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würde + Infinitiv Perfekt (Konjunktiv II)

1.Could you please look at this Konjunktiv II and help me make sense of it ? i am confused about comparing tenses and when to use which one. 2.Second question is about " würde+infinitiv Perfekt&...
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Haben vs Hatten / when using the past perfect

I am confused about when to use "Past perfect" vs "Pluperfect". I always compare these two tenses like "Präsens / Perfekt — facts" and "Präteritum / Plusquamperfekt —...
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Can one omit "Es ist" from "Es ist A=B?" in German like one can in English?

Take the following sentence: Lemma. Es ist A=B. In English one could just write: Lemma. A=B. Does this also work in German?
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Meaning of "ab" and "ist also" in mathematical texts

Read the following German text and its official translation: Die Gauss-Krümmung K eines Flächenstücks f:U --> R3 der Klasse C3 hängt nur von der ersten Fundamentalform ab (ist also eine Größe der ...
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What is the meaning of the following sentence? Setze g zu einem

I am trying to read a German math book and I am not sure about exact meaning of the following sentence: Setze g zu einem metrischen Zusammenhang D fort. I translate (guess) it as: extend g smoothly ...
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What are the words for "Mathematische Umformung" and "Äquivalenzumformung" in English? [closed]

Not sure if I should ask this in German, English or Mathematics Stackexchange, but decided to ask here. So I combed the Internet for the words "Mathematische Umformung" and "...
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Sein and Haben in Perfect

I read the sentence below but I do not understand the "change of state" part; please help me. A verb takes sein in perfect if and only if the verb is used intransitively AND the nominative ...
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Layer-Architektur vs Schichtarchitektur

I am currently writing my bachelor thesis in German. The thesis is related to computer science and and I was wondering whether I could write Layer-Architektur instead of Schichtarchitektur.
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Basic Questions

In the sentence: Thomas ist froh, weil er sein Abitur mit 1,7 bestanden hat. Why don't we use (Präteritum) or (Plusquamperfekt) or Perfect(habe bestanden)? I am struggling with the differences ...
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Ersatzinfinitiv

1.In some verbs, the past participle in the compound tenses is replaced by the present infinitive when it comes immediately after an infinitive,examples below: ex) Er hilft ihm den Wagen waschen -->...
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Confused about German tenses

In the sentence below: Danach bin ich ganz allein gewesen und [ich] habe gehen müssen, als es zu schlimm geworden ist". 1.When do we have to use "habe"+ infinitive? I don't know when to ...
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How can I explain "heimatdamisch"?

I was swapping YouTube videos with a friend, and I showed Die Heimatdamisch, Kids in Bavaria. Of course, I immediately "won" the "competition" (won one of my own beers). Q: How do ...
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Help Translating Cemetery Monument Engraving in German

This is my 3x Great-Grandmother's cemetery monument.Her name was Johannetta Muller. She was born in Kirchen, Altenkirchen, Germany in 1837 and died in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA January 15th or 16th in ...
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Impression in German (Doch , Noch etc.) [closed]

How Can I use doch, noch, na ja and gar inside the sentences for showing impressions correctly?
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is "ausführlich" comprehensive?

The Duden says that "ausführlich" is "eingehend, in allen Einzelheiten, detailliert". But is it "comprehensive" in the sense that it covers every aspect ? or at least ...
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Trying to understand these old German records from 1897 for a genealogy project

I'm doing some genealogy work and found someone who I think can help me dive deeper but I can't read it at all. Any help would be so greatly appreciated :)
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"Mach das so." what does mean? How can I understand it? [closed]

I wrote my supervisor that I have an appointment and probable I can come late, and she has responded: Vielen Dank für die Mitteilung. Mach das so. What is a meaning "Mach das so"? How can ...
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Difference between offensichtlich and ersichtlich

I checked multiple dictionaries but couldn't find any significant difference. Can they be used interchangeably ? Thanks for your help
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What is the meaning of "informieren" in this context?

I am working on a software development project where I am using IPERKA as a method to implement my project, which I found only in German language. But I feel inform is not a suitable word for ...
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Difference Between Haeusling and Häusling - A 1675 Occupation

Is there a difference in meaning between Haeusling and Häusling? I have been told that 'häusling' in Thode’s "German English Genealogical Dictionary" it defines 'häusling' as a “Cottager (...
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What does "besänftigt" mean? [closed]

besänftigt translates to "mollified", which is a word seldom used in English. What does this word besänftigt really mean
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What does "5 Jugendliche im Ausgang" mean?

Google translate says that it means "5 teenagers in exit", which makes no sense. What does "5 Jugendliche im Ausgang" really mean? Context: It's the title of a Swiss-German ...
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Does "Natel" mean the same thing as "Handy" (cell phone) in German?

Does "Natel" mean the same thing as "Handy" (cell phone) in German? Why and how?
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how can this sentence be translated to English " Ich bin beim Sport"

I was watching a video about preposition in German and the comparison between the uses of "in" and "bei", and how "bei" can be used with "Personen/ Firmen/...
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Besteht für den Arbeitnehmer/die Arbeitnehmerin Sozialversicherungspflicht in Deutschland?

How can it be translated: Besteht für den Arbeitnehmer Sozialversicherungspflicht in Deutschland? I am interested in Besteht first of all. Does it mean Arbeitnehmer already has ...
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What is the difference between `Letzte Änderung` and `Zuletzt geändert`?

What is the difference between Letzte Änderung: 12. April 2018 13:36 and Zuletzt geändert am 12. April 2018
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What is the difference between "gemalt" and "angemalt"? [closed]

How do the usage of these two words differ? gemalt and angemalt Google translate tells me that both mean 'painted'
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Definite article used in beginning of a sentence

I am going through some German Math notes. The notes begin with this sentence: Die im vorangehenden Kapitel behandelten Regeln und Sätze über Grenzwerte haben alle vorausgesetzt, dass wir die ...
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What does "auf dem Zettel" mean in this sentence?

I was listening to a podcast and the host said: "Wir haben so viele Themen auf dem Zettel" I looked it up and note doesn't seem like a proper translation, can someone help me with the exact ...
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What does Pantaflix stand for? [closed]

I saw a GIF that says Pantaflix Krass Freitag I've found out that Krass means "awesome" and Freitag means "Friday". What does Pantaflix mean? I guess it means "Have" or ...
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In what sense is the verb "begeben" intended in the song Schifoan by Wolfgang Ambros?

The lyrics of "Schifoan" by Wolfgang Ambros include this snippet: Am Freitog auf'd Nocht montier' i die Schi Auf mei' Auto und dann begib' i mi In's Stubaitoi oder noch Zöll am See Weu, ...
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prayer spelling and meaning ?? 🙏

What's the short table prayer "Abba "Leiber"oder" Lieper" Father/Vater Amen mean ? Is this somewhat correct ? Can someone spell it for me please ? My great Opa came ...
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Can anyone tranlsate this for me? year is 1896 [closed]

Can anyone translate this please. I'm looking for info reguarding a Friedrich Roloff and his name is here and I am wondering what is being said. I was hoping this was his obituary. Please and thank ...
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solltest - Konjuktiv II or Präteritum?

Some modal verbs have different forms in Präteritum vs. Konjuktiv II, for example können, konnte, könnte So if I see something like Wenn Ich mehr Geld hätte, könnte Ich mehr reisen I think the ...
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Engelmacher means someone who helps with abortions?

Does the German word of "Angelmaker" mean someone who helps with abortions? How did that come about historically. If so, how would this word classify, specifically. Double entendre, idiom, ...
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German idioms like "Draining the swamp"

Are there any (incriminating) idioms in German similar to "Draining the swamp", which is American for "weed out all the bad guys"? Besides similar phrases, is this idiom itself ...
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Riesendurchfall - idiomatic meaning?

I've come across the word Riesendurchfall in a text I am translating, but can't find any suggestion for a translation other than the literal (which I can't see working in English). Is there a more ...
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"Kein lieber Gott" - Westernhagen lyric ("Ganz und gar", 1987)

I'm listening to Westernhagen's self-titled album, and there's a line in Ganz und gar that I'm having trouble with, because my intuitions about kein as an article and der as a pronoun are pretty fuzzy....
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Is there a way to pick up on the philosophical differences between German and English?

Once one understands word order and actual meanings of words in German, a difficulty which still keeps them from being able to use their knowledge to full potential is the different philosophical ...
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Cultural context for "Abendland" and "Rettung" in this song lyric

What does "das Abendland und seine Rettung" really mean in this context? I'm listening to "Alice and Sarah" by The Broilers (fuill songtext on Genius). It is largely a song telling ...
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"Sittlichkeit" in contradistinction to "Moralität" and "Ethik" [closed]

Would "Sittlichkeit der Sitte" be aptly and correctly translated as "Morality of Mores", despite it not having the use of "Moralität"?
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Du wirst eliminiert > You will eliminate? Is this a mistake? [closed]

As far as I know, subject + werden + participle is the template for passive voice. So, I put "Du wirst eliminiert" in Google Translate and it suggests "You will eliminate". If I ...
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Meaning of dich right after subject in german questions

Q: Warum konntest du dich nicht hinlegen? Translation: Why can't you lay down? My question is what is the purpose of 'dich' in this sentence? I tried to translate the sentence without dich into ...
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What's the meaning of "Man weiß halt gefühlt nichts"?

I came across this sentence on twitter: Man weiß halt gefühlt nichts. I can't quite work out the meaning implied here, is it: One feels like he knows nothing, or One knows he feels nothing?? And I ...
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How to know which conjugation wird, when used for different examples that coincide with ist?

I am combining my previous posts to this question. My comments were not notified with right tags to the people who answered my questions, so I deleted comments and I am creating new question here. ...
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"aufschinden" – in context

I have a problem with interpreting "aufschinden" in the below context: Ich habe mich mit mehreren Benennungen herum versucht und mich nur im letzten Augenblick – und dann vielleicht gar für ...
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What's the best way to translate "ausfeilen" in English?

I came across the term "ausfeilen" in a book I'm reading, in the context of an "ausgefeilte Rede", and the most online dictionaries translate this as "to polish" as in ...
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Meaning of "in Wahrheit"

I am currently browsing some German subreddits on Reddit, and I came across this meme on r/ich_iel. I unfortunately don't know enough German to fully understand it, so I got a bit of help from Google ...
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The meaning of this sentence, especially, dafür [duplicate]

The sentence: Es waren kaum Leute auf der Straße, dafür rasten die Autos ganz nah an uns vorbei. DeepL translates it as: There were hardly any people on the street, but the cars sped past us very ...
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»machen« or »gehen«?

Morgen beginne ich, lange Spaziergänge zu gehen. Or Morgen beginne ich, lange Spaziergänge zu machen. Which verb is right in this situation? Both makes sense to me.
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