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What is the best way to say “gentle reminder” in German?

You can use "Freundliche Erinnerung". Anonther possibility often used is "Höfliche Erinnerung" (polite reminder). And I would suggest to use the verb: "Wir möchten Sie höflich erinnern,...".
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Wie nennt man einen weiblichen Nazi?

Ganz allgemein gesprochen ist in diesem Kontext, also wenn es um Prädikative geht, Movierung nicht nötig. Viele Sprecher nehmen keinen Anstoß an Sätzen wie den folgenden, wo das Geschlecht (Sexus) ...
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Difference between responding to "danke" with "bitte" versus "gerne"

"Bitte" is the "standard" answer to "Danke". "Gerne" is short for "Gern geschehen!". According to the Duden, "gern" means mit freudiger Bereitwilligkeit, Vergnügen It therefore implies that the ...
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"Wir ziehen aus der Wohnung aus." What is the function of the first "aus" in this sentence?

The latter "aus" is, as you correctly recognized, part of the verb "ausziehen". The former "aus" is a preposition that denotes what the speakers are moving out of. Let's ...
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When should I use the different types of why and because in German?

Maybe you'll get other answers, but for me, I would straight up deny that there is any difference in meaning. Sure, you can look at their literal meaning (wie-so, wes-wegen) or their etymology and ...
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What is the meaning and use of "zu sollen"?

Um zu and its subjects The main problem with your translation is that in German you can't change the subject (subject as a part of speech) in an "um zu" clause. You can say Ich habe ihn ...
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The definition of "so was von"

In fact this is an idiomatic phrase; it may communicate an elative, intensifying meaning, but usually, it simply expresses the speaker's firm opinion of a certain circumstance. It's commonly used, ...
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"Ich habe Hunger" or "Ich bin hungrig"?

Ich habe Hunger is perfectly acceptable on all levels of conversation and used without afterthought as a viable alternative to Ich bin hungrig. The former is neither outdated, nor inappropriate in any ...
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Fälschen oder verfälschen?

beide Sätze haben eine komplett unterschiedliche Bedeutung. Er hat meine Unterschrift gefälscht bedeutet: Er hat selbst die Unterschrift geschrieben / mit einem Kopierer kopiert / reproduziert. ...
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Why do people say "Ich gehe auf die Toilette" instead of "Ich gehe in die Toilette"?

Because Toilette means in everyday language toilet and not bathroom, so in die Toilette gehen means to step into the toilet bowl. Auf die Toilette gehen comes from auf die Toilette setzen (to sit on ...
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Adjektiv für Mehrzahl ("liebe Erika und Richard" vs "liebe Erika und lieber Richard")

Liebe Erika und Richard ist weniger ein Grammatik- denn ein Stilproblem Das Stilempfinden deutscher Prägung leidet unter der fehlenden Adjektivkongruenz. Da das Problem nicht lösbar ist, weicht man ...
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Using "um...zu" with past participle

They are both technically correct. Your answer, however, is the one that makes more sense in the context. The infinitive clause is final, i.e. it describes a purpose. Did you go to Paris in order to ...
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Should I use "selbst" or "sogar"?

There is no difference in what both variants express. But the correct order of words is Selbst/Sogar die besten Schwimmer können ertrinken.
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When and why to use a double negative by negating an adjective with ‘un-’

This is not exactly the ‘double negative’ one mainly refers to when using that word. Grammatically, it is a single negative that merely applies to an adjective whose meaning was reversed by a prefix. ...
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Options for saying, "my number is"

Meine Nummer ist is indeed used quite often in German and not an "English" term at all. So if you would like to stick with your relative clause construct, it would be Meine Nummer, an die Sie die ...
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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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Martha zieht ihre zweijährige Tochter um. Korrekt?

Natürlich ist der Satz richtig. umziehen darf man sehr wohl transitiv verwenden. Von den drei Beispielen, die der Duden für umziehen im Sinne von "Kleidung wechseln" angibt, lautet eines: Ein Kind ...
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“Ich werde” vs “ich bin”

Your conjecture is correct. Future tense is used rather rarely in German. Most of the time, present tense is used to express future actions (not just intended future actions), in particular if there ...
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When can you use 'meines Lebens'?

The phrase »meines Lebens« is just the genitive case of »mein Leben« (my life). You use it whenever you talk about »my life« and when the grammatical construction of your sentence requires genitive ...
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What is the best way to say “gentle reminder” in German?

In the context of a business relation with a customer you'd usually ask if they require additional information before they can reply. That way you don't pressure them, but really remind them gently, ...
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This/last/next year/month/week in German

in diesem Jahr in letztem Jahr im letzten Jahr in nächstem Jahr im nächsten Jahr But yes, these are fully interchangeable with dieses Jahr resp. letztes Jahr resp. nächstes Jahr in everyday speech ...
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Schattenparker: Wird dieses Wort wirklich benutzt?

Das war eine relativ kurzlebige Modeerscheinung um 2000 herum (wenn ich das richtig in Erinnerung habe), damals entstanden eine Reihe von neuen fantasievollen und blumigen Ausdrücken für das, was ...
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Phrase request for "work in" in the context of gyms

In this case Wollen wir uns abwechseln? Können wir uns abwechseln? Ist es in Ordnung, wenn wir uns abwechseln? or something similar would be the most idiomatic way to ask. (Abwechseln = to ...
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Is Altestadt a variation of Altstadt?

Short answer: No, you cannot say Altestadt instead of Altstadt. Long answer: You encountered a composition of an adjective and a noun. First, even though such compositions may have been derived from ...
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How do I love dich

The usual phrase is "Ich hab dich lieb" or "Hab dich lieb", or, if you like chat acronyms, even "HDL". "Ich habe lieb fur dich" is not a grammatically correct ...
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Difference between responding to "danke" with "bitte" versus "gerne"

With a quick search I found this (it's a bit tongue in cheek, but he's quite well known as a linguist): http://bastiansick.de/kolumnen/fragen-an-den-zwiebelfisch/bitte-danke-bitte The author argues ...
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sich in etwas reinhängen

Sie hat sich total in die Vorbereitung der Geburtstagsparty reingehängt. Ok. Um diese Aufgabe zu erledigen, muss ich mich in die sorgfältige Planung reinhängen. Reinhängen is strictly colloquial, ...
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Web terminology for "next" and "back"

Generally "zurück" and "weiter" are used.
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Sentences to start a presentation

"Ich möchte ..." means "I want ..". But nobody is interested in your desires when you start a presentation. People want you to present something. So, better beginnings are: Heute ...
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