German Present Perfect - Inseparable Prefix Verbs

    Beginner German - Level A1


    The present perfect tense of inseparable prefix verbs


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    Present Perfect - Inseparable Prefix Verbs

    Verbs with an inseparable prefix (nicht-trennbare Verben)

    Some verbs have prefixes that do not separate from the verb, but remain with the verb stem when conjugated in the present tense.


    erklären               Sie hat die Lösung zum Problem erklärt.            (to explain)

    bekommen          Ihr habt keine Geschenke bekommen.               (to receive/get)

    verstehen            Die Kinder haben das nicht verstanden.             (to understand)

    The more common inseparable prefixes are: be, emp, ent, er, ge, hinter, miss, ver, wider, zer.

    There are regular, irregular, and mixed verbs containing inseparable prefixes.


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