Dictionary verb ab verb *ghē- gehen abgehen


to come off
(stickers, pictures on a wall, etc)
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to go crazy/wild
(for example people dancing or throwing a fit, but also for songs that are really energetic)
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to leave the stage or the scene
(ONLY in context of theater)
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Opposite (closest): aufgehen
happen, take place
(Quite common colloquial option for "to happen". Also used to ask "What's up?")
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to be lacking from
("jemandem abgehen" - more common in the South of Germany)
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Prefix Verbs Explained - "abgehen"

A quick look at the meaning of "abgehen" and what stickers have to do with wild parties.

Word Family

Root: *ghē-

The core idea of this root was:

going away, disappearing

This is also commonly considered the origin of to go but other relations are not certain.

The English to go is defective in the sense that it doesn’t have its own past tense form. And it hasn’t had one for more than a thousand years. Instead, it uses the form went, which is taken from the verb to wend. It’s unclear, why to go is defective.

German gehen does have its own past form, but according to German etymologist, the cluster of gehen is actually a combination of two families – one being the one of to go and the other being that of the word of English gang, which ironically was originally about making steps.

Yeah… I know… this was already a bit too nerdy. We’re here to learn German, not do science :)

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