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Schopenhauer: “und selbst Ideen gewissermaßen als Musterformen dastehen”

I am striving with translating an old philosophy text on Schopenhauer: Es ist auch aus blinder Notwendigkeit, dass dieser Wille ins Leben hinein will, und so eine erscheinende Welt, eine Welt der ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sage und einer Legende?

Ich habe bisher die Wörter Sage und Legende synonym verwendet. Es gibt zwar Dinge die ich so nenne, und andere Dinge, die ich wieder anders nenne (bspw. würde ich nie die Niebelungenlegende sagen), ...
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When should I use “das neue Buch” and “das neues Buch”?

When should I use "das neue Buch" and "das neues Buch"? Can you make a sentence using both?
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“Mean”: Asking for definition and intention [closed]

What are German equivalents of the English mean, as in "What does this word mean?" or "What do you mean by that?"? How would you translate the 2 sentences? "What does this word mean?" --> "Was _ ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern “wieso”, “weshalb” und “warum”?

Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen den Fragewörtern "wieso", "weshalb" und "warum"? Ist er regional, gibt es subtile Unterschiede in den Bedeutungen, oder gibt es noch einen anderen Grund für die ...
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What does “Fotze” really mean?

First of all please do not be offended by any swearing in this question, I didn't mean it. As stated in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmLBk4cYP4s&t=275s (4:36) Fot(...
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Difference of “zu X” and “nach X”

I'm having trouble with the difference between those two words ... I read a related topic here that asked the same thing, and the answer was: "Nach Hause gehen" means "to go home" and "zu Hause" ...
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How do you say “there's a lot of X involved with Y” in German?

Let me give some example sentences: There's a lot of strategy involved with tennis. There's too much politics involved with a promotion here. There's always some risk involved in an operation....
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Any 'not anymore used' german words like “jawohl” and “Fräulein”? [closed]

I would like to know any, shall I say, "out-of-use" german words that may or may not carry connotations, like 'jawohl' or 'Fräulein'. And of course words that would sound somehow weird nowadays. I am ...
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How to properly say “bail on somebody” in German?

I think the question in the title is clear, so let me get to some example sentences: Me and my friends had plans to go out last night. A couple of them bailed at the last second. We agreed on a ...
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What does “dafür” in this sentence refer to?

Could anyone tell me what does dafür in this sentence refer to? It's a bit confusing. Wenn du kleine Lampe benutzt, sorgst du nachts bei Toilettengängen dafür, dass du nicht das Deckenlicht ...
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„Verschweißter Salat” = „Fertigsalat”?

I was reading an article and came about this phrase: ”Verschweißter Salat”. I googled the phrase but the results are not very straightforward. It seems like „Verschweißter Salat” just means „...
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Angestellte oder Angestellter?

Hier auf dieser Seite (https://bit.ly/2JvtYca) ist angezeigt, das Wort " Angestellte " kann für beide Männer und Frauen benutzt werden. Aber hier (https://bit.ly/2xy8iXe) besagt, " Angestellte " ist ...
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Tasche is used to refer to the bag of a woman, but less often to the bag of a man, is it true?

Once I asked an Austrian female colleague: Kannst du mir bitte meine Tasche geben?, pointing to my bag which was laying right next to my colleague. She then replied saying that Tasche is rather used ...
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How to properly say asset/assets in German

I am having some difficulty getting some of the financial defintions/contexts straight. I was wondering if somebody could help me with the following sentences: A house can be considered a type of ...
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Richtungen und Ziele: Wir fahren “nach / in / zu / an” [Artikel] XYZ?

Ich bin Muttersprachler und habe keine Probleme das richtige Wort zu finden, aber wie bringe ich einem Fremdsprachler das bei: Wir fahren zu euch. Wir fahren zur Schule. Wir fahren zum Fussbalspiel. ...
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Difference between “fallen”, “hinfallen”, “umfallen”, “stürzen”

Sometimes I think German will make me go completely crazy. How can you have so many words for expressing "falling"? Wow! Can someone explain me the difference and in which way are they mostly used?
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Wann wird nach “gemäß” ein Substantiv mit Artikel und wann ohne verwendet?

Öfters sieht man in Texten, dass nach "gemäß" entweder Substantiv mit einem Artikel oder ohne kommt. Als Beispiel wäre z.B. gemäß der Aussage von... oder gemäß Aussage von ... Welche Form der ...
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What is the difference between ein Monat, einen Monat, and einem Monat? [closed]

I am confused as to when to use each of the three phrases from the title, especially the “einem Monat” Would saying “in less than one month” be “Weniger als ein Monat noch“ ? Thank you!
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Use and connotation of 'gelle'

I have long been aware of the use of 'gell' as an informal alternative to 'nicht wahr'. But recently I have seen an increasing use of 'gelle', for example in the comments section of a current ZON ...
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Is the use of umgeben in the passive unusual?

Phrases like: "he is surrounded by..." always seem to be translated as: "er ist von .... umgeben". Does a passive construction like : "Er wird von Bäumen umgeben" sound strange (Or wrong) to native ...
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meaning of Selbst mit in a sentence

In the following sentence what does "selbst mit" means? Ich habe selbst mit 18 Jahren für ein Jahr als Au-pair in den USA gearbeitet Does this sentence means that I have worked at the age of 18 ...
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Usage of “scheinbar”

Follow up on this question. Can "scheinbar" be used in the sense of "angeblich"? Examples from the question above, and Zwiebelfisch: Er schläft scheinbar. (You know he is not sleeping, just ...
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Is this the correct usage of “dem”? (Dative Case)

I'm a first year German learner and I am enjoying learning the language so far. One of the things I learned was the dative case. I have a question about this line that I made up for a how-to. Du ...
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Unterschied zwischen »Abfolge« und »Reihenfolge«

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen den Wörtern „die Abfolge“ und „die Reihenfolge“? Beide werden auf Englisch mit "sequence/order" übersetzt. Sind sie Synonyme? Wenn ja, kann man sie austauschen?
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Abfahrt vs Ausfahrt

What is difference between Abfahrt and Ausfahrt ? They both mean 'Exit' in the dictionary.
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What is a “Körperklaus”?

I've heard two Germans refer to someone else (whose name is not Klaus) as Körperklaus. I didn't dare to ask them what it means. But I had heard that expression used before by others, so Körperklaus ...
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“Go on, I dare you!” - Does a similar phrase or concept exist in German?

My brother in law and I were having a discussion around 'dare' vs. 'etw. wagen'. I had said something along the lines of "ich wage dich etw. zu machen" and he intimated that it doesn't really work in ...
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What does “frei bekommen” mean?

Today someone wrote to me the following: "Da meine Bruder in Osterreich heiratet, habe ich am 16. August frei bekommen." and the context clearly indicates that the writer will not be working on this ...
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How can I grammatically understand “Wir über uns”?

A lot of German-language web sites have a section called "Wir über uns." Here's an example: Credit Suisse - Wir über uns To me this seems redundant; I would think "Über uns" is sufficient. That ...
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Is it possible to use “oder” in this kind of context in German?

Is there any regional variety of German where it would be possible to use oder in the following question in this particular context? If yes, in which region would this be the case? Anna geht mit ...
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“widmen” ohne Empfänger möglich?

Ist es möglich, auf eine Sache die gewidmet werden soll, nur den Stifter, ohne Empfänger zu schreiben? Nach meiner Auffassung muss in einem Satz mit "gewidmet" immer der Empfänger kenntlich gemacht ...
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Usage of “durchpowern”

Aber genau in solchen Situationen muss man einfach durchpowern! In conversation, I just heard this said in a context where my friend, the speaker, was fighting the urge to doze off after a long day ...
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Is “Parameter” in German more widely/commonly understood as “setting” in English?

I'm building a user interface for a program which connects to some external device. Among other things, the UI displays certain values being reported by the device, which in English I've grouped under ...
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What is the difference between renne and laufe? [duplicate]

I understand that both of them mean "run" or "to run". However, I see laufe, laufen, lauft, etc. used much more often than renne and its other conjugations. Is there a time and place to use one ...
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What is the difference between nun, jetzt and gerade? [closed]

Nun, jetzt and gerade can all be translated as 'now'. When should I use these and what are their meanings? Are there any differences between them or are they interchangeable?
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Expressing “To give something an X spin/bias” in German

I am looking for a good way to express sentences such as, This newspaper gives the news a conservative spin/bias. We need to put a positive spin on the bad news. I see in some dictionaries an almost ...
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Bedienen oder arbeiten?

Can I use both or there is some rule behind using this verbs separately? Ich arbeite mit dem Computer Ich bediene mich des Computers Welche ist richtig?
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What's the difference between Oberfläche and Fläche?

I am doing German A1 level. Was learning some useful words. Came across Fläche and Oberfläche. Both mean surface. Then what does Ober do here? It's like a word which has no purpose? I am using dict....
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Wann soll man “doch” benutzen?

If I say: Ich war dagagen, für dich zu stimmen als du mich angerufen hast, und mich doch überzeugt hast. to express: I was against voting for you when you called me and convinced me otherwise. ...
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1 Verb, 2 past participles. Is there a difference between the participles?

Some German verbes seem to have two different past participles. e.g. hängen -> gehangen/gehängt Can you choose whichever you want or is there any difference in meaning, application or regional use?
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What is the difference between “ändern” and “verändern”?

I'm still confused about the difference between ändern and verändern. I have read something about ändern only being used with small changes and verändern when something changes totally. But where ...
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“in Hinblick auf” vs. “im Hinblick auf”

Beides sei laut Duden zulässig und die Variante mit "im" sei gebräuchlicher. Alle, die "in Hinblick auf" als falsch ansehen sowie die, die behaupten, es gäbe keinen Unterschied (evtl. außer der ...
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Ist “siehe oben” in einem Buch sinnvoll?

Ich schrieb "siehe oben" in meinem Buch (als ich auf eine frühere Stelle verwies), und der Verleger meinte, "oben"/"unten" gäbe es nur in Textdokumenten, aber nicht in Büchern (es sei denn, der ...
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»Anwenden« vs. »adaptieren«

I am adapting to this tranquil environment. Ich habe folgende Übersetzungsversuche des obigen Satzes: Ich wende mich in diese stille Umwelt an. Ich adaptiere mich in diese stille Umwelt. ...
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“welche” translated as “some”? [closed]

Wenn die mit Abschüssen ist kein Problem "aber" es gibt welche mit Kanonen und dann hast du ein Problem. Can "welche" here be translated as "some"? Also, is "aber" used correctly? In case my ...
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Regarding gekommen

I'm totally jumping into German so due apologies — I'm trying to figure out how gekommen works: (1) Die Frage ist in Vergessenheit. versus (2) Die Frage ist in Vergessenheit gekommen. What's the ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Wohnung, Apartment, Haus, Zimmer und WG?

Ich möchte über die Webseite der Universität eine Wohnung mieten. Es gibt hier verschiedene Angebote privater Vermieter, nämlich Wohnung, Apartment, Haus, Zimmer und WG. Worin liegt hier der ...
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Unterschied zwischen „Fassen“ und „Glauben“

Ich würde gerne wissen, was der Unterschied zwischen Fassen und Glauben ist. Sind die Wörter austauschbar? Ich konnte nicht viele Beispiele dafür finden. I ask this question, because the translation ...
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What is the meaning of this text? [closed]

What is the meaning of this text? Der Nachmittag ist in diesem Café und in der Straße und daheim in den Wohnungen gefangen. Überall hält man ihn fest und versucht, in ihm zu lesen wie in einem Buch,...

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