Meanings

1.
to fall shut
(doors, windows, eyes - closing by themselves)
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2.
to fall to someone
("jemandem zufallen". Used for either responsibilities, tasks or talent.)
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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


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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