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Differences between “fortfahren”, “fortsetzen”, “weitermachen”, “weitergehen ”and “fortführen”

There may be other verbs that might also mean to continue. Whenever I practice my writing, I find these very confusing. What are the difference between these verbs? I initially thought that they are ...
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-mäßig vs. -artig

In manchen Fällen wird beides als "-like" übersetzt. Woher weiß man, welche der beiden Endungen benutzt werden soll? Insbesondere bezüglich Gegenständen und so. Also, sagt man eher pulvermäßig oder ...
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Unterschied zwischen »tauschen« und »(aus)wechseln«

Worin besteht der Unterschied zwischen tauschen und (aus)wechseln? Anwendungsfall: Handlungsanweisungen in der Industrie. Wann benutzt man Bauteil (aus)wechseln, wann Bauteil tauschen? ...
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What does “alles” mean here?

In the course book DaF kompakt A1, I found the sentence: Was macht Sylvie alles? I can understand question without the word alles: What does Sylvie do? But the word alles confuses me.
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Kann man zwei Punkte am Satzende zusammenfassen

Wenn ich einen Satz mit einer Abkürzung schließe (etc.) oder z. B. mit einem abgekürzten Firmennamen (Activision Publishing, Inc.), sieht es etwas merkwürdig aus, wenn zwei Punkte hintereinander ...
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»Ausnahme dieses Grundsatzes« oder »Ausnahme zu diesem Grundsatz«?

Heißt es die erste Ausnahme dieses Grundsatzes oder die erste Ausnahme zu diesem Grundsatz ?
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Grammatikalische Korrektheit von »was ich von der eurigen Arbeitsstelle erwarte«

In einer Bewerbung möchte ich schreiben: Das ist, im Grunde genommen, was ich von der eurigen Arbeitsstelle erwarte. Ist dies grammatikalisch wohlgebildet? Dazu muss ich auch fragen, ob es ...
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Verwendung von “so vieles”

Im heutigen Facebook-Status vom Spiegel steht: Für junge Deutsche ist Angela Merkel die Frau, die immer da war, die so vieles bestimmt. Im Duden konnte ich nur ein Beispiel zu so vieles finden, ...
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119 views

How to say “Class of” in German? [closed]

For example, how would you say "Welcome to (some school) Class of 2019?"
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1answer
58 views

Formulierungshilfe Satz

Mir fällt gerade nichts Vernünftiges ein. Ich müsste einen Satz so formulieren, dass er das ausdrückt, was ich meine. Von Gerät zu Gerät sind unterschiedliche Komponenten verbaut. Ausdrücken ...
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“Er anerkennt die Grenzen” - Korrektes Deutsch?

Neulich gelesen, und anscheinend auch nicht so ungewöhnlich: "Er anerkennt die Grenzen" (Google results) hat es sogar in die FAZ geschafft. Ich erkenne nur "Er erkennt die Grenzen an" als richtiges ...
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1answer
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'Violinunterricht' vs. 'Violinenunterricht'?

I always thought that the correct way to say this was "Violinenunterricht." However, it seems that "Violinunterricht" is more commonly used (there are also more hits on Google). Which one is correct ...
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reflexive verb determining whether “sich” should be dative or accusative

I have gathered the following information from the University of Michigan's German course: Normally the reflexive pronoun will be accusative. If the verb already has an accusative object, ...
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The loanwords of which languages are to be faithfully pronounced when speaking German?

I have the impression that – unlike English (where you say Euler as Yuler, or better yet, bruschetta as [/brʊˈʃɛtə/]), European Spanish (where one pronounces Wi-Fi as guifi) or French (Bounty as ...
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Ist „ka“ ein österreichisches „kein“?

Hinweis: Optimal sagt oder schreibt man nicht so, wie es im Titel steht. Ich bin dessen bewusst und habe womöglich versucht, einen aussagekräftigeren, richtigen Titel zu suchen. Weil eine Veränderung ...
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1answer
138 views

What might the names “Loeffler” and “Loeffelmacher” mean?

This question is not so much about language and grammar, but what I want to know is what could possibly be the origin of these two last names? Loeffler is a fairly common last name, Loeffelmacher is ...
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108 views

Modal verb used for probability in german

"Mag er mich?" is translated as " Does he like me?" My question is does "Mögen" is used also for probability... so my sentence about it I am confused "May she missunderstand me by that? " is ...
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Himmel, Arsch und Zwirn?

Wo kommt der Fluch/Ausruf "Himmel, Arsch und Zwirn!" her? Gibt es Verbindungen zu "Verflixt und zugenäht!"? Wie kam es, dass "Zwirn" mancherorts durch "Wolkenbruch" ersetzt wurde? Oder lief die ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen “festsetzen”, “festlegen” and “feststellen”

These three verbs seem to mean pretty much the same thing (to set, or to determine, establish). I would like to know the precise difference between these verbs with examples if possible.
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´Der Patient entwickelte Symptome einer Lebensmittelvergiftung´ - possible sentences? [closed]

May I say the following sentences in German? I give the original English sentences (the following are the translations I´ve got from German native speakers, but I am not sure whether they are possible ...
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Can other verbs form contractions like “gemma”?

In Austrian and Bavarian speech it's common to use ma instead of wir, and what in Standard German would be gehen wir is often realized as gemma. Does this sort of contraction happen with any other ...
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2answers
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How to say “Thank you for being a valued customer”?

I need to say the following in German: Thank you for being a valued customer. I got: Als geschätzter Kunde von [Name der Firma], möchten wir uns bei Ihnen herzlich bedanken. Please advise ...
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1answer
68 views

“Würde” oder Konjunktiv II, wenn der Konjunktiv dem Indikativ entspricht?

Bei manchen Verben entspricht ja der Konjunktiv I dem Indikativ, sprich es ist keine Unterscheidung möglich, z. B. in dem folgenden Satz: Er sagte, sie nehmen teil. Wenn ich aber trotzdem ...
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2answers
506 views

German phrase with vorstellen

My wife applied for a position in a company in Germany and the answer she got from the responsible manager was (direct copy paste): Sehr geehrte Frau XY, können Sie sich kurzfristig hier ...
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1answer
113 views

The meaning of “wenn er… wollte”

The question is on the 'wenn'-clause of this sentence, which is from 'Kinder auf der Landstraße' by Kafka. Die stark durchbrochenen Vorhänge bauschten sich im warmen Wind, und manchmal hielt sie ...
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1answer
112 views

“Tempel ein” in Die Zauberflöte

In the libretto of the Magic Flute, the phrase "Tempel ein" is often used. E.g. Sarastro says "Führt diese beiden Fremdlinge in unsern Prüfungstempel ein" and Monostatos says "...bald dringen wir in ...
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4answers
114 views

Wegen, bezüglich, über. Is their use interchangeable?

Is the use of the words wegen, bezüglich and über always interchangeable when we want to say "about" (concerning)? If not, can in some cases be interchangeable? For example what is the best way for ...
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2answers
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Einordnung von Verbalkomplexen

Ich habe mich mit Verbalkomplexen beschäftigt und bin etwas verwirrt über die für mich teilweise willkürlich erscheinende Einteilung in lexikalische und grammatikalisierte Komplexe. Es gibt eindeutig ...
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0answers
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Can an email speak? [duplicate]

In English, one would say, "I have received an email from you, which said that..." Is the direct calque ("Ich habe eine Email von Ihnen bekommen, die sagt, dass...") proper German?
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“variety is the spice of life” in German

Ich suche ein deutsches Sprichwort, ähnlich zum Englischen variety is the spice of life. Ich finde im Wesentlichen nur eine wörtliche Übersetzung, welche aber meines Wissens nicht im Deutschen ...
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2answers
95 views

“begann zu erzählen” vs “zu erzählen begann”

I consider my German intermediate and began to read Harry Potter to improve my knowledge, and I stumbled upon this sentence: ... als Harry ihm und Hermine zu erzählen begann, ... Shouldn't it be ...
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How does the placement of “nicht” change the example?

I was curious if these sentences meant the same thing and if they were both valid. The first sentence I made myself, the second is what I heard. Does the meaning change with the different placement ...
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1answer
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Word order in complex sentences?

When there are particles, reflexive verbs with prepositions and negation how are the words in a sentence is formed? Also lets assume that both the place and the time is stated in the same sentence. Is ...
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Meaning of “Man nennt dich doch auch”

I am watching a little cartoon and I do not understand the German subtitles, especially this sentence: Man nennt dich doch auch... What does doch auch mean? Why are they both in the same ...
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»Repository« oder »Repositorium«?

Ich schreibe eine Arbeit über ein zwei wöchiges Programmierprojekt, und zwar auf Deutsch. Ein Problem bei der Dokumentation ist es, falsche Anglizismen zu vermeiden. Welches ist die richtige Form: ...
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How to write an “ß”?

What is the proper way to write an Eszett on paper with a pen? In English we are told to start letters at the top, but the ß only has ends at the bottom, so what is the proper way to draw the letter?
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Future perfect tense “haben” vs “sein”

I'm wondering how "haben" and "sein" are used in the future perfect tense. Say Ich werde gegessen haben means "I will have eaten" and it uses "haben". Then Wann werden sie gegangen sein? ...
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3answers
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Can you replace “sich” in “Es lohnt sich nicht”

I learned the phrase "Es lohnt sich nicht" today from my Michel Thomas German course. From the "German Builder" CD 1 for those interested. The phrase means " it's not worth it" I want to know if I ...
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3answers
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How to say “Phrase of the week” in German

If there is a "phrase of the week", in German would it be correct to call it "die Phrase der Woche" or would it be better to say "die Redewedung der Woche" or "der Ausdruck der Woche"?
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Positioning of “hat” with double infinitive

(a) Ich habe nicht erwartet, dass er dich besuchen wollen hat. (b) Ich habe nicht erwartet, dass er dich hat besuchen wollen. Which word ordering is correct? I've seen that sometimes "hat" ...
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655 views

Translate “Fanfare for the Common Man”

We are playing this music in the band. The others want to know how to say this in German. "Common" is a tricky word. I think the composer was intending to say "common" as opposed to "noble", so he ...
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“High school” in German?

I’m trying to translate the term high school into German. However this is proving to be difficult since the school systems in the U.S. are different from Germany. Using Dict.cc and Linguee, I’ve ...
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5answers
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What is the difference in pronounciation of “Nichts” and “Nics”?

Often I hear different pronounciation for the word Nichts Some people pronounce it as Nics (Well, it sounds like "Nics".) Does it make any difference? Is this a different dialect? Is it ...
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5answers
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How to use the “hin” and “her” prefixes?

I just realized that I don't know how to use hin and her. Beyond "woher kommst du?" I haven't learn to use them. As I understand, one can just juxtapose them to Ort prepositions: (he­r­ü­ber, ...
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4answers
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German word in “Unfinished business”

What does the german word "Flügeschlagen" (or "Flugenschlagen"?) mean and why does the GPS keep saying it in the movie (they are stuck in traffic)? According to google translator (I know, not a very ...
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4answers
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Der Fußball steht oder liegt?

I am not sure about which verb to choose between "der Fußball liegt/steht". The shape of the ball makes me confused. With for example Schere I would guess more easily that the right choice is ...
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4answers
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Milch? Milsh? Why the pronunciation difference?

I'm working my way through the Pimsleur German series, and I've noticed that one of the speakers has what seems to me a strange pronunciation of the word Milch. He pronounces the ch like the sh sound ...
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4answers
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Difference in pronunciation of “Er” vs. “Ihr”

I'm currently learning German with Duolingo. In some of the lessons and daily practices, I have to listen to a recorded voice and type the German words that are spoken. I seem to continually get ...
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12answers
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How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where?

I've heard the following alternatives for pronouncing the ending -ig of words like fertig and lustig: /ɪç/ (as in mich) /ɪʃ/ (as in Fisch) /ɪg/ /ɪk/ Where are the different pronunciations used? ...
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2answers
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Is “Dieser Raum” in “Dieser Raum bietet Sitzplätze für 25 Leute” agent or locative?

I´ve got another question from my diploma research. My original English sentence was This room seats 25 people. This room was labeled as locative. When I give you another example, the ...

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