because the only I can find is something like that: Ich verdiene mehr [als ich jetzt verdiene] The ...
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3answers
293 views

In or im with years and dates

When it comes to dates, I've seen both variants, like these: "Im Januar 2001 wurde das Video veröffentlicht..." "Im Jahr 1905 erschien seine Arbeit mit dem Titel..." "In 1980 schloss ...
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Is there a difference between “Medikamente”, “Arzneimittel” und “Drogen”?

The words "Medikamente", "Arzneimittel" und "Drogen" all seem in the dictionaries to mean drugs or medicines. Apart from drogen which I can understand may have the negative connotation of illegal ...
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1answer
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How to pronounce “ich” [duplicate]

I've been learning German since October 2013. I know at some point I must decided how to pronounce "ich". Any opinions that might help me make this decision? Danke...
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134 views

What's the name of words such as “Fahrerei”, “Kocherei”, “Putzerei”, etc

I got a bunch of questions concerning these words: What's the name of words such as "Fahrerei", "Kocherei", "Putzerei", etc From which words can they be formed of? Only verbs? All verbs? Are ...
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What's the meaning of this sentence: “Für Ulrike war der Wintersport mit dem Gipsbein vorbei, der Urlaub zum Glück nicht”?

Für Ulrike war der Wintersport mit dem Gipsbein vorbei, der Urlaub zum Glück nicht. I think that Urlike's leg was in a cast by the time the winter sport was over, but fortunately the holiday ...
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Would “Seiten” be common on German websites to communicate the available web pages?

In the footer of our website we want have the option to select the main pages. But the "pages" needs to be translated to the best German equivalent. The literal translation that I found was ...
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Ist „Schande“ in „ach du Schande!“ ein Euphemismus?

Einfach so. Ich höre so oft „ach du Scheiße!“ und manchmal auch „ach du Schande!“ in Kontexten, in denen man sich auf keinen Fall buchstäblich auf Schande als Scham beziehen würde. Daher die Frage, ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “worden” und “geworden”

Laut Canoo.net ist das Partizip von werden entweder worden oder geworden. Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den beiden? Kann man immer geworden benutzen, oder gibt es Fälle, in denen geworden falsch ...
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Comparison between equivalent words meaning “home” in German if used on websites

In the US we use the word "home" to indicate the main page on a website. This might be exclusive to the English language because I know in Spanish we do not use "casa" which would be the equivalent of ...
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German words options for English equivalent of “workout” such as “Übung”

I want to best communicate "Enjoy your workout." So far I have Genießen Sie Ihre Übung But it sounds a bit generic and the word seems to mean more along the lines of "exercise". Which is not ...
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Wann soll man “um” oder “über” nutzen, um “about” zu übersetzen?

Präpositionen sind mir der schwierigste Teil der deutsche Sprache. Sie übersetzen nicht genau aus Englisch. Jede Präposition hat verschiedene Bedeutungen. Wann ich auf Englisch "about" benutze, soll ...
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4answers
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Troubles understanding complex law related sentence

I'm an intermediate German speaker and I'm having problems making sense of the following sentence: Nach Ablauf der genannten Frist ist der Anspruch verwirkt, sofern er dem Arbeitgeber gegenüber ...
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Verwandtschaft von “-lich”, “-ig” etc

In meinen etymologischen Quellen (DWDS, Duden) finde ich, dass das Suffix -lich mit gleich und Englisch like verwandt ist. Zu -ig und -isch findet man hingegen nichts bzw. die Angabe einer ...
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Accurate words to communicate the concept of “dating”

When I have used translation services, the word suggestions for "dating" seem to be along the lines of carbon dating, not the intended romantic words. The other challenge is that American concept of ...
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3answers
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How to say “ask someone out” in context of dating in German

Is "Nur fragen sie heraus" an accurate way to say "Just ask her out" in reference to dating? I am under the impression that "heraus" is more of an action as opposed to "out" in the sense of ...
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379 views

Differences in words for simplicity, such as “Einfachheit” and “Anspruchslosigkeit”

I was trying to write a sentence in German about simplicity and want the word that will best describe gratitude with simple pleasures. So I have come across the following words Anspruchslosigkeit ...
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Tight and Narrow = Eng und Schmal?

I've been trying to learn the vocabulary for both 'tight' and 'narrow', but I am having trouble with the translation. There seems to be some overlap. I'll give a couple of example sentences and my ...
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2answers
466 views

How to read “modulo” (Math) in German? About the preposition it induces

In English there exists the proposition modulo (see also the Wiktionary entry) or modulo the fact. Any of these, however, are not proper from English, but have their origin in mathematics, presumably ...
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156 views

“aus”, “outside” or “from”?

In this sentence: Nehmen Sie den Wein aus Deutschland. what would "aus" mean? "outside" or "from" ? And is this a question? I see the verb and pronoun are switched. In other words, should I ...
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1answer
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What's the meaning of “be-” prefix?

Keep this example: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/beachten http://www.wordreference.com/deen/%C3%A4chten achten means respect beachten means obey What's the meaning of the prefix be? What is ...
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2answers
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What's the difference between “bereiten” and “vorbereiten”?

Is there a difference in meaning or can both expressions be used interchangeably? I also wonder about the strong difference of meaning between bereiten (prepare) and reiten (ride). How is it ...
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191 views

What's the difference between “queren” and “überqueren”

I've tried to look here: http://www.wordreference.com/deen/queren http://www.wordreference.com/deen/%C3%BCberqueren But it's not clear to me. Also I don't understand why über-queren should ...
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1answer
87 views

What is the origin of the prefix “be-”?

Let's take an example. besuchen => to visit someone suchen => search
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1answer
404 views

Help with “schmecken” verb + dative

I'm a German newbie and I'm trying to translate "Der Wein schmeckt dem Mann" Der Wein = the wine, subject schmeckt = ? tastes ? dem Mann = to the Mann I can't give this sentence a meaningful ...
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Ausdrucksstarkes deutsches Wort oder Wortgebilde für “Big Data”?

Nur aus Interesse, weiß jemand oder hat jemand eine Idee für ein gutes Wort für "Big Data"? Alle Synonyme, durch die ich bis jetzt geblättert habe, sind etwas platt. Vielleicht "Endlos Daten" war ...
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Bei Wörtern wie „Arztbesuch“, wie bestimmt man kontextfrei wie das Verb „besuchen“ wirkt? Wer besucht wen?

(Der Titel diser Frage ist katastrophal, ich gebe zu. Hoffentlich lässt sich bald ein besserer finden.) Hintergrund Die Frage ist eigentlich ein bisschen komplizierter. Natürlich wäre denn ein paar ...

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