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“To leave” Verbs


I. Theory

In English, the verb “to leave” has a rather wide range of meaning. In German, there are several verbs that mean “to leave” but have different nuances. Some always take an object while others do not.

Mein Nachbar musste sein Haus wegen eines Brandes verlassen.
My neighbor had to leave his house due to a fire.

Wenn ich ins Büro gehe, lasse ich meinen Hund in der Küche.
When I go to the office, I leave my dog in the kitchen.

In the first example above, verlassen is conveying “leave” in the sense of “leaving behind/abandoning.” In the second sentence, lassen means to “leave (a direct object) in a particular state/location”.

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