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how to express the date?

In my exercises I'm reading through it says: Wir haben den dritten Oktober - It is the third of October Is this the common way to express the date in German? would no one say: Es ist der dritter ...
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what is the meaning of “gier und gar” in poetry?

I am trying to understand the meaning of the idiom "gier und gar." I have serched per word and in the internet it is not clear.
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Ursprung des Ausspruchs “die Spendierhosen anhaben”?

Wenn jemand gerade sehr spendabel oder freigiebig ist, kann man im Deutschen sagen, er/sie hat gerade die Spendierhosen an. Ich möchte wissen, woher dieser Ausdruck ursprünglich kommt. Was hat ...
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Is “Weltschmerz” an untranslatable word?

Sometime I come across lists of untranslatable words like this one. It states that Weltschmerz is a word that cannot be translated to English, but searching for it in Duden it gives me a lot of ...
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What is the meaning of “bissig und böss”

In working on a translaion I would like to know if "bissig und böss" could be interpreted as "caustic and naughty" in relations to animals?
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Difference between century names

Why does German prefer the ordinal century names (18tes Jahrhundert/18th century) and almost never uses cardinal numbers (1700er [Siebzehnhunderter]/1700s [seventeen hundreds])?
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Verb für mehrere Subjekte: Wann funktioniert diese Ellipse?

Ich bin auf folgenden Satz gestoßen, dessen Art ich nie (bewusst) gesehen hatte: Mir fiel ein, dass ich ihn später noch einmal bei einem jour fixe zu Hause getroffen, er mich flehend und ...
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distinguishing between I want food, and I want to eat?

How can you differentiate between I want to eat: Ich will essen And I want food: Ich will Essen during conversation, in written form it is only the capitalisation of the noun the makes it ...
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German word for “queue ticket”

When you go to an office you get a ticket with a number. You have to wait until your number is on a display. I want to know the German word for this ticket.
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Do Germans understand the Dutch language?

I would like to ask if a native German speaker can understand a Dutch speaker with fluency or at least to have a normal conversation
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What is the difference between Sahne and Rahm?

I was taught that cream is "Sahne" (f) in Scandinavian school German lessons, however, when visiting Switzerland, it appeared to be called "Rahm" (m). I tried asking about this, and the person ...
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Welches Verb passt zum Wort «Selfie»?

Ich nehme ein Selfie mit meiner Freundin auf. Ich mache ein Selfie. Kann man die beiden Verben in diesem Kontext verwenden?
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How to say these following sentences in German? [on hold]

How to use "will be".. ? and "should be.. In will be sentence , is it normal that wird or werde and werden at the end comes? Ich werde es getan werden. (I will be doing it)..Is it grammatically ...
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Why it is “Eines Tages” and not simply “ein Tag”?

In a story I read recently, there was a sentence: Eines Tages fand Peter eine Schatzkarte! And I wonder why it is eines Tages and not ein Tag, because ein Tag is what I would say normally. Is ...
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How do you say that you're ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German?

How do you say that you’re ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German? Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well? Also if there is a term for people who smoke a ...
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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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how to build a german sentence with three verbs?

how to build a german sentence with three verbs?. for example .. I will start today to talk German? Werden beginnen sprachen is the sentence below right or wrong Ich werde beginnen den Deutsch heute ...
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How do you write “The cold and lonely nights”

I believe it is "die kalten und einsam Nächte" but honestly I'm not sure if the arrangement of the sentence is correct, and if the word "einsam" means lonely
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Der Unterschied zwischen «im Moment», «im Augenblick» und «vorerst»

Im Moment bin ich im Park und trainiere meine Arme mit meinem Freund Johan. Im Augenblick bin ich im Park und trainiere meine Arme mit meinem Freund Johan. Vorerst bin ich im Park und ...
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Question regarding the irregularity of “bekommen”

Why does the second and third person singular and second person plural of bekommen not follow the convention of adding an -e- before the personal endings in the Simple Present tense? Does it have to ...
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Alternative expression of equality other then “wie”

I would like know are there other words to express thing's equality rather than "wie". Following are translated like in examples but in some "wie" is missing, are there other comperative words like in ...
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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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Word order in composite sentences involving reflexive verbs [duplicate]

In this sentence, Denken Sie jetzt aber nicht, dass sich in deutschen Landen 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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E-Mail | Mit freundlichen Grüßen Alexander und Anja oder Anja und Alexander?

Wie der Title schon sagt, würde ich gern wissen, in welcher Reihenfolge ich die Namen schreiben soll. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Alexander und Anja oder Mit freundlichen Grüßen Anja und ...
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Exportieren an Ägypten

Ich habe folgende Überschrift im Spiegel Online gelesen und mich gefragt, ob diese Korrekt ist Trotz Verbot: Zwölf EU-Staaten exportieren Waffen an Ägypten Soweit ich weiß müsste es [...] ...
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Are “Ende” and “Schluss” synonyms?

is there any difference between "das Ende" and "der Schluss" in meaning? Can it be used interchangeably as synonyms?
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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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Wortstellung von „Weder… noch“ + „dass“

Was ist die richtige Wortstellung für „weder... noch“ mit „dass“? Gilt „weder dass... noch dass...“? Z.B: Ich werde nicht bestreiten, weder dass Trump rassistisch ist, noch dass seine Anhänger ...
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Geld, das man vor der Frau versteckt

Im Polnischen existiert das Wort zaskórniaki, welches Geld bezeichnet, das man(n) vor seiner Frau und Familie versteckt, um sich dafür etwas zu gönnen. Als deutsche Übersetzung habe ich Biergeld und ...
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What is the correct way to state “study abroad” in a sentence and in a CV?

I'm writing about study abroad for a homework assignment. I have done some looking around, and it seems that there are several ways to talk about study abroad. I read that Auslandssemester is for a ...
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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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Feiertage und Urlaubstage

Könnte mir jemand folgende Wörter erklären? Ich habe im Wörterbuch gesucht aber noch nicht verstanden Sind diese Wörter Synomyne ? Feiertage und Urlaubstage
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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 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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Ist „die tosende Minna“ ein Synonym für die Spülmaschine?

Die Mitglieder der älteren Generation in meiner Familie nennen die Spülmaschine manchmal die tosende Minna. Als ich heute googeln wollte, wo dieser Spruch eigentlich herkommt, bekam ich kein einziges ...
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1answer
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Will “und” always change the word order in a complex sentence?

Und kaum zu Hause angekommen, war der Himmel blau and das Wetter herrlich. Here the first part is supposed to be subordinate since it does not form a full statement. But why does the main part of the ...
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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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