Prefix Advent Calendar – 18

Written By: Emanuel Updated: October 23, 2023

Getting Christmas presents for everyone is pricey, no doubt. So take care it doesn’t turn into today’s word :)


(sich) verschulden

Schuld  means guilt as well as debt. Combined with the mix of the change-ver and the for-ver we get a verb that expresses the idea of “to become guilty for something” – so basically to cause, to do with a strong focus on guilt.
When it’s used with a self reference it means “to endebt oneself ”
die Staatsverschuldung – the national debt
das Fremdverschulden – third party negligence (law)
unverschuldet – without bearing part of the 

  • Thomas ist unverschuldet hoch verschuldet.
  • Thomas is deeply in debt of no fault of his own.
  • Wenn man den Unfall verschuldet hat, ist es schwer, Geld von der Versicherung zu bekommen.  
  • If you are responsible for the accident it is hard to get insurance money. 

As always, if you have questions or if you want to try out some examples, just leave me a comment.

EDIT 2020:

If you want to learn more about the family of “schuld” you can check out my word of the day here:

Word of the Day – die Schuld

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