Is it a rule to put the first part of separable verbs in the end of the sentence, or it is OK not to separate them?


heute stellen wir euch 12 typisch deutsche gerichte vor.

Can it be:

heute vorstellen wir euch 12 typisch deutsche gerichte.


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    Dead serious. Not separating them will make you sound like Yoda to German ears. (Exactly like Yoda, because that's what they did in German dub.)
    – Janka
    Oct 11, 2019 at 3:05
  • @Janka I thought there was just one rule for the structure of the sentence in German.
    – Sasan
    Oct 11, 2019 at 3:07
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    @Sasan don't write it together with the verb. Exceptions: reverse word order, such as: "was, wenn ich mich vorstelle, dass ich König wäre?"
    – Dan
    Oct 11, 2019 at 4:40
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    @Sasan no its not about word order, but rather about lexic. VORstellen und vorSTELLEN would be completely different verbs.
    – Dan
    Oct 11, 2019 at 4:41
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    You’re taught this in grammar lessons. What sliver of evidence makes you think that there would be some kind of optionality to it?
    – Jan
    Oct 11, 2019 at 5:56

2 Answers 2


It is very important. The semantic difference would be even bigger than that in English between "Overthrow" and "throw over. Basically, placing the prefix the wrong way you are using the wrong word, which sometimes doesn't even exist - as is the case with "vorstellen", that only exists as a separable verb: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/german-english/vorstellen

Another good comparison would be "set up" and "upset".

To bring a German example off the top of my head, we have übersEtzen (with the stress on the words root) that means "translate" and we have Übersetzen with the stress on the prefix, that means to ferry somebody from one bank of a river to another.

The grammatic topic you may want to look into is "separable verbs in German".


You can put the first part separable verbs every time at the end like you did. Another example is "einkaufen":

Heute kaufe ich ein Brot ein.

But if you want to use the verb connected you have to use an auxiliary verb and put the verb at the end like:

Heute werde ich ein Brot einkaufen.

for your sentence it have to be like:

heute werden wir euch 12 typisch deutsche Gerichte vorstellen.

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