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Origin of the word “Abenteuer”?

The other night for one reason or another, I started thinking about the word "Abenteuer", (eng: adventure). I saw how close "Abenteuer" is to the words "Abend" (evening) and "teuer" (expensive). ...
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“Bremer Bürgerschaft” oder “Bremische Bürgerschaft”

Das Landesparlament der Freien Hansestadt Bremen nennt sich "Bremische Bürgerschaft". Das klingt seltsam und unerwartet, da ich zuvor wohl fälschlich "Bremer Bürgerschaft" als die grammatikalisch ...
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What is the sense of 'der großen grenze oben an Ostsee' in this excerpt?

I'm trying to translate a late family member's narrative written in postwar Germany. The transcription of a short passage is as follows: Ich bin keiner Deutscher, aber Lette aus Lettland, die ...
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I need help reading a Prussian passport from 1851

I am trying to understand part of a sentence on a Prussian passport issued in 1851. Some of the words are printed in Fraktur script, and others are written into the passport form in Fraktur longhand. ...
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Difference between “dafür” and “dagegen” [on hold]

Both seem to have the meaning of "on the other hand", but am not sure whether they can be used interchangeably.
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Welchem Zweck dient “einem” hier?

Wer niemals heimlich beim Schein einer Taschenlampe unter der Bettdecke gelesen hat, weil Vater oder Mutter oder sonst irgendeine besorgte Person einem das Licht ausknipste mit der gutgemeinten ...
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What is the German Homophonic Group?

This is inspired by an exercise from Michael Artin's Algebra on, well, abstract algebra. This exercise for the English language is kind of like a formalisation of the joke that sin(x)/n = 6. Letters ...
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Warum wird das Adjektiv hier nicht dekliniert?

Aus Die Unendliche Geschicte: Manche geben all ihr Hab und Gut hin, um im Glücksspiel zu gewinnen, oder opfern alles einer fixen Idee, die niemals Wirklichkeit werden kann. Warum all ihr und ...
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how to ask? i want to change your monitors cable please let me know when can i do it [on hold]

hallo i am working in IT in a hospital and when i have to do somting like changing a monitor or mouse or installing softwear i have to ask them first by email when they have tim so my question ist ...
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Can we have 2 datives in a sentence?

I came across this sentence which has 2 datives: Er hilft seinem Nachbarn bei der Reparatur des Autos. Is it possible to do so?
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Kann man “jemanden kündigen”?

Es ist klar, dass man standardsprachlich jemandem kündigen kann (Dativ). Ich höre aber ab und zu die Form jemanden kündigen (Akkusativ), z.B.: Ich wurde gestern gekündigt. Das läuft gegen mein ...
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„… – und der ist(,) ich weiß nicht wie viele Jahre jünger(,) als ich.“

Wenn ich einen Satz bilde, der da lautet Schau dir an, was der schon alles erreicht hat – und der ist(,) ich weiß nicht wie viele Jahre jünger(,) als ich. , muss ich dann die Kommas setzen oder ...
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Wort für geräuschvolles Trinken

Wie nennt man lautes Trinken, bei dem man Luft mit einsaugt und dadurch Geräusche produziert? Gibt es ein Wort dazu?
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Are there (many) weak verbs with ei or ie in the stem?

I have seen lists of stem-changing verbs, and a large group of those are verbs with ei or ie in the stem. Is the presence of those two-letter combinations an automatic indicator that the verb is stem-...
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Temporal preposition (in) vs (nach)?

Do both mean 'after'? I once heard that 'nach' has a specific start point while 'in' doesn't, but I don't really understand what that really means. I came across this example : Ich plane, mein Buch ...
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In what context would German speakers use “wie angewurzelt”?

Looking back on a time when we ran into what briefly seemed like a bear in the woods, I said in conversation: Wir standen da wie angewurzelt. ...to express the idea of our finding ourselves fear-...
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sich bei jemandem melden

I always thought that sich bei jemandem melden meant to get in touch with someone and that it is used between friends. However, I recently found this example: Ich muss mich jede Woche bei der ...
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Difference between an, ab aus and ein (schrauben, schalten, etc)

The mixed usage of these prefixes confuses me. For example, I tipically hear einschrauben to mean the opposite of abschrauben (say when screwin/unscrewing a nut). However the true opposite should be ...
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German clients addressing a freelancer with “du” on the Internet

My friend who works remotely as a freelancer illustrator is a non-native German speaker, and is surprised that native speakers who request a quote from her online always start the conversation with ...
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Ein ICE fährt um 14 Uhr. What is subject, verb and direct object and why does it not take akkusativ case [on hold]

Ein ICE fährt um 14 Uhr. What is subject, verb and direct object and why does it not take accusative case? Whereas another sentence Gibt es keinen Zug heute morgen? takes accusative? Please ...
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Sagt man “Ich spreche so wie das nicht”? [on hold]

If I want to say I don't speak like this do I say Ich spreche so wie das nicht?
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Genitive case – Which word determines the gender?

Genitive case is confusing me. Let's consider the following two sentences: Das ist das Auto deiner Schwester. Das ist die Frau, deren Bruder krank ist In the first sentence, it is taking the ...
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“Du bist ein Student? Das hätte ich nicht gedacht” – why subjunctive?

Du bist ein Student? Das hätte ich nicht gedacht. I don't understand why the subjunctive was used here. I only use it in hypothetical situations. If I had been writing the above sentence, I'd have ...
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All ways to write tausendmal?

I've got a few songs with the term tausendmal in them. So far I've seen tausendmal, tausend Mal, tausend mal, 1000 mal. I looked on the internet and also found 1000-mal Are all these acceptable and ...
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Adjectiv from partizip declination

I've encountered this sentence as an example on wiktionary: In den letzten Tagen hat es wieder vermehrt Anschläge im Irak gegeben. As far as I know vermehrt is a partizip 2 form of vermehren which ...
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Dialects in Grimm's Fairy Tales

I've been working my way through an 1890 copy of 'Kinder und Hausmärchen' by the brothers Grimm, and several of them are in dialects about which I would love to know additional information, primarily ...
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Sentences with “Nicht nur […], sondern auch […]”

Are the following sentences correct? I'm especially curious about the first one. Dort kann man nicht nur gut essen, sondern auch sich ausruhen Dort kann man nicht nur gut essen, sondern auch ...
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“Married since” in Bavarian

My Bayrisch friend is getting married and I want to get him and his wife an FC Bayern jersey set that when they are next to each other will say “Married Since 2018.” I think the translation is: “...
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Meaning of “leb dich aus”

I wanted to say something like “live out loud”, to express the idea of living fast and wild. A German woman told me the sentence “leb dich aus”. Is it correct? What does “dich aus” mean?
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“neueingeführt” versus “neu eingeführt”

Ich mag mich erinnern, das Substantiv "Neueinführung" gelegentlich gelesen zu haben. Wie aber schreibt man hierzu das Adjektiv? Zusammen, getrennt oder gar mit Bindestrich? Eine neueingeführte ...
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Ja klar, kann man machen

I asked someone the following: Willst du mit mir mal ins Kino? The answer was: Ja klar, kann man machen. What connotation does the answer carry?
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Das ist die Frau, deren Bruder krank ist

I read this sentence today. Das ist die Frau, deren Bruder krank ist "deren" is a relative pronoun, in genitive. Relative pronouns in genitive work like this: masculine and neutrum: dessen ...
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Ist er überhaupt “dessen” Sohn? Ist er überhaupt “sein” Sohn?

This sentence has me baffled. I know that dessen is used in relative clauses, but in this sentence Ist er überhaupt dessen Sohn what I see with "his son" is a demostrative, not a relative clause. ...
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Insertion of -zu- in German verbs

How does "zu" change the meaning of the verb when it is inserted in between a word? A specific example from a 18th century paper: In der Tat gelang es nicht, auf dem Spectrum eines glühenden ...
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“Disambiguieren” vs. “Desambiguieren”

Is desambiguieren a correct word form in German language (instead of disambiguieren)? Duden does not know this form but I'm pretty sure that I've seen it in scientific papers, long ago. I'm interested ...
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position of “hingegen”, position one?

in canoonet "hingegen" is considered a Conjunctional adverbs with position one ! (http://www.canoo.net/services/OnlineGrammar/Wort/Adverb/Klasse/Konjunktional.html) but examples that dwds (https://...
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Warum wird hier “mit” mit “sind” benutzt?

Aus Kryptografie verständlich von Parr und Pelzl: Schlüsselerzeugung und -verteilung sind in der Praxis mit die wichtigsten, aber oft auch die schwersten Aspekte in einem Sicherheitssystem. ...
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Are the phrases »in DIE Türkei verkauft worden« and »in DER Türkei verkauft worden« interchangeable in this sentence?

Today I came across the following sentence in an article from Der Spiegel: Ebenso wie viele andere Länder ist die Türkei für die exportgetriebene deutsche Wirtschaft als Absatzmarkt von Bedeutung: ...
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Substantivierte adverbiale Genitive, wie z.B. des Öfteren

Welche substantivierten adverbialen Genitive neben des Öfteren finden Verwendung in der heutigen Sprache? Ich kenne nur des Weiteren und des Späteren (Letzteres fand ich bei Zweig in seinem Buch "...
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How to ask someone in German about their health?

Wie geht's or Wie geht es Ihnen is more of a general How are you doing according to my understanding. But if I know someone who was not keeping well, then how could I ask about their health? ...
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Akkusative in “wie lange dauert am Freitag der Unterricht”? [on hold]

I was wondering if the sentence Wie lange dauert am Freitag unseren Unterricht? is correct. Do I have to use Akkusativ in this case like I did or not? Does "unseren Unterricht" go before or ...
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In what context would one use “verpeilt”?

Does "verpeilt" have negative connotations? Is it something one does intentionally? EDIT: Example for my case: "Ich hab mich irgendwie echt mega verpeilt." EDIT 2: The context being that the speaker ...
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Answer to ''how many are you''

How do I answer "I'm alone" in German to the question: "How many are you?" For example at a restaurant. Ich bin allein hier/eins/ein?
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Was bedeutet der juristische Begriff »Nichtrücktritt«? [on hold]

Löst der Kunde den Vertrag gemäß den Punkten a, b, c, d, e auf oder beschließt nach eigenem Ermessen, den Vertrag gemäß dem Punkt g (Nichtrücktritt) aufzulösen, ist er berechtigt, die bis zum ...
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What is better to say: 1. Wir gehen auf die gleiche Klasse. 2. Wir sind in der gleichen Klasse?

Wir gehen auf die gleiche Klasse. Wir sind in der gleichen Klasse.
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what is the difference between “mit jemandem sprechen” and “jemanden ansprechen”? [closed]

what is the difference between "mit jemandem sprechen" and "jemanden ansprechen"?
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What is the meaning of “doch” in these two sentences? [duplicate]

Gib mir doch bitte Bescheid Gib mir doch bitte 200 hundert Gramm von dem weichen Käse I think the first doch is when you crave that the other person to give a yes for an answer and the second one is ...
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How to say “when it comes to…” in German [closed]

" when it comes to love even the smartest people become stupid"
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Nouns in a particular case, additional letter

Why some nouns in a particular case get an additional letter, is there a special rule, and does it pertain to all nouns? For example: Ich wohne in einer Villa mit zehn Zimmern. das Zimmer, G. ...
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Should the vowel also become a bit more open before consonant cluster by conjugation? [on hold]

segeln > segle lesen > lest Is the e changed from [e] to [ɛ]?

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