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Top new questions this week:

Wie buchstäblich kann ein Seitensprung sein?

Ein Seitensprung bedeutet gewöhnlich eine außereheliche Affäre. Darf man dieses Wort auch buchstäblich benutzen? Nur ein Seitensprung rettete mich vor diesem Auto Wenn nicht, was soll man dann ...

word-usage word-choice  
asked by Georges Elencwajg 13 votes
answered by Burki 10 votes

"Jubiläum" ein Begriff mit positiver Konnotation?

Ist "Jubiläum" ein Begriff mit positiver Konnotation? Könnte man z.B. von einem Jubiläum eines Todestages, oder gar einer Katastrophe reden?

word-usage word-choice  
asked by shuhalo 11 votes
answered by Stephie 19 votes

zum oder zu einem Kaffee/Tee einladen

Is there any difference between der Kaffee/Tee and ein Kaffee/Tee when you want to invite someone for a cup of coffee/tea? Which sentence would you prefer: Darf ich Sie zum Kaffee/Tee einladen? ...

articles definite-articles  
asked by stillenat 8 votes
answered by zork media 10 votes

What's with the placement of "aber" here?

I was reading a grammar book's lesson on modal auxilaries and came across the following two sentences in a reading exercise (which, I should add, do not directly follow each other). (1) Anna ...

grammar word-order conjunctions  
asked by Maroon 6 votes
answered by Hans Adler 5 votes

“zum Leben/Essen” or “für das Leben/Essen”

Can zu and für be used interchangeably with das Leben or das Essen and similar nominalized verbs? Das Geld reicht für das Leben. Das Geld reicht zum Leben. Die Menschen nehmen sich kaum ...

differences prepositions  
asked by stillenat 6 votes
answered by Wrzlprmft 5 votes

Grammatical function of “voller”

In a test I found the phrase Sie ist voller Licht which meant (it was said) she is full of light. I do not undestand voller in this context. Pons says it is an Inv. adj., which, in fact, adds to ...

grammar word-usage  
asked by Enrique Vasini 6 votes
answered by adhominem 3 votes

Difference between vorher and vorhin

Can vorher be replaced with vorhin? Wir machen nicht, wie vorhin angesagt... Can we replace here vorher? What is the difference between the two words?

differences vocabulary  
asked by SyParth 4 votes
answered by Uwe 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Wann verwendet man „zu“ mit dem Infinitiv?

Wie kann man wissen, ob man den Infinitiv mit oder ohne „zu“ schreibt? Das darf ich nicht probieren. Das wage ich nicht zu probieren. Ich gehe spazieren. Ich mag es zu spazieren. Bonusfrage: Was ...

verbs prepositions sentence-structure  
asked by Tim 12 votes
answered by tohuwawohu 10 votes

Is "Wie geht's (dir)?" actually supposed to be answered?

As far as I know, How are you? is not supposed to be answered [1]: In most of the cases it just means hi!. Question: Regarding the closest German equivalent, i.e. "Wie geht's (dir)?", should this ...

sociolinguistics  
asked by c.p. 9 votes
answered by SentryRaven 14 votes
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