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Enthält der Duden und vergleichbare Werke alle gebräuchlichen, einfachen Komposita?

Das der aktuellen deutschen Rechtschreibung zugrunde liegende Dokument das Wörterverzeichnis2006 siehe IDS enthält definitiv nicht alle Komposita, sondern legt durch Regeln fest, wie zusammengesetzte ...
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Translating what The Queen said: does she always address her subjects as «Du»?

Today’s General-Anzeiger Bonn has an article containing an excerpt from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee message in which to your service is translated as in Euren Dienst Now I don’t believe ...
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Woher kommt der Begriff “Laufhaus”?

Mir ist aufgefallen, dass sich Bordelle bei uns (Wien) seit einiger Zeit "Laufhaus" nennen. Vor ein paar Jahren war das noch anders. Woher kommt dieser Begriff?
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How does one say “Five cubic metres”?

I found myself on the telephone today attempting to explain the volume that a bunch of furniture would perhaps occupy in a truck, and I used Fuenf cubisch Metern But it was fairly clear to me ...
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Why is it “mir ist übel” and not “ich bin übel”?

To express we feel nauseous we may say Mir ist übel. Mir ist schlecht. Mir ist schwindlig. What are the grammatical rules behind this? Why don't we say "Ich bin übel" when we say Ich bin ...
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Ist die Schreibweise “Reflektion” falsch?

Wenn eine Welle reflektiert wird, spricht man von Reflexion. Ich finde die Schreibweise "Reflektion" hier intuitiver und empfinde die Schreibweise mit "x" als falsch (obwohl ich weiß, dass sie ...
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Looking for translation of “Tanzverbot ”

How would you translate the German word "Tanzverbot" and more interesting, Why can't I find any ("official") translation online, nor a wikipedia article about the issue, even though (probably) Germany ...
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What are some reading comprehension activities for early language learners? [closed]

I am a German teacher at the secondary level, and my German 2 students are reading the Lese-Novelas von Hueber Verlag, such as Anna, Berlin. The book is very good for beginners, but I'm running out of ...
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Why is “eu” used for spelling the sound “oi”?

My little daughter, allthough not being in school yet, is very keen in writing words - naturally, she writes them as she thinks they are written by translating each sound to a letter. Recently, she ...
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Did the gender of “Müll” change with its meaning?

Still in the 19. Century for "Müll" we have both, a neuter and a masculine gender whereas its gender today is masculine. Interestingly it also seems to have had a different meaning than today (trash, ...
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What does this German sentence mean?

While perusing this question, I generally was at least able to understand what all of the playful examples of word repetition meant. There was one, however, that left me completely baffled. Selbst ...
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What does it mean when my friend comes up to me and says “Na”?

I think it means something like "Hello" or "How are you?", am I right?
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Are second-hand books suitable for learning German?

On the second hand market there are lots of opportunities to buy used books for little money. As in 1996 there was a major orthography reform in Germany I am uncertain if reading second-hand books ...
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What are differences between “fließend” and “verhandlungssicher”?

Filling in a questionnaire, in different languages, after picking a language up, you get 4 options : Basiswissen fließend verhandlungssicher Muttersprache So, how are "fließend" and ...
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How would you translate “you have my vote” into German?

In English, you'd say to candidates that you'll vote for them. How would you say this in German? Something like: Hey Stefano, go for it. You have my vote.
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Wie nennt man eine Kinderfrisur mit zwei nicht geflochtenen seitlichen “Pferdeschwänzchen”?

In einer Talkrunde im Fernsehen nannte ein Gast ihre Kinderfrisur "Rattenschwänzchen". Ich erinnnere mich, dass in meiner Kindheit eine Mädchenfrisur auch so genannt wurde. Den anderen Gästen war ...
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Roman Numeral 2 (II) under Bundesadler

I have a west german military greatcoat that I found on ebay. On the shoulder there is a patch with the Bundesadler and a roman number 2 (II) underneath it. What does this mean? I was hoping to ...
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Is there a style guide for German similar to The Elements of Style for English?

Is there a German style guide similar to "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White or "Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace" which are well known for English?
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What's the difference between “der Fehler” and “der Irrtum”?

Is there a difference between these two terms? I'm asking especially thinking about the grammatical/language sphere, but if you're aware of other important differences, you can post them. My ...
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Did the connotation of “emsig” change?

When looking up the meaning of "emsig" (assiduous, diligent) it seems it has an entirely positive connotation unausgesetzt fleißig, ununterbrochen tätig DWDS The first that come to mind with ...
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Mit oder ohne Komma: “Ich denke dies in Ihrem Unternehmen zu finden.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma in infinitive construction Ich bin mir unsicher, ob es ein Komma braucht: "Ich denke, dies in Ihrem Unternehmen zu finden."
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“Nicht ohne Grund wird unser ausgezeichneter Support in den Bewertungen oft erwähnt” [closed]

Wie würde man diesen Satz übersetzen? Ich würde spontan There is a reason why our outstanding support is often mentioned in the ratings wählen, aber irgendwas stört mich an dem Satz. Wäre die ...
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What does “Kollegen” mean exactly?

I think "Kollegen" means only the male colleagues. Or does it mean the female colleagues, or even both? I can't find an explanation in the dictionaries.
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Welche Schriftsteller oder Dichter waren für die Entwicklung der deutschen Sprache ausschlaggebend?

In jeder Sprache gab es Schriftsteller und Dichter, die für zeitgenössische Sprache stehen und einen erheblichen Einfluss in der Entwicklung der Sprache haben. So war es Chaucer für die englische und ...
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Did “zwo” exist before invention of radio?

Was "zwo" often or ever used before radio, or was it developed as a result of radio? Or has it just always been used around crowds and loud noises? And have other numbers ever had similar ...
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Is the second verse of the German national anthem offensive? Why is it not used?

My understanding is that today's national anthem, "Einigkeit, und Recht, und Freiheit..." was the third verse of the original and that we're not supposed to sing the original first verse, ...
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Difference between Austrian and German

Die Österreicher haben im Vergleich zu uns (Hoch-)Deutschen ein paar lustige Wörter und eine etwas andere (wie ich finde netter klingende) Aussprache (wobei das natürlich von Person zu Person ...
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What is the difference in usage between “Vielen Dank” and “Danke schön”?

I know that they are both essentially polite and mean "Thanks a lot", "Many thanks" etc. but I've always wondered if there is a specific difference between the two. Is there a specific context or ...
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Woher kommt “Total gaga sein”?

Woher stammt das seltsame Wort "gaga" und was bedeutet es tatsächlich? Woher kommt "Total gaga sein"? Where does the strange word "gaga" come from and what does it actually mean? Where does "Total ...
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Why is “ladies and gentlemen” translated as “meine Damen und Herren”?

Why is "ladies and gentlemen" translated as "meine Damen und Herren"?
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Was bedeutet eigentlich “laufen”?

Laut LEO kann das Wort "laufen" sowohl mit "to walk" als auch mit "to run" übersetzt werden. Wann wird "laufen" verwendet und wie weiß ich, was gemeint ist? "Er läuft die Straße entlang." - Is he ...
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Woher kommt die Redewendung “über den Tellerrand sehen”?

Hier gibt es die verwandte, aber abweichende Frage, was es bedeutet. Das setze ich als bekannt vorraus: den Horizont zu erweitern. Da man aber kein Leberklößchen ist, welches in Suppentellern wohnt, ...
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Hab und Gut: What is the difference between “Hab” and “Gut”?

In the phrase "All sein Hab und Gut", what exactly is "Hab" and what is "Gut"? I realise that both refer to private property of some kind, but are the two distinct concepts? Is "Gut" real property ...
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Are the subjunctives of “brauchen” and “verbrauchen” different?

There seems to be a difference when building subjunctives from the verb "brauchen" when used alone, or in the composite verb "verbrauchen". Hätten wir überall Energiesparlampen, verbrauchten wir ...
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What to say after someone sneezes?

I've heard Germans saying: Gesundheit But in a movie, someone sneezes and someone else saying: Heuschnupfen? Is it polite? Is it colloquial? What else could I say when talking to someone ...
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How should I ask politely for a moment of someone's time?

How should I politely ask for someone's time to interrupt them, like in English: Do you have a minute? May I bother you for a moment even though you're quite busy?
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How to master pronunciation

I'm looking for methods and resources (such as music along with their text - audio books) to improve my German pronunciation, other than talking to a native speaker. EDIT: I'm given advice by ...
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Woher kommt “suutsche”?

Folgenden Dialog könnte man in weiten Teilen Norddeutschlands hören: "Ab an die Arbeit, Männer! Pause is' vorbei!" "Immer suutsche, Chef. Geht gleich los." "Immer suutsche" (oder schreibt ...
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How do we use “Verschlimmbesserung”?

Sometimes we can hear or read of a "Verschlimmbesserung": Schmidt bezeichnete Elena als Beispiel „für die schlimmste Verschlimmbesserung von Verfahren“. Was als Projekt zum Bürokratieabbau gedacht ...
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Articles for compound words

I was wondering, in compound words or "complex" ones, let's say, do the article matches with its last word? For example, "Kontrollakt". It's made of Kontrolle + Akt, the former being "die", and the ...
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What's the difference between “das Domizil” and “der Wohnsitz”?

What is the difference between these two terms? In what contexts are they used? Also, which one best fits with "gewählt- ~"? Dictionaries were not helpful enough this time. Edit: I wanted to ...
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Woher kommt die Redensart “eine Sau durchs Dorf treiben”?

Die Redensart und ihre Bedeutung sind mir an sich schon lange bekannt und glaubte bisher auch, die Herkunft sei relativ klar - ein Exemplar der Unterart Sus scrofa domestica wird zum Spaß, oder um es ...
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Seit wann ist ein “Wurm” nur noch ein Wurm und kein anderes Insekt?

Heutzutage versteht man unter einem Wurm ein bein- und wirbelloses Kriechtier wie auf folgendem Bild: Bild eines Regenwurms Wikimedia Das war aber möglicherweise nicht immer so. So nennt man im ...
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How do Germans call someone from the United States?

If "the united states" is translated to "Vereinigten Staaten" then how do you call people from there? I have always heard "Amerikaner" but that one refers to the whole continent.
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Explaining case and usage of “Richtung”

Just curious. How would you explain to someone the proper use and appropriate case of Richtung as a directional indicator, in simple terms? whether showing movement or simple location or direction ...
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What is the best resource to find, e.g. the plural form of nouns such as “der Automatismus”?

I use LEO for looking up German words, but it often does not have the plural form of nouns, so for that I use Biolingus, but in the case of the noun "Automatismus", even Biolingus doesn't inform me ...
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What typographical rules are applied when creating the “Esszett” in a new font?

When creating a new font we also need to take care of special German characters. As it is fairly easy to create an Umlaut there are several variations on how to create an Esszett. Below there are only ...
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Differences between “Klausur”, “Prüfung” and “Examen”

Is there any differences in usage between Klausur, Prüfung, Examen, Test*, and (Klassen)arbeit*? * Edit: added more synonyms based on answers below.
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Are sentences with and without “dass” equally common? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sind „Ich denke, dass [Nebensatz]“ und „Ich denke, [Hauptsatz]“ auswechselbar? Are these two sentences used equally in informal conversation, or is one form preferred ...
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Is “Erkennungsausweis” an actual word in German?

I found this word when ordering some lists with legal content (PDFs with translations from Italian to German), and failed to find it in my paper dictionary, so I tried the Duden online, but no results ...

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