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How to say "get the joke" in German

I'm a beginner in German and I'm trying to speak German at my friends and such in order to help my learning journey. I was wondering how does one say "get the joke", as in "finally, you ...

asked by Maths fan123 6 votes
answered by Martin Peters 7 votes

Sentence structure - word order with "mit"

Is not time always precedes whatever is on the sentence Here are some examples like: a) Dirk ist mit seinen Eltern und seiner Schwester nachts um 12 Uhr von Stuttgart losgefahren. b) Dirk ist mit ...

sentence-structure word-order  
asked by Osqp 5 votes
answered by Hubert Schölnast 8 votes

What does "Was erlauben Sie sich?" mean?

I heard the question Was erlauben Sie sich? in a German film three times in two minutes. I don't think the literal meaning was intended: "What do you allow yourself?" Is this an expression?...

idioms expressions  
asked by محمد الرويحي 4 votes
answered by Paul Frost 10 votes

How would you express the verb "to other (someone/something)" in German?

Here's the sentance I just wrote in English: Focus on the human as a way of demonstrating the stupidity of othering homeless people. I am wondering how one would best translate the concept of ...

asked by Mark Hoppmann 4 votes
answered by Martin Peters 22 votes

Can you use "Ich habe es geknickt" to mean "decided against having done" something?

I'm familiar with the expression "kannst du knicken" to mean "forget it", but can "Ich habe es geknickt" be used to express the idea of deciding against something (in the ...

usage colloquial  
asked by Henry Firth 3 votes
answered by Shegit Brahm 6 votes

Brauche Hilfe um einen Satz von einem Roman

Bis jetzt hatte er hauptsächlich Mädchen kennen gelernt, nett waren die schon, wenn man Leute mag, die einen bei jedem Satz anfassen. Mädchen, die aussehen wie dreißig und doch so alt waren wie er, ...

meaning meaning-in-context  
asked by Mr.Wohoo 2 votes
answered by Henning Kockerbeck 4 votes

Is there an ambiguity in translation of Frege's "Bestande des Gedankens"?

The phrase "Bestande des Gedankens" is differently translated as (A) "the make-up of a thought" or (B) "the being of a thought" in the context of the following passage: ...

meaning-in-context german-to-english  
asked by fr_ 2 votes
answered by guidot 1 vote

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Word meaning "to use" – "verwenden", "anwenden", "benutzen", "nutzen", "gebrauchen"

I understand 5 words to roughly mean to use: verwenden anwenden benutzen nutzen gebrauchen When is one of these preferred to the others? I think that benutzen is the most commonly used of these, so ...

differences word-choice  
asked by Voriki 59 votes
answered by Em1 64 votes

How to use "hier", "dort" and "da" properly in German?

In English "here" and "there" are typical pairs to indicate space and distance. The same is true of Hungarian ("itt" and "ott"). But in German it's a bit different: I have seen "da" many times in ...

word-usage adverbs  
asked by Andras Nemeth 44 votes
answered by shuhalo 32 votes

What is the German word for: "It only works when I try to show you how it does not work"?

In reading a web page on increasing word power, there was a German word with the definition that means: It only works when I try to show you how it does not work. Is there a single word in ...

meaning-in-context single-word-request  
asked by user40125 54 votes
answered by πάντα ῥεῖ 77 votes

When to use "bezahlen" and when "zahlen"?

Leo shows that both bezahlen and zahlen are translated as "to pay". I noticed that people sometimes use the one, and sometimes the other. So, when to use bezahlen and when zahlen?

meaning differences word-choice  
asked by BЈовић 41 votes

When to use "gibt es" and "es gibt", respectively?

Being new to German, I am not properly affiliated with the correct grammatical use of gibt es and es gibt. All I know is that they both mean there is in English. So in what scenarios do I use each one ...

word-usage word-order  
asked by hyp3r 21 votes
answered by Emanuel 36 votes

Usage of "aber", "jedoch" and "allerdings"

What is the difference between allerdings, aber and jedoch? I looked them up in the dictionary and all three mean 'but'. Could anyone tell me how they're used in a sentence?

differences usage particles  
asked by DerPolyglott33 12 votes
answered by user unknown 6 votes

What are informal ways to say "good bye"?

In German you may say Auf Wiedersehen or Guten Tag when leaving. Both seem rather formal and may be inappropriate in a non-formal context. What would be the alternatives? In what context can we use ...

formality word-choice  
asked by Takkat 19 votes
answered by ladybug 25 votes

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Interpretation of one single handwritten word

In the attached and below deciphered text, I have problems with interpreting one single word, marked with XXX. Any suggestions?: Sie — und noch mehr Andere — werden vielleicht finden, dass die ...

handwriting kurrent interpretation  
asked by Helge 1 vote
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