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Unterschied zwischen Entscheidung und Entschluss [closed]

What is the difference between Entscheidung and Entschluss? In my mother tongue they both represent the English word decision.
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»Verschieden von« vs »unterschiedlich von«

Hochdeutsch ist unterschiedlich vom Schwyzerdütsch. Hochdeutsch ist verschieden vom Schwyzerdütsch. Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den zwei Wörter »unterschiedlich von« und »verschieden von« und ...
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Difference between responding to “danke” with “bitte” versus “gerne”

I hear native German speakers respond to a danke with bitte as often as with gerne. Is there a semantic difference between the two of them? Or a usage rule behind the choice? Is one more polite than ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen “ausschalten” und “deaktivieren”?

Der Originalsatz in einem Buch lautet "[...] und schalteten ihre Funkgeräte aus.". Da ich den Inhalt des Satzes anders formulieren möchte, dachte ich daran, "deaktivieren" statt &...
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Das, war vs es, war

Which should I use and when: das, was or es, was I've seen both being used as 'what', e.g Das, was ich habe, war schön. What I saw was beautiful. Which should you use?
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Do these sentences differ?

Is there any difference in meaning, or reason to prefer one over the other, between these two sentences? Es ist fast jeder größere Ort mit der Bahn zu erreichen. Fast jeder größere Ort erreicht mit ...
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“Stock” or “Stockwerk” as translation of floor?

I am trying to understand if there is any difference between the words Stock and Stockwerk. They are both translated as floor and I am never sure about which to choose. Do you know if there is any ...
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schon immer vs immer

I have heard the following sentence in a YouTube video: Ich fand es schon immer schwer, mit Ärger umzugehen. (= I have always found it difficult to deal with anger) I have also heard "schon ...
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Usage of “etwas” and “einige”

I read in the book that etwas means some. Ich brauche etwas frisches Fleisch. Er hat etwas Geld. There is also another determiner that is einige. It also means some. Vor einiger ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Ausbildung und Unterricht? [closed]

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Ausbildung und Unterricht? Haben sie die selbe Bedeutung? Kann man die beiden für die selbe Sätze benutzen?
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What is the difference between sollen and sollten?

Both translate to "should". I understand "sollten" is the past tense of "sollen" but sometimes I see "sollten" when I would expect "sollen."
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Heißt es “Geschichtebuch” oder “Geschichtsbuch”?

Als Übersetzung von "history book", was ist richtig / falsch bzw. was hört sich besser an: Geschichtsbuch oder Geschichtebuch? Geschichtsbuch finde ich im Duden Online-Wörterbuch, aber auch ...
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messen vs ausmessen

Is there any difference in meaning or usage between "ausmessen" and "messen" when they mean "to measure"? I can't see none from DWDS's definition of "ausmessen" ...
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»Für was« vs. »wofür« – gibt es Unterschiede und Regeln?

Macht es einen Unterschied, ob man Wofür ist das gut? oder Für was ist das gut? fragt? Wenn ja: warum? Wie lässt sich entscheiden, welche Formulierung richtig ist?
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What's the difference between “instabil” and “unstabil”?

Question What's the difference between instabil and unstabil? Elaboration I always use instabil, but hear other people also use unstabil. I assumed unstabil was wrong, but Duden has an entry for ...
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ernst vs ernst zu nehmen

I have heard/read the following sentence in DW news: Der Gebrauch einer chemischen Waffe stelle einen ernst zu nehmenden Bruch internationalen Rechts dar Is there any difference in meaning between &...
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Difference between Erfahrung and Erlebnis?

They both translate into "experience" in English.
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Verwirrung um den nüchternen Zustand

Ich halte mich für einen Muttersprachler und trotzdem bin ich am Ende. :-D Heißt es Ein Erwachsener in nüchternem Zustand... oder Ein Erwachsener im nüchternen Zustand... ? Je länger ich drüber ...
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schießen auf vs anschießen

Is there any difference in meaning or usage between "schießen auf" and "anschießen" ? I can see none in the first (main) definition of both verbs in DWDS. Example: Er schoss auf ...
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verwalten vs steuern

English: I have scheduled my timing because I need to manage time. German: Ich habe meine Zeiteinteilung geplant, weil ich die Zeit verwalten muss. I am not sure whether my sentence is correct or not....
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“Sich befassen mit” vs. “sich beschäftigen mit”

Ich befasse mich in letzter Zeit mit Deutsch lernen. Ich beschäftige mich in letzter Zeit mit Deutsch lernen. Kann man diese Verben untereinander austauschen? Was ist der Unterschied?
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Difference between “Futur I + nachdem + Präsens” and “Futur I + nachdem + Perfekt”

When using the Futur 1 in the main clause and the conjunction nachdem, we have two options for the subordinate clause: the Perfekt and the Präsens. Thus, I would like to know if there is any ...
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Why does “Wir schaffen das” translate to “We’ll make it”?

Shouldn’t it be "Wir schaffen es"? If I said “Wir schaffen es”, would that have the same meaning as “Wir schaffen das”? What is the meaning of the word das in “Wir schaffen das”? I thought das means ...
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Morgengrauen vs Morgendämmerung

This question is about the time of day, just before sunrise, which in the UK is known as dawn, or morning twilight. Is there a distinction in German between the uses of "Morgengrauen" and &...
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sleep in = ausschlafen?

Can "ausschlafen" mean "to sleep in" (i.e. to sleep until later in the morning than you usually do)? Word Reference and DeepL translator say so, but I don't see that meaning in ...
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“Am Freitag und Sonntag die ganzen Tagen Zeit haben” versus “am Freitag und Samstag Zeit haben”

If I simply write: Am Freitag und Samstag habe ich Zeit. Is it sufficient to express that I'm free the entire day on both days? If it does not express that, is the following phrase gramatically ...
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What is the difference between “umsteigen”, “verändern”, “ändern”, “umtauschen” and “wechseln”? [closed]

I haven't found a concise/clear-cut explanation regarding the difference between those verbs. The dictionary is again less helpful whenever involving the subtle difference in meaning. The answers in ...
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difference between two questions with the same meaning

In a Goehthe Zertifikat letter example, it is said: Wann fängt die Party an? Sagen Sie mir noch Bescheid? I believe that both questions have the same meaning in this regard, why is the second ...
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Wie kann man “sich etwas teilen”?

Ich bin verwirrt, wann man einfach "teilen" oder "sich teilen" benutzen sollte. Auf Englisch bedeutet "teilen" "to share" oder "to divide." Trotzdem ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen »hierher«, »her« und »hierhin«

Ich bin hergekommen, um viel Deutsch zu lernen. Ich bin hierhergekommen, um viel Deutsch zu lernen. Ich bin hinhergekommen, um viel Deutsch zu lernen. I have come here to learn a lot of German. ...
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What is the difference between “Hochwasser”, “Überschwemmung” and “Flut”?

All of them mean "flood". However, there might be a slight difference between them. But the dictionary isn't helpful. It seems "Flut", the most look-alike word in English, actually ...
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Difference between the meaning of Nachweis and Erfassung as used in scientific context

In chemistry, there is a term called "limit of detection" and the German literature equivalent is called Nachweisgrenze. Basically, it indicates the smallest quantity which can be detected. ...
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Differences between “schaden”, “schädigen” and “beschädigen”

I am wondering about the difference between the verbs schaden, schädigen and beschädigen. In which conditions would we use these verbs? Below I have some examples. I don't know whether they are true. ...
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Correct usage of the words “selbstständig” and “eigenständig”

I was wondering if somebody could help me understand the difference and correct usage of the words "selbstständig" and "eigenständig". Looking in the dictionary, it seems they ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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auszahlen vs zahlen

What is the difference between "auszahlen" and "zahlen"? The Duden dictionary defines "auszahlen" as: jemandem einen ihm zustehenden Geldbetrag zahlen, aushändigen (pay ...
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‘At home’: ‘Daheim’, ‘Zuhause’ or ‘zu Hause’?

To translate at home as in the simple ‘I’m at home’, which of the above is correct? Daheim, Zuhause or zu Hause? Also, what is the difference between Zuhause and zu Hause?
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»jemand(em) schreiben« vs. »an jemand(en) schreiben«

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen jemand(em) schreiben und an jemand(en) schreiben? Es kommt mir so vor, dass jemand(em) schreiben gebräuchlicher ist, also Dativ. Wird der Dativ immer bevorzugt und ...
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Correct meaning of noch nie

The website dict.cc translates noch nie as "never before". But, noch means "yet", thus, noch nie should mean "not yet". Which one is the correct meaning of noch nie?
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Usage differences of “obwohl” and “trotzdem”

I’m confused with obwohl and trotzdem usage practice. I do know their meaning (although and despite of, respectively) but what I don’t understand is when exactly I should use obwohl, when trotzdem and ...
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What's the difference between “darf” and “kann”?

Consider the following two sentence: Kann ich dich küssen? Darf ich dich küssen? Both verbs mean "can", so what's the difference between "dürfen" and "können"? I've tried to make a search on ...
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What is the difference between “großzügig” and “freigebig”?

I want to use the words in the following sentence "Saskia likes to give gifts to others. She is very _________". Google translate shows "großzügig" and "freigebig" as ...
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“dreimal so groß wie” vs. “dreimal größer als”

Beim Lesen des Romans "Die Arbeit der Nacht", vom Thomas Glavinic, bin ich auf den folgenden Satz gestoßen: "Staunend bemerkte er, dass Frau Benders Wohnung fast dreimal so groß gewesen war wie die ...
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What is the difference between “downloaden”, “runterladen” and “herunterladen”?

In the context of downloading something from the Internet, e.g. Films, there are at least the three different verbs. What could be the difference between them? I once used downloaden in my writing ...
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What’s the difference between “Ich habe dich lieb” and “Ich liebe dich”?

What’s the difference between Ich habe dich lieb and Ich liebe dich? Both are defined as “I love you” in many dictionaries, as I’ve checked.
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “abschließen”, “absolvieren” und “bestehen”?

Ich möchte verstehen, was der Unterschied zwischen "abschließen", "absolvieren" und "bestehen" ist. All diese Wörter haben die gleiche Übersetzung in meiner Sprache! Wann ...
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Difference between “striezen” and “triezen”

What is the difference between "striezen" and "triezen"? Duden shows a similar meaning for both.
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Einer Sprache mächtig sein vs eine Sprache beherrschen [closed]

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den zwei Ausdrücken und sind sie austauschbar? Danke!
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“Plädieren auf” versus “plädieren für”

Ich plädiere für ein mehrstufiges Wahlverfahren. Der Verteidiger plädierte auf Freispruch seines Mandanten. Gibt es einen Unterschied?
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What's the difference between “tun” and “antun”?

What is the difference between those two words? Are they interchangeable? Could you please provide some examples of their usage?

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