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German Prepositions Explained – “von”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of the series German Prepositions Explained – the series where German Prepositions get the spanking that they deserve. I mean, figuratively – the spanking is the explanation. And they like it, because German prepositions are a bit kinky. Or was it tricky?
Anyways, today, we will take a look at the meaning of




As usual in this series, we’ll  look at the word from all perspectives. So we’ll talk about von as a preposition, but we’ll also compile the most common verbs that “want” von as a preposition and see if there’s some underlying theme. And of course we’ll talk about the verbs that have von as a prefix.
And in fact, let’s start with those right away because…. there aren’t any. There’s no vonmachen or vongehen or vonsehen.
All the other prepositions were always like
“Come one, bro. You should prefix some time. It’s super lit.”
but von was always
Nah, I don’t wanna. I’d rather go surfing.”
And do you know which car von is using to get to the beach?
A van.

Yup, looks like the jokes are as flat as the sea today.
Perfect for a swim, so let’s jump right in …