4

How many languages have verbs where you can detach a prefix and put it at the end? That's like the German 'trennbare' Verbs.

For example, in German, for depart/leave ('abfahren') you say:

Der Zug is abgefahren. The train has left.

But:

Der Zug fährt um 5 Uhr ab. The train leaves at 5.

  • Are you looking for a complete list?? A list of which of the roughly 7,000 existing languages have separable verbs? – IkWeetHetOokNiet Nov 13 '17 at 18:10
  • 4
    It doesn't always go at the end; the important thing is that it's separable (trennbar) from its verb in some situations. The verb and its particle in English phrasal verbs like look up (a book), walk through (the presentation), etc. are also separable, and they must be separated when there is a pronoun object. Viz, He looked it up; He looked the book up, He looked up the book, but not *He looked up it. – jlawler Nov 13 '17 at 21:14
  • @ChristopheStrobbe: maybe you are unable to find literature about this issue, but yes, there are scientific publication about these (and other) features. – Quora Feans Nov 14 '17 at 2:00
  • @QuoraFeans I am not debating that there is literature about this topic. However, this question requests a list of all languages that have separable verbs. – IkWeetHetOokNiet Nov 14 '17 at 8:38

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.