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Is a body of water "die See", "das Meer" or "der Ozean"?

Oceans and seas are sometimes "Seen", sometimes "Meere" and sometimes "Ozeane". E.g: Das Mittelmeer Karibisches Meer Die Nordsee Atlantischer Ozean Some belong to two groups, e.g. "die Ostsee"/"...
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Was bedeutet "todunglücklich" genau?

Ich habe diesen Satz in einer Kurzgeschichte gelesen: Er ist todunglücklich! Was bedeutet es genau? Ist er so unglücklich, dass er tot gewesen sollen? Ist er so unglücklich, dass es für ihn ...
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Unterschied zwischen »leihen« und »ausleihen«

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: Difference between “leihen”, “ausleihen”, and “sich ausleihen” Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen "leihen" und "ausleihen?" Beide bedeuten "...
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What is the difference between "Dom", "Kathedrale" and "Münster"

"Dom", "Kathedrale" and "Münster" all translate as "cathedral" in English. When I searched online, all explanations were in German and I could not quite understand them. Is there any difference in ...
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Can "Teekesselchen" mean "homonym"?

Looking up what the name of the game Teekesselchen means, I saw that dict.cc translates it as "homonym". It does, though, seem to be a diminutive of Teekessel (teapot). Can it really be used to mean "...
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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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möchte zum 31.10. ausziehen

In einer anderen Frage las ich diesen Satz: Ich möchte zum 31. 10. ausziehen. Ich habe diese Formulierung zwar schon des öfteren gehört, hielt sie bisher aber immer für falsch. Ich würde den ...
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What is the most appropriate word in German to describe "to deploy"?

What is the most appropriate word in German to describe "to deploy" when it comes to technology? I have read about "bereitstellen" and "einsetzen". What would be the ...
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Speisekartoffeln – Redundancy? Or indicator of something else?

I was the other day in the market and I saw the following sign: and my brain couldn't help but wonder: What is the point of calling a potato "Speisekartoffel"? After all, all potatoes can be eaten, ...
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Hab und Gut: What is the difference between "Hab" and "Gut"?

In the phrase "All sein Hab und Gut", what exactly is "Hab" and what is "Gut"? I realise that both refer to private property of some kind, but are the two distinct concepts? Is "Gut" real property (...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen kommissarisch und interim?

Gibt es Unterschiede zwischen den beiden Begriffen? kommissarischer Manager Interim-Manager
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“Belange von Minderheiten” – why “von” and not a genitive?

In Wikipedia, it is written that von is not only legitimate but required in the following sentence: Die Belange von Minderheiten sind zu schützen. According to the article: […] "Belange der ...
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Was bedeutet genau "gegen 18 Uhr mit einem Essen enden"? Um 18 oder später?

Ich habe schon diese Frage gelesen, wo die Ungenauigkeit der Präposition gegen in betracht bezogen wurde. Trotzdem bin ich mir nicht so sicher, was der Text in Schrägschrift im folgenden Satz bedeutet:...
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How do I use the word "da"

I have just learned German. I have heard a lot of people say the word "da" in conversation, but I don't know what it means. And dictionary doesn't help. Can somebody help me translate this word and ...
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What term is more correct — "achronologisch" or "antichronologisch"?

Which of the two following German translations for reverse chronological (as in: reverse chronological order) achronologisch and antichronologisch is the correct form, or are both correct? ...
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Der Wind dreht auf Südost

Does that mean that the wind will be coming from south-east (since wind direction is usually reported by the direction from which it originates) or that the wind will be blowing to south-east (...
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Wortherkunft: Wieso und seit wann ist ein Voyeur ein "Spanner"

Das Wortschatzlexikon beschreibt den Spanner als zugehörig zum Sachgebiet: Maschinenbau, Spezielle Zoologie, Verpackungstechnik Nennt dann aber unter den Verwendungsbeispielen mit Einige Zeit ...
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When to use "Weltanschauung" vs. "Ideologie"? Do they basically have the same meaning?

Is Ideologie just a foreign word/scientific term for Weltanschauung? Where do you see nuances in meaning? Would you use Weltanschauung in an academic discussion? What is the correct context? For ...
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What is “Libermilch”?

Grimms Kinder- und Hausmärchen 1815 #36 Die Lange Nase begins with the line: Es waren drei alte abgedankte Soldaten, die waren so alt, daß sie auch keine Libermilch mehr beißen konnten. The word ...
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International interpretation of "Public viewing" [closed]

The phrase "Public Viewing" was created and established during the world championships in 2006 in Germany. It describes the viewing of an event (like a football match) in a public crowd. As ...
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Vermögen eines Multimillionärs

Nach einiger Diskussion mit einem Kollegen gibt es zwei Arten, die finanzielle Definition eines "Multimillionärs" zu bestimmen: Multimillionär ist man, wenn man 1 Million EUR + min. 1 Cent besitzt, ...
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Schlüpfer - regionale Bedeutungsunterschiede

Ich habe heute erfahren, dass das Wort »Schlüpfer« offenbar in Deutschland auch ein Synonym für »Unterhose« ist. Eine kurze Recherche im Internet hat widersprüchliche Resultate ergeben. Auf einigen ...
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Can "Kristall" mean "broken glass"?

The loanword "Kristallnacht" is most frequently described in English as "the night of broken glass". It's also called "crystal night", but that doesn't make sense to me because the night didn't ...
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What is the meaning of the dative in this sentence: "Dem Tod die Toten."

I came across the sentence "Dem Tod die Toten" in a book I'm reading ("Der Schwarm" by Frank Schätzing) and I can not understand it. It seems like this use of the dative implies a meaning which in ...
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Meaning of “und ob ich das bin”

My German is mediocre, but in an attempt to expose my kids to the language, I got a few children’s books in German, including Bist du meine Mama? There is a puzzling phrase at the end. The little ...
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What does "in" mean in "Sprecher/in"?

In my Studio D A1 book, I came across this and I don't know what in of "Sprecher/in" mean in this context. Before you answer or comment on this question, please read our guidelines for questions on ...
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Who was married?

I'm seeking clarity on a passage written by Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, the captain of the first Russian around-the-world voyage. He wrote an account of his trip and there's a point in it that I don'...
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What is "Zum Tragen kein Problem" on the bag of a Swiss bakery trying to tell me?

What is this text on the bag of a Swiss bakery trying to tell me? Die Verpackung aus Papier: Zum Tragen kein Problem. L'emballage en papier: Un moyen de transport. I don't get what they ...
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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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Was heißt „O’zapft is“?

Passend zum aktuellen Anlass möchte ich fragen, was denn nun O’zapft is! eigentlich bedeutet und wo es herkommt. Prost!
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Gehirn vs. Hirn

Gibt es zwischen den beiden Begriffen Gehirn und Hirn eigentlich Unterschiede? (Außer in der Schreibweise) Ist Hirn einfach nur eine Kurzform? Gibt es Kontexte, in denen man einen Begriff bevorzugt?
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What does "auf Habacht" mean?

I saw this in a book as a sort of military order, but can’t find it in dictionaries: auf Habacht What does it mean and why isn’t it mentioned?
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What are the differences between "Raum" and "Zimmer"?

Can I use both words as "room"?
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"schnell auf der Straße stehen" meaning

What does it mean "schnell auf der Straße stehen" in this sentence "Durch Verletzung oder Vereinsinsolvenz können auch junge Spieler schnell auf der Straße stehen."?
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Using "nötig" vs "notwendig"

What is the difference between "nötig" and "notwendig"? When would one be preferred over the other, or are they always interchangeable?
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"Passen wie die Faust aufs Auge" bedeutet "total" oder "gar nicht zusammenpassen"?

In Wiktionary stehen die zwei höchstwidersprüchlichen Bedeutungen: Bedeutungen: [1] umgangssprachlich: ganz und gar nicht zusammenpassen [2] umgangssprachlich: wunderbar zusammenpassen Könnte ...
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What does "einfach geladen" mean in a physical context?

From a book on electromagnetism: Der Strahl besteht aus einfach positiv geladenen Ionen. Should the "einfach" in "einfach geladenen" be translated as "simply", in which case the sentence would ...
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Nuances of the seemingly Synonymous words "Flagge" and "Fahne"

With the World Cup in full swing, I've come across the words "Flagge" and "Fahne" quite a bit. These words are seemingly synonymous, but that might not be the case. Take a quick look at the ...
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Woher kommt "Total gaga sein"?

Woher stammt das seltsame Wort "gaga" und was bedeutet es tatsächlich? Woher kommt "Total gaga sein"? Where does the strange word "gaga" come from and what does it actually mean? Where does "Total ...
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What is the difference between Bewußtsein and Bewußtheit?

I came across the following passage reading an English version of Nietzsche's The Gay Science: Consciousness (Bewußtsein)[6] — Consciousness (Bewußtheit) is the latest development of the organic, and ...
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What is the meaning of "Rumgejuxe"?

Does anyone know what the meaning of "Rumgejuxe" is? I assume it is related to "juxen" or something, but I'm not sure. I googled it, but it does not have many matches.
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Berlin 1923 & 1925 Address Book Abbreviations "I", "E", "Kgst" and "Mb"

I am doing genealogical research in Berlin address books. There are a couple of abbreviations that I cannot find by searching German dictionaries and German abbreviation reference websites. I was ...
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What is the meaning of "heutig" in this sentence?

A recent Slow German Podcast contains the following sentence: Das Mittelalter dauerte im heutigen Deutschland von ungefähr 800 bis ungefähr 1500. I do not understand the use of the word heutig in ...
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How to correctly translate ‘einfallen’?

I’ve almost never encountered the word einfallen before, so it’s no wonder I don’t understand its meaning in the sentence: Mir fällt die Telefonnummer einfach nicht ein. Dictionaries do everything ...
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Was gibt es zweimal im Wort "Zwielicht"?

Wenn sich das Wort "Zwielicht" auf die Dämmerung bezieht, was gibt es da zweimal, wie es "zwie" andeutet?
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How to distinguish killer types?

Is one able to further distinguish people who killed a human? In English we have the word "killer" to just say that someone killed a human being. This would literally translate into "Töter", wouldn't ...
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Is "neugierig" the temporary desire or the life-long characteristic?

My dictionary translates "curious (inquisitive)" to "neugierig". There are two kinds of inquisitive curiosity, though: the temporary, pressing desire to find something out, and the ...
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Was bedeutet "Schneckattack" in der Jugendsprache?

Ich hab im Fernsehen eine Gruppe von Jugendlichen gesehen, von denen einer das Wort Schneck-Attack verwendet hat. Was versteht man darunter? Ich glaube nicht, dass es sich dabei um einen Angriff der ...
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"Ich habe dich akustisch nicht verstanden"

I have heard many people using the expression "Ich habe dich akustisch nicht verstanden" which strikes me as very convoluted (my mother tongue is Italian, but I speak English on a regular basis). ...
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Meaning of "vor sich hin"

In Harry Potter, the sentence Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, ... is translated as Mr. Dursley summte vor sich hin und suchte sich für die Arbeit seine ...

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