1.
with that, with it
(the normal da-word function)
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Opposite: womit
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2.
so that, such that
(creates a side sentence, so the verb has to go to the end)
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German da-words Explained

A fun look at the German da-words .... davon, damit, dabei and so on. We'll learn what they are, how they work, how to use them and why they're actually cool.


The meaning of "da"

A thorough look at the meaning of the German "da" and why it seems to mean "here" and "there" at the same time.


German Prepositions Explained - "mit"

A fun ride along the prefix verbs with "mit-" in German. Definitely a bunch of verbs to bring with you to a conversation :). Mit lots of audio examples.

Vocab:

mitnehmen, mitkommen, mitbringen, mitmachen, mitgehen, mithaben


Spoken German Bits - "Da-Words Undone"

The da-compounds sure take a while to master. But it doesn't stop there. Because in spoken German, da-words often get split up. Today, we'll learn all about it.


Word Family

Root: *medhyo-

The core idea of this root was:

middle, in the middle

It might be a version of the root *me- which was about measuring but that’s not certain.

The original sense of middle has been preserved in the family and is still visible in many of the offspring.
Here’s an (incomplete) list:

  • mid, middle, amid
  • mezzo
  • median, medial
  • mediocre
  • intermediate
  • medieval
  • meso-
  • milieu
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