verfallen

Meanings

1.
to expire
(Vouchers, tickets and similar things. For food "ablaufen" is the more common verb, but the noun "Verfallsdatum" is very common.)
2.
to fall into
("verfallen in"... used in contexts of moods or reactions. Not very common.)
3.
to decay
(For buildings. Mostly used as an adjective.)
4.
to fall for
("jemandem verfallen" - only in the romantic sense of having an intense crush on someone.)

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German Prefix Verbs Explained - "zufallen"

What do a closing door and random coincidence have in common? They both relate to the German verb "zufallen". Today, we'll find out why.

Vocab:

zufallen, der Zufall, zufällig, zufälligerweise


Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:

falling

It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.

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