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How to use "doch"

I know "doch" is used to contradict a negative statement: A: Das ist nicht wahr. B: Doch! It's a great word for this usage and some languages really lack this word. But, I found it hard to ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern "wieso", "weshalb" und "warum"?

Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern "wieso", "weshalb" und "warum"? Ist er regional, gibt es subtile Unterschiede in den Bedeutungen, oder gibt es noch einen anderen Grund für die ...
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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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When to use "bezahlen" and when "zahlen"?

Leo shows that both bezahlen and zahlen are translated as "to pay". I noticed that people sometimes use the one, and sometimes the other. So, when to use bezahlen and when zahlen?
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Why does "Leidenschaft" mean "passion" while "leiden" means "to suffer"?

The word "Leidenschaft" strikes me as having a quite weird construction. The Wiktionary entry simply states its etymology to be "Leiden" + "schaft". However it makes little sense to me why "suffering-...
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Was bedeutet: "Das geht sich nicht aus"?

Die Phrase "Das geht sich nicht aus" ist denke ich österreichisch? Ich bin Muttersprachler und hatte es davor noch nie gehört. Kann jemand helfen?
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Wann wird "bis auf" inklusiv, wann exklusiv verwendet?

Ich habe mehrmals die Situation erlebt, dass jemand einen Satz mit "bis auf" verwendet und mir nicht klar ist, ob eine einschließende oder ausschließende Bedeutung gemeint ist. Zum Beispiel ...
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What are the differences between "bekommen", "erhalten", "entgegennehmen", "empfangen", "besorgen" and "kriegen"?

Do they all mean to receive or to obtain? What are the differences in the use of these words?
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "reden" und "sprechen"?

Ich denke, sie sind Synonyme; aber sind sie es wirklich? "Reden" scheint mehr umgangssprachlich zu sein, während "sprechen" ganz viele verschiedene Bedeutungen hat. Warum gibt es das Wort "reden"? ...
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"Die Worte" vs. "die Wörter"

This question also has an answer here (in German): Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "Worte" und "Wörter"? Worte and Wörter are both plurals of Wort. Is there a difference ...
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Aus vs. Von - What is the difference?

My confusion at the moment lies in the difference in the two prepositions, aus and von. Please note that Dict.cc is my main resource for words and phrases, and it shows the following: I’m fairly ...
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Are “Kinder” still their parents’ “Kinder” when they grow up?

In English, child can mean a young person, but it can also mean something like “offspring” or ”progeny”—i.e., it can denote the relationship that one has with one’s parents. For example, it is ...
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What is the difference between “der Zug” and “die Bahn”?

What is the difference between der Zug and die Bahn (besides the gender of course)? When should one be used and not the other?
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Meaning and origin of 'Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof'

What does the following sentence mean and what is its origin? Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. I've heard this expression from some friends – I guess it's what you say when you don't really understand ...
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Difference between "kaufen", "einkaufen", "aufkaufen" and "ankaufen" [closed]

I'd like to know: What's the difference? Which one needs akkusativ-object?
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What is the difference between "nun" and "jetzt"?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen "nun" und "jetzt"? I hear nun and jetzt used a lot but I've not been able to pick out what ...
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Is "Busen" just the area between the breasts?

I thought "der Busen" meant breasts. But then I heard someone knowledgeable claim it was just the area between the breasts. I didn't understand all he said and it would have been too awkward for me to ...
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What is the difference between “ändern” and “verändern”?

I'm still confused about the difference between ändern and verändern. I have read something about ändern only being used with small changes and verändern when something changes totally. But where ...
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Ist ein Buchstabe eine Nummer?

Angenommen, man hat diese Liste: a. etwas b. etwas anderes c. noch etwas anderes Ich habe "Nummer a" und "Nummer b" in diesem Kontext gehört. Sind Buchstaben Nummern? Gibt es andere Zeichen, ...
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Eifersucht vs. Neid

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Eifersucht und Neid? Mein Wörterbuch übersetzt beide Wörter nach jealousy.
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Was meint ein Österreicher, wenn er am Telefon fragt "Welche Klappe haben Sie bitte"?

Ich wurde einmal während eines Telefongespräches mit einem österreichischen Kunden überraschend gefragt: Welche Klappe haben Sie bitte? Was wollte er von mir wissen? During a business call with ...
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Seit wann sind Dirnen nicht mehr anständig?

Der erste Satz Grimms Rotkäppchen lautet: Es war einmal eine süße Dirne, die hatte jedermann lieb... Dem Kontext nach bedeutet in diesem Satz "Dirne" nichts Anderes als "Mädchen". Seit ...
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Wie viele sind »ein paar«?

It’s pretty clear that “ein Paar Schuhe” is exactly two. Nevertheless, if I ask: "Gib mir doch bitte mal ein paar Zettel.", I would not expect exactly two. Three or even more, actually. I’ve learned ...
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A joke in German that I don't understand. Is it a language difference or is it that I just don't get it?

I am not a German speaker at any level so I used Google to translate the following: Holy shit der spricht so gut Deutsch, meine Steuererklärung ist feucht geworden From a comment following this video ...
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What does “g’suffa” mean?

Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa! The first three words in the above quote are Bavarian for “eins, zwei, drei”. Is g’suffa also Bavarian, and what does it mean?
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When to use “beziehungsweise”

Beziehungsweise: a) (stilistisch unschön) [oder] vielmehr, besser/genauer gesagt – sinnv: oder Er war mit ihm bekannt bzw. befreundet b) und im anderen Fall Die Fünf- und Zweipfenningstücke waren ...
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Does the word "Fahrenheit" mean anything in German?

Is Fahrenheit a real word in German? Does it come from a concept or from a name?
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Why does "Krabben" mean shrimp?

I was in a pizza place in Bad Herrenalb (in Baden-Württemberg) the other day, and I ordered a pizza that included "Krabben". I like crab, so I ordered it, only to find that it came covered with ...
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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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The difference between "spüren" and "fühlen"

Could somebody please explain to me, the difference between the verbs "spüren" and "fühlen"? I know they both mean to feel, but do they both have different connotations? My initial feeling was that ...
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The term "Mahlzeit"

I recently started working in a place in Berlin, Germany, and though my German is OK I guess, there's a common term that I don't understand. It's Mahlzeit. When people leave from work around lunch ...
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What's »Aldää« in »Ey jo, was geht, Aldää?«

As I was looking up the word ey in dict.cc, I noticed a rather interesting colloquial expression: Ey jo, was geht, Aldää? [ugs.] = Whazzup? [coll.] What does Aldää mean above? I could not find the ...
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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stressing of "umfahren" in German dialects

The word “umfahren” has different meanings and apparently one of them is the opposite of the other. etw. úmfahren: to hit sth by a vehicle etw. umfáhren: to drive around sth Example: Du sollst das ...
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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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Was ist das (der?) Effeff?

Was ist das (der?) Effeff im folgenden Satz? Das müsst ihr aus dem Effeff können!
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"Toi, toi, toi" – was genau bedeutet dieser Ausdruck?

Ich habe gerade "Toi, toi, toi" gehört, und habe keine Ahnung, wie ich das nehmen sollte! Ist es gut? Schlecht? Wenn man im Englischen "Tut, tut, tut..." hört, es ist nicht so prickelnd. Hat dieser ...
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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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Der Fahrende Ritter: what is the joke?

I'm currently reading Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban to improve my German. In the English version, Harry gets on a Wizarding bus called "The Knight Bus" after running away from home. This ...
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What does “6 Waben” mean on a German train ticket?

I have have a train ticket from Germany: von [City Name] nach 6 Waben What does 6 Waben mean? I found that it means 6 honeycomb, but this does not make much sense to me in context.
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What's the meaning of "Deine Mudda"?

In Germany, I hear a lot of jokes containing "Deine Mudda", but I don't understand them. What does this mean and what kind of jokes are containing them?
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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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Is there a difference between "anschalten" and "einschalten"

Is there a difference between anschalten and einschalten? If I turn on the TV, oven, heat, start the car etc., can either verb be used?
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Woher kommt das Adjektiv "vollschlank"?

Woher kommt das Adjektiv vollschlank? Warum bedeutet es quasi das Gegenteil von dem, was es ausdrückt? Wie nennt man solche Wörter?
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sage und einer Legende?

Ich habe bisher die Wörter Sage und Legende synonym verwendet. Es gibt zwar Dinge die ich so nenne, und andere Dinge, die ich wieder anders nenne (bspw. würde ich nie die Niebelungenlegende sagen), ...
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Gibt es eine Bedeutung des "Kraweel, Kraweel" Gedichts von Lothar Frohwein (Loriot)?

Das in der Lesung des Kulturvereins von Frau Lohse von Lothar Frohlein Frohwein persönlich verlesene Gedicht geht so: Melusine! Kraweel, Kraweel! Taubtrüber Ginst am Musenhain! Trübtauber Hain am ...
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Is the word “Schwein” necessarily an insult?

I was having private/intimate time with a German lady. And as I started something really special for her (thinking that she would like it), in the heat of the moment, she said: Du bist wirklich ein ...
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Is there any difference between "laufen" and "rennen"?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Wann benutzt man “laufen” und wann “rennen”? I can’t quite grasp the difference between laufen and rennen. I know they both mean running. In ...
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What is the difference between “bereit” and “fertig”?

My understanding was that fertig means finished and bereit means ready. However, I observe that fertig is sometimes also used to mean ready (for example here). When I want to translate the word ready, ...
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Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'?

Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'? Can we use them interchangeably?
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