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German word for “Binge TV watching ending depression”

Germany has a wonderful ability to make compound words for things not found in other language. There is a modern experience I would like to know how to say with a German word. Binge TV Watching ...
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how to interpret the meaning of 'jedoch' in terms of 'je' and 'doch'?

As 'jedoch' arises as the combination of 'je' and 'doch', I am wondering how to deduce the fundamental meaning of 'jedoch' from those of 'je' and 'doch'?
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Which one is used more widely for “Jump” in software interfaces : “Sprung” or “springen”

I know that I can directly use the english word but I'm trying to use generally accepted and agreed german terms in the german translation of our software. Our developers missed some of the button ...
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What means my car's displayed diagnosis “GETRIEBEÖL WECHS NÄCHSTE WART.”?

This looks like a TV series, and here is the 2nd season :). You may look at the previous one to read detailed information about my car and the 1st occasion where I looked for the sense of its ...
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Heucheln so, als ob vs tun, als ob

Er heuchelt so, als ob er alles wüsste. Er tut so, als ob er alles wüsste. Kann man sie austauschbar verwenden? Wenn ja, werden sie einen großen Unterschied haben?
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What exactly does 'welche' mean? [on hold]

I am a beginner in German and I am a bit confused about the word 'Welche." I have two sentences: Welche Farbe hat Lenas Hamster? Which I know is asking someone what the colour of Lena's hamster ...
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Word order in composite sentences involving reflexive verbs [duplicate]

In this sentence, Denken Sie jetzt aber nicht, dass sich in deutschen Lander alles um das Essen dreht! I'm confused as to why sich is occupying that position. I am aware that when dass is involved, ...
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Unterschied zwischen “es geht irgendwie” und “es ergeht irgendwie”

Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen „gehen“ und „ergehen“ in den folgenden Beispielen? Ist „gehen“ in diesem Fall nur der umgangssprachliche Ausdruck für „ergehen“? Wenn nein, wann benutzt man ein Wort ...
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Unterschied zwischen “gehen” und “ergehen” [duplicate]

Ich habe schon einen Artikel gelesen, in dem dieselbe Frage gestellt wurde, aber ich hätte gerne eine Klärung, denn ich darf noch nicht Kommentare schreiben. Ist es richtig, zu sagen, dass "gehen" ...
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“Besagen” and “sagen” in a poetic context

I am translating the following piece of poetry Nightingale said it to flower, and flower said it to spring, what stars heard as a whisper from night’s silver fling: “The World for the lovers, ...
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What is the appropriate capitalization of 'ß'?

I am not a German speaker but I am working on a software program that is used by German speaking users. So here is the question: In a software application that displays and stores data to a DB in ...
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Is this grammatic correct? If not please make it right. Thanks! [on hold]

Ich bin gespannt und aufgeregt für der EM 2016, es wird lustig zu spielen, dieses große Art von Turnier zusammen mit der Nationalmannschaft wieder, es ist schon eine Weile her. Es ist auch bald Zeit ...
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Can I switch to the du-form?

I am an undergraduate and will be staying with a host family in Mannheim for to learn German. I have never met the host family before and I see them as senior to me, so I used the Sie-form when I ...
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What is the best DE-PL offline Android dictionary [on hold]

I'm already using pons dictionary, but it is slow and needs internet connection. Thats why I'm asking you, what is the best DE-PL offline Android dictionary ?
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what difference in the effect of expression that adversative words make with varying positions in a clause?

I read from Hammer's Grammar that such adversative particles as 'aber', 'doch', 'jedoch' will produce different effects of expression with varying positions in a clause; for example: (i) er ...
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How to say that any appointment time fits me

I’m trying to figure out how to say that any appointment time fits me in German. So I start with usual: Ich möchte gerne einen Termin vereinbaren. And then I know how to specify a time like so: ...
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“Tiere sind auch nur Menschen”…what's therole of “nur” on this phrase?

I was watching the 10th episode of "Extra" and on minute 2:41 they say the phrase "Tiere sind auch nur Menschen" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaW3bWuwgL0 I translated the phrase on Google ...
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1answer
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen diesen zwei Sätzen?

Ich kann den Unterschied zwischen diesen beiden Sätze nicht finden: 1) Das Buch wurde 1959 veröffentlicht. 2) Das Buch ist 1959 veröffentlicht worden.
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Meaning of the verb ‘gönnen’ in this context

I have encountered the following phrase in a book and I would like to know its precise meaning (here gönnen). Für diese richtige Antwort auf die Frage gönnt Ihnen Ihr Lehrer ein kurzes Nicken. Sie ...
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German words related to the theme “Love as a sickness”: Liebeskrank u. Liebeskummer

In English and Italian there are words and phrases such as lovesick or malato d'amore, which directly come from the analogy love as a sickness. Since this are very common expressions, I was wondering, ...
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In German are the different ways of saying in interchangeable (Not including contractions) [on hold]

So is there different ways of saying in and are they interchangeable. If not what are the differences
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Reminding of own identity at the beginning of correspondence

When sending (for example) an email to somebody who probably doesn’t have my current contact information, I would want to remind of who I am. So in English I would write something like: It’s (my ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen einer Sühne und einer Buße?

Sühne: etwas, was jemand auf sich nimmt, was jemand tut, um ein begangenes Unrecht, eine Schuld zu sühnen (a); Buße Buße: a. (Religion) das Bemühen um die Wiederherstellung eines ...
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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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On the pragmatic focus and emphatic force of „aber“ in a sentence

I read this example in Duden’s Richtiges und gutes Deutsch: Sie hörte Schritte, es öffnete aber niemand. Which sentential constituent does aber focus on: the verb öffnen or the subject niemand? ...
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What is the difference between MarburgLand and MarburgStadt?

I'm doing some research and I've come across two regions MarburgLand and MarburgStadt. What is the difference? The context of this is regional listings in https://www.archion.de. I'm trying to find ...
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3answers
112 views

On the etymology of “empfehlen”

I learned from DWDS that empfehlen was enphëlhen during the Middle High German period. I am wondering what the descendant of hëlhen is in Modern High German? (I don't think its descendant is fehlen, ...
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Aussprache von »Gluten«

Kurze und einfache Frage: Wie wird das Wort »Gluten«, mit dem ein Eiweißstoff bezeichnet wird, der in vielen Getreidesorten zu finden ist, richtig ausgesprochen? Zur Auswahl stehen: [ɡluˈteːn], ...
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How can “Pflaster” also mean “place” or “city”?

The main definition of das Pflaster is: plaster pavement band-aid How is it then possible to use it to mean place and city, such as in ein teures Pflaster – an expensive ...
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What is the English translation for the Hessische Wort “Ger”?

In Hessen, people often use the word "ger" at the end of sentences, as in ** "Danke ger!" "Weißt du, ger!" ** Definitely know it is an exclamatory expression. Is there any translation in ...
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Genitive of masculine plural indefinite nouns: -n ending

Compare: Plural definite: Plural indefinite: Nominativ: die Äpfel Äpfel Genitiv: der Äpfel Äpfel Dativ: den Äpfeln Äpfeln Akkusativ: ...
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Warum wird “wohlgesinnt” von “wohlgesonnen” verdrängt?

Man liest und hört heute häufig den folgenden Satz: Er ist mir wohlgesonnen Nun ist "wohlgesonnen" aber grammatikalisch nicht richtig, denn es muss "wohlgesinnt" heißen. Der Duden listet ...
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What is the German word for “you can't change the user experience because your users are used to it”?

I was working with a website designer in Sydney who had just worked in Germany. We were talking about a website features we wanted to remove and replace with new ones. We came across a scenario ...
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Welchen Modus kann das Wort „sei“ haben?

Mir ist klar, dass das „sei“ in Sätzen wie „Sei ruhig.“ ein Imperativ ist. Allerdings taucht das Wort auch in Sätzen auf, in denen man es (zumindest umgangssprachlich) mit „wäre“ ersetzen könnte: ...
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How can I distinguish the short sounds [​ɪ] and [e]?

The sound [​ɪ] is said to be more open than [i] and so is [e]. I have no difficulty in distinguishing between [i] and [e], or between [i] and [I]; however, I can hardly distinguish between [​ɪ] and ...
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Präpositionen für Zahlung

Kann jemand bestätigen, dass ich in diesen Beispielen die korrekten Präpositionen benutzt habe? Eine Zahlung auf ein Konto machen. Eine Zahlung ins Ausland machen. Eine Zahlung nach Österreich ...
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“das geht prima” verstehen

Ben sagt: „In Berlin mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs sein, das geht prima“ Frage: Ben findet, dass ein Fahrrad in der Stadt sehr nützlich ist (Richtig oder falsch?) Ich habe richtig gewählt, aber ...
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1answer
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is this the right word for gratuitous?

Unentgeglich is a word I can't find in dictionaries but have heard used. I think I have spelled it right. Can it be used to mean something is cost free?
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Which are the top 10 most important verbs to learn in German? [closed]

I'd like to focus on that at first and then continue to incorporate more...I'm self studying using various resources from the internet(youtube, tv shows, bilingüal books, whatever comes at hand)... ...
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1answer
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How to adjust the word order of the following sentences to a more common style?

I read in a grammar text this sentence: Wir kränkelten; krank (aber) durften wir nicht heißen. Leaving out the focal effect of aber from consideration, I am wondering which one of the following ...
0
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1answer
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Female dative case [duplicate]

I am translating the phrase "With a magnificent view". I was expecting it to be "Mit einer herrliche Aussicht" However my book indicates it to be "Mit einer herrlichen Aussicht". I know in the ...
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1answer
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Why does “Fresnel'sche” have an apostrophe and “Gaußsche” doesn't?

In German physics literature, I often see adjectives like “Gaußsche” and “Fresnel'sche”. I know what they mean in the context, that Gauß (or Fresnel) invented something or that it is named after them. ...
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Warum benennen die Deutschen Filmtitel um? [closed]

Ich habe schon vor einiger Zeit bemerkt, dass Originalfilmtitel in andere Sprachen übersetzt werden. Aber scheinbar machen nur die Deutschen das bis zur vollständigen Unkenntlichkeit des ...
2
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2answers
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Difference between einbeziehen & einschließen:

I would like to know if i can use them interchangeably, because for example i see that are used as the verb "to include". Is there some subtle differences besides that the first is a irregular and ...
2
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2answers
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meaning of phrase “krank … heißen”

I read in my grammar text the following example sentence: Wir kränkelten; krank aber durften wir nicht heißen. I have difficulty with the second clause, especially with this phrase krank heißen. Could ...
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1answer
65 views

How to render the following sentence with a proper emphatic construction into German?

Could this sentence ''I didn't buy this book, but borrowed it'' be rendered as follows: nicht kaufte ich das Buch; aber ich borgte es I am particularly unsure how to render not buy and borrow ...
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3answers
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German equivalent of idiom “Be a catch”

How do you express in German that someone is being worth a try for dating, e.g. like in: I am taking Laura out tonight. She's such a catch, I hope she likes me. I am not asking for this ...
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1answer
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How to restore the following elliptical constructions into a complete sentence?

Here is a dictionary example : Er arbeitet langsam, dafür aber gründlich. I think the second part dafür aber gründlich is an ellipsis of a complete clause and I'd like to know what the complete clause ...
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Why Ölberg and not Olivenberg?

I recently noticed that the German name for the Mount of Olives is Ölberg. I would give "Oil Mountain" as a gloss for this. This perturbs me; the meaning appears different from that of the English. ...

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