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From Middle High German kriegen, krīgen. Cognate with German kriegen, Dutch krijgen. The present forms exhibit regular loss of intervocalic -g-. The past subjunctive form krit goes back to underlying Middle High German *krihte (compare the widespread German pronunciation of kriegte as [kʁɪçtə]), whereas kréich goes back to a strong form (as in Dutch kreeg). The indicative forms krut and krouch are backformations from the subjunctives (by interpretation of -i-, -éi- as umlauts after the unrounding of front rounded vowels).



kréien (third-person singular present kritt, preterite krut or krouch, past participle kritt or krut, past subjunctive krit or kréich, auxiliary verb hunn)

  1. (transitive) to get, to receive
  2. (transitive) to be presented with
  3. (transitive) to catch, to come down with
  4. (transitive) to get, to catch, to capture
  5. (auxiliary) used with the past participles of intransitive verbs to form the passive voice
    Bäi der Informatioun krut ech gesot, datt ech an en anert Gebai misst.
    I was told at the information desk that I had to go to another building.

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  • The predominant past forms are krut, krit. The forms krouch, kréich are used chiefly in northern dialects.


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