Präfix - A prefix is a part of a word which is placed before the root.

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“Hin” und “her”: Von wessen Standpunkt?

Wenn jemand Deutsch zu lernen anfängt, erklärt man ihm den Unterschied zwischen hin- und her- : Sitze ich in meinem Büro, so rufe ich Kommen sie bitte herein! Stehe ich aber außerhalb des ...
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How to use the “hin” and “her” prefixes?

I just realized that I don't know how to use hin and her. Beyond "woher kommst du?" I haven't learn to use them. As I understand, one can just juxtapose them to Ort prepositions: (he­r­ü­ber, ...
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Explanation of the prefix “er”

I am finding verbs with the prefix "er" very hard to understand and remember the meaning of. I understand how it works with verbs like ertrinken and ersticken (partly because I used erstochen once to ...
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Reference work on prefixes, suffixes, etc

It's not unusual for me not to be able to find some German word in any dictionary (or dictionary-like resource) I try. Since such words are often of the form PREFIX+STEM, I figure I'm not finding ...
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What are the origin & possible meanings of the ver- prefix?

There is not really an english counterpart to the often used german prefix "ver-", IMO. It has many functions (verbification) & meanings (e.g. verstärken vs. verschollen). Often it doesn't seem to ...
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Is there a dictionary for verb meanings with different prefixes?

So my problem is that I find it slightly confusing that there are some verbs that change their meaning with different prefixes, and others that have the same meaning but are used in different ...
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The prefix “ver-” and its meaning

I came across an article about the prefix "ver-" and its meaning. Welche Bedeutung hat das Präfix "ver-" in diesen Verben? A – eine Handlung bis zum Ende durchführen B – von einem Ort ...
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What is the etymology of “sau-”?

I lived in Germany during half a year and when hanging out, I heard lots of times this word. I know it's quite an inappropriate word prefix and that it should only be used in a friendly setting, but ...
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What's so bad about dogs?

In colloquial German we often use the prefix "hunds-" or "hunde-" to aggravate a negative attribute from various adjectives, e.g. hundsgemein hundeelend hundemüde This painting by ...
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How do the “da-” and “wo-” prefixes work?

I don't completely understand the da- and wo- compound words. I have an idea of what they are and what they do but I'm not completely sure how they work and how to use them. If you don't know what I ...
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What is the original meaning of the augmentative “stock-”?

For several adjectives we can build an augmentative by adding the prefix "stock-" Gestern Nacht war es hier stockfinster. Stocksteif bleib er stehen und bewegte sich nicht von der Stelle. Hans ...
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“untervermieten” - trennbar oder nicht

Das Verb untervermieten wird teils trennbar teils nicht trennbar gebraucht. Ich vermiete, während ich weg bin, mein Zimmer unter. Ich untervermiete, während ich weg bin, mein Zimmer. Beides ...