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Suddenly the whole concept of "be-" prefix words made sense to me. However, I have an example of something that now conflicts with what I've just learned:

Ich bereue, dass ich nach dem Abitur nicht länger reisen war.

Why is "Ich bereue" acceptable here? Doesn't a transitive verb require an object? Or is the subordinate clause considered the object of the main clause?

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    The same thing happens in English: "I regret my mistake." (transitive). "I regret that I did it." (intransitive with "that" clause). Verbs, especially German verbs, don't always conform to the simple categories people try to put them in.
    – RDBury
    Mar 16 at 2:39
  • @rdbury German grammar considers the "Objektsatz" as an object replacement and thus considers the usage of this verb still as transitive.
    – tofro
    Mar 16 at 11:43

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Clauses introduced by dass are object clauses usually, and they stand in for the accusative object then.

Er bereut die entgangene Reise nach dem Abitur.

Er bereut, dass ihm die Reise nach dem Abitur entgangen ist.

Only sometimes they are subject clauses:

Ihn ärgert, dass ihm die Reise nach dem Abitur entgangen ist.

Ihn wurmt, dass ihm die Reise nach dem Abitur entgangen ist.

Ihm gefällt nicht, dass ihm die Reise nach dem Abitur entgangen ist.

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  • Does this also apply to "ob" clauses? Mar 16 at 18:03
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    No. Those aren't object clauses but indirect questions.
    – Janka
    Mar 16 at 20:36

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