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"bis" to translate "by the time …"

I see in various places online "bis" used to translate "by the time", as in these examples: And by the time we do, my wife will be dead. Und bis wir das schaffen, wird meine Frau ...
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Bedeutung von "sich überrascht zeigen"

Die Bundesregierung nach dieser Schlagzeile "zeigt sich überrascht" von Erdoğans jüngsten Tiraden. Ich habe die Bedeutung von "sich etw. zeigen" recherchiert und konnte keine klare ...
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What does "dies" do in this sentence? [duplicate]

I am learning German reading Karl Marx' Das Kapital, mostly to make it fun. But in the second paragraph, I could not understand the following sentence: Es geschah dies nicht nur des Zusammenhangs und ...
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A site where I can find antonyms of german words?

I want a site where I can find opposite of an adjective in German. For example, gross should be klein, hell should be dunkel and so on. I am, however, unable to find such a site. Can someone advice?
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Bedeutung "auf niedriger Ebene"

Folgende Formulierung in einem Nachrichtentext über die Verhältnisse zwischen Ägypten und Israel verstehe ich nicht, und kann sie mir nicht mit Google Suchen und Übersetzungen helfen zu verstehen: ...
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How to understand "Der Angst den Schrecken nehmen"?

The structure "etwas (dativ) den Schrecken nehmen" means "make something less terrifying", but I fail to understand why there are two dativ objects: etwas, den Schrecken, and ...
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What number is Einsfünfundvierzig?

Two characters in a book were talking about the price of a commodity and the price was Einsfünfundvierzig. I am not sure if it is 45 or 145. Tanks
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Meaning of "schon einmal"

What does "schon einmal" mean in this sentence? In ihren Artikeln, die eine ganz eigene, persönliche Note tragen, spricht sie auch schon einmal aus, wenn ihr etwas in der Blogger-Szene ...
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Does "irgendweshalb" exist?

There are 2 used expressions to express "for some unknown reason" I know of: Wieso/weshalb/warum auch immer, aus irgendeinem Grund And several slight variations of those. However, there ...
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Ruppig oder Hofton?

This is an extract from "... Als die Noten laufen lernten..." by Karin Ploog. Paul Lindau war in der großen Welt des Theaters zu Hause. Ihm sagte Heinrich Grünfeld eine unglaubliche ...
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"bieten" with the meaning of "to ensure"

In a newspaper article, I tumbled on the following sentence: "Die Krankenkasse fordert politische Massnahmen, um dem Anstieg der [Krankenversicherungs]Prämien Einhalt zu bieten". In this ...
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What is the force of gesehen haben muss : You [one has] gotta see, You ought to have seen, or you must already have seen?

A click-bait ad on my newsfeed is captioned, Die 27 peinlichsten Fotos, die man gesehen haben muss. What, exactly, does this sentence mean, in English? Is it equivalent to, "The 27 most ...
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"Er schien nicht zu bemerken, dass er soeben in einer Straße aufgetaucht war"-Accusative "in" or Dative [duplicate]

Here is a sentence: Er schien nicht zu bemerken, dass er soeben in einer Straße aufgetaucht war, in der alles an ihm, von seinem Namen bis zu seinen Stiefeln, keineswegs willkommen war. I'm curious ...
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What is the German equivalent of "ing"?

In German what is, or is there an equivalent to "ing"? I.e., when I want to say for example, "we are practicing" is there a consistent rule or suffix that I would use to indicate ...
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„des Leidens herbe Schmach“ - Disgrace or Taste?

In Bach's St Matthew Passion there is an aria in which the lines „sein Mund, der mit Milch und Honig fließet, hat den Grund und des Leidens herbe Schmach durch den ersten Trunk versüßet“ are usually ...
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In the Saving Private Ryan movie what did corporal Upman say to his German prisoners of war? [closed]

In the closing scenes of Saving Private Ryan corporal Upham has taken some German soldiers at gun point. Suddenly, he shoots one without provacation. Then, instead of shooting the others he says "...
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Scheißkälte vs. scheiß Kälte

Could someone please explain what is the difference between "scheiß Kälte" and "Scheißkälte"? My girlfriend (she is German) meant both have different meaning, but she couldn't ...
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Meaning of the word "mehr" in context [duplicate]

Can you please tell me what mehr means in the sentence below? Wir hatten uns schon eine Weile nicht mehr gesehen, also waren wir beide sehr aufgeregt über unser Treffen. Without it the sentence ...
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How to describe the location (North, South, East and West) of a country/city with respect to another country/city

I have read the following ways of telling the location of a city within a country. So, which one of these is common and correct? Die Stadt liegt im Süden von Deutschland. Die Stadt ist im Süden von ...
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Does anyone know how to spell this phrase to make it in a correct form/structure?

Does anyone know how to spell this phrase to make it in a correct form/structure? Thank you in advance for your help. Weiß jemand, wie man diesen Satz buchstabiert, um ihn in die richtige Form/...
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Use of the word Hilflosigkeit as "Schwerbehinderung"?

I was searching the subject of free transportation card in Germany i.e. if such a card is given at all in Germany and if so, it is given to whom: those who are severely disabled, those who are older ...
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Zechgeselle(n) meaning

It's a term used, with n, (to describe the three Cavaliers) in a text by Schücking. [Edit, adding quote for context.] Nach und nach verloren sich denn auch die Freunde und Genossen von ihnen, über ...
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Drunk in German

My dictionary (print and online) gave me betrunken, which doesn't ring a bell with my childish trips to the Steirmark. Seem to remember something like gesauffen or the like? Which is correct and/or ...
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Confused by the adjective "durcheinander"

Here is a sentence: Völlig durcheinander eilte er zu seinem Wagen. I don't really get what part of speech "durcheinander" belongs to in this specific context. To my knowledge, it's an ...
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Ist der Genitiv manchmal ein Ersatz für "über" etwas?

Dieser Satz erscheint in "Dem Eisenbahnunglück" von Thomas Mann: Da ward mir leicht, und ich mischte mich unter die Leute, die standen und schwatzten und sich anfreundeten gelegentlich ...
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Ich hatte ihn erst gestern nicht gekannt-meaning of "erst"

Here is a sentence taken from a book: Ich hatte ihn erst gestern nicht gekannt. Pursuant to Dict.cc, the most likely translation of "erst" in the context given would be "not until&...
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"ins Stolpern kommen"-meaning

Here is a sentence from a book: »Verzeihung«, grummelte er, als der kleine alte Mann ins Stolpern kam und beinahe hinfiel. Is "ins Stolpern kommen" a legit phrase? Couldn't find it on Dict....
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how to use haben and worden_sein in a sentence

i am learning germam and my current proficiency level is B1 in this link:https://deutschegrammatik20.de/spezielle-verben/modalverben/subjektive-modalverben-zeitformen/ the following two sentences ...
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zum gänzlich__ Niedergleiten (last word unclear)

Title has a partial quotation from Kafka: ... zum gänzlich__ Niedergleiten ... I am working an exercise for the adjective ending. But am curious the gender of Niedergleiten (guess I don't need to ...
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Schaltung vs. Schaltungkreis

I want to read some book in German language about electronic but i see somewhere translate Schaltung for citcuit and Schaltungkreis for circuit too. Can someone said what is the different between ...
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"wie angewurzelt stehen bleiben"-breaking down into sentence members

Here is a sentence: Er blieb wie angewurzelt stehen. I get the overall meaning of the phrase. However, for the sake of having a better command over its usage, I would like to know what sentence ...
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"von ihm" meaning "of his"?

Here is a sentence: Sie hielt es für eine Laune von ihm DeepL says "von ihm" means "of his". But how come? I thought it should be "von seiner"
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How to use herangehen in a sentence

Today I lernt this new word ‘herangehen’ which means ‘to approach’. I would like to use it in a sentence. Is the following usage correct please: Ich habe an ihn herangegangen Also, I would like to ...
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Bedeutungen von "angehen"

Ich bin kein deutscher Muttersprachler. Als ich mir die Bedeutungen von "angehen" in Wörterbüchern angesehen habe, ist bei mir eine Frage aufgekommen, wie es in der Bedeutung "zu ...
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"Er schaffte es, die Papiere fristgerecht abzuschicken"-without "es"

Here is a sentence: Er schaffte es, die Papiere fristgerecht abzuschicken. Is it possible to omit "es" here? If not, then could someone please pinpoint the exact rule that governs such ...
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Confusion with word gastgebend

I was recently reading a document and I found the word gastgebend for me the meaning is not very clear, that is why i have 2 questions. Is it referring to the person being the host or the guest? what ...
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Bedeutungen von "fraglich"

Ich bin kein deutscher Muttersprachler. Indem ich mir die Bedeutungen von "fraglich" in deutschen Wörterbüchern angeschaut habe, habe ich gemerkt, dass nicht alle davon eindeutig sind. Duden ...
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What is the meaning of "Da ist Liebe"?

I saw someone get a tattoo saying Da ist Liebe. But when I did a Google search, there were no results as to what it means. I know that "ist Liebe" translates as "is love" – but ...
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Wie geht's? in a formal situation?

I came across a conversation like this in Menschen German A1 kursbuch: As far as I know, in German culture it is not proper to address an elderly person informally unless you are a very close friend (...
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Difference between dehnen and strecken

While researching the difference in meaning between dehnen und strecken I came across this: Die Zeit, 13.08.2003, Nr. 33> Im Halbschlaf strecke ich und dehne meine müde gewanderten Beine. How is ...
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Use of "hätte" in an indicative sentence

Here is a sentence Mrs. Dursley behauptete sogar, dass sie gar keine Schwester hätte, denn diese und deren Nichtsnutz von einem Mann waren so undursleyhaft, wie man es sich nur denken konnte. ...
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"Es gehört schon große Frechheit dazu,..."-meaning of "gehört"

I was studying this verb "gehören" and inter alia found the following meaning - "sth. is necessary for sth., i.e. it takes something to do something". Here is an example for ...
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Bedeutungen von "ankommen"

Ich bin kein deutscher Muttersprachler. Als ich die Bedeutungen von "ankommen" genauer betrachtet habe, habe ich bemerkt, dass ich manchen davon in Korpora der letzten Jahre gar nicht ...
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Adjectives and adjectival nouns out of possessive pronouns

My question concerns adjectives and adjectival nouns derived from possessive pronouns. With regards to the former, my grammar book gives two ways of forming these, e.g., "der meine" oder &...
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Bedeutungen von "aufsetzen"

Ich bin kein deutscher Muttersprachler. Als ich mir die Bedeutungen von "aufsetzen" angeschaut habe, habe ich bemerkt, dass context.reverso.net es in erster Linie als "set up" ins ...
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"Aufbringen" in der Bedeutung von "einführen"

Ich bin kein deutscher Muttersprachler und bin kürzlich auf das Wort "aufbringen" gestoßen. Ich wurde überzeugt, dass man es heutzutage immer noch in verschiedenen Bedeutungen gebraucht, die ...
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"zu Mittag(Abend) essen"-breaking down into sentence members

I have a question concerning the following phrases: "zu Abend essen"; "zu Mittag essen". The question is what type of sentence member do "zu Abend" and "zu Mittag&...
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"Der Brief ist erfolgreich an den Empfänger übergeben worden"-why not "übergegeben" [duplicate]

Here is a sentence taken from the Linguee dictionary: Der Brief ist erfolgreich an den Empfänger übergeben worden My question is why is it "übergeben" and not "übergegeben"?
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Welche Bedeutungen eines Wortes verwendbar sind — Resourcen

Ich lerne Deutsch seit knapp 4 Jahren. Vor einigen Monaten habe ich angefangen, deutsche Wörter nicht nur in ihrer Hauptbedeutung, sondern auch in denen aufzuschreiben, die weniger verwendbar sind. ...
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"Er glücklich war, eingeladen gewesen zu sein." Is this correct?

I'm currently acquainting myself with the topic of Passiv and have a question regarding the use of Perfekt with Zustandspassiv as part of an Infinitiv Nebensatz. I'm aware that one may write this with ...
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