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Guidelines for the formation of compound nouns [duplicate]

When studying vocabulary, I have noticed some variations in the formation of compound nouns: Wirtschaft s wunder - an s is added between the two nouns. (Other examples: Alter s gruppe, Abteilung s ...
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What is the Singular of 'Ferien'?

In the last days I have come across the question: What is the singular of 'Ferien'? Plural: die 'Ferien' But what is the singular?
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Drinks as countable nouns?

I've seen the following sentence: Wenn du heute Abend nach Hause kommst, trinken wir einen Sekt auf deine Beförderung. Why is it that Sekt has an article einen even though we cannot really count ...
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Is there a way to form a "one who [verb]s" noun?

In English, I can take just about any verb (for example to crush), and form a noun which means "one who [does that verb]" by adding -er (for example, crusher). Is there a similar formulaic alteration ...
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How to get from the diminutive form to the root word (from Häuschen to Haus), and back?

Is there a rule (or best practice) on how to get from a "Substantiv" to it´s diminutive form and also back again? What I mean is i.e: How to get from Haus to Häuschen and back to Haus. It´s a ...
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Verb/noun pairs in German (collocation)

I am a native English speaker, relatively fluent in German - but something I continue to find quite difficult is to get a sense of which verb is appropriate for a given noun. It's possible this is ...
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Indicating case for proper nouns

Consider sentences of the form (correct me if I've got them wrong): Mir ist langweilig / Es ist mir langweilig. Dem Mann ist kalt / Es ist dem Mann kalt. It's important not to use the nominative ...
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Individuell/Individual- and Generell/General- Phenomena

Can a native German speaker kindly explain this horrible inconsequence in his language? An adjective generell but a noun die Generalprobe Another example... An adjective individuell but a noun die ...
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Hassling the Hoff - Conjugating sein with two subjects

David Hasselhoff's number Du (featured in the movie Eurotrip) has these lyrics: Ich hab' ein Ziel und dieses Ziel bist du, bist du, bist du. I found the conjugation of sein here interesting given ...
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Reference for accusative and dative forms

What is a good reference to look at the accusative and dative forms of nouns? I was looking at the word Wille in the dictionary, and while in this case I can deduce from the examples that the ...
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"vor Kurzem" with capital "K"

Noch vor Kurzem sollte hier ... Why is "Kurzem" written with a capital "K"? How can it function as a noun here, and can we use the same structure with other adjectives (e.g., "vor Langem")? Edit: ...
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Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [closed]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...
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Why is it "der Bikini"? Shouldn't the noun be feminine?

I can understand that some German nouns (e.g. Mädchen) might just always have been whatever gender the noun is, and the explaintion is lost to the mists of time. But Bikinis were invented in the 1940s....
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What's the name of words such as "Fahrerei", "Kocherei", "Putzerei", etc

I got a bunch of questions concerning these words: What's the name of words such as "Fahrerei", "Kocherei", "Putzerei", etc From which words can they be formed of? Only verbs? All verbs? Are terms ...
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Sind Pflanzennamen oder Musikinstrumente Eigennamen?

Bei Gesellschaftsspielen, in denen es um Sprache geht, gibt es oft die Einschränkung, dass man keine Eigennamen verwenden darf (Bsp. Scrabble). Gehören dazu eigentlich auch Pflanzennamen wie Salbei ...
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How do I know which declension pattern a noun belongs to in the Langenscheidt pocket dictionary?

I have this somewhat-useful little yellow book sitting in my backpack, and I've noticed that it has a table in the back that gives 16 groups of noun declension patterns. For whatever reason, these ...
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Do all German nouns start with a capital letter? [duplicate]

The title is auto-descriptive. Do all German nouns start with a capital letter? If no, when should I capitalize them?
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Zero article with countable nouns

I came across this sentence in Wikipedia: Eine Tasse ist ein Trinkgefäß mit Henkel, das vorrangig für Heißgetränke verwendet wird. Ein Henkel is a countable noun. In English, a singular countable ...
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Why is "Fräulein" considered offensive, as opposed to "Frau"?

Does Fräulein imply that the woman being addressed is not fully a Frau? Does it imply a lower class status?
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What are the differences between the german nouns for 'event'?

There are many nouns that describe an event, occation, or happenings They all can be translated to either; * der Anlass * das Geschehen * das Geschehnis * das Ereignis * die Veranstaltung How do ...
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"Benehmen" and "Verhalten"

What is the difference between Verhalten and Benehmen? Sein Verhalten meinen Eltern gegenüber ist schön. Mein Benehmen in der Deutschklasse war sehr gut.
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Nouns with 2 genitive forms (-s/-es). When to use each?

Wiktionary lists 2 genitive forms for a lot of nouns (e.g. Berg, Brauch), -es and -s. For these words and others, are these forms interchangeable or are they regional? Or is one more poetic sounding ...
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Is there a rapid online access to "feste Nomen-Präposition bzw. -Verb Verbindungen"?

Is it me, or is it difficult to find online, in dictionaries and so on, all the information about a "feste Nomen-Präposition Verbindungen"? Suppose you are writing in German and, for sake of ...
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How to avoid repeating nouns, using an adjective?

I wanted to write Rather than famous writers, I like predominantly unknown ones. in German, and I was trying with Ich mag überwiegend/eher unbekannte Schriftsteller, mehr als bekannte ...
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"Braune Augen" to substantive or adjective

Is it possible to transform the phrase "braune Augen" into substantive or at least into adjective? How in that case a person with brown eyes could be called in one word? What's the mechanism of ...
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When can one create a "zusammengesetzes Nomen"? When should one use genitive or prepositions instead?

Long words is one of my favorite features in German. Is there a criterion, "eine grammatische Empfehlung!, to know when we can put nouns together? I'm not talking about creating significant words ...
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Einsamkeit und Zweisamkeit

I have just encountered the word "Zweisamkeit". Till this moment I knew only "Einsamkeit" und "Gemeinsamkeit". Do you know any other words like this?
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When to use Übernachten and when to use Übernachtung?

I thought both of them mean the same – to stay overnight. Which to use in which case? das Übernachten die Übernachtung
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Meaning and grammatical category of "Luftnummer"?

Opposition wirft Friedrich "Luftnummer" vor. wirft ... vor is, I think, the verb vorwerfen, which means to accuse. But I don't know what Luftnummer means. Is it a noun in this context? I'm asking ...
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Associate the possessive adjective to a neutral noun

You want to associate the possessive adjective to the possessor (noun). If you have a masculine noun, you use sein/seine/sein If the possessor is feminine, you use ihr/ihre/ihr What about a ...
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Are German people always sure about the declension of a noun?

Talking about masculine nouns, German has the three categories weak/strong/mixed. Then the strong one is divided into three classes for the plural. A noun is placed into a particular category/class ...
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What's the meaning of 'erl'?

"Erlkönig" (also called "Der Erlkönig") is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. By wiki I know that the word könig means 'king', but what's the meaning of erl? Is it devil, elf, or genie?
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Rules for capitalizing adjectives after "etwas, nichts..."?

Why does one write "nichts Gutes", "etwas Besseres" and so on. The rules imply they are nouns. Wiktionary says they obbey an ,,adjektivischer Deklination", there is no plural for them, etc. But ...
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Words in German that begin in "kn-" and are cognates of the English words with the same meaning

The title pretty much says it all. Knopf — knob Knie — knee Are there more?
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Bau von "der Monat Januar"

"Der Monat Januar" wird zu "the month of January" im englischen übersetzt. Aber soll es nicht "der Monat Januars"? Ich sage das, weil Genitive Form von Januar 'Januars' ist und die Bedeutung zu ...
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"Das Haar" oder "die Haare" als Kopfbehaarung [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should one use singular form of “hair”, when plural? Nennt man die Kopfbehaarung "das Haar" oder "die Haare"? Ich trage mein Haar / meine Haare lang. Das ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen "Haarspalterei" und "Erbsenzählerei"?

Die beiden Begiffe Haarspalterei und Erbsenzählerei lassen sich auch als Eigenschaften Personen zuschreiben. Er ist ein Haarspalter. Er ist ein Erbsenzähler. Gibt es Unterschiede zwischen ...
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What is a "Vorentscheidung"?

After the match Dortmund–Bayern München (1:0) of yesterday, I read that this victory has marked a "Vorentscheidung" for the race to the German football championship. But what exactly is meant by "...
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"Nice summary +1": Wie sagt man das hier?

Leo zeigt viele Möglichkeiten auf: der Abriss die Aufstellung die Auswertung der Auszug - Text die Inhaltsangabe die Inhaltsübersicht der Kurzbericht die Kurzfassung das ...
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What is the relationship between "Hochzeit" and "Hochmut?"

As I understand it, Hochzeit means "wedding", and Hochmut means "pride", while hoch means "high". Often, words with a common shared prefix are at least somewhat similar in meaning. But I can't relate ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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Nouns and verbs which share the same form

Beside "leben" - to live and "Leben" - life, are there other nouns which have the same form as their verbs?
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What is the origin of "beziehungsweise"?

I can't understand "beziehungsweise" in the context of its two parts, "beziehen" and "weise". What is the logic behind its meaning?
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Pluralbildung von Musketier und Rentier

Wie kommt es, dass Musketier ausgesprochen und gesteigert wird (Musketiere), als würde es sich tatsächlich um ein Tier handeln, während Rentier (Person, die von regelmäßigen Zahlungen aus in ...
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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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Wird das Wort "Werktätige" heutzutage noch verwendet? Was sind alternative Begriffe?

Der Begriff „Werktätige“ bezeichnet wohl Menschen, die ein Einkommen aus nicht selbstständiger Arbeit beziehen. Wie verbreitet ist dieser Begriff und (wo) wird er heute noch benutzt? Wie bezeichnet ...
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Groß- / Kleinschreibung von Fremdwörtern

Was würdet Ihr als "best practice" für die Groß- und Kleinschreibung von Fremdwörtern sehen? Beispiele: "best practice" ;-), "quick freeze", "squeeze-out"? Macht es einen Unterschied, ob die Begriffe "...
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Neuter gender for nouns referring to children

In German we say der Mann/die Frau, but then we say das Kind/das Mädchen, so I got two questions: Are there particular historic and/or etymological reasons for this? "Das Mädchen" refers to a ...
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Wort für den Zeitraum, in dem man waschen kann

Jede Woche gibt es sechs Stunden, in denen ich die Waschmaschinen benutzen darf. Wie kann man mit einem Wort diesen Zeitraum bezeichnen? Zum Beispiel: Leider kann ich nicht ins Kino gehen. Heute ...
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Why do we have two equally used terms for "toe"?

There are two translations for toe that both are equally used. Both are pronounced almost the same but they have a different gender: der Zeh, m die Zehe, f What is the origin of this difference?

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