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See also: Geschehen



From Old High German giskehan, scehan, from Proto-Germanic *skehaną ‎(to spring, come up, emerge, happen).



geschehen ‎(class 5 strong, third-person singular simple present geschieht, past tense geschah, past participle geschehen, past subjunctive geschähe, auxiliary sein)

  1. (intransitive) to occur; to happen
    Wie konnte das nur geschehen?
    How could that have happened?
    Dein Wille geschehe, wie im Himmel so auf Erden.
    Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. (Lord's Prayer)
  2. (with dative or with "mit ...", impersonal) to happen (to someone); to serve (someone)
    Es geschieht ihm recht.‎ ― It serves him right.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the standard language, geschehen is impersonal, and only the third-person forms are found. The first- and second-person forms are very rare and chiefly used in poetry and philosophy.
  • In most regions, geschehen is rather formal, with passieren being the more normal word for “to happen”.



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