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Top new questions this week:

What is the function of "stein" in "steinreich?"

In "Die Firma", the German translation of the American novel "The Firm", the partners were described as "steinreich". A back-translation might be something like "filthy rich". How did "stein" become …

word-choice adjectives  
asked by Tom Au 15 votes
answered by Grantwalzer 9 votes

Sind »Ausprägung« und »Variante« synonym?

Wenn ich verschiedene Arten habe, wie ein Objekt gestaltet sein kann, ist es dann bedeutungsgleich, ob ich von Ausprägungen oder Varianten spreche? Oder gibt es die Unterscheidung: Ein Objekt kann …

differences synonyms  
asked by kdzia 7 votes
answered by Harald 3 votes

Usage of “bunt”

I thought bunt was a neutral term that simply means colorful or multicolored. One German-speaking friend recently told me that bunt was not neutral at all and often carried a judgement. For example, …

usage  
asked by Dan Leifker 7 votes
answered by Em1 7 votes

Difference between "zweifeln", "anzweifeln" and "bezweifeln"

I was looking at the verb form from the word "Zweifel" and I found 3 different words: zweifeln anzweifeln bezweifeln It probably is subtle, but could someone explain me the difference between …

verbs meaning-in-context  
asked by Dbugger 6 votes
answered by Matthias 1 vote

fordern vs. fördern: Is there any relationship between the two etymologically?

I have a question regarding the two words: fordern: to postulate, to posit fördern: to fascilitate, to further, to foster Is their similar spelling a coincidence?

etymology word-meaning  
asked by macmadness86 5 votes
answered by Franz Ebner 2 votes

Confused by "lange" as adverb

While learning German on Babbel, I came across this sentence: Ich muss lange beim Orthopäden warten. This confused me, because I thought that it should be "lang" instead of "lange". My theory …

adverbs  
asked by j_random_hacker 4 votes
answered by Toscho 2 votes

Is there a way to form a "one who [verb]s" noun?

In English, I can take just about any verb (for example to crush), and form a noun which means "one who [does that verb]" by adding -er (for example, crusher). Is there a similar formulaic alteration …

verbs nouns  
asked by zacronos 3 votes
answered by Grantwalzer 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Splitting the German word "Taucherausrüstung"

I mean splitting into prefix, suffix, and so on. Like when you look at the etymology. For example: Gelegenheit is: Ge+ legen + heit To better understand some German words I'm trying to …

etymology  
asked by Revious 5 votes
answered by Em1 16 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 2 votes
answered by macmadness86 1 vote

Can you answer this?

Trying to find a short story

I am trying to find a short story that is in German. From what I remember, the story set in Italy (perhaps after WW2). The characters consist of a man (a visitor who arrives by car) and an old woman …

story-identification  
asked by Reader 1 vote
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