“ab” -Prefix, Preposition, Father, Nerd – INFJ

Hello everyone,

and welcome to part two of our look at the meaning of the prefix and preposition


Last time, we learned about the origin of ab and family of ab and got to see some of its surprising relatives.
Next, we got to know its two core themes, which are:

  1. separation, away
  2. downward

And then we started looking at ab- as a verb prefix and learned the idea of downward is kind of irrelevant there, because virtually all prefix verbs are based on the theme of separation, away.
And then we started looking at examples for ab-verbs and how the one core idea is used in practice. So far, we saw some obvious examples and some that had a little twist to them.
If you haven’t read part one yet, you can find it here:

German Prefixes Explained – “ab”

What’s missing still are the really abstract examples. The ones where it’s not clear at all how they relate to the core idea of away.
And by the way – guess what abstract is! It’s a combination of ab- and a Latin verb for dragging, and it literally means “pull away from”.
So yeah… that’s where we’ll pick up today, and once we’re done with that, we’ll talk how ab is used as a preposition and we’ll see if there are any fixed prefix verb combinations we need to be aware of.

And because the entire intro so far was incredibly dry, lets wrap it up with a little joke – ChatGPT, take it away:

A screenshot of an unfanny joke by chatgpt

The future is has arriv… what?… Oh, not funny?
Oh, uhm… let me think … uh….  and this?

Still no?
Man, tough crowd.
I’m out of ideas.
But it’s time we jump in and learn some German anyway, so let’s go….

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