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Differences between Dein and Deine [duplicate]

I study German. I don't know when to write dein or deine. For example: Dein Buch and Deine Sporttasche.
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What does ‘-hupf’ mean in ‘der Googlehupf’?

The article Knusprige Zukunft appears in the section of the taz.de called die Wahrheit. This section of the newspaper tells various fables. I’m quoting below the paragraph from the article where the ...
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How many German words and phrases should I know to read and understand German newspapers?

According to the research of the German linguist Wolfgang Klein, there were 5.328.000 words in the German language between 1994 and 2004. In Duden® Spelling Dictionary there are 135.000 keywords. The ...
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Which prepositon does “Vorteile” take?

I just wanted compare advantages and disadvantages of age periods, but I don't know which preposition the noun "Vorteil" takes. Intuitive I've used it with "auf" but I think I was wrong and later ...
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When can ‘dus’ be used in place of ‘du’?

Here are two usage examples of dus from dictionary.reverso.net: Wenn dus nicht besser machen kannst, dann mach es genauso. → If you can't beat them, join them. Wie hältst dus mit der Religion?...
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Why is “lernenswert” not in the Duden?

Is the word lernenswert correct? Dict.cc contains it, but it is not found in the Duden and Microsoft Word’s autocorrect also marks it as an error. Why is that? Is the word incorrect?
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Is there any website like vocabulary.com , but for German?

I search for a website to learn German words of intermediate and advanced level, preferably not with translation, but with explanation in German. Vocabulary.com is the perfect example of what do I ...
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Is Chutzpadik a common German word?

According to etymonline, the noun chutzpah came into English from Yiddish, with the term originally coming from Hebrew. I am wondering if the term has also entered German. I found the term chutzpadik ...
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What does “Eigentum statt Miete” mean? [closed]

I'm looking for renting a house in Germany and I encountered this phrase. What does it exactly mean? The price was a lot higher than a normal price for renting an apartment. Does this mean a whole ...
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Umgangssprachlich eigene Meinung äußern

Wie kann man umgangssprachlich seine eigene Meinung äußern? Ich interessiere mich nur für die Phrasen, bzw. Wörter, die in der Alltagsprache tatsächlich verwendet werden. Mir fallen nur die ...
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How do I say ‘honours degree’ / ‘honours thesis’ in German?

I completed my honours degree last year at university. To my knowledge, the German education system does not have a comparable degree (an additional year of research culminating in a thesis which may ...
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Alternative für den Ausdruck “über mich”

Ich suche eine Alternative für den Ausdruck "über mich". Es ist für einen Menüeintrag auf einer Website. Ich finde es fantasielos, überall im Web diesen Menüeintrag zu finden. Leider hat es sich ...
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“Sorglich” im allgemeinen Sprachgebrauch

Gesehen heute Morgen auf einem LKW: Spedition xxx: Sorglich und sanft Ist denn sorglich noch ein akzeptiertes Wort im allgemeinen Sprachgebrauch? Benutzt das jemand? Oder hatte die Spedition nur ...
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Unterschied zwischen “knackig” und “knusprig”

Wo liegt eigentlich der Unterschied zwischen knackig und knusprig? Manchen Wörterbücher nach, sind sie synonyme; Ich habe auch gefunden, dass knusprig ein Unterbegriff von knackig ist.
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Wie nennt man eine Gruppe Vogel Straußen

Ich habe mich neulich gefragt, wie man eine Gruppe Vogel Strauße nennt. Ich habe mir gedacht, dass Schwarm, Rudel oder Herde möglich sind, bin mir aber nicht sicher und wollte daher gerne die Meinung ...
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What is the difference between “Der Sessel” and “Der Stuhl”

Simple question. Does anyone know a clear difference between the two words? Looking it up in a dictionary is not easy since both words translate to chair in English. The matter is further complicated ...
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Wie sagt man “this feature is not supported” auf Deutsch?

Ich bin nicht sicher ob immer supported = unterstützt Mein Vorschlag wäre EDITED: "Dieses Feature oder diese Funktion wird nicht unterstützt" aber ich glaube das ist näher zu "This feature ...
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Is there a two-step German vocabulary test that estimates how many words you know?

In English Is there an online resource where you mark checkboxes with words that you definitely know (at least one meaning) and it estimates how much words do you know? English - http://...
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Is there such a word as “Suppenkummer”?

I am actually a native speaker. My entire life I assumed that the word Suppenkummer did exist. Recently I spoke about it with a friend and she never heard of it. I did a research (Google, Duden) and ...
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What is the condition of a product if it hasn’t been unboxed?

In my mother language, if a product is unused when we buy it, we use the term “0” (zero). What would the corresponding German term be for a product in its original state? Is “0” (null) a valid term?
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Abgrenzung von Paradoxon und Oxymoron

Zum Beispiel, ist der Begriff "rundes Quadrat" ein Oxymoron oder ein Paradoxon? Soweit ich die jeweiligen Definitionen verstehe, erfüllt es beide. Das ist aber nur ein Beispiel, mir geht es um die ...
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L(i)ebe Meaning

I am assuming l(i)ebe means both love and live. I want to make sure so that I don't misuse it. I can find book titles that support my assumption, but don't want to be wrong.
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“Frei” vs “gratis” vs “umsonst” vs “kostenlos” [closed]

I think kostenlos and frei have the same meaning, but I really wonder if there is a very thin difference among these adjectives.
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“anders” vs “unterschiedlich” vs “verschieden”

What exactly is the difference between these three? They all seem to mean 'different' although in different ways, and I can't quite work out what the difference is. My understanding at the moment is ...
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“Der kleine Prinz” and short children novels vocabulary list

Any ideas on where I can obtain vocabulary lists for famous children novels? I find it easier to memorize the list of words and then practice it by reading the novel it refers to. Instead of ...
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I wish to say “you can do it” but how I wish to is clearly wrong [closed]

Ich wünsche schreiben "Du schaffst es schön" Vorher mein Autokorrektur macht "Schafts" genau sowie, mit "s" als Groß. Wir alle wissen, keinen Verben sind sowie, deswegen habe ich gefragt. Aber ...
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Ln as a valid word?

I have started playing the German language version of Words With Friends. I play with one friend who used to be my German teacher in high school. But I also play with a computer opponent, and was ...
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Difference between “höhnen” and “verhöhnen” as well as “spotten” and “verspotten”

What is exactly the difference between höhnen and verhöhnen, and also between spotten and verspotten? The differentiation in dictionaries is not clear, but I assume they are not the same thing in ...
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Wo/Wie kann ich meinen Wortschatz erweitern?

Ich lerne gerade die Lektionen für die B2-Prüfung. Trotzdem fühle ich, dass ich noch mehr Vokabeln lernen muss. Ich suche jetzt Ressourcen dafür, deutsche Wörter zu lernen.
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(Wenn möglich) kostenlose Liste von deutschen Wörtern [duplicate]

Ich brauche eine Liste von deutschen Wörtern für ein privates Projekt. Sie muss nicht sher ausführlich sein, 1000–3000 Wörter würden reichen. Im Internet habe ich keine gefunden. Wenn möglich sollten ...
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Orthodox und Ultraorthodox

Wieso gibt es auch das Wort "Ultraorthodox". Orthodox ist man doch, wenn man etwas weiter rechts von "streng gläubig" steht. Wieso muss man dann auch noch ein Ultra davorstellen? Wird man bald auch ...
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Audiovisual Vocabulary

I was wondering if anyone had a link to a bunch of German vocabulary, both audio, and visual. I am an intermediate to upper-intermediate learner who is looking to expand vocabulary.
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Ist Praxist ein deutsches Wort?

Ich war vorgestern bei meiner Hausärztin. Sie hat jetzt neue Sprechstundenhilfen. Diese haben an der Wartezimmertür ein Schild angebracht: Bitte diese Tür schließen. Ihre Praxisten Ich habe das ...
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“Persönlichkeit: sein oder haben”, what is right?

I am trying to understand how the word Persönlichkeit is used in German, ARE people one, or do they have one? I was surprised I found on Duden an example with to be: -er ist eine starke ...
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Difference between “sprechen”, “sagen”, “reden”

I would like to know what the difference between "sprechen", "sagen", "reden"? My guess would be, to say, to tell, to talk. I might be wrong, but please clarify!
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Difference between “Boden” and “Erde”

What's the difference between Boden and Erde? As far as I know, they both mean soil and/or dirt. I would really appreciate it if someone could be very specific in the differences.
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What does Spitze mean specifically in this context?

I was reading a famous news site online and came across this Neue schwere Vorwürfe gegen FIFA-Spitze Spitze has many translations. Based on context I assume it to be "top" which makes me wonder......
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Word 'Eselsbrücke'

As far as I understand this means some kind of trick that helps you to memorise something without deep understanding. Is it so? Is there a story behind this word?
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How to use mitfeiern?

I came across this phrase Schade, dass wir nicht mitfeiern können which means Shame we can’t be there to celebrate with you but I couldn’t find more examples of these word. I think it ...
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DW.de-Tweets über „aus Prinzip“ und „im Prinzip“

Ich versuche meine Frage auf Deutsch zu stellen, weil ich Deutsch lerne. Bitte korrigieren Sie mich, wenn es Fehler gibt. Ich habe zwei Tweets auf DW.de über aus Prinzip und im Prinzip gesehen. Aber ...
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Goethe - Prometheus - wie soll man eine Zeile verstehen?

In Goethes "Prometheus" ist es geschrieben. Und übe, Knaben gleich, Der Disteln köpft, An Eichen dich und Bergeshöh'n! Die Distel ist eine Pflanze (thistles) und köpfen bedeutet doch jemanden ...
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Difference between “vorher” and “vorhin”

Can vorher be replaced with vorhin? Wir machen nicht, wie vorhin angesagt... Can we replace here vorher? What is the difference between the two words?
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Was ist die Bedeutung für dickfällig?

Ich finde es hier aber ich kann nicht die Bedeutung im Worterbuch finden. Abkupfern werde dickfällig hingenommen
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How many German words do I need to know to perform like a native German office worker?

I live in Germany, and I have learnt German up to a B2 level course. My German is good enough to survive but not enough to get in a university to study subjects using German language, for getting a ...
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In welchem Kontext benutzt man “zu Buche schlagen”?

In welchem Kontext benutzt man "zu Buche schlagen"? Kann zum Beispiel sagen: "Meine Kenntisse schlagen zu Buche."?
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Was bedeutet “Smeck” in einem Gedicht von Till Lindemann?

Das Gedicht Bleib von Till Lindemann lautet: Still liegt in meinem Arm was ich nicht lassen kann ein Hort für Smeck und Nissen mein gutes altes Kissen Weiß jemand was Smeck ist? Ist das eine ...
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Is there any difference between “Einkaufszentrum” and “Kaufhaus” ?

I would like to know if there is any difference between Einkaufszentrum and Kaufhaus? Is one maybe bigger than the other?
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Is the word “die Tüte” used in Austria?

I talked with some friends from Austria and they all told me that this word "Tüte" is really unusual in Austria. die Tüte I am wondering if this is true for the WHOLE of Austria, or maybe just in ...
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Difference between “der Berg” and “das Gebirge”, is there any?

Is there any difference in meaning or usage of this two words? In case, what is it? der Berg and das Gebirge They both mean "mountain".
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How to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meaning?

I would like to know if someone has any suggestion regarding how to remember words which are extremely similar but have totally different meanings. Any advice? Tricks? I am thinking of words like: ...