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Is German on social media very distinct from standard German?

I grew up near Graz, in the south-east of Austria. The first language that I learned when I was a little child was the local dialect. This dialect has no genitive case, dative and accusative case are ...
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What's the saying for when you have the exact change to pay for something?

You could say: Ich habe den Betrag/das Geld passend dabei. or short: Ich hab's passend. Passend means the amount of cash you have fits exactly what you want to pay.
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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Since the link was broken, the new link to the results of the Atlas zur Deutschen Alltäglichen Sprache, respective 9th round is:
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"Ich habe Durst" vs "Ich bin durstig": Which is more common?

In terms of proper meaning, the two sentences synonyms. Remark however: your example sounds a bit strange because people usually do not tell other people that they (the people spoken to) were ...
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German equivalent to using the word "well" as a bridge between two ideas

There are a few options. "Nun" is among the more formal options. It can be used in written language: Well, neural networks are ... - Nun, neuronale Netze sind ... "Also" is less ...
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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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Sprechpause bei "Gendergap" - Beispiele für solche Pausen außerhalb des "Genderns"

Ich denke, diese „Pause“ wird tatsächlich eher ein Glottisschlag sein, und der ist im Deutschen häufig. In der Aussprache wäre der Unterschied zwischen Schülerinnen und Schüler:Innen also ähnlich dem ...
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What if someone says "Ich bin" as a self-introduction?

The difference is in the level of formality vs casualness here. Ich heiße Fritz Müller would be a formal, almost stiff way of introducing yourself. Someone presenting himself to a conference ...
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Is German on social media very distinct from standard German?

Nach den langen und sachkundigen Beiträgen oben, hier eine Antwort, für die fünf Zeilen ausreichen: Es kommt darauf an, wer schreibt! - Es gibt nicht "das Deutsch in sozialen Medien". Gebildete und ...
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The expression "zum Mitnehmen"

It is polite or at least not impolite because they don't ask out of personal interest. In Germany it makes a difference if you eat/drink in a cafe or take it to go, because both options come with ...
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How to use "eh" as "anyway"?

The particles eh and sowieso means you have given up (something), it doesn't matter to you anymore. Dir ist dein Fahrrad geklaut worden? – Es war kaputt. Your bike has been stolen? – It's broken. ...
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German equivalent to using the word "well" as a bridge between two ideas

We are talking about (structural) discourse markers (German: Gliederungssignale) that are used to mark the turn-taking by the other speaker and the beginning of a new section of the conversation (...
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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Lange Antwort Ich bin erstaunt über die Behauptung "der Didi" klinge distanzierter als "Didi". Ich kenne zwei sprachliche Paradigmen, von denen keines diese Deutung nahelegt! Ich ...
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"Ich habe Durst" vs "Ich bin durstig": Which is more common?

A corpus search shows that "du hast Durst" has 11 occurrences and "du bist durstig" only two in the corpus of the subtitles. Similar story with "refenz und zeitungskorpora", 4 against 1 respectively. (...
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"Ich habe Durst" vs "Ich bin durstig": Which is more common?

Of the 2 forms, S + haben + N and S + sein + Adj, is either of them more popular/common in spoken German than the other? Your question sounds to be meant in general, not only in case of being thirsty....
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"Ich habe Durst" vs "Ich bin durstig": Which is more common?

My question: Of the 2 forms, S + haben + N and S + sein + Adj, is ... there a general difference in meaning between the 2 (if both choices are possible for a word). If you think about haben vs. sein, ...
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Why do some words, when spoken informally, have the ending -chen?

-chen is a diminutive suffix of German (along with others like -lein or dialectal -le). It can be used whenever you want to belittle a word, be it because the entity it refers to is actually cute, be ...
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Why does the reflexive pronoun receive a sentence accent in the following sentence?

The straigt answer to your question is: because they pronounce it wrong. There is no situation in everyday life where 'dir' would be stressed, except for very far-fetched made-up situations such as ...
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When is ‘er’ replaceable with ‘der’?

In your example sentences, the article "der" is used as a demonstrative pronoun and generally replaces "jener" or "dieser" when used that way (this is common speech). And yes, these sentences are ...
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Was sagt Markus Gürne zum Abschied in "Börse vor Acht"?

Er sagt: ...wie immer an dieser Stelle, Ihnen allen einen schönen Abend, wo auch immer Sie uns zusehen. Unabhängig davon, wo sich die Zuschauer befinden, wünscht er allen einen schönen Abend.
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What would you include in your German first lesson?

The question seems like it may be opinion based, and it's hard to judge whether an answer is correct or incorrect, and it's more about language learning in general than specifically about German. But ...
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Usage of the ur- prefix

The answer See https://www.dwds.de/wb/ur- which is very helpful, especially when you have a look on the etymology. You are right in stating that ur- is used to refer to the origin of something far ...
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Verb form to finish someone else's sentence?

The subject of the sentence does not change grammar-wise. Therefore the following is preferable: A: Ich... B: mache heute die Wohnung sauber? "Ich" not being the actual speaker when ...
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German equivalent to using the word "well" as a bridge between two ideas

Expressing a degree of uncertainty about the conclusion, the interjection Naja ("drückt Zustimmung aus") is quite common. Warum das so ist? Naja, weil es eben so ist! The superficial ...
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Schibboleth, um Angelsachsen (UK, US, Australien, Neuseeland) als Nichtdeutsche erkennen zu können?

Es gibt zwar in deutschen Dialekten eine ganze Menge Laute und Lautkombinationen, die für einen Fremdsprachler (und auch für manchen Deutschsprechenden aus anderen Regionen) schwer zu knacken sind, ...
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What if someone says "Ich bin" as a self-introduction?

"Ich bin X," in this context is not wrong. It's just not formal German. It's like the difference in English between saying "Hi," and "Hello." The latter is more common, but using the former isn't an ...
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What if someone says "Ich bin" as a self-introduction?

When I was in school, at the age of 14, we read the book “Krabat” in the German class. One sentence I remember strongly is: Ich bin Krabat, ein Mühlknappe aus dem Koselbruch. We discussed the ...
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Is German on social media very distinct from standard German?

Germany alone has a dozen "major" dialects which are only mutually understandable for speakers of adjacent regions. Austria and the German speaking part of Switzerland only extend this problem. It ...
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The expression "zum Mitnehmen"

The content of the question is perfectly polite. That is, whether they ask for the "stay" or the "leave" option does not imply a difference in politeness (or even hospitality) at ...
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Die war sogar mit in Amerika

The word "mit" can be used as an adverb in the sense of "together with somebody else" or "together with others" where it is implicitly clear who the other person(s) is/...
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