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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German vrāgen, from Old High German frāgēn, frahēn/frāhēn, which is indirectly derived from Proto-Germanic *fregnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *preḱ- (to ask).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfʁaːɡən/, [ˈfʁaːɡŋ̩]
  • Rhymes: -aːɡn̩
  • Hyphenation: fra‧gen

VerbEdit

fragen (third-person singular present fragt or frägt, past tense fragte or frug, past participle gefragt)

  1. to ask
  2. (reflexive) to wonder
    Ich frage mich, wer mir helfen kann.
    I wonder who can help me.

Usage notesEdit

  • Generally, fragen has always been a weak verb.
  • The strong forms of fragen are secondary and now obsolete in formal writing. They live on in dialects and colloquial varieties.

ConjugationEdit

Weak Conjugation
Strong Conjugation (rare)

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1989), “Frage, fragen”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 22nd edition, ISBN 3-11-006800-1

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