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Nov
26
comment Is it an error when I do not use ß when it is necessary?
@Clemens If it is not clear from the context, it is possible to write "Maszen". This spelling, though historically incorrect (ß is called "eszett = sz", but is really an ss-ligature), is also sometimes used by Germans when ß is not possible (e.g. ASCII-only text).
Nov
23
answered Is it an error when I do not use ß when it is necessary?
Nov
16
comment For new words which are often nouns who sets the gender?
In den von @TheBaj genannten Fällen bezeichnet die Endung -er einen Agenten (Person oder Ding), und zwar auch in den Fremdwörtern. In den genannten nicht maskulinen Beispielen ist das nicht der Fall.
Oct
31
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Oct
30
answered Gibt es ein deutsches Pendant zur englischen Wendung «writ large»?
Sep
13
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Sep
13
comment Was bedeutet “abkündigen”?
Die neuere Bedeutung unterscheidet sich m.E. schon leicht von einstellen. Ich kenne es eher aus dem Bereich elektronischer Bauelemente, deren Produktion auch dann, wenn sie abgekündigt wurden, noch nicht eingestellt ist. Die Abkündigung ist lediglich ein Hinweis, diese Bauteile nicht mehr für neue Produkte (also neue Typen) zu verwenden; der Verwendung in der Herstellung neuer Exemplare bereits geplanter Produkte steht sie aber nicht entgegen.
Aug
13
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Jul
2
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Jul
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
1
answered What is the relationship between “Hochzeit” and “Hochmut?”
May
22
comment How rude is “fressen”?
Incidentally, Old English had this distinction as well: etan > to eat vs fretan (of animals).
Apr
25
comment What is the German equivalent for these speech fillers from English: “umm…” and “like”?
Also, both can be used as verbs: And he like "really?" becomes Und er so "echt?"
Apr
12
comment Using Abflug vs Abfahrt
@Em1 No, I was thinking of a one-word sentence, Abflug!, in the sense of We shall leave immediately, everyone who wants to join us should do so now
Apr
12
comment Using Abflug vs Abfahrt
I've heard Abflug in the sense of departure in colloquial use. Aufbruch would be a way to express the same meaning in standard language.
Apr
9
comment Does German language have “possessive apostrophe”?
@HendrikVogt: Actually, the Duden is committed to recording actual usage of German. So, yes, if a mistake is made sufficiently often by a sufficient number of people, it is adopted by the Duden. That said, Thomas Mann uses the Apostrophe for names ending in a vowel (but not for those ending in a consonant) in Der Zauberberg (1924).
Mar
12
comment German verbs vs English verbs
Is there really that much of a difference? After all, this seems to be mainly a convention determining how to name verbs in a meta context -- when we use German and English verbs in actual language, the forms with and without to/zu seem to occur in similar contexts. If I were to speculate, maybe English verbs use to simply to unambiguously mark them as verbs (since you can "verb any noun", there usually exists a noun with the same spelling).
Mar
9
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Mar
8
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Mar
7
answered What is the proper position of “gern”?