Dictionary adjective *gher- (1) gern(e) ungern


expresses that you don't like doing something
Opposite (closest): gern(e)
I'd rather not! /Only if I have to.
(As a stand alone answer to a questio.)
Opposite (closest): gern(e)


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mögen, gern, gefallen - What is the difference

German has three options for "to like" - mögen, gern and gefallen. Today, we'll find out what the differences are and when to use which one.

Word Family

The core idea of this root was:

wanting, liking

And this is still visible in the offspring  yearn, greed and charisma, though from kind of different angles.
There’s a second Indo-European *gher- but that one is unrelated and its core idea is grasping.

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