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Hassling the Hoff - Conjugating sein with two subjects

David Hasselhoff's number Du (featured in the movie Eurotrip) has these lyrics: Ich hab' ein Ziel und dieses Ziel bist du, bist du, bist du. I found the conjugation of sein here interesting ...
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Warum “niemand” anstelle “niemandem” in der Paraphrase “Ich nehme niemand einen Platz weg” einer Behauptung Lahms [duplicate]

Dank des Hauptitels auf dieser Seite der FIFA, und zwar Lahm: "Ich nehme niemand einen Platz weg", habe ich gerade erfahren, dass man auch niemand anstelle niemandem –und eigentlich auch ...
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“Ding” auf einer Speisekarte

Was ist das korrekte Wort für Dinge auf einer Speisekarte? Auf englisch würde ich "Item" benutzen, aber alle Übersetzungen für "Item" klingen irgendwie falsch. "Gericht" deutet ja meiner Meinung ...
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Entsprechende Satz : “on the same page”

Ich schreibe eine E-mail und suche eine/n entsprechende/n Redewendung/Satz für "on the same page". Es bedeutet etwas wie "wir haben alle die gleiche Informationen und alle verstehen einander" Vielen ...
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Is it possible to pass a DSH examination without the active application into a German institution?

Later I tried to hunt around Germany for the possibility to pass a DSH examination. This is a type of German language exams, which enables non-native german speakers to study in a German educational ...
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Does “Jawohl” carry Nazi connotations?

Would answering "Jawohl" to an order or request be associated with Nazi Germany? What about "Jawohl, mein Kommandant"? Can it be used (jokingly) without people finding it tasteless?
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Kann „auch“ als „doch“ benutzt werden?

Teilweise verstehe ich die von auch im nächsten Gespräch gespielte Rolle: – Boah! Guck mal Martins neue Auto. Er soll ein Schweinegeld haben! – Jo, ist auch so. Aber als ich ausschließlich ...
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Are the words Deutsch and Durch homophones?

I searched for the answer to the question on Google.com and also on Bing.com, but wasn't able to find an answer. Whenever I have heard these words on Youtube.com, or on my Duolingo app, I am not able ...
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Difference between using the double infinitive or past participle?

For longer sentences with more verbs, it is often hard for a learner to figure out when to use the double infinitive sentence structure and when to use the past participle. For example in the ...
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Unterschied zwischen “wirken als ob” und “aussehen als ob”

Es wirkt fast so, als habe Linklater (ein Name) das unauffälligste Kind gewählt, das er finden konnte. Mason (ein Name) selbst wirkt in jeder Szene, als sei er nie ganz da. Er ist mir ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “drehen” und “umdrehen”?

Kann jemand den Unterschied zwischen den beiden kurz erklären? Sagt man "Das Auto dreht" oder "Das Auto dreht sich". Gibt es einen Unterschied?
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How to translate “to make no sense”?

How would you say "to make no sense" in German? I've seen uses with machen and haben: Das macht keinen Sinn. Es hat keinen Sinn, mit Ihnen zu streiten.
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“Ihr” as second person singular

I'm reading "Der Hobbit" and in their first encounter Bilbo and Galdalf address each other as "Ihr". I learned that it's either "du" or "Sie". Is it common to use "Ihr", in literature for instance? ...
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Usage of halber / halben

It is common to use halber to indicate a cause, a reason or an end for something. Der Einfachheit halber hier ein einfacher Beispielsatz. Now 'Einfachheit' is feminine, so 'halber' is ...
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What prepositions are used for communications in social networks?

What preposition do you use to say something like "I will talk to you on skype/facebook/whatsapp." I made a sentence like this, "Ich werde mit dir reden per whatsapp." Is that correct? If not ...
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“Naja!” as an interjection

The standard meaning for this word seems to be “well”, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, sometimes simply as a placeholder (as was also explained in answers here). But this seems to be only the ...
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“Unterwegs” or “auf dem Weg”?

What is the difference between auf dem Weg and unterwegs? Ich bin unterwegs/auf dem Weg nach Hause.
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“Gleis” or “Bahnsteig”?

If I understand correctly, at a railway station Gleis designates the (rail)track while Bahnsteig is the platform. When giving information about where to go to catch a train, do we usually refer to ...
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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Warum sind “totlachen, kaputtlachen,…” reflexiv, und “lachen” nicht?

Hier auf dieser Seite habe ich einen Kommentar gesehen, in dem es behauptet wird, Komposita mit lachen reflexiv seien bzw. reflexiv sein können. Warum?
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Which online course for learning German can you recommend?

I got a place at a German university and I would like to learn some essentials from the scratch during the summer. My main concern is to be efficient while learning. I don't mind paying for an online ...
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1answer
109 views

No article - why “Altes Rathaus”?

This page is about the old city hall of Munich. The title is Altes Rathaus and in the text it says Das Alte Rathaus entwickelte sich ... Now AFAIK the indefinite form is ein altes ...
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...
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In letzter Zeit vs. in der letzten Zeit

Does the presence/absence of the definite article change anything? Or is it just the matter of preference whether to use it or not? in letzter Zeit in der letzten Zeit The German-English ...
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Wie heißt es richtig, Masterthesis oder Masterarbeit?

Ich schreibe gerade an meiner deutschsprachigen Abschlussarbeit und wurde darauf angesprochen, warum auf meinem Titelblatt "Masterthesis" steht. Sollte es richtig "Masterthesis" oder "Masterarbeit" ...
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“Ich mag ihn nicht” and expressing mild dislike of something

I was taught that mögen with a direct object corresponds to don't like or don't care for in English, and I've used expressions such as Ich mag ihn nicht to mean a general but not especially strong ...
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Warum lachst du über meinen Freund?

Can lachen über be used only to mean laughing at something? Or can it be used when laughing at a person or situation as well?
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Was bedeutet “in jemandem sterben” in einem religiösen Zusammenhang?

Ich kenne eine Arie von J.S Bach, deren Titel «Stirb in mir, Welt, und alle deine Liebe» lautet. Ich habe das auch irgendwo anders gehört, in dem Text eines Liedes. Was bedeutet das? Gibt es eine ...
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Was bedeutet “ins Blaue gehen”?

Aus dem Buch "Der Hobbit": "doch nicht der Gandalf, der es auf dem Gewissen hat, daß so viele brave Burschen und Mädchen einfach ins Blaue gingen, verrückte Abenteuer zu erleben." Was ...
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Programming: Verb for #include, build in Diploma thesis

For my diploma thesis in engineering I describe some programming. One thing is that I want to describe which libraries can be included. The German inkludiert sounds very old. Eingefügt does not get ...
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If “Plattdüütsch” is a completely different language than “Hochdeutsch” (standard German), then why is it called “German”?

“Plattdeutsch” is closer to Dutch language dialects than to “Hochdeutsch”. Then why is it called “German”? Here’s an example of “Plattdeutsch” on Youtube.
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Would you find it polite if your doctor sent you a payment reminder letter like this?

My doctor sent me a payment reminder letter. Normally we are given 30 days to pay and a reminder letter will be sent out after 40-50 days. But this doctor gave me only 23 days in a vacation season and ...
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Purpose of “mich” in the following translation

If I wanted to say "I look bad like you" Ich mich schlecht aussehen, wie dich. I don't know if it's correct, but my doubt is what's the purpose of mich in this situation?
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Sein Haus und Garten ist/sind schön

Which is correct grammatically? Sein Haus und Garten ist schön. Sein Haus und Garten sind schön. I tend to think the former is correct by taking Sein Haus und Garten as a singular subject. ...
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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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Invariant form of adjective “genügend”

The dictionary lists genügend as an invariable adjective, meaning that (as I understand) it cannot be inflected. Ich habe genügend Geld. (not genügendes Geld) Is there a reason why this ...
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Reference for accusative and dative forms

What is a good reference to look at the accusative and dative forms of nouns? I was looking at the word Wille in the dictionary, and while in this case I can deduce from the examples that the ...
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Translation of “That must have been a year ago”

A: Remember when we had dinner together at that restaurant? B: That must have been a year ago! To translate: A: Erinnerst du dich, als wir zusammen Abendessen in diesem Restaurant ...
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Präposition für fliegen

Ich weiß, dass dieser Satz richtig ist: Im Sommer fliege ich in die USA. Kann ich auch sagen: Im Sommer fliege ich nach den USA. Gibt es andere präpositionen, die ich benutzen kann?
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Why “ein Uhr” and not “eins Uhr”

Why is it that "one o'clock" is ein Uhr and not eins Uhr? It is understandable that it's not eine Uhr, since we're not referring to one clock. But why is it that we're just using ein here?
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Aural comprehension of German media [closed]

I am a native English speaker who has scant practice with listening to spoken German except via Internet radio and DVDs from Amazon.de. I have noticed that some shows at the same intellectual level ...
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277 views

Is there any other way to say “I don't care” in German

Is there any other phrase to express "Das ist mir egal" (I don't care) in German?
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How to use the verb “pflegen” with the meaning of - being used to do something?

How to use the verb "pflegen" with the meaning of - be used to doing something? Example - How to say My grandmother is used to taking a nap every afternoon.
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Konjunktiv II expressing likelihood vs. expressing unreal event

I tried to ask a question about the two meanings of Konjunktive II with a modal verb, but chose a bad example which led the discussion astray. Let me try a better one here. Look at the English ...
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Searching for shopping items in German

Question: Does anyone have any advice, or know of websites or other resources that could inform me, on how Germans do web searches in their language? Background: We have a search engine for large ...
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1answer
92 views

When to use which preposition with “gehen”? “in” vs “zu” [duplicate]

I've always been confused about this: Ich gehe zur Haltestelle Einsteinstraße. Ich gehe in die Bank. Is there a rule on when to use zu/in with gehen?
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How to colloquially refer to things written on the blackboard?

English text below. Manche wunderbare Vortragende, die auf Englisch wärend der Vorlesung bzw. während des Vortrags über Mathematik u.ä. an der Tafel schreiben, sagen oft „this guy“ anstelle des ...
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Preposition/phrase for “to go outside”

I want to go outside. Do we say (a) Ich will nach draußen gehen. (b) Ich will zu draußen gehen. or others?
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Can native German speakers identify each other's dialect even if they are speaking “Hochdeutsch”?

If yes, how? For example, what are the strongest markers to differentiate between bairisch and frankisch first language?
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2answers
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Does the ending “-a(c)ke” lead to a pejorative?

I have two options when knowing a taboo word: either I keep it as taboo or I ask, if I want to understand a pair of fine points of German. Whence this question, which is mostly based on a ...

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