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This tag has two distinct purposes: 1) How to address persons (since there is also the salutation tag, this might be the better choice in those cases) 2) issues connected with postal adddresses

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Can street names be normalized to single form?

We are working on an address validation tool for German companies. We want to store thousands of addresses in Germany in a normalized form to compare them more easily. It appears that won't be ...
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Do German speakers who would otherwise use "Sie" ever use "du" out of anger?

I am translating a video game into German and I am sometimes unsure whether someone should be using "du" or "Sie." I have heard that "du" is normally used to indicate ...
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"Schätze" or "Schatz". How to adress a female?

As you know the article of "Schatz" is "der". My problem is this sentence: "Du bist mein Schatz". I reckon that if I'd like to address a male, Du bist mein Schatz is ok ...
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The exact German word for addressing a woman with higher academic/social status (The applicability of the term 'Frau')

I am a native Sinhalese Speaker. Currently, I am learning German at the University. I am much obliged if a native German-speaking person can answer my problem, please. My problem: In the English ...
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Dozent möchte geduzt werden

Ich studiere in Deutschland und mein Betreuer hat mir gesagt, dass wir uns duzen können. Jetzt muss ich ihm eine E-mail schreiben. Wie sollte die Anrede am besten aussehen? Lieber Professor < ...
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Steht „Herrn“ in einer Briefanschrift im Dativ oder im Akkusativ?

Ich habe schon des Öfteren gelesen, dass das Herrn in einer Anschrift wie Herrn Otto Normalverbraucher Beethovenweg 9 48721 Gütersloh ein Akkusativ sein soll. Begründet wird dies erstaunlich oft mit ...
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What does "guter Mann" mean? How can one use it correctly?

I've seen this form of addressing twice: Once I was watching a reality show and a policeman was trying to get a person to tell them their name and, exasperated after multiple tries, he said something ...
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Formal e-mail address for a person with a female and a male name (e.g. Alin, Andrea, Simone) [duplicate]

I need to find a way to formally address a person in an e-mail when I do not know if they are a woman or a man. I am thinking of a situation where I know the name of the person but unfortunately there ...
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How do I specify the floor number in the address for deliveries?

So, it appears Germany doesn't believe in apartment numbers, so couriers must use my surname to locate my apartment. Some new buildings have the floor number written near the intercom buttons, but my ...
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Why do Germans constantly use the word "Sie" [closed]

I've been doing some reading for the Goethe Institut, and whenever they tell me to do something they use the word "Sie", for instance: Wir geben Ihnen mehr Informationen. Finden Sie die passenden ...
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Wieso "ihre" Mannschaft?

Heute habe ich diesen Satz irgendwo gelesen: Michael, wie oft hat Ihre Mannschaft ein Spiel? Wieso ist in dem Satz "ihre" und nicht "deine"?
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Berlin 1923 & 1925 Address Book Abbreviations "I", "E", "Kgst" and "Mb"

I am doing genealogical research in Berlin address books. There are a couple of abbreviations that I cannot find by searching German dictionaries and German abbreviation reference websites. I was ...
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Add room number to postal address?

Let's say I live in the student dormitory. If I'm writing the address should I add my room number so that a parcel can be delivered into my post box?
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Cover letter format in Austria

I am writing a cover letter (which I must upload only as a PDF) to a University in Austria. I do not know the name of the person who will be reading the letter. How do I address the letter to an ...
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Wird es höflich, fremde, ältere Erwachsene zu duzen, auch in professionellem Umfeld?

In der deutschen Sprache gibt es neben der familiären Anrede »du« die höfliche Form »Sie«. Diese Antwort von 2011 erläutert den Gebrauch nach meinem Sprachgefühl sehr treffend. Ich (Mitte 30) bin in ...
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Wie spricht man "Friedrich III." aus? [duplicate]

Zum Beispiel, "Friedrich Drei" oder "Friedrich der Dritte"?
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Which prepositions does one use with meeting at an 'Ufer'?

My question is, I'd like to meet someone at a cafe who's address is an Ufer, for example Bismarkufer. Is it incorrect to say: Lass uns in Bismarkufer 66 treffen. Would a different preposition be ...
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How did the polite form "Sie" evolve? [duplicate]

In the German language you address other people politely using the capitalised 3rd person plural personal pronoun "Sie", rather than the 2rd person plural "Ihr". The logic behind the medieval ...
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How should I address my in-laws in German?

How should I address my in-laws? I'm interested in the case when the person is about the same age (or younger), but it's someone you barely know. Should I use Sie or du?
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How to accept a contact request on a social networking site from higher ranked people?

My first idea were some like so: "Es ist eine große Ehre mit Ihnen in Kontakt zu treten." Is it ok? What would you say? P.s. he is much more older as me.
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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Klingt es unhöflich die Vornamen, mit einem vorgestellten Artikeln zu sagen? z.B. Der Hans ist bei der Helga.
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Translating what The Queen said: does she always address her subjects as «Du»?

Today’s General-Anzeiger Bonn has an article containing an excerpt from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee message in which to your service is translated as in Euren Dienst Now I don’t believe for a ...
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Best way to address a business contact you're on a first name basis with in an email?

Our company culture is very informal. We all use first names, and everyone is per du with everyone else. But I'm not really comfortable addressing my boss as "Lieber Thomas" in an email or letter - ...
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Polite way of asking someone not to "duz"

I'm a native German speaker, but I still would like to know your opinion about this. What is the best and politest way to ask someone or tell someone to use "Sie" instead of "Du"? In some cases I ...
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Do we use "Du" or "Sie" to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
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