Learn how to find the right preposition in German

Learn how to find the right preposition in German

Are you never really sure about whether to use “für”, “von” or “nach”? There is a rescue in sight! In this post, you learn how to find the right preposition in German.

I do believe that prepositions are one of the biggest challenges in studying languages. This is because most of the time, they are contradicting within different languages, and therefore one cannot simply use the one that is used in the first or second language for the same verb.

For example, in German, we say “glauben an etwas” but in English it is “believe in something”. Also in German, we say “hoffen auf etwas” while in English it is “hope for something”.

However, German has, as most of the languages, some fixed pairs of verbs and their according prepositions. This means that if you know that “träumen” (to dream) always appears with the preposition “von”, you can quickly start building your sentences with more confidence and focus on other aspects of your message.

Also, studying these verbs and their fixed prepositions will assist you in tests and later on in your German studies when you need to transform them as in:

“Ich träume von dem Auto. – Ich träume davon.” (I dream of the car. – I dream of it).

And as a third aspect, choosing the wrong preposition might change the whole meaning of your sentence and throw you in tricky situations which could become a little awkward.

Following you can find the most essential verbs with fixed prepositions:


German English
antworten auf (Akk) to answer to
anfangen mit (Dat) to start with
aufhören mit (Dat) to stop
beginnen mit (Dat) to start with
berichten über (Akk) to report about
bitten um (Akk) to ask for
danken für (Akk) to thank for
denken an (Akk) to think about
diskutieren mit (Dat) to discuss
entschuldigen für (Akk) to apologize for
s. erinnern an (Akk) to remember
s. erholen von (Dat) to recover from
erzählen von (Dat) to tell about
fragen nach (Dat) ask for
glauben an (Akk) to believe in
gehören zu (Dat) to belong to
helfen bei (Dat) to help with
hoffen auf  (Dat) to hope for
s. informieren über (Akk) to inform
s. interessieren für (Akk) to be interested in
lachen über (Akk) to laugh about
reden über (Akk) to talk about
sprechen über (Akk) to speak about
sprechen mit (Dat) to speak with
telefonieren mit (Dat) to call with
träumen von (Dat) to dream of
nachdenken über (Akk) to think about
s. verabschieden von (Dat) to say goodbye to
verliebt sein in (Akk) to be in love with
warten auf (Akk) to wait for


Now, as you are a pro with the German prepositions, you can deepen your knowledge by downloading the free worksheet for verbs with fixed prepositions (including answers).


Viel Erfolg und bis bald!





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