German Present Perfect - Separable Prefix Verbs

    Beginner German - Level A1


    The present perfect tense of separable prefix verbs


    Separable prefix verbs

    German A1.1

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    German A1

    Present Perfect - Separable Prefix Verbs

    Separable prefix verbs can be regular, irregular or mixed. Separable prefixes include:  ab, an, auf, aus, bei, da, durch, ein, fern, fest, fort, her, hin, los, mit, nach, um, vor, weg, weiter, wieder, zu, and zusammen.


    As can be seen, when forming the present perfect of separable prefix (trennbare) verbs, the prefix comes before the "ge," which is followed by the stem and then ending. Keep in mind that there are regular, irregular and mixed verbs with separable prefixes.


    durchführen (to execute, operate, conduct [regular]) = hat durchgeführt

    mitbringen (to bring along with [mixed]) = hat mitgebracht

    ankommen (to arrive [irregular]) = ist angekommen


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