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There is absolutely nothing special about frühstücken. What maybe surprises you – and from the wording of the question (concretely “so that there is no need to use the word essen or a form of sein or haben”) I deduce you still don’t know it – is that there is no exact -ing-analogue, i.e. gerund, in German. So, you feel like that because one cannot use the ...


It’s really hard to see what seems to be so special about frühstücken, because it is really just a verb like many others, for a close relation to a noun (or adjective) is not unusual at all – in German and English. The English verb breakfast, derived from the noun (and without have or eat), is also well attested, in particular. frühstücken is never split, ...


From the meaning it is a bit difficult to construct longer sentences. Two examples nevertheless: Ich frühstücke gerne ausgiebig: mit Tee, Orangensaft, frischen Brötchen, Rührei und Speck. Unter der Woche habe ich keine Zeit zu frühstücken, da muss eine Tasse Kaffee reichen.


The meaning of »frühstücken« is in long sentences the same as in short sentences. Ich frühstücke. I’m having breakfast. Gestern habe ich länger geschlafen und habe daher erst am Nachmittag gefrühstückt. Yesterday I’ve been sleeping longer and so I had my breakfast in the afternoon. Another verb that is used the same way as »frühstücken« is ...

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