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Referring to Nouns by Gender Rather than by Article

When do you refer to nouns by articles and when can/should you refer to them by their gender (ie, “er,” “sie,” “es”)? Why should or shouldn’t you in a given situation? Does referring to a noun by its ...
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“One in twenty” Translation Difference

Is "one in twenty" translated as "every twentieth" (ie, "Jeder zwanzigste"), as I saw in one text where I would have used the former? If so, this would apply for any "one in N" correct? Do people ...
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Lassen vs. Können

Under what circumstances would it be acceptable/normal to replace “Können” with “Lassen”? Example: “Das kann nachgebildet werden” and “Das läßt sich nachbilden.”
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When to use separable verbs and normal verbs to express an action?

I understand German has separable verbs and normal verbs for some actions For example: zumachen - schließen aufmachen - öffnen absagen - stornieren and lot more.. When to use the separable and ...
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What is the concept expressed with the word 'quasi' in day to day conversation?

My German colleagues use the word 'quasi' . I wanted to use that word in my conversation but I am still confused about the usage of the word and grammar.
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Can anyone explain on when to use vielleicht and wahrscheinlich?

I often hear people saying this word wahrscheinlich. I generally use vielleicht. Is it correct? Could anyone explain some examples if there is any difference between the two?
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What is the difference between drin and darin?

What is the difference between drin and darin? I often hear people saying these two words, but I am not sure about situations on how to use them.
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Function of “was” in Phrases

What is the function of “was” in the phrase “in etwas das, was”? Are there other phrases where it functions similarly? More generally, how do you use “was” outside of questions? [Context: “Ich bin ...
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When to use German Auxilary Verbs [duplicate]

I understand the meaning of each auxilary verb (and their grammatical usages) but when do you use each in practice. For example: “Sie ist gestern nicht mitgekommen.” I get that “mitkommen” is an ...
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Differences between "das", "es", and "dieses" [closed]

How do das, es, and dieses differ when refering to different things? When would you use each? (Please ignore, for the moment, the differences between gender, and the fact that I’ve left things ...
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Wie wird das Wort "erwarten" benutzt?

Erwarten hat viele Bedeutungen, wenn es sich auf "hoffen", "den Wunsch haben" richtet. Ist es im folgenden richtig? Ich erwarte (von jm),dass ... Ich erwarte mir viel von dir. Muss "mir" ...
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The “Feel” of the Various Genders of German Nouns [duplicate]

As a native German speaker, how accurately can you guess the gender of a noun you don’t know (or whose definition you know, but whose gender you don’t)? For more common nouns, how often do you forget ...
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Wie kann man viele neue Wörter einprägen? [duplicate]

before 2 years I learned some German language level until B2, but somehow I forgot all the vocabulary.
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Where to use `mir` and where to use `mich` [duplicate]

I am learning German language from the DW (I'm not sure if is the best source) and between other things I have seen the words mich like Du machst mich glücklich and mir like Es geht mir um das. ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen gestalten und bilden? [closed]

Können Sie einige Beispiel geben? Liegt der Unterschied bei der Bedeutung oder der Benutzung?
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Ob/wenn/falls when to use which one

This is what I've learned so far. Ob/wenn:: both means "if" but use "ob" to convey a sense of "whether". If not, you must always use "wenn". Only one is right in any given sentence. Falls: means if,...
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Double Genitive in a sentence [duplicate]

The lady's cat's leg is injured. Das Bein der Katze der Frau ist verletzt. Is this the right way to use the german Genitive case to state the above mentioned statement. Can this sentence be said ...
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Position of the verb "sprechen"

Which one of the follwiing Bitten (requests) is correct? Sprechen Sie bitte langsamer! Bitte sprechen Sie langsamer! I found the first one in a language book. But, I suppose that the second one is ...
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Using multiple sub ordinating conjunction in a sentence

Ich ärgere mich, dass ich nichts kaufen kann, weil die Geschäfte geschlossen sind. I am upset that I could buy nothing because the shops were closed. Ich habe eine Überraschung für dich ...
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Position of verb in a Fragesatz

Why is the conjugated helping verb sind used at the 3rd position and not at the 2nd position in the Fragesatz Wie alt sind Sie?
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When should you use "du" instead of "Sie"?

When should you speak to people using "du" instead of "Sie" if you want to be polite but not seem snobby? My parents were German but I was born and raised in Canada. My German is fairly limited but I ...
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Why Bette in the first quatrain of the nursery rhyme "Müde bin ich"

The last line of the quatrain of the famous German nursery rhyme “Müde bin ich” is “Über meinem Bette sein.” Why is the plural being used there? Or is it a different form of “das Bett”?
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Bedeutungen von Sätze und Benutzung von Wörter (klingeln, entlang) [closed]

Ich habe diese Sätze in einer Geschichte gefunden. Erschöpft lief er die Straßen Queens entlang auf dem Weg zur nächstbesten U-Bahn Station. Einer seiner Klienten hatte ihn heute früh um fünf aus ...
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Stammt von oder stammt aus bei einer Quellenangabe

Meine Bachelorarbeit umfasst ein Beispiel zu einem Algorithmus. Ich möchte in einer Fußnote kenntlich machen, woher das Beispiel stammt. Es ist ein Beispiel aus einer Website. Heißt es nun "Das ...
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Why is it just "werden" and not "werden sein"?

Ich habe den nächsten Satz in einer Geschichte gefunden. Er kommt in einer Partyeinladung vor. Gefeiert wird beim nächsten Vollmond auf X Island. Dieser Satz ist jedoch nicht der Einzige dieser ...
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hätte, würde, könnte

Ich habe vor kurzem ein Video von Felix von der Laden geschaut, das „Ich hätte das Rennen gewinnen können“ heißt und dann habe ich mich gefragt, wieso hat er es genau so geschrieben? ...
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Feminine Definite Article

Die Lampe ist klasse, sie ist nicht langweilig. Why is there sie after the comma, is that sie for lampe (die Lampe).
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Dative and akkusative

How do you say Now, do you love me? in German? I considered 2 options: Jetzt, Iiebe dir mich? Jetzt, liebe mir dich? I think second one is correct. Please help with the underlying grammar.
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Preposition with dativ

Ich habe um 8:00 Uhr ein Meeting mit Kollegen aus der Marketing-Abteilung. Um 11:00 Uhr muss ich dann _____ einem Kollegen sein. Please tell me why/how the answer of the gap is "bei" and not "mit" ...
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Is German on social media very distinct from standard German?

When I read the Germans' writing on Facebook such as when commenting on news by Spiegel or Bild or any other posts, I do not notice a big difference from standard German in terms of spelling or tenses ...
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Meine Kinder haben (considering sie as pronoun)/ habt(considering ihr as pronoun) hungrig [closed]

Which one should be correct - Meine Kinder haben (considering sie as the pronoun)/ habt(considering ihr as the pronoun) hungrig.
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Adjectiv from partizip declination

I've encountered this sentence as an example on wiktionary: In den letzten Tagen hat es wieder vermehrt Anschläge im Irak gegeben. As far as I know vermehrt is a partizip 2 form of vermehren which ...
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German Machine Translation Error in the Order of Actions (Verbs?)

I am assessing the machine translation capability of scientific German papers/books with a native German speaker. My German is rather rudimentary. There is a sentence in a text which says Eine ...
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Why is is the dative "den" used in "Sieh den Tatsachen ins Gesicht"?

I'm pretty sure the accusative is used with sehen as in "ich sehe dich". So why do we use the dative form for the plural definite article in this sentence? Am I missing something?
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Englische Eigennamen ohne Bindestrich?

Der Duden gibt für die Schreibweise von englischen Begriffen die Bindestrichregel aus, Verbindungen aus zwei Substantiven zusammen zu schreiben, oder aber mit Bindestrich. Beispiele: Braintrust, ...
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Ist es „auf dem Tisch“ oder „auf den Tisch?“ [duplicate]

Zum Beispiel: Die Flasche ist auf dem Tisch. Aber was passiert wenn man in Bewegung ist? Zum Beispiel: Ich lege die Flasche auf den Tisch. Gibt es einer Unterschied nur weil die Flasche in ...
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"Welche" oder "was für eine"?

Why is it In welcher Stadt wohnen Sie? In einer Großstadt oder in einer Kleinstadt? and not In was für einer Stadt wohnen Sie?
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Are there places in Germany where Standard German completely replaced local dialects?

It's my understanding that typically German speakers switch between Standard German, which they might use at work, and some local dialect which they use less formally. Are there places in Germany ...
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What is the difference between eine and ein? [closed]

I am learning German using the Duolingo app in my mobile. In one of the exercises I type "eine Mädchen ein Frau" as an answer for an audio but I got this error: Careful "Mädchen" actually takes a ...
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What are the differences between High German and other dialects? [closed]

I am going to either Germany or Austria to study German. I have been told there are differences in the German spoken in different regions, and would like to know what these were before choosing the ...
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Articles of the cities

Which article should I use if I want to call a city beautiful? For example I want to say "Ich möchte das schöne Berlin mal besuchen." Is it "das schöne Berlin" oder "die schöne Berlin"? Or maybe "...
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Difference between `in der Stadt` and `in die Stadt` [duplicate]

Taking the following example: Ich gehe in der Stadt. Ich gehe in die Stadt. I couldn't understand when to say in die Stadt and when to say in der Stadt.
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Placement of verb in a simple phrase

Which is right: "Die Lösung zu finden ist kompliziert.", or "Die Lösung ist kompliziert zu finden." And why?
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Are there any resources to learn German using the 10000-sentence method?

Learning languages using sentences is kind of similar the way children learn to speak, IMHO! First, you learn and memorize the common sentences and then use these to interact in everyday situations. ...
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Why is “mit seinem” and not “sein” used?

I want to understand why mit seinem is used instead of just sein in the following example: English: He is starting his German course. German: Er fängt mit seinem Deutschkurs an.
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"an einem Projekt arbeiten" oder "in einem Projekt arbeiten"?

Mir kam diese Frage in den Sinn, als ich einem Personalvermittler antworten wollte. Ich habe mal gegoogelt, und den Zahlen nach scheint an einem Projekt arbeiten deutlich öfter benutzt zu werden als ...
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what is the german equivalent of "skiffs" [closed]

what is the german word of skiffs?
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Transforming setences containing obwohl/weil to trotz/wegen

I want to transform the following sentences containing the below connectors trotz/wegen 1a) Ich kann heute nicht zu dir kommen, weil ich keine Zeit habe. (mit wegen) 1b) Ich kann heute wegen des ...
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Can "vorletzte oder letzte Seite" be shortened?

This is the original sentence: Dies finden Sie auf dem Resümeebogen (letzte Seite/n des Gesprächsbogens). I need to adjust it because now the résumé could also be on the second last page and an ...
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What is the difference between lingoda German (A1 to c1 ) certificate and Goethe-Zertifikat?

I have seen a certificate course in lingoda and Goethe-Zertifikat course. Which is accepted by a company or university as proof of German language and which one should I prefer?