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Saying 'for example' and 'e.g.'

I think that all three of these are acceptable: zum Beispiel (z.B) beispielsweise Bsp. If so, are there any differences between them? Is one more formal, archaic, colloquial, etc. than the other ...
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What does “hinschauen” mean?

I understand that "schauen" means to look but I have difficulties to understand "hinschauen" in this context Ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick verliebt. Ich hätte zweimal hinschauen sollen.
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What prepositions are used for communications in social networks?

What preposition do you use to say something like "I will talk to you on skype/facebook/whatsapp." I made a sentence like this, "Ich werde mit dir reden per whatsapp." Is that correct? If not ...
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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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saying sorry in German [duplicate]

I would like to say that I am very sorry for a situaton that is not my fault but is causing serious trouble to someone, and I would like it to sound firm but not too formal as the personal context is ...
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So viele Bezeichnungen für Nackedeis? (nackt, nackig, nackelig, nackert, nackend, …) [closed]

Warum gibt es so viele Varianten von nackt? Bestehen bei nackig, nackelig, nackert und nackend Unterschiede in der Bedeutung, Herkunft oder Verwendung? In der Wikipedia heißt es, es seien tabuistisch ...
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Pelle, Haut, Schale – Was denn jetzt?

Vor ein paar Tagen geriet ich mit meinen Kollegen in eine Diskussion über Kartoffeln. Der eine meinte: "Kartoffeln haben eine Haut" Ich entgegnete: "Aber man schält sie doch. Ergo haben sie eine ...
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Translation of “entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge”

I came across this sentence Bei den "für alle" und "es gibt" kommt es in der Mathematik, anders als in der weniger präzisen Umgangssprache, entscheidend auf die Reihenfolge an. I looked up ...
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“-ing” verb in “ein Spiel bestehend aus zwei Hälften”

I want to say "Football is a game consisting of two halves." If I want to use a relative clause, I can say (a) Fußball ist ein Spiel, das aus zwei Hälften besteht. But can I use bestehend for ...
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Case for “The upcoming summer” [duplicate]

What should be the case for "the upcoming summer" as in the following sentences? Der kommende Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen. or Den kommenden Sommer werde ich ...
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Meaning of “Open chest surgery is not needed when putting on a coat” [closed]

In OOP-Design exist the SOLID-principles. Many Articles about Open/Closed Principle (O in SOLID) cites the phrase in title. But it doesn't make much sense to us in the office. So maybe someone can ...
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er/sie/es versus das

When you want to refer to a previously mentioned noun, is there any difference whether to use gender/number-specific demonstrative/personal pronouns versus neutral demonstrative 'das'? Wem gehören ...
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“Bei” followed by adjectives

I came across this sentence in a weather report: Bei schwachem bis mäßigen Südostwind wird es recht warm … I am aware that bei is followed by the dative case and that adjectives in this ...
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Why “Bitteschön”?

I know that the word Bitte can have many different meanings. When translating Bitteschön into English word for word however, it makes no sense at all. My question thus is where does this expression ...
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Ambiguity between passive and future

Take for example Ich werde vergessen From what I can see, that can mean either I will forget or I'm being forgotten (corrections welcome). Of course, there needs to be a verb whose ...
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Does case carry into an appositive?

I'll ask this question in English, because I'm not sure I could articulate it well enough in German. So this question too is about my essay. The relevant part of the original sentence was «...die ...
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ein Gerundium oder Adjektiv + werden?

Ich habe noch eine Frage bezüglich meines Aufsatzes. Ich schrieb «Das Schwächen Deutschlands war nicht der einzige Grund, weshalb Deutschland gespalten wurde.» und meine Lehrerin korrigierte ...
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Was bedeutet “weiterskippen”?

I don't know whether this is "weiter + skippen" or "weiters + kippen", although the latter seems somewhat implausible because I've never seen "weiters". In a forum for fans of Nena, I found this: ...
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“zustimmen” with pronoun

The verb zustimmen is used with a dative, whether you're agreeing to a person or to a statement. (a) What do we do if we want to say "I agree with that"? Would Ich stimme das zu be correct? ...
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Preposition with “entwickelt”

Ich will Deutsch lernen, weil ich glaube, Deutschland ist entwickelt in der Technologie und den Wissenschaften, und dafür interessiere ich mich sehr. Ich hoffe, dass ich eines Tages in Deutschland ...
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Changing Dativ-prepositions to Genitiv-prepositions: e.g. “zugunsten mir” with Genitiv instead of Dativ

The preposition zugunsten is used both with dative and genitive. If I remember well, that's the same case for wegen. With wegen, in written language, is better meinetwegen as wegen mir, that is ...
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Das Futur und Präsens um die Vergangenheit zu beschreiben

In der letzten Gradingperiode dieses Schuljahres musste meine Deutschklasse einen Aufsatz über ein Thema unserer Wahl schreiben. Meiner ging um Anzeichen des Kalten Krieges in Nachkriegsdeutschland. ...
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Meaning of “mein Lieber”

Does phrase "mein Lieber" mean "my beloved one" (i.e. can/should be used when addressing someone very close) or more like "my dear" (i.e. phrase you could use for both someone close to you and someone ...
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“zu”-Satz und “dass”-Satz

In verschiedenen Lernmaterialien heißt es, dass man einen dass-Satz in eine zu-Konstruktion verwandeln kann, so die Subjekte in Haupt- und Nebensatz übereinstimmen. Es gibt dann manchmal noch eine ...
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Pronunciation of “gucken”

I've heard the g in gucken pronounced more like a k, but in the Duden dictionary I see no indication that it's pronounced that way. Do most Germans actually pronounce the word with a k, or is it just ...
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Adding -erweise to adverbs

I come across a sentence: Der historische Dampfzug "Molli" fährt im Sommer regelmäßig Badegäste vom Ostseebad Kühlungsborn über Heiligendamm nach Bad Doberan. Since the adverb regelmäßig ...
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Usage of “in der Tat”

I learned from a dictionary that the phrase in der Tat means indeed. Can I use this phrase as a positive response to a statement? A: Heute ist es so kalt! B: In der Tat! Or can I only use ...
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Usage of present participle with include

In order to say My job must involve using computers, how would I use the present participle of use? Is this correct? Mein Beruf muss Computer benutzen einschließen.
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“hierher” and “hierhin” in the meaning of “getting here”

If someone asks me "Did you take a bus?" (Bist du mit dem Bus gefahren?) and I want to say "No, I walked here.", could I say (a) Ich bin hierher gelaufen or (b) Ich bin hierhin gelaufen I ...
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Warum “wurde” und nicht “ward”?

Heutzutage ist der Präteritumstamm von werden wurde. Früher war es ward. Mir scheint, dass ward die eigentlich regelmäßge Ablautfolge ist (vgl. helfen, werfen). Und doch ward es nicht mehr gesehen. ...
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Impliziert “leugnen” die Behauptung des Gegenteils einer erwiesenen Tatsache?

Die Frage steckt eigentlich schon im Titel. Aber ich möchte auch ein Beispiel geben: Atheist: der Gottesleugner Atheist: der Gottesverneiner Die erste Definition stammt so aus dem Brockhaus. Sie ...
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German for nickname?

A German-speaking friend of mine referred to another person, Madeline, by the nickname "Maddie." Except that she used the term "cozy name." Google translate gives me "Spitzname," or more likely ...
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“Das Buch wird immer zu uns gehören”

Is that sentence correct? I thought simply Das Buch wird immer uns gehören should be enough. If "zu uns" is correct, is it just to reinforce? Is there a rule as to when use it?
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Which preposition do I use in translating: I wish I could go to Germany today

I will heute Deutschland (preposition?) gehen/fliegen.
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“Hang out with friends” in German

How do I say I like hanging out with friends in German? I'm having trouble with the verb "hang out" in this meaning. From the dictionary, there are meanings of shirts/tongue hanging out, ...
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What does the phrase “noch viele Grüße” mean?

I read it in a letter where the girl was signing it off. The rough idea I get but I want to know what does the extra 'noch' do to the overall meaning of this fragment.
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Difference between “Song”, “Sang”, and “Gesang”

"Der Sang", "der Gesang", and "der Song" all mean "a song". What are the differences, if any?
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“Last spring” in “I took this math course last spring”

Suppose I want to say I took this math course last spring. Can I say (a) Ich habe letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs belegt. or (b) Ich habe im letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs ...
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Which grammatical gender would I use for a masculine noun with reference to a woman?

Given that "Schatz" is a masculine word, I would use masculine modifiers with it, such as "der". But suppose I were using "Schatz" to refer to a woman I was dating. Would I then refer to "mein ...
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“um.. zu” or “zu” in “help me wash my car”

Suppose I want to say I want to find someone who can help me wash my car. Can I say Ich will jemand/jemanden finden/suchen, der mir helfen kann, mein Auto zu waschen. Do I need an "um" ...
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nur vs. nur noch

Is there a rule that tells me when to us "nur noch" over "nur"? Are they interchangeable? For example, consider the following two sentences: Heute sehen wir uns nur noch selten. Heute sehen wir uns ...
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Any good website to practice translation *to* German?

As per the subject. I see duolingo is mostly about translation from German, which is good, but I'd like to practice the other way round. I also speak Spanish if that helps.
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What does sowieso mean? [closed]

I was watching a German show, and they kept using the word sowieso? Can someone explain to me what it means?
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Genitive: which is the “right” form?

I keep reading many things about the genitive disappearing, and indeed it's not uncommon to see forms like das Buch von meinem Bruder whose correctness (or lack thereof) I haven't been able to ...
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Das Quiz / Der Quiz

Der Duden sagt eindeutig Das Quiz. Aber ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, Der Quiz war (zumindest im Osten) auch in Gebrauch. Ist das regional, oder hat sich das so weiterentwickelt oder ist das Dialekt? ...
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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'Schau sie dir doch an'

I'm trying to understand the following phrase (the bit in bold is the bit I don't get - the rest is fine): Schau sie dir doch an, wie sie aussehen, die für ein bißchen Wohlstand ihr Leben und ihre ...
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German word for “passphrase”

What is a good translation of the word passphrase into German? I refer, of course, to the technical term. I.e. when used with encryption. Would it be legit to use the old, but arguably suitable, ...
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Woher kommt das g in „Kopenhagen“? Why is there a g in “Copenhagen”?

Der zweite Wortteil des dänischen Namens København bedeutet, wie man auch leicht errät, Hafen, und in der Tat ist der schwedische Name Köpenhamn, wobei hamn das schwedische Wort für Hafen ist. ...
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Trenne nie st – warum?

In der alten Rechtschreibung bildete die Buchstabenkombination st eine Ausnahme bei der Silbentrennung, da sie nicht getrennt wurde, auch wenn es im Widerspruch zu den sonstigen Trennregeln stand. Man ...

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