begegnen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- +‎ gegen (against) +‎ -en

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begegnen

  1. to meet, encounter

Usage notes[edit]

Despite the initial prefix be-, which normally is a sign of transitive verbs (and thus accusative objects), the object of this verb is always in the dative case. Also, the auxiliary for this verb is sein rather than haben.

E.g. Ich bin dem Lehrer in der Pause begegnet. ― I encountered/met the teacher during the break.

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