Dictionary verb *ar(ə)- raten


to give advice to someone
("jemandem etwas raten")
Opposite (closest): abraten von
to guess


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We'll learn about "raten" and why it is guessing and giving advice at the same time. Also: lots of really useful prefix versions and other nice words.


raten, der Rat, beraten, verraten, erraten, das Rätsel

Word Family

Root: *ar(ə)-

The core idea of this root was:

fitting together

It’s the origin of a quite wide array of words that all in some way are about connecting parts or making parts fit.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:

  • arm (bones joined together into a whole)
  • arthritis (“related to joints”)
  • arm (tool fitted together, then “weapon”)
  • armor (again, stuff fitted together)
  • alarm (originally: “to the weapons”)
  • art, artificial, artist, artifact (“stuff fitted together”)
  • article (“part of a whole”)
  • articulate (“to say clearly, as separate parts”)
  • order (“fitted together”)
  • ordinary (originally “according to order”)
  • subordinate (“ordered below”)
  • harmony (“fitting tones”)
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6 months ago

there seems to be a verb geraten. It appears to be defined as some type of ‘get into’.
Duden online suggests it is fairly active in usage. Can you help with a clearer definition for it, as it is one of the elusive ‘GE’ verbs

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