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“Ich kann Englisch”

Strange as it may sound (to me at least), it seems that it is correct, rather than (more logical sounding to me) Ich kenne Englisch Is that some kind of historical accident that "können" has ...
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How to say “I see” in German

"I see" is a phrase that's used very often in a conversation in English. A: How much does the book cost? B: 50 dollars. A: I see. Is there an equivalent in German? I'm quite sure it's ...
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German phrase for something going wrong during a demo?

Several years ago I worked in Germany and discussed a phrase in German which doesn't really translate to English well. Basically, the phrase was something like, "things will always go wrong during a ...
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Is it all right to inflect magazine and newspaper names?

If I am reading the magazine "der Spiegel", should I say (a) Ich lese jetzt der Spiegel. or (b) Ich lese jetzt den Spiegel. ? It sounds weird to me to inflect a part of a proper name as ...
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“Das Deutsch” or “das Deutsche”?

I know that the latter is a substantivated adjective, but I can't really seem to get the difference in meaning. To me, both indicate the German language. Yes, "das Deutsche" is used "im Allgemeinen", ...
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“es ist/sind” versus “da ist/sind” to mean there is/are

These two questions (1, 2) are close to what I’m trying to pin down. But I want to know if there is any significant difference between “es ist/sind” and “da ist/sind”. For example, I found these two ...
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“Noch nie” vs. “nie”

As far as I can see, "noch nie" means "never", but "nie" also means "never". So when to use each form? Eg Ich habe diesen Film nie gesehen or Ich habe diesen Film noch nie gesehen Thanks
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Placing words between article and noun - common in German?

German Wiktionary defines Kontur as: ein durch Kontrast oder meist Linien erzielter Umriss eines Körpers Why is ein separated from Umriss? Would one of these rewrites be more acceptable: ...
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“Der” oder “Die” Regex?

Ich kenne hier zwei Argumentationsweisen, wobei ich persönlich die erste bevorzuge: Regex = Regular Expression => die Expression. (Expression ist laut Duden auch ein im deutschen vorhandenes ...
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“um… zu” in “Finding/spending time to learn German”

Sometimes it is hard for me to decide whether to use "zu" or "um... zu". I think in English whether it should be "to" or "in order to", but it's still often hard to distinguish. For example, consider ...
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Der / Die / Das Butter?

Ein beliebtes Streitthema. Der Duden definiert Butter als feminin. Wikipedia merkt an, dass im Norddeutschen auch der männliche Artikel verwendet wird. Woher aber kommt die Verwendung des neutralen ...
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How do the “da-” and “wo-” prefixes work?

I don't completely understand the da- and wo- compound words. I have an idea of what they are and what they do but I'm not completely sure how they work and how to use them. If you don't know what I ...
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Usage of “bereits”, “gerade”, “schon” and “gleich”

I'm acquainted with many meanings and uses of bereits, gerade, schon and gleich; but sometimes some of these words are equivalents and sometimes not; and sometimes, too, they may entertain more than ...
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How are accusative and dative combined in one sentence?

Are these sentences grammatically correct? Ich werde einen Brief an meinen Vater schreiben. Ich möchte einen Mantel meinem Bruder kaufen. Ich möchte einen Mantel für meinen Bruder kaufen. ...
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Should I use “für” in “Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause”

I want to say "I will go back home (in another country) for two weeks" (a) Ich gehe für zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause (b) Ich gehe zwei Wochen zurück nach Hause Which one is correct?
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Sind Pflanzennamen oder Musikinstrumente Eigennamen?

Bei Gesellschaftsspielen, in denen es um Sprache geht, gibt es oft die Einschränkung, dass man keine Eigennamen verwenden darf (Bsp. Scrabble). Gehören dazu eigentlich auch Pflanzennamen wie Salbei ...
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Usage of the verb “gehen”

Gehen actually means 'to go'. The use of gehen is a semi-auxiliary in colloquial. It expresses a possibility and the infinitive has passive force. Die Uhr geht zu reparieren. which means 'The ...
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Wann sagt man “physikalisch” und wann “physisch”?

Wann schreibt oder sagt man physikalisch und wann physisch?
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Singular Subjects and plural Objects - rule?

I was recently corrected when I wrote: Die politische Basis der Konservativen ist ältere Weiße. This was corrected to ,,sind". What are the rules governing verbs regarding singular subject and ...
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Arbeitsumfeld ist deutschsprachig

Klingt der Satz, "Mein Arbeitsumfeld ist deutschsprachig" so, als ob das Umfeld selbst Deutsch spricht (will ich nämlich nicht sagen), oder als ob an meinem Arbeitsplatz nur Deutsch gesprochen wird?
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Apostroph für Auslassung von -e

Ich habe gestern in meinem Lieblingsbuch (hust hust) "Der Dativ ist des Genitiven Tod" (Band 2) gelesen, dass man beim Imperativ schreibt: Schreib! und nicht Schreib'! Die Begründung war, ...
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Was bedeutet genau “gegen 18 Uhr mit einem Essen enden”? Um 18 oder später?

Ich habe schon diese Frage gelesen, wo die Ungenauigkeit der Präposition gegen in betracht bezogen wurde. Trotzdem bin ich mir nicht so sicher, was der Text in Schrägschrift im folgenden Satz ...
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1answer
142 views

“Jedenfalls” and “wenigstens”

The phrases auf jeden Fall and auf alle Fälle are possible alternatives for jedenfalls. Vielleicht ist er krank, er sieht jedenfalls schlecht aus. Er ist noch nicht gekommen, aber er hat sich ...
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Some [singular noun]

What word would you use to say some as like Who took your book? Some kid from school. Wer hat dein Buch genommen? Einiges/Manches Kind aus der Schule. Einige and manche just sound very ...
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Word order with “so” and “also”

I want to say "So, I still don't understand this. Why did you do it that way?" I think the two most appropriate words for "so" are the German so and also. But I'm not sure about the word ordering. ...
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Usage of “bald … bald”

This is mainly found in formal writing. Bald is immediately followed by the verb in both clauses: Bald weinte das Baby, bald lachte es. Is there another way to say bald … bald?
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What does “auf seine Weise” mean?

I was reading an analysis about Kafka's Letter to his father but I was unable to understand what "auf seine Weise" means in this sentence: "Nicht nur, dass es ihm unmöglich ist, sich gegen seinen ...
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Translating “by + present participle”

By signing, you agree to the contract. He showed agreement by nodding. For the first example, Google translate gives Durch die Unterzeichnung... but according to this comment, ...
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“scheinen … zu teilen” structure

I was watching a TV show and encountered this sentence (if heard correctly): Dieses Glück scheinen an dem Abend viele zu teilen. It is not hard to guess the overall meaning, which must be ...
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Usage of “etwas” and “einige”

I read in the book that etwas means some. Ich brauche etwas frisches Fleisch. Er hat etwas Geld. There is also another determiner that is einige. It also means some. Vor ...
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Usage of “verhelfen”, “helfen” and “behelfen”

What is the difference between verhelfen, helfen and behelfen? How are they used in a sentence?
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Usage of “schon”, “längst” and “tatsächlich” [closed]

What is the difference between schon, längst and tatsächlich? Ich gehe schon/längst/tatsächlich zur Arbeit.
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124 views

Which preposition goes with “Aufsatz”?

Which preposition goes with Aufsatz? Is it über or zu? Ein Aufsatz über die Kolonialisierung von Namibia? Ein Aufsatz zu der Kolonialisierung von Namibia? They seem to be similar but are there ...
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What is the difference between “nachvollziehen” and “verstehen”?

What is the difference between nachvollziehen and verstehen? In my dictionary they both mean “to comprehend”. Do they have a big difference in usage?
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Gender for specific universities

To say I am studying at a university: Ich studiere an einer Universität. I am studying at the University of Heidelberg: Ich studiere an der Universität Heidelberg. I am studying at the TU ...
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What does “von etwas beunruhigt” mean?

Als Grund gab die dreifache Mutter an, dass Mia manchmal so abweisend und beunruhigt von Besuchen beim Vater nach Hause komme. What does von etwas beunruhigt mean in this context? Why 'Mia comes ...
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What is meaning of “verlustbehafteteren”?

Here is a sentence from book: Wenn möglich, bevorzugen wir die direkte Kommunikation und vermeiden die meist deutlich aufwendigeren und verlustbehafteteren indirekten Kommunikationstechniken. I ...
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Gibt es ein Adverb für „Wochenende“? (So wie donnerstags für Donnerstag)

Gibt es eine adverbiale Form, um „jedes Wochenende“ hier zu ersetzen? An jedem Wochenende fahre ich ins Saarland. Ich finde es nicht. Ich habe es mit „wochenendes“ oder „wochenenden“ versucht, ...
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Can Ihr be used as her?

I was going through a lesson on lingq about a girl named Elli. There's a sentence in it Ihr Vater heißt Thomas. I looked up the meaning of Ihr and it is said to be the plural of du which is ...
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Can I use “Entschuldigung für die Verspätung.” for delay to hand in my homework?

My homework is due on the day before. I forgot to hand it in yesterday. I hope Mr. X will excuse me. Can I say Entschuldigung für die Verspätung.
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866 views

Can we use “wissen lassen”?

I was thinking about how to say "I will let you know". The first sentence that comes to mind is Ich werde dich wissen lassen. Grammatically this looks fine. However, I feel a bit strange about ...
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497 views

Translation of “Let me think about it”

If my friend asks me to make a decision and I want to say "Let me think about it", should it be Lass mich darüber zu denken. ? I'm not sure if this is a complete sentence, and if we need a ...
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1answer
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Translation of “I have never been to …”

What would be the best translation for I have never been to Germany. Would it be Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gegangen. or Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gewesen. ? Also, is ...
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“nein wie” vs “nicht so”

I was listening to a song, and this line tripped me up: "Du böses Kind, bist aufgewacht nein wie geschwind." I think it translates to "You naughty child, don't wake up so quickly," but if that's the ...
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260 views

Is there any difference in the words “roast” and “fry” in German?

Is there any difference in the words "roast" and "fry" in German? Or are they both just braten? Here are some definitions for them: fry, roast
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143 views

How would I translate cm (centimeter) into German?

How would I translate cm. (centimeter) and also in. (inches) into German?
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Usage of “aber”, “jedoch” and “allerdings”

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?
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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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Warum heißt es die Unicef?

Kann mir jemand bitte erklären, warum es die Unicef heißt? Auf Englisch heißt die Organisation "United Nations Children's Fund" (~ der Fonds), und auf Deutsch heißt sie "Das Kinderhilfswerk der ...
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1answer
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Nebensatz without verb at the last position (with modal verbs). Why?

The order in the following sentence is ok, right? (1) Ich glaube, dass er seine Hausaufgaben früher hätte machen können. Why is it so and not as the following variant? (2) Ich glaube, dass ...

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