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Latin-Based (-ieren) Verbs: Part 2


I. Theory

German features a wide array of Latin-based verbs. These verbs tend to be recognizable to English speakers [ex: ruinieren, operieren, realisieren]. Generally, these verbs have a Germanic-based equivalent, however they often have at least a slight difference in meaning:

“-ieren” verb


Germanic Verb


realisieren to realize (a dream, vision) festellen to come to understand
observieren to stake out beobachten to observe
lancieren to launch (a project) abfeuern to fire off

II. Commonly Seen -ieren Verbs

This lesson will focus on the following -ieren verbs: kritisieren, reparieren, identifizieren, and produzieren.

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