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Woher stammt die Verwendung des Infinitivs als Ersatz für den Imperativ?

Immer häufiger sehe ich den Infinitiv, wo ich den Imperativ erwarte: Statt Haltet die Einfahrt frei. steht da also Einfahrt freihalten. oder sogar Die Einfahrt ist freizuhalten. ...
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Is an “Internetseite” also a website?

In English we do have the distinction between a web page and a web site, the former being the HTML document visually displayed in a browser, the latter is a set of web pages from a given web address. ...
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A oder b ist/sind

Folgender Satz war Ausgangspunkt einer Diskussion mit unserer Doku-Abteilung: "Unbefugte Vervielfältigung oder unbefugter Vertrieb dieses Programms oder eines Teils davon sind strafbar." Ist der ...
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Welche Abkürzung für “gegebenenfalls”?

Die mir geläufige Abkürzung zu gegebenenfalls lautet ggfs.. Heute früh stolperte ich allerdings über diese Frage, in der ggf. verwendet wird. Sind beide Varianten für den täglichen Gebrauch gültig ...
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How to say “What day/time is convenient for you” in German?

A potential customer is asking me to come show a demo, and I want to ask what day/time is convenient for them. What is the usual way to express this? My attempt: Welches Tag/Zeit ist gut für ...
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Translation of “gut x kilometer”

What's the English translation of "gut dreißig Kilometer"? As in: Es befindet sich gut dreißig Kilometer außerhalb von London? I'm not sure whether it's 'a good thirty kilometres' or 'some ...
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“helfen jmdm.” vs. “helfen zu jmdm.”

I thought that helfen required Dative without any preposition, but in one of my favorite songs by J.S.Bach, the lyrics go like this: Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten, O Jesu, o ...
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“Wir nachverfolgen unseren Müll nicht” Jargon oder Grammatikfehler?

In einer Fernsehdiskussion zur Mülltrennung der Bundeswehr im Auslandeinsatz ("Hart aber fair" vom 25.6.2012) bin ich auf folgendes Zitat gestoßen: "Wir nachverfolgen unseren Müll nicht"Hart aber ...
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What do you call a “Questions & Answers site” (Q&A) in German?

I am looking for a German term to describe StackExchange - the English term seems to be "Questions & Answers site" (Q&A) which has no equivalent in German (that I'm aware of). The literal ...
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What is the relationship between “Hochzeit” and “Hochmut?”

As I understand it, Hochzeit means "wedding", and Hochmut means "pride", while hoch means "high". Often, words with a common shared prefix are at least somewhat similar in meaning. But I can't relate ...
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“Cute” in German

Is there any difference between all the translations of "cute" listed here? It's quite confusing. Except the one tagged [ugs] which means colloquial, I'm not sure which one is preferred in which ...
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“How were the Holidays?”

Is it correct to say: Wie geht's Dir die Ferien? Not sure if it makes sense or not.
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Welchen Fall verwendet man mit “wert” im Sinne von “worth something”?

Die Beispiele die ich im Wörterbuch gefunden habe, scheinen unterschiedliche Fälle zu verwenden, z.B. Es ist nicht der Rede wert. (Genitiv) oder Es ist das Geld wert. Es ist einen Besuch ...
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Proper translation of ahnungslos?

I read a post (in another forum) that said this today: Das Land der Ahnungslosen Obviously indicating that individuals from a certain (unspecified) country were "clueless". Someone responded ...
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Wie nennt man eine “Pusteblume” in Standarddeutsch?

Erst seit etwa dem 20. Jahrhundert gibt es den Begriff Pusteblume, der aber nach Duden und anderen Lexika als umgangssprachlich oder sogar als "Kindersprache" bezeichnet wird. Gibt es einen anderen ...
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Is “wir feiern mit euch mit” correct?

We received a wedding invitation with the following sentence to fill in: [x] Wir feiern mit __ Personen mit Euch mit It seems to me that the last "mit" is superfluous but only to the same extent ...
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How does one say “in a manner of speaking” in German?

Google translate gives "in eine Weise zu sprechen" but that strikes me as a literal translation that doesn't have the right "ring" to it. Is that, in fact, the best translation or is there a better ...
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What is the translation of the following citation

Recently, I found a citation in a signature of someone on codeproject: As programmers go, I'm fairly social. Which still means I'm a borderline sociopath by normal standards. I would ...
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Literal translation for “Mist”

I was watching this video. When the woman gets the card wrong, she says "Mist". Is this just the German way of saying "dang" or "crap"? Does it have bad connotation? Is it appropriate to use?
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How to differentiate between sie (they) and sie (she)?

I am starting to learn German and I'm trying out Duolingo, I've faced this problem several times. If I understand correctly "sie" means both she and they. So if there is no context, can I distinguish ...
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Difference between “Jaegermeister” and “Waidmann”

I learned a new German word today, "Waidmann", but I already knew the word "Jaegermeister", so I wondered what the difference between them is. When would a German use one over the other?
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Translation of “Links: Miss AuberginehaarPlusZombiehasentasche.”

I cannot figure out what's meant by the following sentence: Links means left. I failed to find "Miss" as a German word to make sense in that context: Miss And about that long word (train), my ...
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Are there any english subtitled german intellectual shows?

I've taken german in school for several years, meaning I got the basics of the language somewhat ingrained in me. One of the ways to improve my skills, I notice, is by watching english (or swedish, ...
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Translation of “cash flow management”

How would you translate "cash flow management" into German? I specifically refer to the process of tracking a small business or freelancer income and expenses on a daily basis to make sure the bank ...
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Free classic psychological e-books for language learning

I want to master German via reading e-books. I was thinking about the classic works of psychology. At best I'd like to read the works of Sigmund Freud and Erich Fromm in original. I was searching the ...
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“denn” vs. “dann”

I'm having a hard time finding out when to use "denn" and when "dann". This happens when I want to say the word as the equivalent of the English "then". For instance, A: I bet Germany wins the ...
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Meaning of the “Schnee von gestern” as an idiom

I was watching a "Learn German" video and heard this line: ...das ist doch Schnee von gestern! I think I understand it, but would like to make sure. I understand that literally means "Snow from ...
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When to use the pronoun “es”?

I am not a German native speaker. I know that in certain situations the pronoun "es" has a different usage than the English "it", but I am not sure when it should be used and when it shouldn't. Here ...
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Platonic term of “endearment” vs. “romantic”

Would "mein Schatz" be used between platonic male and female friends or is there a romantic connotation?
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When (if ever) did “Hors d'oeuvre” become a loan-word in German?

I was reading a graphic novel set during WWII, and while speaking English to some Americans, one of the German characters used the word "Hors D'Oeuvre". I've done some etymology research but haven't ...
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“Bild” zu “visualisiert” ist wie “Ton” zu…?

Ich bin gerade auf der Suche nach einem schönen Wort um zu sagen, dass etwas per Audio-Wiedergabe vermittelt wurde. Wenn es um ein Video oder eine Graphik ginge, würde ich visualisiert verwenden. Was ...
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What is the translation for “random” in German?

What is the correct translation for saying something like "wow that was random." Random as in weird, not as in having a lack of pattern.
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What is the meaning of “afterburne”

I just wonder and I'm asking this here, because I couldn't find any closer match to the very interesting word "afterburne" . Well, I know it written incorrectly, but I've heard this one, with "Jemand ...
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“I am awesome like that”

How would I say phrases like the following in German: A: Woah, did you delete your one-year-old account? B: Yes, and I am awesome like that*. Or C: What a nice question, how come it got ...
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Does pronunciation of German words vary a lot across different places in Germany?

I am in a learning stage and I was wondering if pronunciation and (even accent) differs a lot across the places in Germany. E.g. "Ich" being pronounced differently at different places made me think ...
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Source of “Der Tod ist die letzte Feste dem Freien, deren Tor immer offen steht.”

There is an epigraph, poem or similar, where something like Der Tod ist die letzte Feste dem Freien, deren Tor immer offen steht. is written (but unfortunately I do not remember the details). ...
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When to use 'Ich bin', 'es geht mir', 'Ich habe' and 'mir ist'?

If you wanted to translate "I'm hot" into German, like "I'm burning up cause it's hot outside", it would translate to "Ich bin heiß" which has a bad connotation. So it is translated to "Mir ist heiß". ...
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Translation of Gesamtbetriebsrat

Would you translate this as 'general works council' or 'workers council', or something else? The article I'm looking at refers to 'Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende' (presumably the chairman) and later ...
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How does “wem”, “wen” and “wer” help to recognise the appropriate case?

I'm told a way to recognize the appropriate case is the following: Ich gab Ihm einen Kuss = Dativ; wem gab ich einen Kuss= Ihm I'm having a hard time understanding how this helps. It actually ...
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Read old handwritten Text

A few months ago I bought an old book, it was printed in ~1801 and it has a name entry (?) at the first page. Anybody can fully read that? I personally cannot. What I think: ... ... Auktion im ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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What is the difference between “Wie spät ist es?” and “wie viel Uhr ist es?”

Here are my questions: Does it matter when to use each of the two? Is there any difference in the literal translation of them? Are both of them correct when you speak and write?
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Is “Mir ist kalt” correct? Did I hear it correctly?

Listening to Ramstein, "Keine Lust", I heard "Mir ist kalt, so kalt.". I thought it would have been "Ich bin kalt". Did I hear it incorrectly, or is there a rule I don't remember? (It's been 20 years ...
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What does “an die bemooste See” mean?

Gestreckt auf wildes Kraut, an die bemooste See." - Andreas Gryphius, Einsamkeit Does he mean a lake (dialect?) or is the lake mossy?
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“Jetzt, wo…” - wie entstanden?

Wo und Wann sind als Lokal- bzw. Temporaladverbien stimmig, wenn es sich um Fragesätze handelt ("Wo kommst du her?", "Wann kommst du?"). In manchen Deklarativsätzen hingegen passieren seltsame Dinge. ...
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Double consonants in German

Are there double consonants in German that differentiate between words? Like in Italian where for example, "casa" means house and "cassa" means box. This question is related to the question "Is ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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Wie werden umgangssprachliche Auslassungen schriftlich dargestellt?

In der gesprochenen Umgangssprache werden häufig Vokale ausgelassen, zum Beispiel beim Wort "es": Morgen soll es regnen. Die Frage ist nun wie dies beim aufschreiben aussieht. Ich würde sagen, ...
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Sind die beiden Formen korrekt: “mit euch drei/mit euch dreien”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Warum erhalten Zahlwörter manchmal das Suffix “-e”? Vor kurzem habe ich irgendwo den Ausdruck "über euch dreien" gelesen. Ich würde in demselben Satz ...
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Wann benutzt man “ob” und wann benutzt man “wenn”?

Ich habe drei Jahre Deutsch studiert. Ich habe natürlich "wenn" benutzt, aber ich habe nie "ob" benutzt. Ich weiß, dass beide auf Englisch "if" bedeuten. Ich habe "wenn" sehr oft gehört, "ob" jedoch ...

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