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“Especially because” in German

I often want to express a sentiment like: It was so nice to be outside this summer, especially because the winter was so cold! Literally translated, especially because would be insbesondere ...

english-to-german word-choice idiomaticity  
asked by Phil Braun 12 votes
answered by user unknown 20 votes

Etymology of the two pronouns “ihr”

The pronoun ihr has some meanings in German: It is the dative and possesive for the personal pronoun sie (third person singular, female). It is a personal pronoun itself (second person plural). Is ...

etymology pronouns  
asked by Антон Бугаев 12 votes

Woher kommt die Redewendung „Hast du sie noch alle“?

Die Bedeutung ist hier „Bist du verrückt?“, aber worauf bezieht sich das Pronomen sie in diesem Satz? Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob das Pronomen etwas mit dem Satz „Du hast wohl einen Vogel“ zu tun ...

idioms pronouns slang  
asked by Bahgat Nassour 10 votes
answered by Nicolas 3 votes

What does the abbrevation “o.E.” stand for?

Reading a mathematical paper written in German, I can’t understand the following abbrevation: o.E. f(x) := 0 für x ∈ M, sonst löse … (proof of theorem 2.4.5 in this diploma thesis; page 57) It ...

abbreviations mathematics  
asked by van abel 9 votes
answered by hiergiltdiestfu 14 votes

What should I reply for "Sorry" / "Entschuldigung"?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Erwiderung auf eine Entschuldigung? To make it more clear: I am not asking how I should apologize, but how to respond to an apology. I have ...

translation word-choice  
asked by Vini Vasundharan 7 votes
answered by Jan 5 votes

Difference between “brechen” and “zerbrechen”

Could someone explain a practical difference between brechen and zerbrechen? The meaning for both is “to break”. But talking to a German friend, apparently they cannot be used in the same context. He ...

differences word-meaning  
asked by Dumb admin 5 votes
answered by Em1 4 votes

Unterschied zwischen „aller Zeit“ und „aller Zeiten“?

Im Wörterbuch sind sowohl aller Zeit als auch aller Zeiten als Übersetzung von of all time aufgelistet. Persönlich bin ich viel vertrauter mit aller Zeiten. Deshalb möchte ich die Frage stellen, ob es ...

differences usage  
asked by boaten 5 votes
answered by Hans Adler 7 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

German equivalent of "Jack of all trades"

A person known as Jack of all trades is defined as: competent in many skills, but not necessarily outstanding in any particular one How do you call (if it exists) a person like that in ...

asked by Weapon X 13 votes
answered by lejonet 12 votes

Ist "wegen dir" falsch und nur "deinetwegen" richtig?

Ich habe Widersprüchliches darüber gelesen, ob die Verwendung der Präposition wegen + Pronomen im Dativ richtig oder falsch ist. wegen mir, wegen dir, wegen ihm, wegen ihr usw. Viele Leute ...

prepositions grammatical-case  
asked by splattne 43 votes
answered by markus 20 votes
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