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What's the meaning of “denn” in “Was kostet denn der Teppich?” [duplicate]

I believe it means "How much cost the carpet?", but why adding denn? I know that denn, in a normal context, means because.
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What's the role of “denn” here? [duplicate]

I was watching Folge 03 and they said: Ab wann kann man denn Talent erkennen? I understood the question, but what is denn doing here?
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What does “doch sicher” mean? [duplicate]

I know that doch means surely and sicher means sure. Could you please explain more about the collocation doch sicher in the following example? What exactly does doch sicher mean? Sabine, du kennst ...
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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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What's the meaning of 'aber' in this sentence? [duplicate]

I know aber, like doch, means but. Nonetheless, I'm quite confused about what aber is supposed to mean in this following sentence: Das machst du aber ohne mich I found this sentence in a Grammar ...
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What is the function of “doch” here? [duplicate]

Betrachtet sie doch einfach als notwendiges Übel. [compared to] : Betrachtet sie einfach als notwendiges Übel. I wonder if it serves to put an emphasis on the adverb "einfach", perhaps in a ...
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Is there an expression that translates to “building character” in German?

My friend and I were out in the rain, and I was asked why I left my stuffed animal keychain clipped to my backpack if it will get wet. I wanted to reply with an offhand joke about how being out in the ...
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Some irrelevant uses of German “ja”

Some irrelevant uses of German ja: Emphatic particle in imperatives: Geht ja nicht in den Wald! Mach ja deine Hausaufgaben! In exclamative sentences: Das ist ja interessant! My questions ...
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When to use the word “mal”? How does it change the meaning?

When do we use the word mal after a verb? Does it change the meaning? For example: what is the difference between the following sentences. Guck mal. Frag mal. Guck. Frag.
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When to use »doch« or »aber«?

Both mean "but", but I am wondering what the difference is and if it's possible to incorrectly substitute one for the other? Editing just to add: I am wondering what word, as an inexperienced German ...
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„Was ist bitte daran hübsch?“ – Funktion von „bitte“

Ich verfolge in einem anderen Forum einen Shitstorm, der mit der Frage „Was ist bitte daran hübsch?“ unter einem Bild startet. Im Laufe der Diskussion hat sich jetzt rausgestellt, dass der Poster ...
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How is “mal” used alone

I don’t understand the meaning and usage of mal in this sentence: Zuerst will ich mal mein Deutsch verbessern. What of a difference would it make if there would be no mal?
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How to interpret “Wo auch sonst!”

Das Gesindel hat sich darin verkrochen. Wo auch sonst! I wonder if this expression means: Where else?! or: Just as usual! I'm not sure how to interpret the precise function of auch and sonst ...
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How “So was brauchst du dem Herrn doch nicht zu erzählen” means what it means

In Camus's The Stranger, there is a passage in which the caretaker of the nursing home compares, for the benefit of the bereaved young Meursault, how long a body may be left above ground in the hot ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase »aber klar« and »aber klar doch«?

What is the meaning of the phrase »aber klar« and »aber klar doch«? Also, do they mean the same or do they differentiate from each other? Thank you for answering my question :)

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