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Top new questions this week:

Warum hat die Wahrheit nur ein Auge?

Warum heißt die Redewendung der Wahrheit ins Auge sehen und nicht der Wahrheit in die Augen sehen?

etymology phrases  
asked by raznagul 14 votes
answered by guidot 8 votes

Where do you place the stress in the word?

Every dictionary I have seen says stress an in angeblich. Yet often, I hear angeblich. Does it matter? Are there rules? Or is it dialect? Similarly, ausführlich or ausführlich? One dictionary says the ...

asked by Nigel Lavender 12 votes
answered by Hubert Schölnast 2 votes

How do you say "handwavy proof" in German?

In English language there is a beautiful colloquial usage, which describes the way a proof is done ie a "handwavy proof". A handwavy proof is a kind of proof, in which you use no/very little ...

translation english-to-german colloquial mathematics  
asked by gonenc 10 votes
answered by Carsten Schultz 8 votes

Why is "Antwort" feminine, if "Wort" is neutral?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Hat sich das Geschlecht von “Antwort” mit der Zeit geändert? Shouldn't they have the same grammatical gender, since they have the ...

asked by Mihai 9 votes
answered by Jan 5 votes

Was bedeutet „nichts wie hinterher“?

Was bedeutet die Phrase nichts wie hinterher? Oft trifft man diese zum Beispiel im Kontext von Reisen. Jedoch kann ich die Bedeutung nicht klar verstehen, auch nicht mit Hilfe von Google.

meaning phrases  
asked by Igor Traskunov 8 votes
answered by Jan 6 votes

How to read years in German?

The year 1995 is read in English nineteen ninety-five. This means we read the first two digits as a single number and then the next two digits, with the same rule. Is this rule true in German? I ...

numbers year  
asked by Salman 8 votes
answered by Hans Adler 16 votes

Does "aufrollen" have a colloquial meaning?

I'm translating an old German newspaper article and the word "aufrollen" is used in what appears to be a colloquial manner, since the literal meaning "to roll (up)" doesn't quite fit. Here is the ...

translation expressions  
asked by Toni 7 votes
answered by guidot 9 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What's the difference between "genau" and "stimmt"?

When somebody agrees with a point made in conversation they often say "genau" or "stimmt" (often preceeded by "ja"). So what is the difference? Is one slang and the other standard? Or is one ...

word-choice usage regional slang interjections  
asked by hippietrail 22 votes
answered by Markus 20 votes

List of 1000+ (most common) German nouns with plural form

Has anyone managed to find a list of this kind in a tabular form, possibly with articles? Something like this would be ideal: ---------------------------- das Kind | die Kinder | der Hund | ...

nouns vocabulary  
asked by Mike Johnson 5 votes
answered by Rob 3 votes
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