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Bedeckt means that the whole sky is covered by clouds (there is a continuous layer of clouds without any significant gaps) Bewölkt means that there are quite a lot of clouds, but the cover is not continuous
In reply to Celtschk: in Dutch you have ‘kei-’ as an intensifier. ‘Kei’ means ‘cobble’ or ‘boulder’ and as an intensifier it started its career in ‘keihard’ = ‘as hard as a cobble’. But ‘hard’ can also mean ‘fast’ in Dutch and ‘keihard’ started to be used in the sense of ‘very fast’ and as a prefix ‘kei-’ started to lose its literal meaning. Nowadays you ...
According to this source, being steinreich meant having a house of stone. Usually houses were built of wood back then, only rich people could afford houses of stone. Nowadays, the prefix stein is however often used in the sense of very like in steinalt. The etymology however might be different there of course.
"Stein-" ist hier ein (salopp) emotional verstärkendes Präfix. Spätmittelhochdeutsch steinrīche: reich an Edelsteinen, sehr/ungewöhnlich reich. (Duden) Jedoch steht im Wörterbuch der Gebrüder Grimm unter steinreich: oft falsch erklärt: 'reich an edelsteinen' [...] richtige erklärung schon bei Adelung 'sehr reich ..., von stein, ...
In "ein weiter Flug", "weiter" is an adjective, and "überlegen" is an adverb. The adverb is used attributively to modify the adjective, and in this case it does not make sense for the adjective to be in comparative form. Also, in this sentence there's nothing to compare the adverb itself (superior in quality to what?) against, so the adverb can't be in ...
That's pretty simple: "Ein überlegener weiterer Flug" is the comparative degree. In German you use the comparative degree only for direct comparison. For example: Der Eine war gut, der Andere war aber besser. The word überlegen is a word of comparison. With a word like this you don't have to use the comparative degree or the superlative degree.
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