Separable and inseparable verbs

Separable and inseparable verbs

 

There are simple and compound verbs. In the German language, it is possible to form a compound verb from a simple one, with the addition of a prefix.

 

Example  
stehen simple verb
aufstehen, bestehen, entstehen, gestehen compound verb

 

 

Compound verbs can be either separable or inseparable. As a general rule, in separable verbs the prefix is detached from the verb.

 

Example  
Der Lehrer beantwortet die Fragen der Schüler. inseparable verb
Elena macht die Tür auf. separable verb