eingehen

(ein verb)

Meanings

1.
to die, to wither
(For plants! Sometimes used figuratively for people's spirits.)
2.
to shrink
(What clothes do when you wash them too hot. Work in some figurative contexts, but generally "schrumpfen" is the more broad term.)
3.
to enter
(For contracts, bets and risk - they're all the direct object. or for accepting offers, then it's "eingehen auf+Acc".)
4.
to talk about sth /to address sth, to react to
("eingehen auf+Acc" - it's best to think of it as the opposite of "to ignore". Can be used for a particular piece of information at a lecture as well as a person in a relationship.)
5.
to enter, to be included
("eingehen in" - only in a few contexts, particularly a "piece of information" becoming part of a larger narrative.)

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Prefix Verbs Explained - "eingehen"

Eingehen - to shrink, arrive, agree, wither - it’s all over the place. Eingehen is also used for being unchallenged/bored or to go in on some sort of deal.


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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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