Dictionary verb vor verb *pol- fallen vorfallen
(vor verb)


to happen, to occur
(Only used for incidents that were caused by people. Not for natural disasters. Sounds a bit serious and formal. Not idiomatic in the negative in contexts like "must not happen again".)
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to fall forward
(Technically, it can mean that but "nach vorne fallen" is more idiomatic for this idea.)
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The verb "fallen" - (almost) all Prefix Versions


fallen, auffallen, ausfallen, befallen, entfallen, einfallen, abfallen, anfallen, verfallen,...

Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:


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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