Separable Verbs – Free Exercise

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Exercises

Form sentences in the present.

  1. (du/aufstehen/jeden Tag um sechs)  .aufstehen = separable|subject + verb + time + prefixYou get up at six every day.
  2. (unsere Oma/besuchen/uns/bald)  besuchen = inseparable|subject + verb + object + adverbOur grandma is visiting us soon.
  3. (wir/zurückkommen/morgen)  .zurückkommen = separable|subject + verb + adverb + prefixWe’re coming back tomorrow.
  4. (ich/verstehen/nicht/ihn)  .verstehen = inseparable|subject + verb + object + nichtI don’t understand him.
  5. (er/nachzählen/das Geld)  .nachzählen = separable|subject + verb + object + prefixHe’s re-counting the money.

Form sentences in the present perfect.

  1. (das Baby/einschlafen)  einschlafen = separable and takes sein as its auxiliary|3rd person singular: ist|Partizip II: eingeschlafen|subject + auxiliary verb + Partizip IIThe baby has fallen asleep.
  2. (ich/bestehen/die Prüfung)  bestehen = inseparable and takes haben as its auxiliary|1st person singular: habe|Partizip II: bestanden|subject + auxiliary verb + object + Partizip III’ve passed the exam.
  3. (der Hund/weglaufen)  weglaufen = separable and takes sein as its auxiliary|3rd person singular: ist|Partizip II: weggelaufen|subject + auxiliary verb + Partizip IIThe dog has run away.
  4. (du/abschreiben/die Hausaufgaben)  weglaufen = separable and takes haben as its auxiliary|2nd person singular: hast|Partizip II: abgeschrieben|subject + auxiliary verb + object + Partizip IIYou’ve copied the homework.
  5. (wir/bekommen/ein Geschenk)  bekommen = inseparable and takes haben as its auxiliary|1st person plural: haben|Partizip II: bekommen|subject + auxiliary verb + object + Partizip IIWe’ve received a gift.

Separable or inseparable? Complete the gaps with the correct forms of the verbs.

  1. Die Sportler sind in einem Hotel (unterbringen)  .jemanden unterbringen = separable|Partizip II with -ge- between the prefix and the verb|irregular verb: (unter)bringen–(unter)bracht–(unter)gebrachtThe athletes were accommodated in a hotel.
  2. In den Ferien haben wir viel (unternehmen)  .etwas unternehmen = inseparable|Partizip II without -ge-|irregular verb: unternehmen–unternahm–unternommenWe did a lot during the school holidays.
  3. Den Fehler habe ich (übersehen)  .etwas übersehen = inseparable|Partizip II without -ge-|irregular verb: übersehen–übersah–übersehenI didn’t notice that mistake.
  4. Wir sind in Hannover (umsteigen)  .umsteigen = separable|Partizip II with -ge- between the prefix and the verb|irregular verb: umsteigen–umstieg–umgestiehenWe changed trains in Hannover.
  5. Die Altstadt ist von einer Mauer (umschließen)  .etwas umschließen = inseparable|Partizip II without -ge-|irregular verb: umschließn–umschloss–umschlossenThe historic district is surrounded by a wall.