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vorfallen

1.
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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2.
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

Vocab:

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


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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