begegnen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- +‎ gegen ‎(against) +‎ -en

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Verb[edit]

begegnen ‎(third-person singular simple present begegnet, past tense begegnete, past participle begegnet, auxiliary sein)

  1. to meet, encounter

Usage notes[edit]

Despite the initial prefix be-, which is usually a transitive verb marker (and thus indicates that the verb governs the accusative), 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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