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What does “werden X nach Y unterschieden” mean?

The full sentence is: In vielen Sprachen werden die Nomen nach dem Genus unterschieden. I've checked the meaning of every single word, but I'm still not sure what the sentence means. Especially, ...
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“Deine Fotos” gegen “Fotos von dir”

Bekanntlich benennt ein berühmtes soziales Netzwerk (meinem ersten Endruck nach dooferweise) zwei unterschiedliche Bilderordner mit den folgenden Namen: deine Fotos und Fotos von dir. Kann man ...
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What is the difference between “sich amüsieren” and “Spaß machen”?

Yesterday we drove to the beach and had fun. Gestern sind wir an den Strand gefahren und wir haben uns amüsiert. Does "sich amüsieren" fit in this context? Can I also use "Spaß machen"? Does ...
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Bifurcation of the “ei” vowel in Yiddish: why?

In Yiddish, about half the "ei" words are pronounced the same as German (mein, sein, drei...) but the others shift to an "ey" sound (rhymes with "day"): éins, zwéi, kléin… We had a discussion here ...
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A strange greeting! Servos?

Ever since I have arrived in Germany, I have been picking up words I hear often and then going back home to check their meanings. There is one word that still baffles me. It is a form of greeting. ...
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Was bedeutet “todunglücklich” genau?

Ich habe diesen Satz in einer Kurzgeschichte gelesen: Er ist todunglücklich! Was bedeutet es genau? Ist er so unglücklich, dass er tot gewesen sollen? Ist er so unglücklich, dass es für ihn ...
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“Kontakt” vs. “Impressum”

I am building a contact page for a website that caters to a German audience and was wondering which word makes more sense for a "contact us" page. I was browsing various websites in Germany and ...
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How do you say “to have an oil change” in German? [closed]

Every 3 months i have my car oil changed. Alle drei Monate lasse ich meinen Wagen Öl wechseln. In English, you can also say to have an oil change, where the word "change" is a gerund, and the ...
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What's the origin of the word “Frauenzimmer”?

"Frauenzimmer" must be the strangest German word I learned so far, and when our teacher taught it to us I didn't expect to find it in writing soon. But I encountered it already in the third sentence ...
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Translation of “neither team played well”

Neither Team A or Team B played well. could be translated as Weder Team A noch Team B hat gut gespielt. (is it "hat" and not "haben", similar to in English?) What about Neither team ...
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Breaking down “also fangen wir an”

The meaning of also fangen wir an, according to Google Translate is: let's get started. While the individual translation of the words are: so, catch we, to. How did these combine to make that? "So ...
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# (number sign) and * (asterisk) in German

I was on the phone today with a German. But I couldn't find the name of these in German: # * I tried to find out with Google but I haven't found. Could someone tell me what they are called?
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Is “sich einverstanden erklären” proper German?

I am writing a translation for a cookie agreement text. I am quite sure my current text will bring the message across but I'm not sure if this 100% proper German. This is the original English text: ...
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Wann kann man Verben der Form [etwas]bekommen durch [etwas]kriegen ersetzen?

Kriegen sei die (oder eine) umgangssprachliche Version des Verbes bekommen, wurde mir mal gesagt. Ich hätte diese Behauptung hier sorgfältiger bestätigen lassen. Soweit kenne ich nur eine kleine ...
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Wann benutzt man Perfekt, wann Präteritum? [duplicate]

Jetzt lerne ich B1 in Deutsch. Meine Professorin hat uns nie gesagt, wann man das Präteritum und wann das Perfekt benutzt. Wo liegt der Unterschied?
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Artikel für ein englisches Wort? [duplicate]

Welcher bestimmte Artikel sollte man für englische Wörter benutzen? Zum Beispiel, ich möchte "The Toolchain" sagen. Es gibt schon "die Werkzeugkette", aber "The Toolchain" ist ein Eigenname. ...
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“Hechel, keuch…”--what does it mean?

I saw this text while playing Pokemon in German. The phrase was used by a girl who had just come out of a cave.
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“Bring noch eine/einen Stern mit”

Stern ist männlich: "der Stern", aber Zeitschrift ist weiblich: "die Zeitschrift". Wenn ich meine Freundin frage die Zeitschrift "Stern" mit zu bringen, was soll ich denn fragen: Bring noch eine ...
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732 views

Gender of foreign words and loan words [duplicate]

Note: I am not talking about new words which don't have an article yet. I am interested in talking about foreign terms and concepts in German. My examples are all in French, but could be in Italian or ...
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Wann Drache und wann Drachen?

Wann nehme ich das Wort 'der Drache' und wann 'der Drachen'? Ist es egal oder gibt es einen feinen Unterschied?
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Hassling the Hoff - Conjugating sein with two subjects

David Hasselhoff's number Du (featured in the movie Eurotrip) has these lyrics: Ich hab' ein Ziel und dieses Ziel bist du, bist du, bist du. I found the conjugation of sein here interesting ...
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Warum “niemand” anstelle “niemandem” in der Paraphrase “Ich nehme niemand einen Platz weg” einer Behauptung Lahms [duplicate]

Dank des Hauptitels auf dieser Seite der FIFA, und zwar Lahm: "Ich nehme niemand einen Platz weg", habe ich gerade erfahren, dass man auch niemand anstelle niemandem –und eigentlich auch ...
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“Ding” auf einer Speisekarte

Was ist das korrekte Wort für Dinge auf einer Speisekarte? Auf englisch würde ich "Item" benutzen, aber alle Übersetzungen für "Item" klingen irgendwie falsch. "Gericht" deutet ja meiner Meinung ...
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Are the words Deutsch and Durch homophones?

I searched for the answer to the question on Google.com and also on Bing.com, but wasn't able to find an answer. Whenever I have heard these words on Youtube.com, or on my Duolingo app, I am not able ...
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Difference between using the double infinitive or past participle?

For longer sentences with more verbs, it is often hard for a learner to figure out when to use the double infinitive sentence structure and when to use the past participle. For example in the ...
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Unterschied zwischen “wirken als ob” und “aussehen als ob”

Es wirkt fast so, als habe Linklater (ein Name) das unauffälligste Kind gewählt, das er finden konnte. Mason (ein Name) selbst wirkt in jeder Szene, als sei er nie ganz da. Er ist mir ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “drehen” und “umdrehen”?

Kann jemand den Unterschied zwischen den beiden kurz erklären? Sagt man "Das Auto dreht" oder "Das Auto dreht sich". Gibt es einen Unterschied?
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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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“Ihr” as second person singular

I'm reading "Der Hobbit" and in their first encounter Bilbo and Galdalf address each other as "Ihr". I learned that it's either "du" or "Sie". Is it common to use "Ihr", in literature for instance? ...
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Usage of halber / halben

It is common to use halber to indicate a cause, a reason or an end for something. Der Einfachheit halber hier ein einfacher Beispielsatz. Now 'Einfachheit' is feminine, so 'halber' is ...
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“Naja!” as an interjection

The standard meaning for this word seems to be “well”, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, sometimes simply as a placeholder (as was also explained in answers here). But this seems to be only the ...
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“Unterwegs” or “auf dem Weg”?

What is the difference between auf dem Weg and unterwegs? Ich bin unterwegs/auf dem Weg nach Hause.
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“Gleis” or “Bahnsteig”?

If I understand correctly, at a railway station Gleis designates the (rail)track while Bahnsteig is the platform. When giving information about where to go to catch a train, do we usually refer to ...
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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Warum sind “totlachen, kaputtlachen,…” reflexiv, und “lachen” nicht?

Hier auf dieser Seite habe ich einen Kommentar gesehen, in dem es behauptet wird, Komposita mit lachen reflexiv seien bzw. reflexiv sein können. Warum?
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No article - why “Altes Rathaus”?

This page is about the old city hall of Munich. The title is Altes Rathaus and in the text it says Das Alte Rathaus entwickelte sich ... Now AFAIK the indefinite form is ein altes ...
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What is the difference between “verdachten” and “vermuten”?

What is the difference between "verdachten" and "vermuten" and am I using the proper words in my translations of the popular American songs: (Du weiss) ich liebe dich, sehr geliebte Jedes Tag ...
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In letzter Zeit vs. in der letzten Zeit

Does the presence/absence of the definite article change anything? Or is it just the matter of preference whether to use it or not? in letzter Zeit in der letzten Zeit The German-English ...
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“Ich mag ihn nicht” and expressing mild dislike of something

I was taught that mögen with a direct object corresponds to don't like or don't care for in English, and I've used expressions such as Ich mag ihn nicht to mean a general but not especially strong ...
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Warum lachst du über meinen Freund?

Can lachen über be used only to mean laughing at something? Or can it be used when laughing at a person or situation as well?
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Was bedeutet “ins Blaue gehen”?

Aus dem Buch "Der Hobbit": "doch nicht der Gandalf, der es auf dem Gewissen hat, daß so viele brave Burschen und Mädchen einfach ins Blaue gingen, verrückte Abenteuer zu erleben." Was ...
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Programming: Verb for #include, build in Diploma thesis

For my diploma thesis in engineering I describe some programming. One thing is that I want to describe which libraries can be included. The German inkludiert sounds very old. Eingefügt does not get ...
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Would you find it polite if your doctor sent you a payment reminder letter like this?

My doctor sent me a payment reminder letter. Normally we are given 30 days to pay and a reminder letter will be sent out after 40-50 days. But this doctor gave me only 23 days in a vacation season and ...
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Purpose of “mich” in the following translation

If I wanted to say "I look bad like you" Ich mich schlecht aussehen, wie dich. I don't know if it's correct, but my doubt is what's the purpose of mich in this situation?
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Sein Haus und Garten ist/sind schön

Which is correct grammatically? Sein Haus und Garten ist schön. Sein Haus und Garten sind schön. I tend to think the former is correct by taking Sein Haus und Garten as a singular subject. ...
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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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Invariant form of adjective “genügend”

The dictionary lists genügend as an invariable adjective, meaning that (as I understand) it cannot be inflected. Ich habe genügend Geld. (not genügendes Geld) Is there a reason why this ...
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Reference for accusative and dative forms

What is a good reference to look at the accusative and dative forms of nouns? I was looking at the word Wille in the dictionary, and while in this case I can deduce from the examples that the ...
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Translation of “That must have been a year ago”

A: Remember when we had dinner together at that restaurant? B: That must have been a year ago! To translate: A: Erinnerst du dich, als wir zusammen Abendessen in diesem Restaurant ...
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Why “ein Uhr” and not “eins Uhr”

Why is it that "one o'clock" is ein Uhr and not eins Uhr? It is understandable that it's not eine Uhr, since we're not referring to one clock. But why is it that we're just using ein here?

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