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in front of, forward
(for locations. Two-Way preposition so for a destination it's Accusative and for a fixed location it is Dative)
Opposite: hinter
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(ONLY as a preposition, so if it is followed up with a point in time. The other translations are "bevor" and "vorher" or "davor")
Opposite: nach
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(IMPORTANT: "vor" comes BEFORE the time, not after it. IT translates the message of "ago", but it's not the same, functionally speaking. )
Opposite: in
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vor, in, bis, seit, ab

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vorbei sein, vorbeikommen, vorbeifahren, vorbeibringen

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The German Preposition "vor"

We'll take a detailed look at the core meaning of "vor" and see if it helps us make sense of the prefix verbs and fixed combinations.


vorgehen, vorhaben, vormachen, Angst haben vor, warnen vor, vor Lachen

"vor" or "bevor" and more - A big Exercise

Word Family

Root: *per

The core idea of this root was:

going beyond, going forth

And a lot of its children revolve in some way around the idea of travelling or exploring – like for instance the German fahren and führen or the English further.
It’s the origin of Latin prefixes like per-, pro-, pro- and also of the Germanic branch around for(e) and German vor, which are all about either “going forth” or a more abstract notion of going beyond a boundary.

The root is also the origin of German fahren and führen  and the English fare, which all come from a sense of travelling, going into the unknown.

You can get a really good understanding of how the core idea can lead to various meanings by looking at German ver-.

The family is very big, but here’s an incomplete list of English members:

  • pre- (mixed)
  • pro-  (mixed)
  • per- (mixed)
  • para- (beyond)
  • to fare, far (venturing)
  • for (from person A to person B)
  • forward, forth, further (going ahead)
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