In the phrase Klarheit schaffen, translated as clarify, what are the past forms of the verb schaffen? Are these schuf, geschaffen or schaffte, geschafft?

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The strong verb schaffen (schuf, geschaffen) means ‘create, establish’, whereas the weak verb (schaffte, geschafft) means ‘finish, cope with’.

Literally, the phrase Klarheit schaffen means ‘create clarity’. Therefore, the schaffen in it is the strong verb, and you would say:

Der Untersuchungsbericht hat endlich Klarheit geschaffen.

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