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Would “Fräulein” be offensive to use towards young girls? [duplicate]

I've read that "Fräulein" is offensive to use towards women because it's a diminutive, and that "Frau" is better to use for women, but would "Fräulein" be considered ...
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Des Englisch(s) Genitiv

Duden gibt zwei Genitive des Substantivs Englisch an: des Englisch des Englischs Welcher wird unter welchen Umständen verwendet?
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The “da” + preposition compound or its preposition + pronoun alternative?

A question in a Zeit Online interview reads: Du hast im vergangenen Jahr zum ersten Mal eine Verhaltenstherapie gemacht. Musstest du dich zu ihr überwinden? How can I decide when it is better to use ...
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does “dafür” also means “to compensate” oder “to balance”? [duplicate]

we usually learn that "dafür" is a Pronominaladverb: Ich danke dir dafür, dass du mir geholfen hast. Ich bezahle den Maler dafür, dass er mein Zimmer stricht. Ich muss morgen echt früh ...
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Does German have Third Person Gender Neutral Pronoun?

Does German have a gender neutral third person pronoun? In English, there is he/she. However, English does not have a Gender neutral/apathetic pronoun, where a person can be referred to without any ...
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auf jeden/keinen Fall

Weiß jemand woher das auf in "auf keinen / jeden Fall" kommt und weshalb es nicht (mehr) "in jedem / keinem Fall" heißt? Für mich hört sich mindestens die Variante in jedem Fall ...
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Why “es” with “ranken” when referring to stories and legends?

I found the following sentences in the DWDS usage database: Es rankt sich ja eine alte Legende um diese Gegend. (Fünf Freunde 2, 2013) Es ranken sich allerhand Geschichten um ihn. ("Doctor Who&...
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“gestehen” vs. “eingestehen”

DUDEN, DWDS und Wiktionary betrachten diese Verben als Synonyme. Hier https://dict.leo.org/forum/viewGeneraldiscussion.php?idForum=4&idThread=466117&lp=ende&lang=de habe ich jedoch ...
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Fleck with auf vs. an, is there a more general rule?

I noticed that it's common to use Fleck with auf rather than an. For example Es gibt einen Fleck auf Ihrem Hemd. ("There is a stain on your shirt.") My understanding is ''auf'' means "...
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Why has “Samstag” been used more and more often than “Sonnabend” since 1950 (according to dwds.de frequency figure)?

I've consulted dwds.de on the day name of Saturday. It is obvious that "Samstag" prevails nowadays like "Sonnabend" prevailed 70 years before. The reason for this shift remains ...
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Is there any meaning difference in the pair “festlegen” versus “vereinbaren”? [closed]

I would kindly ask to compare the meaning of "festlegen" versus "vereinbaren". Do they mean pretty much the same or is there any significant contextual difference?
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Mit den Wörtern “Stufe” und “Niveau” über Sprachkenntnisse reden

Sind diese Sätze mit "Stufe" und "Niveau" zur Bezeichnung der Deutschkenntnisse richtig? Ich habe in allen bekannten Wörterbücher nachgeschaut, aber nichts gefunden. Ich stehe/bin ...
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What does *her* add to the meaning of this sentence?

(NB: If this question starts out looking very familiar to you, this is because it is in fact my second question about the same snippet of text. The first one is this one: "andern" vs "...
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“andern” vs “anderen”

The citation below is the Duden's definition of vorausfahren (my emphasis): schon vorher, früher als ein anderer oder vor [einem] andern her irgendwohin fahren When I search online for the usage of ...
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How is einhergehen used?

This is an excerpt from todays DW Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten: Russland hat die USA auf eine neue Liste "unfreundlicher ausländischer Staaten" gesetzt. Gleiches gilt für Tschechien. Mit ...
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Bedrohen mit oder von? [closed]

This sentence appears in today's DW Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten: Mindestens 60 Prozent der Erwachsenen sollen jährlich Fortbildungskurse belegen und die Zahl der Menschen, die von Armut und ...
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Sie liegt ihm ob

Wie häufig wird das Verb »obliegen« als trennbares Verb verwendet? Gestern musste der österreichische Bundespräsident Alexander van der Bellen als Exekutor des VfGH (Verfassungsgerichtshof) tätig ...
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How does “zuerst glühen wir vor” translate to “first, we'll have predrinks”?

I found the sentence Zuerst glühen wir bei mir vor. in Memrise. According to them, it translates to First, we'll have predrinks at my place. and the literal translation First, glow we by me ...
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What is the difference between “antreten” and “konkurrieren”?

I am having difficulties figuring out the difference between "antreten" and "konkurrieren" in terms of the translation "to compete". In fact, both seem to be translated ...
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Niedrig hängende Früchte

Auf www.spiegel.de las ich soeben die Frage Gibt es im Verkehr niedrig hängende Früchte, mit denen man die Emissionen schnell senken kann? Das englische "low hanging fruits" wird seit ...
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Is “endlich” or “schließlich” correct in this context?

In conversation with 2 native German speakers I said: Agnes, die beim ersten Alarm aus ihre Unterkunft eilte, eilte rasch durch die erschütternde Straßen, um ihren Geliebte zu suchen. Sie fand ihn ...
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In/Im [City Name]

I would like to write this sentence: What happened in New York in 2001.09.11. Which one of the following is the correct one? Was ist am 11. September 2001 in New York passiert? Was ist am 11. ...
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Expressing “to do somebody a disservice” in German

I have been struggling with the correct way to express "to do somebody a disservice" in German. In English, this phrase is often used when your intentions are to do something good for ...
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(Grund)Schule anfangen, kommen or beginnen?

How do you say it? To start school. Schule anfangen. Schule kommen. Schule beginnen.
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When to use “Schmerz” and when to use “Schmerzen”?

While conversing with 2 native German speakers I said: Anna beklagt sich über großen Schmerz im Mund. and they corrected me to: Anna beklagt sich über große Schmerzen im Mund. While investigating ...
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Appell in einem Kurs oder einer Klasse

Wenn in meinem Heimatland der Leiter in die Klasse (besonders in der Schule) eintritt, ist es üblich, zu prüfen, ob alle Schüler/innen anwesend sind. Ist das auch in Deutschland üblich? Ich habe ...
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How to correctly express “get wise to”

I am having some difficulties translating the phrase: "to get wise to something" in German, where "to get wise to something" == "slowly figure out/not be fooled by somebody&...
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Translating “a one-day stay”

I am trying to translate the following sentence into German: Due to the delay, I had an unexpected one-day stay in Berlin. (Assuming this is proper English; I am not a native speaker.) I am ...
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Auswahl besser mit “mehrere” oder “verschiedene”?

Aus einer Menge von strukturell unterschiedlichen Möglichkeiten möchte ich eine Option auswählen. Dazu ein Beispiel: Erdbeben, ein Streik des Nahverkehrs oder eine Unachtsamkeit eines Ingenieurs ...
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Welcher Begriff bedeutet “to get someone in trouble”

Im Englischen kann der Ausdruck „to get someone in(to) trouble“ unterschiedliche Nebenbedeutungen haben. Er kann auch absichtlich oder unabsichtlich gemeint werden, je nach dem Kontext. Gibt es einen ...
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Split a sentence into elements

I try to decompose this sentence in elements and I am not sure how to do it: Was ist denn das für eine Geschichte? This may translate as "What kind of story is this?" (not sure). Could you ...
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Question about [sich] in a sentence

Can anyone explain to me why [sich] is put after the verb that would translate as [inquired] in the past imperfect, instead of just going with the ihre to follow it? I know that sich interprets to as [...
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ansprechen and angehen

When are : ansprechen" and "angehen" interchangeable? I read that ansprechen is for addressing a person and angehen is for addressing a problem, but I find plenty of examples where this ...
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Difference between “normalerweise” and “gewöhnlich”

What is the difference between "normalerweise" and "gewöhnlich"? They both can mean "usually" or "normally". Does it matter which one is used?
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Is “Fräulein” archaic?

Why don't German-speaking countries nowadays ever use "Fräulein" for a young woman instead "Frau"? Is the word old-fashioned or obsolete? If so, why, and which decade after the ...
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Is »lecker dabei« commonly used? [closed]

I recently heard a child refer to an ice cream as lecker dabei which I understood as equivalent to "really delicious". If this is so, how does this use of "dabei" sound to a ...
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Why refer to somebody's age in a written article or report?

In German newspapers or online written pieces, I have noticed that the age of a person is reported much more frequently than I have experienced in English. The following extract from Der Postillon (a ...
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How to tell the difference between groß = tall or big

I recently started learning German through Duolingo and Busuu. I came across the word groß a few times now but I'm not sure how to tell the difference between: The man is tall vs The man is big (heavy ...
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How to ask to view an apartment for rent? [closed]

"Kann ich machen ein besichtigungstermin?" automatically receives a response in English because the other party has figured out the one asking the question is not a German speaker. What is ...
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If “heimal” means “hey”, what does “hei-dee” mean? [closed]

Heimal translates to "hey", but I similarly heard "hei-Dee" from the same person. The translator fails to give its english meaning. I don't think it's to be mistaken with the Swiss ...
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How to decline “Bekannte”? [closed]

I have a big problem specially with declining "substantiviertes Adjektiv" in all forms (nominative, genitive, dative and accusative) with definite and indefinite articles (bestimmte und ...
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What is true meaning of Sympathie? [closed]

What does "Küssen bei Sympathie" mean? The English translation doesn't make sense.
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How to confirm an appointment

Someone asked, if I could meet on monday, how can I say that that day is ok? "Montag passt mir gut" Is this informal? If so, what would be the formal way of saying that?
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Anderswo vs. woanders

Mir kommt es so vor, dass diese beiden Wörter ("anderswo" und "woanders") Synonyme sind. Ist das richtig? Gibt es ein Gegenbeispiel? Und ist das Zufall, dass "wo" einmal ...
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m/w/d (männlich/weiblich/divers)

Vor kurzem sah ich in einem Supermarkt ein Plakat mit dem Text Verkäufer (m/w/d) gesucht Das "d" konnte ich nicht interpretieren, aber eine Internetrecherche zeigt, dass es für "divers&...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen erwünscht und gewünscht?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen erwünscht und gewünscht? z.B. Ich weiß nicht, ob das was ich mache vom AG gewünscht ist. Ich weiß nicht, ob das was ich mache vom AG erwünscht ist. Danke!
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What are the rules for using “sodass”, “da”, and “darum”?

I would like to learn the grammar rules for using conjunctions like sodass, da, and darum in sentences such as these: Sie hatte keine Zeit mehr anzurufen, sodass … Ich komme heute später, da … Ich ...
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What different ways are to say fractions in German?

When dealing with fractions in German we normally say "drei-viertel" or "3/4". Another example would be "sieben-zwanzigstel = 7/20". But is there another way of saying it?...
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Unterschied zwischen Abendbrot und Abendessen

What is the difference between Abendbrot and Abendessen? Some ideas appearing on the internet time of the day regional difference simple vs. whole meal Can you clarify this? For a foreigner this can ...
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Which one is correct here: dabei or damit?

I've just had a small talk with someone and he asked me "Brauchst du Hilfe dabei?" and it was completely understandable of course and the conversation kept going on but after that I was ...

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