Wann und wie sie genau nach Europa gelangte, ist unklar, als sicher gilt jedoch, dass die ersten Kartoffeln den Weg über die kanarischen Inseln zu uns nahmen.

I checked in dictionary and there seems to be no such word as gelangt.. but there seems to be "gelang" and "gelingt" which both seems to come from "gelingen" somehow.. so where does "gelangt" come from?

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    – Carsten S
    Jan 9 at 18:59
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    Try Wiktionary; it usually lists all inflections of a word, not just the "dictionary form". It's very useful for learners who haven't memorized every irregular verb yet. Wouldn't it be "gelangten" though? Since "Kartoffeln" is plural.
    – RDBury
    Jan 9 at 20:03
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    Isn't " sie " the subject? @RDBury Jan 10 at 5:03
  • Imo the close votes are unjustified. How would one find gelangt in a dictionary? See also @Janka's answer.
    – Olafant
    Jan 10 at 6:32
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    @RDBury, we don't know what the preceding sentence is, but this seems to be a generic singular: "Wann und wie die Kartoffel genau nach Europa gelangte..."
    – Carsten S
    Jan 10 at 14:37

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There are three very similar verbs. Don't confuse them.

  • gelingen, es gelingt, es gelang, es ist gelungen — to succeed
  • gelangen, es gelangt, es gelangte, es ist gelangt — to end up, to reach
  • langen, es langt, es langte, es hat gelangt — to be sufficient
  • There is also the variant "anlangen" (for arrive); the adjective "lang" (which has the plural Accusative and Dative form "langen"); the verb "längen" (elongate) which has a perfect participle "gelängt". Who on Earth invented this language? Jan 10 at 17:36
  • @Peter-ReinstateMonica: ze Germans, obviously ;)
    – arne
    Jan 10 at 21:22
  • @Peter-ReinstateMonica Don't forget that langen helpfully also means “to take” and “to give.” Jan 10 at 21:35

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