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Usage of “dort” or “da” in proper context

I read the question "How to use “hier”, “dort” and “da” properly in German?" and in the answer says that if the distance is far away, you use 'da' and the farthest is 'dort'. I was given a home work ...
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Names and total number of floors in buildings: what is correct?

I'm learning German and we've just looked into the topic "Wohnung", including numbering floors in a building. For example, let's imagine a house: ------------------------------- | dritter Stock, ...
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“IT” oder “EDV”? Empfindet man “IT” als Anglizismus?

Wenn es um IT geht, finde ich es immer schwer EDV zu benutzen (oder verstehen). Es fällt mir einfach nicht ein. Mein Frage ist: empfindet man IT als Anglizismus? Sollte ich anstreben EDV zu sagen/...
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Technical drawing glossary: How do you translate “cross section” (of a boat)?

I'm designer and 3D artist and I'm translating my portfolio in German. I'm uncertain how to translate some specific design words, in this case: (of a boat, yacht) side cross section I found ...
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Liturgical or church German

In a church setting, Is there a liturgical form of German for a pastor or priest to use during the service? Is it more appropriate to use formal or poetic forms of speech for everyone, anyone, or no ...
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Why is “blauäugig” used with a negative connotation?

Still today the cliche of a German is being tall, blond and blue-eyed. Surprisingly the expression "blauäugig" is most often used with an obvious negative connotation: Professor Otmar Issing, der ...
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Plural of Assembly

What is the correct plural of "assembly" in a German document? I googled "assemblys" to validate the spelling. Google suggests: Did you mean "assemblies"? But the third search result is a link to the ...
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What is the role of “von” when specifying a person?

I've asked a phrase translation: Original sentence: Past friday the server at xxx stopped, disk failure, I have been dealing with this ever since! The suggested translation was: Am letzten ...
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Sinnvoll sein - Sinn haben - Sinn machen [closed]

Als ich noch zur Schule ging, bzw. auch als ich noch studierte (bis ca. 1990), taten wir Dinge, die sinnlos waren und andere Dinge, die sinnvoll waren. Am Samstag mit Freunden ins Kino zu gehen, das ...
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In der Diagnose links, rechts: Aus wessen Sicht?

Vielleicht kann mir jemand auf eine Frage zur deutschen Fachsprache helfen. Wenn ich eine Diagnose von einem Arzt in der Hand halte, ist dann links, rechts aus der Sicht des Patienten formuliert, ...
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When should I use ruhig / still?

A friend of mine says that one is typically used for people and the other one is for objects. The dictionary is no help, it gives the same translation for both. Is there a significant difference or ...
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What is the meaning of “afterburne”

I just wonder and I'm asking this here, because I couldn't find any closer match to the very interesting word "afterburne" . Well, I know it written incorrectly, but I've heard this one, with "Jemand ...
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When to use 'Ich bin', 'es geht mir', 'Ich habe' and 'mir ist'?

If you wanted to translate "I'm hot" into German, like "I'm burning up cause it's hot outside", it would translate to "Ich bin heiß" which has a bad connotation. So it is translated to "Mir ist heiß". ...
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What is the meaning of (the perhaps swisswide used) “resonieren”

In the swiss german song for children Joggeli sött go Birli schüttle I came accross the word resoniere of which the written german equivalent should (probably) be resonieren. [...] Do goht de ...
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How do we use “Verschlimmbesserung”?

Sometimes we can hear or read of a "Verschlimmbesserung": Schmidt bezeichnete Elena als Beispiel „für die schlimmste Verschlimmbesserung von Verfahren“. Was als Projekt zum Bürokratieabbau gedacht ...
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Is “dümpeln” also used and understood in southern German speaking regions?

I learned that "dümpeln" or "dahindümpeln" comes from low German "dümpelen" where in the sailors language it means that a boat is bobbing around not moving forward. Today it may also be used when work ...
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Using Abflug vs Abfahrt

What's the exact difference and how should those words be used? P.S.: Is it when we talk about air travel and land travel?
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Is there a different usage of “Erpel” vs. “Enterich”?

When referring to a male duck I was told that I should always use the appropriate term "Erpel" when talking about the bird as depicted here: Wikimedia Usage of the alternative term "Enterich" should ...
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Has “scheiße” become a “normal” word?

The reason I put this topic here is not trying to pull attention to the question by using swear words, but because of asking this myself the other day, when I heard this in Sunday school. I ...
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What are the differences between “vorher”, “davor” and “zuvor”?

I understand that they are all adverbs (as opposed to "vor" and "bevor"), but can they be used interchangeably?
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“Ellbogen” vs. “Ellenbogen” - is there a difference in usage?

Both, "Ellbogen"", and "Ellenbogen" are German synonyms for elbow. All dictionaries I consulted, including English-German dictionaries, don't say that one or the other is correct but they sometimes ...
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When is “gehen” properly used?

When is the word "gehen" properly used? Is it only used to indicate walking? For example, are any of these correct: ich gehe nach Moskau (if I live in, say, South America) ich gehe mit dem Flugzeug ...
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“Nicht unerheblich” vs. “erheblich” - is there a difference?

We can see that both, "erheblich", and "nicht unerheblich" are used in the meaning of e.g. "considerable, extensive, remarkable". Branchengerüchten zufolge können die ...
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Did the connotation of “emsig” change?

When looking up the meaning of "emsig" (assiduous, diligent) it seems it has an entirely positive connotation unausgesetzt fleißig, ununterbrochen tätig DWDS The first that come to mind ...
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Richtige Verwendung von “offenbar”

Nach meinem Sprachgefühl ist ein Sachverhalt "offenbar", wenn er in irgendeinem Sinn offensichtlich erkennbar ist. In deutschen Zeitungen findet sich aber "offenbar" oft im Sinne von "scheinbar", "...
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How do I use “arbeiten an”?

In a company flyer I just came across this formulation in a paragraph on quality management: Wir arbeiten kontinuierlich an unseren Qualitätsdefiziten It is obvious that they meant something like "...
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What is the difference in “umgangssprachlich”, “familiär”, “salopp”, and “derb”?

Duden lists word usage in several categories: umgangssprachlich salopp gehoben bildungssprachlich familiär Jargon derb The definitions on when a word is categorized ...
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Was bedeuten “halb” und “scharf” bei Richtungsangaben?

Bei Richtungsangaben und Wegbeschreibungen findet man folgende Formulierungen: An der nächsten Kreuzung halb rechts fahren. Nach der Kirche scharf links abbiegen. Was ist hier mit "halb" und "...
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deine Freundin oder deine Freundin?

i'm a female writing to my male friend who is a platonic friend.how should I, at the end of my letter, write: "your friend britt" At the end of his letter he put Dein Freund Joerg but I noticed ...
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Writing a time interval in abbreviated form

In English if you had a limited amount of space to write "4 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes" you could shorten it like this, and it would be clear: 4d 22h 5m In German the equivalent would be "4 Tage, ...
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Is there a difference in the usage of “eben” vs. “vorhin”?

In the following examples both variants work: Vorhin lief mein Rechner noch einwandfrei, jetzt bleibt der Bildschirm schwarz. Eben lief mein Rechner noch einwandfrei, jetzt bleibt der Bildschirm ...
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'eternal' (ohne Anfang und Ende) und 'everlasting' (ohne Ende) im Deutschen

In dieser Antwort auf christianity.SE steht folgender Satz: Don't confuse eternal (having no beginning or end) with everlasting (just having no end). (Hervorhebung von mir.) Kennt das Deutsche ...
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What is the difference between 'noch' and 'noch immer'?

They would both appear to mean the same thing in English i.e. 'still' How do they differ and under what circumstances might you use either of them?
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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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Is it acceptable to add a “mal” after all verbs in imperative form?

I've heard the structure verb + mal a lot, like: Sag mal, schau mal, warte mal Is it a good style? does it sound more friendly? What's the difference between "warte" and "warte mal"? Is it ...
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“Queen” vs. “Königin”

Is it just an example of an English word creeping in to use in German, or is there a particular reason why Queen is used rather than Königin? And does Die Queen always refer to Elizabeth II of the ...
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What Exactly Does “lebendig” Mean?

Does it mean "alive," lively or both? And am I using it properly in my translation of the title song from the Sound of Music? Lebendig sind die Berge, Mit dem Klang der Musik. Mit altern ...
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What, exactly does “springen” mean in German?

This is a follow-up to my previous question (Fische springen). Is There Another Way to (Poetically) Say "Sie ist schön?" Does springen mean "spring," "jump," or both? What are some ...
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Benutzung von “strange”

Ich habe bemerkt dass meine Kollegen immer häufiger die englische "strange" verwenden. Z.B. "Das ist ja strange." Dafür kann man doch auch "komisch" benutzen. Ist diese Anwendung aus irgendwelcher ...
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What is the translation of “people”? “Leute” or “Menschen” or “man” or “der Mensch”

I want to say People shouldn't be pessimistic. in German. First thought that came to my mind was: *Die Leute soll(t)en nicht pessimistisch sein. But then I came up with "Der Mensch" or "man"....
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “authentifizieren” und “authentisieren”?

Es gibt die beiden Verben authentifizieren und authentisieren, die beide mit dem Begriff "authentisch" verwandt sind. In Dokumenten bestimmter Fachbereiche, zum Beispiel in der EDV, findet man beide ...
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How do you translate “across a crowded room” into German?

I used "in der Grosser Menschen Menge." The context is another one of my translations, of "Some Enchanted Evening" (Rogers and Hammerstein) Ein bezauberdes Abend. Siehst du eine Fremde, ...
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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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