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Bedeutung im Kontext – Nuances and connotations of words, phrases or sentences in a specific context.

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What is the German word for: “It only works when I try to show you how it does not work”?

In reading a web page on increasing word power, there was a German word with the definition that means: It only works when I try to show you how it does not work. Is there a single word in ...
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Dasselbe vs. das Gleiche, what's the difference?

How should one best interpret the difference between "dasselbe" and "das Gleiche" ? When should one use one or the other? Is it correct that "dasselbe" is appropriate for concrete things, and "das ...
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What does “vergeben” relationship status mean?

I see that some people in German-speaking chats have relationship status (Beziehungsstatus) vergeben. What does it mean? Does it mean that a person is forgiven? If so, what does it mean anyway?
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What does “krass” mean?

During conversations with native German speakers, I have heard the word "krass" used in different contexts. But I still don't know how to translate it. Any ideas?
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Is “1. Etage” the ground floor or the first floor in Germany?

I am searching for an appartement in Germany and I came across "1. Etage" which is normally the first floor. However some countries have first floor for ground floor so I am confused now and I don't ...
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How to tell the difference between “ice” and “ice cream” when the word “Eis” is used?

"Ice" and "ice cream" both translate to "Eis" in German. Is the only way to differentiate between them by context? For instance, if you want to translate the sentences "Does this store sell ice?" ...
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What is the meaning of 'Marsch' in Marschflugkörper?

'Marschflugkörper' is 'cruise missile' in english. And 'Flugkörper' is 'missile'. However, 'der Marsch' is the march, as in what an army troop does in a parade square. Do German speakers conceive of a ...
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Is unwillkürlich the opposite of willkürlich?

My dictionary translates willkürlich as arbitrary and unwillkürlich as involuntary. I do not understand in what sense these concepts are opposites. Could someone give an example where this becomes ...
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„bis Sonntag“: is Sunday included or excluded?

Here is a dictionary example: Bis Sonntag bleibt das Wetter schön. I am wondering whether the weather on Sunday will be fine or not? That is, whether the day of Sunday is included in or excluded ...
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Was genau ist ein “Teutonismus”?

Erst durch Kommentare wie diesen "Schippe" kenne ich nur als Teutonismus für das Wort "Schaufel". Kann sein, dass das in einigen Gegenden Deutschlands verwendung findet, aber Hochdeutsch ist "...
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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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Why the frequent use of “Bad” in German place names (and does it mean something different than “bath”)?

Bad seems to be a frequent component of German place names (e.g. Bad Bergzabern, Bad Doberan, Bad Schandau ...) Why is this, and what is the meaning of Bad in this context?
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Why is “alle” used in “Diese Busse fahren *alle* fünfzehn Minuten” instead of “jede”?

I think in the following sentence, alle should be replaced with jede: Diese Busse fahren alle fünfzehn Minuten vom Hauptbahnhof ab. It means that the buses leave every fifteen minutes, doesn't it? ...
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What does “Augenmaß” mean in a political context?

I've just seen an election poster which says "Verantwortung und Augenmaß" which literally translates into "Responsibility and quick'n'dirty measurement". What does it mean in a political context?
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How to differentiate between sie (they) and sie (she)?

I am starting to learn German and I'm trying out Duolingo, I've faced this problem several times. If I understand correctly "sie" means both she and they. So if there is no context, can I distinguish ...
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Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder

I recently got a Deutsche Grammophon CD with recordings of songs by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. When reading the texts, I noticed the translation of the title of one of the songs. Intuitively I knew it ...
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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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What does “Weichspülmusik” mean?

Some people I have to do with frequently call music that plays in radio "Weichspülmusik", like Diese Weichspülmusik möchte ich jetzt nicht hören. I always wonder what that means. Can anyone please ...
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In an academic context, does the German “Artikel” mean the same as the English “article” or “paper”?

Doing my PhD in England, I have barely talked about research in German, which is my mother tongue. In English, a publication in a journal is usually called a paper, or more formally, an article. When ...
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Bedeutung von “Ich trank viel zu kaltes Bier”

Ich trank viel zu kaltes Bier. Kann es heißen, dass (a) Ich trank Bier, das viel zu kalt war. oder (b) Ich trank viel Bier, das zu kalt war. oder beides?
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Why isn't “gehen” in the sentence?

Sie müssen durch den Eingang, dann die Treppe hoch und sofort rechts. [You must go through the entrance, then up stairs and immediately to the right]. In English, we have the verb to go. Why isn't ...
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What is the role of “von” when specifying a person?

I've asked a phrase translation: Original sentence: Past friday the server at xxx stopped, disk failure, I have been dealing with this ever since! The suggested translation was: Am letzten ...
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peculiar verbal sentence opening

"Dennoch ist es tiefgründiger, als man zunächst meinen könnte. Erscheinen doch beide Faktoren zunächst als Antagonisten: Ist die Unsicherheit groß, so ist das Vertrauen gering." The sentence ...
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“Einmal” als Zusatz zu einer Bitte in Norddeutschland

Ich komme aus dem Süden und in Norddeutschland ist mir aufgefallen, wie oft dort eine Bitte oder Aufforderung mit dem Wort "einmal" eingeleitet wird: Einmal die Fahrscheine bitte. Einmal bitte ...
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Is there a German “Loot Box”?

There is quite some debate about loot boxes in computer games. In German this term if often not translated. This leads to considerable confusion amongst people who do not play video games where this ...
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What does “beanspruchungsgerecht” mean?

This is the context: Vorteile des Werkstoffs: Grauguß Im Gießverfahren leicht formbar, deshalb kann man Gußgestelle ohne Mehrkosten beanspruchungsgerecht gestalten I understand that ...
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In what context would one use “Ich drück' dich”?

Is it a common way to say goodbye? I understand it is informal, but what would be an appropriate situation/context for using it?
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Various colloquial meanings of “Der Hammer”

My question is about the word 'Hammer' in colloquial and idiomatic usage. I have heard this word used in three ways in German: Das ist der Hammer (to indicate that something is cool or awesome) Das ...
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Online resource which has easy German to read with its English translation

Is there any resource online which has easy German (should use most common words in daily setting) and also has its English translation alongside?
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Was bedeutet “andere Feldpostnummer”?

Ich bin schon öfter über die Wendung "Leute von der anderen Feldpostnummer" gestolpert, weiß sie aber bis heute nicht richtig einzuordnen. Eine ursprünglich militärische Herkunft wäre wohl naheliegend,...
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What does the Abkürzung (abbreviation) SV mean?

What does SV mean within the following Context: Eintritt: VVK € 10,90 / TK € 12,- / inkl. Gebühren / SV.
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Analysis of “mit am besten”

Or more generally: mit + superlative. A friend of mine was reading something to me, when she suddenly said that. The sentence was in the spirit of Diese Variante ist mit am besten. (this variant ...
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Bedeutung von “zwei Mal mehr” versus “drei Mal so viel”

Mir begegnet oft die Formulierung "zwei Mal mehr", die ich in den jeweiligen Kontexten für sachlich falsch halte. Für mein Verständnis bedeutet "zwei Mal mehr" ein dreifaches des Basiswertes (300 %),...
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What does “die Augen aufschlugen” mean?

Native English speaker here, trying to learn more German by reading Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen, and I came across this sentence: Als Mr. und Mrs. Dursley an dem trüben und grauen ...
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“Runter” als Fahrtrichtung

Ich habe heute in einem Gespräch wieder das Wort "runter" als Fahrtrichtung gehört und frage mich, was darunter vorzustellen ist. Meint man damit die Position des Ziels auf der Karte, relativ zum ...
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What does “alles” mean here?

In the course book DaF kompakt A1, I found the sentence: Was macht Sylvie alles? I can understand question without the word alles: What does Sylvie do? But the word alles confuses me.
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Was bedeuten “halb” und “scharf” bei Richtungsangaben?

Bei Richtungsangaben und Wegbeschreibungen findet man folgende Formulierungen: An der nächsten Kreuzung halb rechts fahren. Nach der Kirche scharf links abbiegen. Was ist hier mit "halb" und "...
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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 ...
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Difference between ‘fachlich’ and ‘technisch’?

I am an IT engineer in Germany. I came across the term fachlich in a ‘Grobkonzept’ for a large project. I understand what technisch means but I have trouble understanding the difference between ...
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“wissen”, “Bescheid wissen” and “gut/besser Bescheid wissen”

"Bescheid wissen" means "to know something very well": Du weißt Bescheid, was ich meine. Something like "don't pretend that you don't know that". When someone says that doesn't know something and ...
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Bedeutung von »maximal« in Ausdrücken wie »nach maximal 72 Stunden«

Wie ist der Ausdruck »nach maximal 72 Stunden« in folgendem Satz zu verstehen? Sie können nach maximal 72 Stunden einen neuen Termin über unser System buchen. »maximal« ist ja mit »höchstens« zu ...
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Understanding “Das ist allerdings schon seine dreißig Jahre her”

This is an excerpt from Der Verschollene by Kafka. »Wenn ich daran denke, welche Schwierigkeiten mir das Englisch gemacht hat. Das ist allerdings schon seine dreißig Jahre her. Gerade gestern habe ...
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mit jdm. dulden

Aus Goethes „Die Leiden des jungen Werther“: Frau M. ist sehr schlecht; ich bete für ihr Leben, weil ich mit Lotten dulde. Was bedeutet der Teil „weil ich mit Lotten dulde”? Diese Verwendung von „...
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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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What is the meaning of “noch nicht” when applied to the present tense?

What does noch nicht mean in this present tense example? Futuristische Wolkenkratzer sind noch nicht Europa It’s from an article in Spiegel Online. I would guess the translation is: ...
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Das ist ja wohl nicht dein Ernst - meaning of particle “ja”

In the sentence: Das ist ja wohl nicht dein Ernst. Does "ja" mean "as we all know" (i.e., expresses lack of astonishment) (Duden 3a) or expresses astonishment (Duden 3b)? Both meanings seem ...
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100 € (einschließlich 10 €) – 100 € or 110 €?

Suppose a Mahnung holds the following phrase: EUR 100,00 (einschl. EUR 10,00 Mahngeb.) Does this mean the total is 110 EUR (100 + 10) or 100 EUR (90 + 10)? Duden.de states that ...
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What does “Möhre” mean here?

What does "Möhre" mean here? And where does this expression come from? Vielleicht sollte ich noch hinzufügen, dass unser Windows 7 PC über WLAN am Netz ist, und wir für die alte XP-Möhre ein ...
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Meaning of “Klatsche”

A headline on Bild Sport read: Böse Klatsche für die Wölfe! Bei Everton gibt's in der Europa League eine herbe 1:4-Klatsche. What does "Klatsche" mean in this context? According to the dictionary, ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen »froh« und »fröhlich«?

In der Vorweihnachtszeit sind »froh« und »fröhlich« häufig gesehene Adjektive, die anscheinend austauschbar sind: Frohe Weihnachten - Fröhliche Weihnacht Tatsächlich führen die gängigen ...