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Jul
2
comment Difference between “Was ist dein Beruf?” and “Was bist du von Beruf?”
"Was machen Sie beruflich?" is a a locution I've encountered.
Mar
20
comment The meaning of “wenn er… wollte”
. . . and I wonder if "als ob" is considered more formal or more correct than "als wenn"? In Robert Heinlein's novel _Have Space Suit---Will Travel", the protagonist says "She looked like she was dying" and the girl called Peewee corrected his grammar, saying "as if she were dying". In Heinz Nagel's translation into German, I seem to recall he said "Sie sah aus, als wenn sie sterben würde" and Peewee' correction said "als ob".
Dec
14
comment German alternatives to “Shit happens”?
In a youtube video of a German TV broadcast I heard a German say "shit happens" (in English). If there are rules against vulgar language on TV in Germany, apparently either they don't cover this or there was a violation.
Dec
1
comment “ist gefegt” vs. “hat gefegt”
But what about "ist" versus "hat"? Is my surmise correct? I.e. "ist" is used when it's like "laufen" and "hat" when it's like "strichen"?
Sep
11
comment Koppel's gender in “In der Eckerkoppel”
Thank you. I looked at a list of entries on dict.leo.org that said "das Koppel", and in the middle of them was one that said "die Koppel", which I missed.