Separable Prefix Verbs


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German Separable Prefix Verbs

twainJust what IS a separable prefix verb? Here’s a famous definition for your enjoyment:

“The Germans have an inhuman way of cutting up their verbs. Now a verb has a hard time enough of it in this world when it’s all together. It’s downright inhuman to split it up. But that’s just what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it away over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German.”   (Mark Twain)


Die traurige Geschichte von der abgetrennten Vorsilbe: ein Märchen darüber, wie die abgetrennten Vorsilben vielleicht entstanden sind. Video mit Erklärungen und Beispielen. Nur Deutsch. (V) 

Separable prefix verbs: worksheet with four separable prefix activities (Deutsch Heute Kap. 4)   (W)

Separable prefix verbs: quick review and practice sentences.  (W)

Verbs that change their auxiliary in the present/past perfect tense when they have a prefix ((separable or inseparable). Online exercise about verbs that can use both “haben” and “sein” as auxiliary (some are separable prefix verbs). 


Separable prefix verbs: timed exercise to make present-tense sentences with separable prefix verbs. (O)

Separable prefix verbs: evaluating correct sentence structure. (O)

Separable prefix verbs: timed exercise, add missing prefix. (O)

Separable prefix verbs: tense and sentence variations on the same verb.   (O)

Verbs that can be both separable and inseparable:

Trennbar, untrennbar oder beides? Online Übung. (O)

Verlaufen: reading text with questions and three exercises, one of them dealing with separable vs. inseparable prefixes.  (R)

An excellent, very detailed listing and explanation of the separable prefixes



“Nehmen” verbs: prefixes with “nehmen”. Which “nehmen” verb do you need?  (O)


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