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Eindeutigkeit bei der Nutzung von Kommentaren

Ein Mehrdeutigkeitsproblem aus der Programmierung: Schreibt man Code, gibt es Zeilen die vom Programm ausgeführt werden sollen und einige die nur für Programmierer gedacht sind. Letztere nennt man ...
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Can the word “Schlange” refer to a “dragon”?

In my German/English dictionary, the primary translation for “Schlange” is: snake, serpent In English, the word “serpent” usually refers to a “snake”, but it can also refer to a “dragon” (or another ...
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„ausziehen“ richtig in einem Satz verwenden

Wenn man einen Immobilienmakler anschreibt: Ich habe vor, in einem Monat auszuziehen. er weißt worum es geht. Ich wollte aber hier die Frage stellen ob eine solchen Satz eindeutig auf dem Auszug aus ...
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A way to make the grammatical number of accusative nouns after a proper name in the genitive case unambiguous without using ''von''?

For example: Wir haben Toms Schlüssel gefunden. could mean ''We have found Tom's keys.'', as well as ''We have found Tom's key.'' Is there a way to make it unambiguous without using the following ...
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In what context does the apparent meaning of "ausreichend" make sense

The Goethe Institut vocabulary list for B1 level includes the word »ausreichend«, which I understand to have general correspondence to the English idea of sufficient, or enough. However, the example ...
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Two possible meanings: identify how the sentence is meant

Aus einem Kinderlied: "Die Gans hat sieben Küken und jedes hat sie lieb." The second part of the sentence could be read in two ways: Die Gans hat jedes Küken lieb. Jedes Küken hat die Gans ...
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Unambiguous or clear meaning?

I'm an English native speaker living in Germany. My wife is German. I received an Email with the following short sentence. I got the meaning wrong. Was told I was an idiot for getting it. So dear ...
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Wie den uneindeutigen Superlativ von "nahe", eindeutig machen?

Sei x = 4,2, was ist die nächste natürliche Zahl? Da »nächste« nicht zwischen räumlicher/absoluter Distanz (am wenigsten weit entfernt) und zeitlich/sequentieller Abfolge (unmittelbar folgend) ...
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Ambiguous Compound Words

In German, different words can combine to form longer, more descriptive compound words. Are there any German compound words that have an ambiguous meaning? A possibility I've thought of: If "__" is ...
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Who was married?

I'm seeking clarity on a passage written by Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, the captain of the first Russian around-the-world voyage. He wrote an account of his trip and there's a point in it that I don'...
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Ambiguity in a subordinate clause

Die Schauspielerin, die nicht nur die Männer, sondern auch viele Frauen vergötterten According to my book, this translates as: The actress, whom not only the men, but also many women adored I ...
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