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Tasche is used to refer to the bag of a woman, but less often to the bag of a man, is it true?

Once I asked an Austrian female colleague: Kannst du mir bitte meine Tasche geben?, pointing to my bag which was laying right next to my colleague. She then replied saying that Tasche is rather used ...
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How to introduce someone else's work?

For my German class I need to study the life and work of an artist. I picked Gustav Mahler, and I've created a Spotify playlist with the Mahler's best introductory songs and symphony. The playlist ...
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Applicability of request verb for items one expects

I read the post "Degree of demand with different translations for “request” (noun)" and though I made some progress applying the noun clarifications to their verb forms, the spectrum category I need ...
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Difference between “Quittung” and “Beleg”? What is the german word for receipt?

This has puzzled me for some time. I am wondering what is the german word used for "receipt" when used in a transaction for instance, when paying for a drink in a german pub, which word is written on ...
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ein Problem angehen vs. an ein Problem herangehen

+Laut Wörterbuch könnte man sagen, dass ANGEHEN und HERANGEHEN als Synonyme verwendet werden können. Es scheint aber, dass ANGEHEN ein größeres semantisches Feld hat. In den folgenden Sätzen, zum ...
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“Bremer Bürgerschaft” oder “Bremische Bürgerschaft”

Das Landesparlament der Freien Hansestadt Bremen nennt sich "Bremische Bürgerschaft". Das klingt seltsam und unerwartet, da ich zuvor wohl fälschlich "Bremer Bürgerschaft" als die grammatikalisch ...
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“Für” vs “gegen” to mean “to prevent/eliminate (sth)”

In English, it is common to use the preposition “for” in situations where the intended meaning is “to prevent/eliminate (something)” (e.g. “I took a pill for the pain.”). In German, it seems to me ...
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any difference between laut and zufolge?

Is there any nuance between 'laut' and 'zufolge' in terms of usage/suitable context? I have the following understanding: 'laut' is used when conveying a fact stated by a source (study/organisation......
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“Zwölfhundert” or “eintausendzweihundert”?

Is it common in German to use "twelve-hundred" (Zwölfhundert) to convey the integer 1,200 (say "that'll be $1200 please"), or is it more usual to say "one-thousand-two-hundred" (eintausendzweihundert) ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen »ändern« und »verändern«? [duplicate]

Gibt es eigentlich einen Unterschied zwischen »ändern« und »verändern«? Gibt es Situationen, für die man nur ändern oder nur verändern verwenden kann?
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Is »der Verlauf der Rettungsaktion« an appropriate collocation?

I read the following example from DWDS: der Minister informierte sich persönlich über den Verlauf der Rettungsarbeiten. I am wondering whether Rettungsarbeiten can be replaced with Rettungsaktion ...
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Is “dieselbe Person” also “die gleiche Person” when it is uncertain that they really are the same person?

I am writing about deduplication of person-records in databases. In short, the goal of deduplication is to identify records which refer to the same real world entities and merge them into a single ...
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haben + zu + Infinitiv vs. müssen

Was ist der Bedeutungsunterschied zwischen Ausdrücke nach dem Muster (haben + zu + Infinitiv) und Formulierungen mit dem Modalverb (müssen)? Also, gibt es praktisch irgendwelche Nuancen in der ...
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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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Welche Bedeutung hat das Wort “an”, wenn es eine Speise beschreibt?

Vor allem in der Haute Cuisine werden Speisen derweil mit dem Wort "an" bezeichnet. Wie mir scheint, besonders häufig in Verbindung mit Saucen. Beispielsweise könnte man die klassische Kombination von ...
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When to use “spendieren” rather than “spenden”?

Recently I came across the following sentence "Wie viel RAM hast du denn deiner Kiste spendiert?" Roughly I would translate this with "How much RAM did you dedicated to your box?". What itches me ...
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Distinction “prüfen” vs. “überprüfen”

I just read a technical spec in which I found the following sentence: Weiterhin kann zum Überprüfen der geparsten Dateien ein XML-Schema verwendet werden. which translates into "An XML scheme ...