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Meaning of the phrase: “Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee”

I am a beginner at German learning. I found this line of dialog in the book "Schritte International 1": Aber Sie trinken doch sonst auch immer Kaffee! What does it mean exactly? I looked up the ...
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Is there an etymological connection between the words “gut” (“good”) and “Gott” (“god”)?

Someone told me that there is an etymological connection between the words gut (good) and Gott (god). Is there any truth to such an assertion? I looked at the Oxford English Dictionary under the ...
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Conversion table for diacritics (e.g. “ü” → “ue”)

I am looking for a table for converting German diacritics into their non-diacritic character combination equivalent. For instance that table would indicate that the umlaut ü may be converted to ue). ...
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Groß- oder Kleinschreibung von »er/Er« in der direkten Anrede

In Antworten und Kommentaren zur Frage über die Bezeichnung für die direkte Anrede in der dritten Person wurden Beispiele gepostet, in denen das Anredepronomen er/Er großgeschrieben wurde. Ich möchte ...
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“Ich habe meinen Bruder zu Flughafen genommen.” – choice of verb

Ich habe meinen Bruder zu Flughafen genommen. Is it OK to use the verb nehmen in this situation? I don’t know why I think that sentence is a little weird. What if I use the verb gefahren?
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Why do some germans not respect the predicate positioning when starting the clause sentence with “weil”? [duplicate]

I see in TV shows a trend to not respect the positioning of the predicate in clause sentences that start with "weil". I am wondering if this is something borrowed from English, and I question the ...
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Historical linguistic origin of grammatical gender for nouns

I wonder if there had been a set of rules to ascribe a grammatical gender to the nouns in earlier forms of German language; for instance, according to their ending syllable. I'd like to know by which ...
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When to use das/die/der and when ein/eine?

I'm just starting with German and got a bit lost when one should use der/die/das and when ein/eine. I suppose it should be something like "a" or "the" in English depending if we're talking about ...
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German equivalent of “to tend to take on sth”

I would like to know how to express "to tend take on sth" How could I make better my following tranlation attempt or is it completely wrong? Most language teachers currently tend to take on the ...
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Substantiv (Gen.) + nach

Ich bin über den folgenden Satz in einem Text gestolpert, der mir echten Kopfschmerzen bereitet: Ziel war die Erschaffung eines Volkes der wiedererstarkten 'echten' und 'reinen' Türken, der ...
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Could also to be used “was” instead “wie”? [duplicate]

In English one asks "what's your name?"(the same pattern in my mother language) but why german uses "wie" i.e. "how", this question word seems to me fine when asking one's age, but to get information ...
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Mit gutem roten Wein? [duplicate]

Ich bin kein deutscher Muttersprachler und wohne seit einigen Jahren in Deutschland. Als ich Deutsch als Fremdsprache gelernt habe, habe ich folgende Regel bzgl. der Beugung von Adjektiven gelernt: ...
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How to informally say “Sending love to you and your family” in German?

Best way to say "Sending love to you (female) and your family" in German? Our families are very close, so it should be informal.
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Asymmetrie vs. Unsymmetrie

According to Duden asymmetrisch and unsymmetrisch are synonyms, but which one is preferable in a scientific context? What about other contexts? Searching for the appropriate noun, I wonder why Duden ...
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Wie sagt man “it's about time”?

It's about time she went home Mein Versuch ist : Es ist Zeit, dass sie nach Hause gegangen ist.
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“Einige Forschungen” or “manche Forschungen”? [closed]

I have seen that some can be used in a variety of ways. Is there a standard use of some that can be used on all occasions?
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Überbegriff für »Stadtverkehr«, »Überlandverkehr«, »Autobahnverkehr«?

Gibt es einen Überbegriff für die Konzepte Stadt-, Überland- und Autobahnverkehr? Kontextbeispiel: Parameter X ist unter anderem abhängig von [Begriff, der die unterschiedlichen Einsatzgebiete, ...
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“Das ist eines ihrer beliebtesten Ferienziele.” — Why is “eines” used here?

This is a sentence I found in Assimil, Chapter 37: Das ist eines ihrer beliebtesten Ferienziele. Ferienziele is plural and genitive, so I understand why ihrer beliebtesten is there. But I can't ...
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How to say abstract “this”?

I know dies is generally used to say this when referring to a noun. But what about if I want to say something like "This is ridiculous!" or "This is my story". Is there a German equivalent of ...
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How are “irgendjemand” and “irgendetwas” different from “jemand” and “etwas”? [duplicate]

Today I opened a dictionary to find that in German there is an irgend-version of most question words (wie, was, wer, wohin, etc.) that basically means a non-specific thing that the question word ...
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“Lieben” vs “gefallen”

For the verb lieben, it is close to the English usage for love, e.g.: John loves Mary. -> John liebt Mary. For the verb gefallen, it's rather weird. A dictionary entry for gefallen didn't help ...
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Moderne, gehobene Version von “Hof machen”

Wie nennt man im modernen Deutsch den Vorgang, bei dem ein Mann mit originellen und durchdachten Aktionen die Aufmerksamkeit einer Frau auf sich lenkt? Der Ausdruck soll betonen, dass das Ganze mit ...
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“Fast” in “Ich habe den Fehler fast gemacht.”

I want to say I almost made the mistake. Is it correct to say Ich habe den Fehler fast gemacht. I'm not sure about the adverb "fast" here, since it is modifying the verb "gemacht" (as ...
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Subjunctive II in “fast” case

The (past) subjunctive II is usually used to express imagined results in the past that are the opposite to the reality. Wenn mich jemand gewarnt hätte, hätte ich den Fehler nicht gemacht. "If ...
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Was genau ist ein Strom (Gewässer)?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Difference between “Fluss” and “Strom” Bis heute hatte ich nur Fluss gekannt. Aber dann kenne ich auch das Wort Strom für einen langen ...
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German games for dyslexic to learn language

My son (8) has dyslexia and we need to motivate him a lot to read and write. He is German and German is his mother tongue. (But German is not my mother tongue.) I learned a lot of English playing ...
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Bedeutung und Herkunft des Verbs »brakeln«

Ich habe dieses Wort im Hamburger Raum öfter gehört und glaube, es ist ein Synonym zu werkeln, herumbrezeln, und wurschteln. Liege ich richtig? Und was ist die Herkunft dieses Worts?
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Dictionary entries: etw. zusammentragen vs zusammentragen

In dict.cc, etw. zusammentragen is translated as to collect sth, whereas zusammentragen is translated as to collate. Why isn't the entry given as follows: etw. zusammentragen = collate sth. ...
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Do you bring anything “aus” or “vom” the supermarket?

When I stay at home and a friend of mine visits the town, how could I request him to buy something for me? “aus” or “von”? Kannst du bitte vom Supermarkt Milch, Eier und Käse mitbringen?
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How difficult is Mozart’s German for language learners?

I grew up with a love of opera, which brought me to Italian and German. As I am particularly fascinated with the Magic Flute, I am considering to take a course in German, so I can understand what is ...
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List of 1000+ (most common) German nouns with plural form

Has anyone managed to find a list of this kind in a tabular form, possibly with articles? Something like this would be ideal: ---------------------------- das Kind | die Kinder | der Hund | ...
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Word for (allegedly) catholic terrorists

extremist, allegedly Muslim faith → Islamismus, Islamisten extremist, allegedly Roman-Catholic faith → ? We are looking for a term for a doctrine and their followers (“fanatics”), which refers to ...
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»versichern vor« oder »versichern gegen«

I have seen those two forms and I can’t decide which use is correct. Unser neue Wagen ist [vor/gegen] Diebstahl versichert Which of the prepositions below suits the sentence best?
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Pronouncing “chs” as /ks/

"ch" is pronounced as /x/ or /ç/ depending on the vowel in front of it, and "s" is pronounced /z/ before a vowel, how come then that the sequence "chs" in the words wachsen and Wechsel is pronounced ...
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Ist „FAMILIENNAME Vorname“ akzeptabel auf einer deutschen Visitenkarte, wenn mein Name nicht der westlichen Namensordnung folgt?

Mein Name wird normalerweise nicht gemäß der westlichen Namensordnung geschrieben, sondern als Familienname Vorname. Es ist mir aber schon öfter passiert, dass ich darauf geachtet habe, in deutschen ...
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“am Freitag” vs. “letzten Freitag” vs. “am letzten Freitag”

If I want to say that something happened last Friday, I’m not sure if I should use am or not. For example: Der Brief, den ich [am] letzten Freitag bekommen habe, … F: Wann hast du meinen ...
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When to use “wurde” versus “war” (eg “Ich wurde ausgeraubt” vs “Ich war ausgeraubt”)

How does one know when to use wurde vs war in forming sentences like the following? My book gave an example for I was robbed as being Ich wurde ausgeraubt but wouldn't that translate to I ...
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“Nein” vs “nee”, is there any difference?

The only time I've ever seen Germans say nein is in the movies or in textbooks. I've also heard a politician say nein when she wanted to make a strong stand again a comment. I'm guessing nein is more ...
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Correct word translation: moving out of the country [closed]

I am moving out of the country and would like to inform my creditors of such. How do I correctly say that in German, "moving from Germany to US?". When I tried to locate such information, I'm ...
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Herkunft von “alles Wotscha?”

Ich habe in Heidelberg sicher hundertmal gehört: Hey, alles wotscha? Es heißt wohl "alles klar?". Ich kann mir das nicht recht erklären. Weder "what ya" im Englischen, noch das "wotscha, ...
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Translating “You have no right to kill people even if you are hungry.” into German [closed]

How can you translate You have no right to kill people even if you are hungry. into German? My attempt is: Du hast kein Recht zu töten Menschen selbst wenn du bist hungrig. Is that ...
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What is the meaning of “Mensch” when used between friends or family members?

I met a long-time couple recently, and I frequently heard the wife calling her husband Mensch. As an example, at one point she asked Was ist das, Mensch? and at another Ach, Du Mensch! ...
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“How to” construction in German

In English, there is the construction how to + [infinitive], e.g. in: I don't know how to do such and such thing. How to this and that is a different matter. How to win friends and ...
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Äquivalentes Wort zu “schreibintensiv” für Lesen?

Gibt es ein Adjektiv mit der Bedeutung von zeitintensiv mit der Beschränkung aufs Lesen? Zur Verdeutlichung: zeitaufwändig, viel zu schreiben ==> schreibintensiv zeitaufwändig, viel zu lesen ...
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1answer
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“Da, wo ich herkomme, schon.”

I’ve come across the expression Da, wo ich herkomme, schon. From context, I gather that it means something like ‘That’s how it is where I come from’. Is something being omitted/left unsaid in ...
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Endliche Anzahl

In a vaguely mathematical context, could the 'endlich' in 'endliche Anzahl' ever not mean finite but only something like 'limited', so as to maybe include some transfinite cardinalities?
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What is “persönliche Zinswende”?

I came across the following sentence in Spiegel: Soll es mehr sichere Rendite sein, hilft den Kunden in vielen Fällen eben doch nur die persönliche Zinswende. Context: Big German banks pay ...
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Bezeichnung für die direkte Anrede in der dritten Person

Seit 2007 läuft im ORF die Talkshow »Wir sind Kaiser« (seit 2010 nur mehr vierteljährlich), in welcher der Talkmaster Robert Palfrader in der Rolle des »Kaiser Robert Heinrich I« prominente Gäste zur ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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Was ist »Schweizerdeutsch«?

In ganz Deutschland und bestimmt auch in ganz Österreich ist bekannt, dass in der Schweiz Dialekte mit hohem Wiedererkennungswert gesprochen werden. Wer diesen Dialekt nachmachen will, reduziert ei ...

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