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How do decimal points and thousands separators work in Germany?

Yes 36.000€ is 36000 €. In Germany groups of thousands are separated by . and in exchange we have a decimal comma like 36.000,56 € as a result of: (36000 + 56 / 100) €. Just to mention it: If there ...
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How to say "I can read that book in one day" (stressing one)

To stress one day you can say Ich kann das Buch an einem einzigen Tag lesen.
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Is there a way to say "double + any number" in German?

No, that is not common practice. You can spell out the digits "sieben-sieben" or the number "siebenundsiebzig" or can say "zweimal die Sieben" (Numbers are generally feminine in German). "Doppel-..."...
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How are probabilities written in German?

This is not related to writing about probabilities in particular. Most probably this is just a typo of someone who is used to writing in English. You are right, in general a comma is used as the ...
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10s or 100s in German

As far as i know, german has no term for "tens of [something]". Fairly commonly you will hear "Dutzende", meaning several dozen. While not an exact translation, it transports the ...
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Is there a way to say "double + any number" in German?

It is already correct answered: It is not a common practice. But there are exceptions: The zero. There are two usages for the Doppel-Null: There are double-zero agents (Doppel-Null-Agenten) in ...
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How do decimal points and thousands separators work in Germany?

As shown in the example usage on wikipedia, Germans use , as the decimal seperator and . to group to thousands. Germany: 1.234.567,89 USA: 1,234,567.89
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How are probabilities written in German?

I am teaching statistics too at an Austrian university1 together with a professor for statistics (I'm not a professor). And I noticed, that my colleague - although he is a German native speaker, born, ...
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How to say "I can read that book in one day" (stressing one)

With Ich kann das Buch an einem Tag lesen. you already express that you can read the whole book within one day. Depending on the context there might be rare cases where you want to eliminate any ...
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How to say "I can read that book in one day" (stressing one)

in The shortest variant would be using the temporal preposition in instead of an, as you already found out. In this usage in already implies that something happens within the time span further ...
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How often is 'zwo' actually used in place of 'zwei'

Above all, it's good to know. Speaking for Austria, it's not very common in spoken language (any more -- used to be much more frequent), unless you are on the telephone, say, and want to make extra ...
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How to relay the digits of a phone number?

There is no general rule, but I once heard that secretaries in Germany learn to spell out phone numbers digit by digit for a good reason: In contrast to other languages, German “switches” the order ...
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How different is German handwriting from American's?

This is how I would normally write them (I’m German): I'm not really consistent with the U, as you can see. Of course everyone has their own handwriting style, some use cursive, some don’t, but ...
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10s or 100s in German

I found the complete table in Kaushal, Hemani, V. K. Jain, and Subrat Kar. "FSO System Modules and Design Issues." Free Space Optical Communication. Springer, New Delhi, 2017. 91-118. See ...
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How often is 'zwo' actually used in place of 'zwei'

From my understanding, "zwo" is a replacement for the correct "zwei" that has emerged and became relatively widespread when telephones and radio communication were introduced because with bad signal ...
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Warum nennt man die Einer-Ziffer zuerst?

Kurze Antwort: Die Entwicklung der Art wie man Zahlen schreibt und die Entwicklung der Art wie man Zahlen ausspricht, haben voneinander unabhängig stattgefunden und haben nichts miteinander zu tun. Es ...
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How different is German handwriting from American's?

Germany is a big country (80mil people) Depending on when and where you learned writing it tends to be different. But yes I did learn cursive writing. And this was what it was supposed to look like: ...
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Recording numbers in the German language

The rules for recording large numbers are not much different from English. The main difference to English is that in German, , and . are swapped. The comma is used as a decimal point, and the dot is ...
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Dritthalbtausend?

Laut dem Grimm-Wörterbuch hat drittehalb die Bedeutung zwei und ein halbes, das Prinzip dürfte ähnlich wie bei der Uhrzeit sein (halb drei = 2:30 Uhr). Demnach sind Dritthalbtausend Jahre 2500 Jahre. ...
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How to say "I can read that book in one day" (stressing one)

If your translation doesn't have to be close to the original, I would say something like: Das Buch schaffe ich an einem Tag. Or: Für das Buch brauche ich keinen Tag.
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Translation of "the 45th most beautiful city"

I recommend to rephrase the statement in German, but this is difficult if you want to avoid to use the noun „Stadt“ twice: „Die Stadt ist Nummer 45 auf der Liste der schönsten Städte des Landes.“ „...
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How different is German handwriting from American's?

No way should you learn Sütterlin - nobody uses this anymore. I guess you don't even have to learn a "new handwriting" at all. If you try to handwrite "Arial", you'll be fine :-) (Which is requested ...
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"Zwölfhundert" or "eintausendzweihundert"?

For years in the range 1100 to 1999 the "zwölfhundert" variant is common in Germany: The house was built in the year 1980. Das Haus wurde im Jahr neunzehnhundertachtzig gebaut. The variant ...
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Wann endet "paar" und beginnt "viele"?

Die Annahme, dass es zwischen "ein paar" und "viele" eine Grenze gibt, ist schon falsch. Während "viele" sich auf eine Anzahl größer als "normal" bezieht, beschreibt "ein paar" eine geringe Anzahl ...
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Which one is correct or more common in use: "Zweieinhalb" or "zwei und halb"?

"Seit zweieinhalb Jahren" as several people already pointed out. Grammatically correct would also be "Seit zwei Jahren und einem halben Jahr", although no one would say that as it is long and ...
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“einen Tag alt” – Why is it “einen” not “ein”?

The answer to your confusion is that time complements are in accusative. To clear why that answer is not enough to cover your question let me add the following: You suppose that 'Sie ist ein Jahr ...
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