How To Say PUT In German: 4 Commonly Confused Verbs

A group of German prepositions can be used with either the Accusative or the Dative case. For this reason, they are often referred to as two-way or either-or prepositions: an, in, unter, auf, neben, vor, hinter, ├╝ber, zwischen.

When we use one of the following verbs that imply direction with a noun or pronoun, we need to use one of the preceding prepositions and the following word should be in the Accusative case.

legen – to lay, place
setzen – to place, seat someone
sich setzen – sit down
stellen is the verb which is often considered the main translation of TO PUT in German. However, it only implies putting something vertically. Stellen can also mean TO SET or TO PLACE

The following verbs imply location. When they are used in combination with any of the preceding prepositions, they require the Dative case.
liegen – to lie, to rest
sitzen – to sit
stehen – to stand

how to say put in German: stellen stehen, legen liegen difference

Listen how to pronounce the phrases with PUT in German:

Exercise 1.

Exercise 2.

Exercise 3.

More verb pairs for location / motion

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