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Why is “A red apple” not “Ein rot Apfel”

I am learning German, very slowly though and when I typed red it came up as "rot" in Google translator. Then I typed a red apple and it came up as "ein roter Apfel". The only part I don't get is why ...
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What is the difference between “einräumen”, “aufräumen” and “verräumen”?

Während ich ins Schlafzimmer meiner Kinder ging, habe ich ihre Spielsachen verräumt. While I was going to the bedroom of my kids, I picked up their toys. Can I also use aufräumen or einräumen in ...
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688 views

different meanings of “gleich”

I've read this dialog: "Komm bitte mal rüber. Du sollst aber GLEICH kommen!" "Ja, ich komme gleich." Nichts passiert. "Wo bleibst du? Ich habe doch gesagt, du sollst gleich kommen." "Ja, ...
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How to say “take a joke” in German

When pulling a prank on someone or telling a joke that could come across as offensive, usually we say "take a joke" or something along those lines. What is the expression for this in German?
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How do you say “You are something”?

How do you say "You are something" in German? I'd like to say it in this context : Why can't you meet my Parents??!! You're something, you know that?! Here's my attempt. Can one say: Du bist ...
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4answers
525 views

How do you say “your heart skips a beat” in German?

Ben walked into the room and her heart skipped a beat. Ben betrat das Schlafzimmer und sie wurde überrascht. How do you say "your heart skips a beat" in German? Can I use "überraschen" in this ...
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2answers
510 views

What is the difference between “hinzufügen” and “fügen”?

I looked up the verbs fügen and hinzufügen and they both should mean to add something; according to Wikipedia the first has the following etymology: from "hin" there + "-zu" to + "fügen" add. What's ...
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What's the difference between “möchte”, “willst du”, “lieber”, “würden”?

Each of this words seems to mean I want / I wish / I'd like. For example: Was würden sie gern essen? Can you help me to understand the difference between them?
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129 views

How do you say “gehen” in an exaggerated way?

Ich will mich nicht jeden Tag in die Schule schleppen! Ich bleibe lieber zu Hause und sehe fern. I dont want to drag myself to school everyday! I rather stay home and watch television. Can I ...
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79 views

How do you say “growth development” in German?

Playing is very important to children because it helps with their growth development. Das Spielen ist den Kindern sehr wichtig, weil es ihrer Wachsenenwicklung hilft. Is Wachsenentwicklung the ...
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What is the difference between “auf etwas stoßen” and “gegen etwas stoßen”?

I was sorting out old magazines in the garage that needed to be thrown out. On the way out I bumped my elbow on the door. What preposition do I use here? Gegen or auf etwas stoßen? Or does it not ...
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235 views

What does it mean when it says “Volle Suppe”?

Is "Volle Suppe" a German idiom? And how would that translate into English?
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Meaning of “vier Jahre lang”

Das Museum wurde vier Jahre lang umgebaut. I have these two possible translations, but I am not sure, which is correct: The museum was rebuilt four years ago. The museum has been rebuilt since ...
4
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1answer
682 views

“doch” oder “aber”

Wie kann man wissen, ob man "doch" oder "aber" benutzen soll? Die beiden Begriffe drücken einen Gegensatz aus. Ich studiere in Münster, aber mein Bruder studiert in Berlin. Wir rennen auf den ...
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Accusative or nominative case after “wie”/“als”

What should be the case after "wie"/"als", as in the following examples? Er sieht aus wie ein/einen Amerikaner. Sie ist besser als ihr/ihren Freund.
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How to say web addresses and version numbers in German?

In English, for example, "http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/ask" and "Windows 8.1" are read aloud as: H T T P COLON DOUBLE SLASH german DOT stackexchange DOT com SLASH questions SLASH ...
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2answers
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Use of 'so' as interjection at sentence start

According to the top answer from Word order with "so" and "also", "so" is never used at the start of a sentence as an interjection. That said, in Pokemon Schwarze Edition, this is ...
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3answers
589 views

Unterschied zwischen ermorden, töten, und umbringen?

I was just watching a crime show with a scene where the perpetrator shouted: Ich habe ihn nicht ermordet! I understand ermorden means to murder, but is there any difference between that, töten ...
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What does “nein” mean in this context?

The context is from the Christmas carol, "O Tannenbaum." Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit. This translates into something like: You are green ...
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2answers
123 views

poetogen – Alternativbedeutungen, Herkunft, Herleitung

Über den Begriff poetogen stolpere ich immer wieder und suche deshalb nach Erklärungen, wie es zu zu diesem kam. Unter den ersten Google-Treffern ist die Topik des Sonetts, die eine Erklärung liefert: ...
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4answers
548 views

What does “sich zusammenfassen” mean?

The closest usage of sich fassen I have found is Fassen Sie sich kurz translated into Be brief. But in my case (it's from an online german course): Fassen Sie sich zusammen, meine Dame! is ...
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2answers
266 views

The difference between “Ereignis” and “Eventuell”

I know that this two words Ereignis and eventuell are related, but I would like to know more about what makes them different. Translating them into my native language, Portuguese, they both translate ...
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6answers
194 views

Suche ein Forum um auf Deutsch zu diskutieren

Ich möchte mein Deutsch verbessern, entweder durch Sprechen oder durch Schreiben. Gibt es ein Forum oder so, wo man etwas diskutieren kann?
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1answer
239 views

What does the following translate to in english? “Jawooooolllllooo! - feeling hot -boy-mäßig”

I saw this on twitter, posted by a german female friend of mine but have no idea what it means, especially the Jawooolllooo part. Google translates mäßig as "Moderately". Could anyone tell me what is ...
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2answers
160 views

“Die unglaubliche Frage des Raffael V.”

Ich lese viel (zu oft) spiegel.de und mir ist irgendwann aufgefallen, dass man dort dazu neigt eine bestimmte (gekünstelte) Formulierung für Betitelungen zu nutzen, welche wohl dazu bestimmt ist eine ...
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2answers
244 views

More info about the use of “bezüglich” [closed]

Can somebody try to explain in short, when it is appropriate to use bezüglich and when it is not?
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Are these passive sentences correct?

Do these passive sentences make sense or are they wrong? Mir wird nichts gesagt. – I’m not being talked to; nothing is being said to me. Bei den Kino wird geraucht, obwohl man es nicht darf. ...
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3answers
169 views

The difference between “Ereignis” and “Vorkommen” [closed]

What is the difference between Ereignis and Vorkommen. I keep on needing explanation in this question even so some can think it's nonsense. If someone, in Hedegger's understanding, could explain me, ...
2
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1answer
108 views

Etymology of “Wertgegenstand”

I can't understand very well.. According to canoo.net, Wertgegenstand is composed of Wert (value), gegen (against) and Stand (state). So does this mean something like "stand against value?" And what ...
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890 views

What does “endgeil” mean in German? [closed]

What does endgeil mean in German, is it comparable to awesome in English? Is there a direct translation of the word? This is "teen slang" and therefore hard to find in many dictionaries.
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What is the origin of the word “Ursprung”?

From which words does the German Ursprung originate? In Portuguese we have the translation origem (origin), but I need to know more about this word. I tried to separate the ur from the sprung to see ...
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3answers
166 views

Gibt es eine Übersetzung von “blackboard bold”?

Wie nennt man Buchstaben mit Doppelstrichen, wie sie in der Mathematik für die verschiedenen Grundmengen (natürliche Zahlen, reelle Zahlen usw.) verwendet werden? In der englischen Sprache gibt es die ...
3
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2answers
91 views

Etymlogy of “Bedürfnis”

I've tried to search on Google for the etymology of this word but I couldn't find it (or at least I couldn't understand that it was an etymology since it was written in German). Bedürfnis should mean ...
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4answers
451 views

Are “wenn” and “falls” really always interchangeable in case of a conditional? [duplicate]

The question is only about the case, when both conjunctions are used as a conditional (leaving the possibility to use "wenn" as temporal aside). Let's start off with an example: "Falls ich ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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2answers
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What's the meaning of “würde”?

I know the meaning of the following sentence Ich würde gerne einen Termin machen. Trying to better understand the words like wollen, gern, möchten, würde etc., I realized that the meaning of ...
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2answers
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Asking someone to switch to English

Not knowing quite enough yet to speak completely in German, I sometimes need to ask someone on the phone to switch to English (as they normally answer in German). My last attempt: Können wir ...
3
votes
4answers
613 views

Meaning of “Augen unter Null”

I was hearing a german song by Eisbrecher music band. Song called "Augen unter Null". Augen unter null - Sehen das Ufer nicht, Einsam abgetaucht Und kein Land in Sicht. I think ...
0
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1answer
168 views

Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [closed]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...
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4answers
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Splitting the German word “Taucherausrüstung”

I mean splitting into prefix, suffix, and so on. Like when you look at the etymology. For example: Gelegenheit is: Ge+ legen + heit To better understand some German words I'm trying to ...
0
votes
1answer
497 views

What's the meaning from “Machenschaft”

I’m writing about Heidegger’s use of the word Machenschaft and I would like to try to explain this word correctly because I chose to keep it in German. In my language it was translated as Maquinação, ...
0
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4answers
207 views

Preposition “in”: what article to use if the following noun is masculine?

Examples with feminine and neuter genders: Ich gehe in die Schule. Ich gehe ins (in das) Restaurant. But what to use with masculine gender? Ich gehe in den Bahnhof. Is it correct to ...
4
votes
1answer
945 views

“rucki zucki” - what is the meaning?

I hope I got that right : rucki zucki. I have a CD where a man said : Das ging rucki zucki. Later he tells how crazy is at his new job. What exactly does it mean? Quick google search just ...
11
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8answers
2k views

German equivalent of “…, though”

For example, how would you say "The weather is nice, though". This is used in the sense of continuing someone else's thought, usually with a contrasting sentiment. For example, if two friends go to a ...
4
votes
2answers
507 views

Using reflexive verb “vorstellen” in infinitive construction

"I can imagine that." translates to Ich kann mir das vorstellen. If I want to say "It is hard to imagine that he is only 20 years old.", would it be (a) Es ist schwer vorzustellen, dass er ...
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3answers
807 views

“umfahren” – trennbares Verb oder nicht?

Wir umfahren die Stadt. Das Auto fährt den Mann um. Wann ist das Verb umfahren trennbar und wann untrennbar?
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2answers
389 views

Preposition for “besuchen” with website

Besuchen Sie uns ___ www.abc.net. What would be the preposition here? Is it "an" or "bei" or some others?
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3answers
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Does “gemacht” also mean “something done too artificially”?

I remember someone using the word "gemacht" do describe something that was done too artificially. (In this case it was a dance move that was supposed to be spontaneous but looked too pre-planned.) I ...
4
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1answer
234 views

Can one suppress the comma of a relative clause in parenthesis?

Quite irrelevant question, but also quite annoying not to know. If I want to suppress a relative clause by writing parenthesis around it, can I delete the comma? That is, like in the following ...
4
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3answers
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Comparative with verbs

How do you compare verbs? Netflix is better than buying DVDs or going to the cinema. Would I use zu with the verbs, or convert them to nouns? Netflix ist besser als DVDs zu kaufen oder ins ...

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