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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

"Ich möchte" doesn't really correspond to "I want", but more to something like "I would like...". "I want" would be more something like "ich will", ...
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stressing of "umfahren" in German dialects

This is not a matter of regional variations of pronunciation. This is pronounced everywhere the same. But we are talking here about two distinct verbs, one of them is separable, the other not, which ...
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What is the difference between "downloaden", "runterladen" and "herunterladen"?

There is no difference in meaning. "downloaden" is obviously borrowed from English ... however it's a proper loan word, i.e. it takes on forms that are allowed for a verb in German but that ...
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Why is there a final “ein” in “Ich schlaf mit einem Messer ein”?

German has a feature, that only a very small number of languages have (English doesn't have it): Separable verbs. »Einschlafen« (to fall asleep) is such a separable verb. It is derived from »schlafen« ...
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When to use 'angeboten' and when to use 'bot'?

The verb is, in its infinitive form (the form you need to look it up in a dictionary): to offer = anbieten Like in I want to offer you a drink. Ich möchte dir ein Getränk anbieten. The form for ...
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“Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän.” – Why “sieht” instead of “sehen”?

Because the conjugation of the finite verb agrees to the subject. Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän. To understand a German sentence correctly, you have to pick up all the clues given. The verb ...
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Having trouble with "wird" and "ist"

The sentence is in passive voice. In English, passive voice is constructed with “to be” and a past participle, in German it is constructed with “werden” and a past participle.
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stressing of "umfahren" in German dialects

The two forms of umfahren differ not only in stressing, but also in the much more differentiating aspect of separability. One is a separable verb, the other isn't (so we actually have two different ...
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What is the verb in this sentence?

"Sich die Ehre geben" is an idiom. It means something in the lines of "to take pride in gracing an event with an appearance" or is used as a fancy way to say "to be there"...
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What is the difference between "downloaden", "runterladen" and "herunterladen"?

"Herunterladen" is the actual German translation for "download". "Runterladen" is just colloquial speech, where "runter" is a lazy reduction of "herunter&...
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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

"Ich möchte" is perceived as a more polite form of "ich will", so translating both to "I want" will lose important nuance and arguably be wrong. Grammatically, "ich ...
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sich verstecken

It's an ellipsis. … nicht genau wissen, wo Kämpfer versteckt (sind), wo die Waffendepots sind, … It's not a good ellipsis as otherwise you had understood it.
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Heucheln so, als ob vs tun, als ob

Heucheln ist das Vorspielen einer Emotion und wird oft zusammen mit einem Substantiv benutzt. Es ist grundsätzlich negativ besetzt, es betont die Unaufrichtigkeit der Handlung oder des Handelnden. ...
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Unterschied zwischen "etwas ziehen" und "an etwas ziehen"

Ok, I‘ll try to explain: Etwas ziehen is usually used when you pull something in order to move it in a specific direction: the intention of ziehen here is to move it. An etwas ziehen is used when you ...
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What is the verb placement after a prepositional phrase at the beginning of a sentence?

As usual, the verb is in second position. There is no comma, so it should read [In meinem Haus] [muss] [ich] ... Where the brackets show the inseperable parts of the sentence.
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How is the verb "sollen" normally conjugated

First of all: German tenses are very different from English tenses. German has only 6 tenses, English has 16. And German tenses are used very different. Gegenwart, a German tense similar to English ...
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What is the difference between fragen and nachfragen?

Fragen is a very open act and would be the closest translation to the word "to ask". It can be used almost always as the translation, but sometimes it wouldn't be a good form. Nachfragen on the ...
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Verb in third position not followed by adverb

First, the address ach Gott is not part of the sentence. This can easily be seen from the following examples, where an address has been prepended to the major sentence types of German. Hans, hast ...
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lernen as a modal verb

The verb "lernen" is not a modal verb. German has 6 modal verbs, and they are: dürfen Ich darf schwimmen. - I may swim. können Ich kann schwimmen. - I can swim. mögen Ich mag ...
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Why is it »aus führen« and not »ausführen«?

The verb used is führen, not ausführen In your sentence, aus belongs to von zu Hause aus, describing the place: from home. A rough translation might be She would lead the affairs of state from home. ...
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Cancelled abgesägt abgesagt or storniert

Yes, the correct translation for to cancel highly depends on context and speech register. A good start in the right direction is to reverse-translate the German translations for cancel. absagen -einen ...
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Isn't it demanding to ask for something with "Ich möchte"?

"Ich möchte" does not translate as "I want". It means that you have a wish, not a demand. To a waiter you would typically say "Ich möchte bitte das Steak" which is a bit ...
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What is the difference between “fühlen” and “sich fühlen”?

Fühlen can either take transitive form with an accusative object - "Ich fühle die Sonne auf meiner Haut" be reflexive with an adverb - This is how you feel - "Ich fühle mich heute schlecht" Only in ...
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Wann sollte ich „passieren” und wann „stattfinden” verwenden?

Synonyme sind es nicht, aber die Bedeutungen überschneiden sich, wobei »passieren« breiter aufgestellt ist. Eine Veranstaltung findet statt, ein Unfall passiert. Umgekehrt wirst du das selten hören. ...
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“Da endlich sieht sie der Kapitän.” – Why “sieht” instead of “sehen”?

Rearranging the sentence yields Da sieht der Kapitän sie endlich. or even Der Kapitän sieht sie endlich. which make the meaning and the structural parts clearer. (See here for another example ...
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Can I use the verb "schaffen" in a sentence "They accomplish their goals"?

The sentence is exactly what someone could say in that context. Nevertheless is „etwas schaffen“ used like that more colloquial. In written newspaper articles you might rather find „Sie erreichen ihre ...
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What is the difference in the usage of the verbs "lernen" and "studieren"?

It's more complicated. Anke studiert Mathe. Anke is enrolled in the Mathematics program of a university. Anke lernt Mathe. Anke took her math book out, she reads it, and does some exercises. ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen "borgen" und "ausleihen"

Das sind bedeutungsgleiche Synonyme, und sie können auch gleich verwendet werden: Martin borgt sich einen Bleistift von Walter. Martin leiht sich einen Bleistift von Walter aus. Walter ...
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Wie sagt man »butt dial« auf Deutsch?

Ein wirklich geläufiges Wort dafür fällt mir nicht ein. Was am ehesten passen würde, wäre der Begriff "Hosentaschenanruf", der zumindest von Mobilfunkanbietern verwendet wird. Wenn man von jemanden ...
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"Mach ich" vs "Ich werde es machen"

Your friend used a colloquial form of expressing that he will do it. Note that the second sentence also misses a subject, which is not normally possible in German. Regarding the word order, you can ...
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