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Parsing 'Nach der Mitte zu stieg sie an wie ein Kuppeldach'

I think I understand the meaning of this sentence, but I don't understand how it's constructed. I'm assuming ansteigen (to rise) is the verb, and ein Kuppeldach (a dome) is the subject and Nach der ...
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Wie viele Konjunktionen hat das Deutsche

Ich bin auf der Suche nach einer Quelle oder Antwort für folgende Fragen: Wie viele Konjunktionen hat das Deutsche? Wie viele davon sind Subjunktionen? Wie viele davon bestehen aus mehr als einem ...
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On the perfect tenses of the passive voice

The Future II of the Passive Voice uses the perfect infinitive form of the Passive Voice, geliebt worden sein, in its formation, which thus runs as * Ich werde geliebt worden sein, Why ...
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I have allowed (smth) vs. I have been allowed (smth)

If I am correct I have allowed smth would be rendered in German as Ich habe etwas gedurft and I have been allowed smth would be rendered as Ich bin etwas gedurft worden. Are these correct? If not, ...
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“Aufheben” vs. “aufnehmen” for picking something up

I want to say, "I pick the baby up off the floor," but I'm having trouble deciding whether aufheben or aufnehmen is the correct word. Ich nehme das Baby vom Boden auf or Ich hebe das Baby ...
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Nominative / accusative - what to use with preposition “als” and constructions like “John the engineer”?

Sie halten Johannes der Ingenieur als der wichtigste Fachmann ihrer Firma. I don't know if I used the two "der" articles well. In the sentence "Sie halten den Mann" the accusative is obvious, ...
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“Das Haar” oder “die Haare” als Kopfbehaarung [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should one use singular form of “hair”, when plural? Nennt man die Kopfbehaarung "das Haar" oder "die Haare"? Ich trage mein Haar / meine Haare lang. Das ...
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Basic Deconstruction of German [closed]

I'm reading a book called "The Four Hour Chef" at the moment, and if anyone here knows the book, or its author Tim Ferriss, you might know that he has a fascinating method for generating a basic ...
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Does “so wie” mean “same as”?

Using a dictionary, it says so ... wie is as ... as. Here is the sentence: Im Sommer tragen Frauen gern einen leichten Rock, ein T-Shirt oder ein Top, so wie Jana. Does this mean same as Jana?
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Word that takes the most hits on one button in a row on a cell phone

It's a silly question but I'm wondering which German word requires the most hits on one button on a (cell) phone key pad (not a smart phone obviously). I found "versprechen" which has 4. v e r s ...
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Is adjective declension incredibly difficult to learn or is it just me?

After having studied the language for about 2 years (not at an entirely invested, about a high ILR level 1), I still cannot get the hang of using the correct declension in all the cases. I understand ...
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Best books for Hören

As you know Hören is a critical skill for improving the other skills (Schreiben, Sprechen and Lesen). I am looking for a set of books that would teach me this skill and give me good exercises? I am ...
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Explaining the adjective endings in “Für seine guten Leistungen überraschte ihn die Mutter mit einem neuen Fahrrad”

I am still struggling sometimes to understand how it works with adjective endings. I already once asked a question about another expression and now I again found something I cannot explain. I don’t ...
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How to differentiate wägen und wiegen for Partizip II

I would like to know how Germans differentiate between wägen and wiegen. When it comes to past participle both changes to gewogen (of course, the simple past is also wog) Do Germans just know them by ...
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Kann »aufgrund« eine mit Komma abtrennbare Apposition einleiten?

In diesem Thread wird die Kommaregelung folgenden Satzes diskutiert: Ich bitte Sie, mein Fehlen am XXXX, aufgrund starker Kopfschmerzen, zu entschuldigen. Der Großteil behauptet, dass vor ...
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Exact meaning of present perfect in German [duplicate]

In English present perfect is used to show that something happened in the past which has an effect that still remains till now (present). Now let's take a look at a simple Present Perfekt sentence ...
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Translation of ETL process

I am working as an ETL designer and developer constructing complex ETL processes. I need to write resume in German and I don’t know whether ETL needs to be translated and if yes, what translation ...
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Need help translating technical video game terminology [closed]

I need to translate a video game, including the debug menu into German. Ironically I AM German, but have accumulated all my tech and gaming vocabulary in England and now everything sounds ridiculous ...
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Is there a difference between “die Erkennung” and “die Anerkennung”?

Translated they both mean "recognition, identification" (the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized). Are they synonymous? Is there any difference in usage or meaning? Is one maybe the ...
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Abbauen und nachlassen - der Unterschied

Der Duden sagt: abbauen: 1. allmählich an Stärke, Intensität verlieren; weniger, schwächer werden nachlassen: 8. in der Leistung nachlassen, an Kraft, Konzentration verlieren Ist also ...
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Difference between “wegfahren”, “fortfahren”, “losfahren” and “abfahren”

Wegfahren, fortfahren, losfahren, abfahren — all these verbs mean to leave by car (e.g. drive away, drive off). But is there any difference between them or are they complete synonyms? In case of ...
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Reihenfolge in einem So-Satz

Ich komme mit der Regel T(emporal) – K(ausal) – M(odal) – L(okal) = T – K – M - L nicht klar. Wie schreibe ich den folgenden Satz richtig: ... So erfordert jede Websocket-Verbindung in einem JEE ...
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Ist „je“ in „je noch so kleinste“ richtig verwendet?

Ich kann mittels einer Internetsuche nicht direkt bestätigen, ob der folgende Satz richtig ist: Das je noch so kleinste Detail ist … worden. Ich weiß nicht ob je wirklich da sein darf. Und wenn, ...
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´Der Patient entwickelte Symptome einer Lebensmittelvergiftung´ - possible sentences? [closed]

May I say the following sentences in German? I give the original English sentences (the following are the translations I´ve got from German native speakers, but I am not sure whether they are possible ...
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Modal verb used for probability in german

"Mag er mich?" is translated as " Does he like me?" My question is does "Mögen" is used also for probability... so my sentence about it I am confused "May she missunderstand me by that? " is ...
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I thought “Sie ist” always meant “she is” but here it means “they?”

This first sentence is for context and precedes the main sentence, the main sentence is the one that confuses me. Die Generalität ist ein Geschmeiß des deutschen Volkes! Sie ist ohne Ehre! ...
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How can one say “Close!” in the context of a game or sport

When playing a game like tennis or badminton, it often happens that after a long rally, my opponent hits the ball so that it just goes out. In English, I would sometimes say something like "Close!" ...
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Position of “nicht” in “nicht die Hoffnung zu verlieren”

From Spiegel Magazine: (a) Zamperini, gespielt von dem Briten Jack O'Connell, beschwört seine beiden Kameraden, nicht die Hoffnung zu verlieren. Does "nicht" negate "die Hoffnung" or the whole ...
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Examples for “flach” meant as = ohne [gedankliche] Tiefe und daher nichtssagend, unwesentlich; oberflächlich, banal

I looked for the meaning of flach on Duden and I understood most of it. Just the forth and last meaning is for me not clear and I am not sure exactly about how to use flach in that way. Flach = ...
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Difference between “Drohung”, “Bedrohung” and “Androhung”

For my German translation needs, I use Beolingus. I searched the translation for the word Bedrohung, which would mean menace or threat, but I see that Androhung and Drohung mean the same thing. Is ...
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Do actually people use the expressions “Angsthase” or “Das ist ein Märchen!”?

I am studying German in Austria, Graz since few months, currently attending a A2/B1 course. Often our teachers tries to teach us some funny or commos expressions..things you would just use in spoken ...
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Grammatik in “wird nicht kommen gekonnt haben”

Zwei Sätze aus Loongs Antwort zu dieser Frage (mit kleiner Modifizierung): (a) Er wird nicht haben kommen können. (b) Er wird nicht kommen gekonnt haben. Wie ich verstehe, bedeuten die ...
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“zu”-Konstruktion von “dass ich sie gehen sehen musste”

Es reut mich, dass ich sie gehen sehen musste. Wie stellt man diesen Satz in eine "zu"-Konstruktion? Wäre es das Folgende? Es reut mich, sie gehen sehen gemusst zu haben. (Bemerkung: ...
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Pronunciation of Brötchen

In my family, we never pronounced Brötchen with a long ö, but rather a sound reminiscent of a diphthong oi or öi. In any case, Brötchen with a long ö sounds totally alien and unfamiliar to me. But ...
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Unterschied zwischen “denken” und “sich denken”

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen 1) "Ich denke mir, dass das der Fall ist." und "Ich denke, dass das der Fall ist." 2) "Das denke ich auch." und "Das dachte ich mir." oder bedeuten die Sätze ...
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Meaning of “zwei Rehe entkommen”

From the Hohlspiegel column of Der Spiegel, which is intended for funny/interesting sentences from other sources: Drei Wildunfälle: Hase tot, zwei Rehe entkommen. (Aus dem Schweinfurter ...
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Term for continous/progressive aspect in German

The article "Verlaufsform" on the German Wikipedia links to "continuous and progressive aspects" in English. According to English WP, "continuous" denote a current state, like "She is wearing a red ...
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Welchen Fall oder welche Präposition verlangt »untersuchen«?

Verlangt untersuchen eine Präposition und falls nicht, welchen Fall verlangt es?
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Origin of the name “Lichfett”?

Does someone know where the family name Lichfett comes from? I met this name in Brazil. Is it perhaps only a modified version of Lichtfett?
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Meaning of “die einen” as group?

From Der Spiegel: Im Herbst 1989 drücken die DDR-Bürger ihre Wut über das Regime auf zwei Wegen aus: Die einen verlassen über Ungarn oder westdeutsche Botschaften im Ostblock das Land, die anderen ...
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Meaning/structure of “so als”

Gleich mehrere Kernaussagen hatte das Kanzleramt zuvor in der Bevölkerung testen lassen, so als handelte es sich um eine neue Margarine-Reklame - und nicht um die Begründung eines zentralen ...
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Which German films to watch to improve my German? [closed]

I want to watch German films to improve my German. As a beginner, I will try to absorb as much vocabulary as I can. I will watch every film 3 times at least. The first time using English subtitles ...
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Religious connotation of “Verzeihung”

I recently used "Verzeihung" to apologize, whereupon the person smilingly responded Ich bin kein Pfarrer. I looked up the word on Duden.de and found "Entschuldigung" among the synonyms, like I ...
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Recommended German-English Dictionaries

I would like to have German dictionaries that include plural forms, genitive forms, articles and verb conjugations as well. So far I have not found a single dictionary containing all these functions, ...
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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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Preposition for “in/auf einer Sprache unterhalten”

Wir können zwischen uns Deutsch sprechen Wir können uns _____ Deutsch unterhalten. Should I use "auf" or "in" here? In English we would use "in" with a language, but here I suspect it would ...
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Subjunctive I for recommendation?

Wer sich die Fotos zu Hause anschauen möchte, dem sei der Ausstellungskatalog empfohlen. Why is the Subjunctive I "sei" used here? Is it to make a recommendation?
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Komparativ gewisser Adjektivisierungen

Betrachte man zum Beispiel folgendes Adjektiv: blauäugig1. Im Sinne von Naivität ist es total nachvollziehbar, dass dessen Komparativ blauäugiger ist (was ein Wörterbuch bestätigt), weil die ...
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Gender of the subject in a sentence starting with “und”

If I have a main sentence like this: Den Fehler zu ignorieren and I want to connect another one with "und" in that way: und xx zu löschen Which pronoun fits best at the position of xx? Es ...
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Unterschied zwischen “Lebensinhalt” und “Lebenssinn”?

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen "Lebensinhalt" und "Lebenssinn"? In einem Artikel geht es um Sport für Leute mit Behinderungen. Da waren die beide Wörter als Synonyme benutzt. Meiner Meinung nach ...

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