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Is “wäre … können” used for “sein” verbs?

Take the following sentence: Ich hätte Cricket spielen können. meaning I could have played cricket. spielen has haben as an auxiliary, and it is obvious that hätte können is the right way ...
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What does the term “Jahreswagen” mean?

What does the term Jahreswagen mean? It literally translates to year car. In which context is it used?
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3answers
115 views

Is “lassen” a modal verb?

In a lot of sentences lassen has the same grammar structure of modal verbs for example: Kundenanfragen lassen sich schneller und effizienter bearbeiten. If it’s a modal verb, when should we use ...
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270 views

Exact meaning of present perfect in German [duplicate]

In English present perfect is used to show that something happened in the past which has an effect that still remains till now (present). Now let's take a look at a simple Present Perfekt sentence ...
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2answers
121 views

Which preposition to use when “going to ATM”?

I am confused between in ATM or zum ATM when I want to say that I am going to the ATM.
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560 views

Is ‘mögen’ plus verb an indication of ‘maybe’?

I have been encountering some of the new concepts that I was not able to grasp. That is, I used to know that the usage of mögen only refers to the concept of to like or want (may be more inclined to ...
3
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1answer
94 views

Commands in software labels (“click here”)

I'm working on translating English language content of a website into German, and I was curious which form do you use in German commands for labels in software. Think of messages like "Click Here" or ...
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136 views

Difference between “farbig”, “farblich” and “bunt”

I am trying to understand if there are differences in the way people use these three adjectives: farbig, farblich and bunt. So far as I know: bunt = coloured (a dress, a bird …), lively (an ...
7
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109 views

Etymology of “weiter” and “wieder”

The words weiter and wieder are in the same semantic field (e.g. they can both be translated with different meanings of again). They also look similar. Are they etymologically related? How far? In ...
6
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Genitive prepositions plus personal pronouns: Does it sound strange?

I'm aware that one says, say, meinetwegen instead of wegen meiner (and wegen mir). But with other prepositions accepting genitive I cannot judge, because I've never heard nor read anstelle ...
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What is the particle “irgend” used for, or what concept/sentiment does it convey?

I wonder what irgend means? I’ve seen so many words with it as a prefix, like irgendein, irgendwas and irgendwo. What do they have in common that irgend expresses? The explanations in the Duden ...
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42 views

Ist »mit ihren Freunden« eine Dativergänzung?

I want to build a Sentence with: Julia - will - machen - einen Ausflug an den Bodensee - mit ihren Freunden if Mit ihren Freunden is a Dativergänzung, then my sentence would be: Julia will mit ...
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189 views

What means my car's displayed diagnosis “KÜHLMITTLE NIEDR MOTOR ABSTELLEN”?

I'm French and I purchased a used (2001) Volvo V70 which was initially buyed in Switzerland, and where diagnosis are displayed in German, so for me it's often a painful task to understand what the ...
4
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1answer
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Ear-training with Minimal Pairs?

I came across this article on Minimal Pairs that seemed to perfectly describe the issues I have been having: not being able to clearly differentiate between the different sounds and vowels. The ...
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Difference between “wahr” and “echt”

I’ve seen both translated as true or authentic; I would like to know what the difference is. If they are both synonyms, please clarify when you would use one over the other.
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'Da war doch noch was' [closed]

This phrase has been discussed extensively elsewhere, but how would one best convey the meaning of 'Da war doch noch was'? there was something there(that I can't think of right now) there is one ...
3
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3answers
233 views

“The text is about” in German

Do you say Der Text, den ich gelesen habe, handelt sich um einen türkischen Jungen, der Metin heißt. Handelt sich um here means is about, doesn’t it?
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1answer
78 views

Mit Substantiv erweiterte Partizipien: Zusammen oder getrennt? Groß oder klein?

Ich bin mir stets unsicher, was ich bei adjektivisch gebrauchten Substantiv-Partizip-Kombinationen mache. Welche der folgenden Schreibungen ist richtig? Er arbeitete in einem Metall verarbeitenden ...
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3answers
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German words for different cleaning agents (shampoo, body wash, detergent, etc.)

I've been trying to look up words for shampoo, conditioner, detergent, etc. However, I've only a few months of German under my belt and cannot distinguish the nuances between words that the ...
7
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3answers
140 views

Wie nennt man es, wenn man auf „Sie“, „Du“ und „man“ in Erklärungen verzichtet?

Beispiel mit Sie, du, man: Um das Menü zu öffnen, klicken Sie auf diese Schaltfläche. Um das Menü zu öffnen, klicke auf diese Schaltfläche. Um das Menü zu öffnen, klickt man auf diese ...
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4answers
105 views

Can the polite form ‘wie geht es Ihnen’ be shortened to ‘wie geht’s’?

I understand that Wie geht’s? is a shortened form of Wie geht es dir? where the es becomes contracted and the dir is omitted. However, this can only be used with close friends where du is ...
3
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2answers
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Die Bedeutung von »Sauerei« und »Schweinerei«

Als für Menschen angewandtes Adjektiv nutzen wir im Spanischen perro (wörtlich Rüde; Bedeutung: sehr schlecht) schon als gewissermaßen beleidigend, aber dessen Femininum, perra (wörtlich Hündin), ...
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2answers
119 views

Difference between “sprechen”, “sagen”, “reden”

I would like to know what the difference between "sprechen", "sagen", "reden"? My guess would be, to say, to tell, to talk. I might be wrong, but please clarify!
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Position of Non-finite verb forms [duplicate]

As I see, when using a verb compound, the helping verb should always be placed in the second position of the sentence while the non-finite verb form (or the main/second verb) usually at the end, but ...
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2answers
109 views

“Wann basds am bestm?” Can anyone translate? [closed]

I am having some issues translating a few phrases from Bavarian to English. There are a few words i can recognize but I cant put the sentences together. "Wann basds am bestm?" "Dei dande dad am ...
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1answer
74 views

Most quick way to read paper written in Geman [closed]

I am a student majored in mathematics, and need to understand a paper written in German. The only foreign language I learnt is English. I am wondering is there any way to understand this paper more ...
4
votes
3answers
161 views

Meines wissens vs meinet wissens

In a recent discussion we talked about the phrase meines Wissens but I recalled a variant with a t: meinet Wissens. Is this a regionalism or what? If I google it the first dozen hits or so come up ...
4
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3answers
288 views

Resources for learning how to pronounce German phonemes?

In reading Fluent Forever. The author makes a point of something I had begun to suspect on my own: Learning to hear and correctly pronounce a language will help you learn much faster, because your ...
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3answers
246 views

Difference between “Boden” and “Erde”

What's the difference between Boden and Erde? As far as I know, they both mean soil and/or dirt. I would really appreciate it if someone could be very specific in the differences.
4
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4answers
123 views

Welche Bedeutung von »schier« ist hier gemeint?

In Braunschweig gibt es eine Straße Unter den Schieren Bäumen. Soweit mir bisher bekannt war, kann schier eines von zwei Sachen bedeuten: Fast, nahezu Das ist schier unmöglich! rein, ...
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4answers
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Everyday German: Asking for a bus-ticket

I have to ask for a bus-ticket to the place I work. So I always say to the bus driver: Einmal bis zu Tübingen bitte Is this right or should I use nach instead?
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1answer
112 views

Gibt es echte Synonyme?

Gibt es in der deutschen Sprache echte Synonyme? Soweit ich es bisher aus meinen Recherchen sehen konnte, haben selbst die naheliegendsten Ausdrücke immer noch verschiedene Nuancen oder Konnotationen. ...
2
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2answers
184 views

Do these -tion words come from English or French?

How did words ending on -tion like Operation, Information, or Kommunikation enter the German language? Do these words come from English or French? Or were they first brought to English then to German? ...
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5answers
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Unterschied zwischen »zanken« und »streiten«

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen zanken und streiten? Oder Zank und Streit? Der Duden erklärt jeweils das eine Wort mit dem anderen (abgesehen von Nebenbedeutungen): zanken mit jemandem einen ...
3
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1answer
74 views

Dialects of Austria—Resources?

From a linguist’s perspective if possible — i.e., not popular media or informal descriptions; I’m looking for any online resources that can give me clear explanations of accent, vocabulary, and ...
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3answers
142 views

Unterschied zwischen »ausharren«, »aushalten« und »abwarten«

Worin unterscheiden sich die Wörter ausharren, aushalten und abwarten? Im Duden werden unter ausharren die beiden anderen Wörter als Synonyme gelistet (u.a.). (Hinweis: ich habe das ursprüngliche ...
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2answers
98 views

Unterschied zwischen “Körper” und “Leib”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Begriffen Körper und Leib? Ich meine in dieser Bedeutung (nach dem Duden): Körper 1. a. das, was die Gestalt eines Menschen oder Tieres ausmacht; äußere ...
2
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3answers
210 views

Unterschied zwischen blöd, dumm, dämlich und doof

Was viele Deutschlernende interessieren würde, und was aus einem Wörterbuch nicht unbedingt direkt hervorgeht, wären die subtilen Unterschiede zwischen den Vokabeln dumm, doof, blöd und dämlich mit ...
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1answer
75 views

Why is it “Zwei-Mann-Orchester” instead of “Zwei-Männer-Orchester”?

In the repertoire of the "Musiktheater im Revier" I found the compound word Zwei-Mann-Orchester I wonder why it is "Mann" here. When they're two, shouldn't it be plural "Zwei Männer"?
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1answer
58 views

When exactly to use “hartnäckig”

According to many dictionaries, hartnäckig means something along the lines of persistent, but I don't know exactly when I should use it. Does it have a bad connotation (like "stubborn")? Is it more ...
3
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1answer
81 views

Usage of “aussetzen”

I was making fun of someone's funny picture, and as response got a comment of Willst du was aussetzen? The two meanings of the verb are suspend, and expose. Am I right in interpreting the ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

What is the noun of the adjective “warm”? [closed]

I was practicing with this site and it ask for the noun of the adjective warm and I didn’t find it in any dictionary. Please help me.
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2answers
288 views

Wann verselbstständigte sich das Tanzen auf vielen Hochzeiten?

Über Leute wie ich, die sich in vielen unterschiedlichen Gemeinschaften auf verschiedenste Arten einbringen, sagt man: Der tanzt auf zu vielen Hochzeiten. Das ergibt natürlich an sich ein sehr ...
2
votes
2answers
44 views

Question about word order

Which is correct to say: Mit großem Interesse habe ich in Ihrer Zeitung vom 10. Juni die Meldung über Umweltschutz gelesen, und deshalb möchte ich Ihnen schreiben. or Mit großem Interesse ...
2
votes
1answer
96 views

What is the origin of “unterbringen”

I would like to know the origins of unterbringen. From what words does this word come in old German, what are the links I can make?
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1answer
46 views

Help with a letter to an unresponsive real estate broker [closed]

My level of German is clearly not good enough yet to write an official letter. Would appreciate any help and clarifications ) Hallo Marting, Guten Morgen. In deine letzte Nachricht Sie geschrieben ...
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2answers
166 views

Was ist das alte Wort für Cousine?

Es gibt ja Cousine und Cousin. Für Cousin gibt es aber auch ein veraltetes Wort – Vetter. Es findet sich ja noch heute beispielsweise in Vetternwirtschaft. Gibt es da auch eine weibliche Form, oder ...
3
votes
3answers
88 views

Ist „unternehmen“ ein trennbares Verb?

Beim Übersetzen vom Griechischen ins Deutsche ist mir diese Frage aufgefallen. Welcher der folgenden Sätze ist korrekt? Ich nahm etwas unter. Ich unternahm etwas. Aus eigener Erfahrung weiß ich, ...
4
votes
5answers
180 views

Unterschied zwischen “Grund” und “Ursache”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den beiden Wörtern Grund und Ursache?
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2answers
109 views

Unterschied zwischen “kostbar” und “wertvoll”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Wörtern kostbar und wertvoll? Beide bezeichnen nach meinem Verständnis eine Sache, die einen gewissen finanziellen, ideellen oder persönlichen Wert hat.

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