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Words starting with 'Landes-': How to tell whether it's regional or national?

Most words starting with Landes- that I have encountered are about regions or states. For example: Landesbank, Landesbehörde, Landesbeamte,... But here is Landesindex: Switzerland's national consumer ...

asked by PBH 19 votes
answered by SBFin 16 votes

Woher kommt die Redewendung "Der Trend geht zum/zur Zweit..."

Man sieht es ab und zu und nutzt es vielleicht sogar selbst: Der Trend geht zum Zweitjob ( Der Trend geht zum Zweitbuch ( Der Trend geht zum Zweitberuf ( Der Trend ...

etymology phrases compounds  
asked by Sentry 10 votes
answered by Ralf Joerres 5 votes

Why does "zu" come at the beginning of the sentence?

I came across this sentence. Let's say there are two hats and someone is asking Zu welchem Hut passt meine Jacke? Which hat matches my jacket? Why do we use zu here? Normally we use zu to ...

prepositions sentence-structure  
asked by Sivakumarj 6 votes
answered by David Vogt 14 votes

German dialect translation

"Lot dat sien!" "Ich joh sunset runner!" Any idea what this means, it is in a German dialect. I have tried many translation programs with no success. This appears in a WWII diary written ...

meaning dialects  
asked by Salvador 6 votes
answered by Karlokick 7 votes

sich drehen vs. sich kreisen

What is the difference between: Die Erde dreht sich um die Sonne. and: Die Erde kreist sich um die Sonne.

asked by Mario Bedoun 5 votes
answered by Masatwwo 2 votes

Nicht in der Lage as of being Incapacitated

How do you say "I'm not able to or I wasn't able to" in German? So far (as of my small German knowledge :) ) I've come across two possible ways. What I've learned in class, Ich kann nicht - I'm not ...

meaning-in-context standard-german speaking  
asked by Vishva De Zoysa 5 votes
answered by Olafant 6 votes

Fußnoten hinter Zahlen

Fußnoten lassen sich mit hochgestellten Zahlen definieren, wie z.B. »hallo¹«. Ich brauche die Fußnote aber für einen mathematischen Inhalt. Zum Beispiel brauche ich die Fußnote nicht für hallo, ...

mathematics typography  
asked by Reza Saadati 4 votes

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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "worden" und "geworden"

Laut ist das Partizip von werden entweder worden oder geworden. Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den beiden? Kann man immer geworden benutzen, oder gibt es Fälle, in denen geworden ...

word-usage participle  
asked by StrixVaria 18 votes
answered by Mike B. 15 votes

Richtungen und Ziele: Wir fahren "nach / in / zu / an" [Artikel] XYZ?

Ich bin Muttersprachler und habe keine Probleme das richtige Wort zu finden, aber wie bringe ich einem Fremdsprachler das bei: Wir fahren zu euch. Wir fahren zur Schule. Wir fahren zum Fussbalspiel. ...

asked by olli 12 votes
answered by Toscho 17 votes

When to use Perfekt and Präteritum?

What’s the guideline as to when to use Perfekt and Präteritum? I was always taught that the simplest rule is Präteritum (mostly) for written forms, and Perfekt is most common in spoken language. But ...

tenses perfect-tense preterite  
asked by Karol J. Piczak 60 votes
answered by fuxia 14 votes

Meaning of "auf geht's" and "los geht's"

Do "Los geht's" and "Auf geht's" mean "let's go"? Willst du ins Kino? Los geht's/ auf geht's!

meaning word-usage differences  
asked by DerPolyglott33 9 votes
answered by Andri 7 votes

How to read years in German?

The year 1995 is read in English nineteen ninety-five. This means we read the first two digits as a single number and then the next two digits, with the same rule. Is this rule true in German? I ...

numbers time  
asked by Salman Lashkarara 23 votes
answered by Burki 9 votes

How to write an "ß"?

What is the proper way to write an Eszett on paper with a pen? In English we are told to start letters at the top, but the ß only has ends at the bottom, so what is the proper way to draw the letter?

writing eszett handwriting  
asked by Moshe 28 votes
answered by Takkat 31 votes

Why is "Fräulein" considered offensive, as opposed to "Frau"?

Does Fräulein imply that the woman being addressed is not fully a Frau? Does it imply a lower class status?

word-choice nouns politeness  
asked by Dominique 45 votes
answered by Samuel Herzog 31 votes

Can you answer this question?

Genug/genügend/ausreichend Unterschiede?

Gibt es einen deutlichen Unterschied zwischen den Verwendungen von genug, genügend und ausreichend? Zum Beispiel, gibt es zwischen den folgenden Sätzen Unterschiede? Das Kind kennt genug Wörter, ...

differences vocabulary  
asked by sermonion x 3 votes
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