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    "Beste" and "Bestes"

    Hi,
    I am slightly confused about the two following sentences.

    "Ich werde das Beste daraus machen."
    "Ich werde mein Bestes tun."

    Why does the second sentence need "Bestes" instead of "Beste"?...
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    Translation help please

    Please correct and add as appropriate.

    I would have been there = Ich wäre dort gewesen.
    Had I known, I would have done it = Wenn ich gewusst hätte, hätte ich es getan.
    I could have been there =...
  3. Thread: Genitive

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    Re: Genitive

    Auf gesprochen Alltagsdeutsch, nutzt man 'von' anstatt dem Genitiv?

    Ist das Genitiv hauptsächlich auf geschriben Deutsch benutzt?

    Danke im voraus.
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    Re: Gender of superlatives

    Thank you.
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    Gender of superlatives

    When using superlatives, should I use der/die/das?
    Dies ist die billigste.
    Dies ist der früheste.
    How do I work out if it should be der, die or das?

    Or should I just use am?
    Dies ist am...
  6. Best book on the history of the German people

    I am looking for something similar to Churchill's 'A History of the English Speaking Peoples'.

    It has to be in German - not English. And should cover from the Roman era to at least the First World...
  7. Thread: Numbers

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    Numbers

    What prepositions (if any) should go in German between the numbers in the examples below?

    Football score: 2 to 1.
    Proportions: 70:30
    Result of a vote: 45 to 31.

    Thanks in advance.
  8. Thread: Genitive

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    Genitive

    Please could someone check if these are correct?

    These are the men's houses = Diese sind die Häuser der Männer.
    These are these men's houses = Diese sind die Häuser dieser Männer.
    These are no...
  9. Thread: "Ich sag mal..."

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    Re: "Ich sag mal..."

    Thank you.
  10. Thread: "Ich sag mal..."

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    "Ich sag mal..."

    So I passive-listen to Deutschlandradio during the day. I just picked up one fragment from an interview on pig husbandry, when the interviewer asked a question, and the interviewee started by saying...
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    Re: Finding myself frequently stuck...

    If you are stuck, I suggest you look at these two sites:

    antimoon.com
    www.alljapaneseallthetime.com

    The first site is about learning English and the second is about learning Japanese. But the...
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    Verbs starting with 'be-'

    When there is a verb and also the verb 'be-x' - both meaning the same thing, what should be used and when?

    For example:
    Antworten vs beantworten.

    Which should be used when?
  13. Thread: Passive voice

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    Passive voice

    What is the right way of constructing passive voices in German?

    For example: which is correct?

    Translation of: "Visitors were picked up by their host at the airport."

    1. Die Besucher wurden...
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    Re: Best books for Self Teaching

    This is what I did / am doing.

    1. Finished the three Michel Thomas audio courses (Beginner, Advanced, Builder). Highly recommended.

    2. Really got lost for the next 6 months while searching for...
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    Re: My first trip to Germany

    Behemoth
    Bitte entshuldigen Sie mein Englisch Antwort.

    I will certainly visit Germany again. Cologne, Hannover and Freiburg are on my list - but not this year.

    I am not sure about visiting...
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    My first trip to Germany

    Just back from a tour of German cities:

    Munich is a very interesting and an exceptionally clean city. I intentionally did not go to Dachau.
    Stuttgart was not as clean, and much smaller, but I...
  17. Thread: video suggestions

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    Re: video suggestions

    I have now realised that there is no point (for me) to go anywhere near audio/video until I have built up a seriously comprehensive vocabulary.
    I know so little that it's too much to handle
    a) the...
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    'About', 'concerning', 'regarding'

    I know that 'What does it concern?' translates to 'Worum geht es?'.

    I am struggling to find proper translations for sentences like:
    'What do you want to talk about?'
    'Are you asking me about...
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    Re: Deutsche Filme und Fernsehsendungen

    Es scheint die meisten Filme haben politische Theme, oder auf der WW2. Gibt es keine Spaß Filme?
  20. Thread: video suggestions

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    Re: video suggestions

    Alle videos von DW sind ausgezeichnet.

    Zum beispiel:
    1. Alltagsdeutsch
    2. Video Thema
    3. Jojo.

    Sie können die Transkripte auf der DW Site finden.
  21. Informal phrases aka 'Things you'd never find in a textbook'

    What are the equivalents of:

    1. 'Here you go' (when giving something to someone)

    2. 'I don't think so!' (a slightly sarcastic expression of disagreement)

    3. 'Yeah, right!' (Ditto)

    4....
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    Entering shops and restaurants

    I am visiting Germany in August for the first time (two trips in August - first a 7-day trip covering Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin, then a weekend trip to Dortmund).

    I read something in...
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    Pointing at things

    How does one say things like:

    "Can I please have a look at that one? That one over there."

    Thanks.
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    Re: "How is it done?" in German

    Robin, we use the expression 'I am done' in a variety of situations in English.

    For example,
    I am in a meeting talking and I say 'I'm done' to express that 'I have no further question'.
    Or I am...
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    Re: "How is it done?" in German

    On a similar theme, if I want to say: 'I'm done', should I say 'Ich bin geschafft' or 'ich bin fertig'?
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