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moniquester
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:21:47 PM

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These were the choices in one of our assignments. I got it wrong.

1. Die Mutter ohrfeigen den Sohn.
2. Die Mutter gab dem Sohn eine Ohrfeige.
3. Die Mutter ohrfeigte den Sohn.

When looking up the word "ohrfeige" I found "slap."
So, I answered #3 above. The correct choice is supposed to be #2. Why?

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rogermue
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:48:56 PM

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I think the verb "ohrfeigen" is not yet in the dictionary, at least I have never used it yet.
The usual expression is "jemandem eine Ohrfeige geben".
German isn't as fast as English as to verbalisation.
IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:00:11 PM

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Strange. I agree that I haven't seen 'ohrfeigte' yet, but I heard of teachers being in trouble. "Sie hatten Schüler geohrfeigt." I would accept at least the perfect participle.

Edit:

I just checked the Duden. They have the verb.

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moniquester
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:11:04 PM

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So, my answer wasn't 100% wrong?

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moniquester
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:14:29 PM

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By the way, how on EARTH did they come up with such a word??? If you look up the meaning of the two words of which Ohrfeige is composed, you get: ear (self-explanatory), and fig!!! Okay . . .

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moniquester
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:20:02 PM

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By the way, here is what TFD says about the verb "ohrfeigen"


ohr·fei·gen (mit OBJ) jmd. ohrfeigt jmdn. jmdn. mit der flachen Hand auf die Wange schlagen
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ohr•fei•gen; ohrfeigte, hat geohrfeigt; [Vt] jemanden ohrfeigen jemandem eine od. mehrere Ohrfeigen geben
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ohrfeigen
Past participle: geohrfeigt
Gerund: ohrfeigend

Present IndicativePreteriteFutureConditionalKonjunktiv IKonjunktiv IIImperativeFuture PerfectPresent PerfectPast PerfectKonjunktiv I PerfectKonjunktiv II Perfect

Present Indicative

ich ohrfeige
du ohrfeigst
er/sie/es ohrfeigt
wir ohrfeigen
ihr ohrfeigt
sie/Sie ohrfeigen


This is one of those topics, I'm afraid.


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IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:13:08 PM

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moniquester wrote:
So, my answer wasn't 100% wrong?


No, it wasn't.

moniquester wrote:
By the way, how on EARTH did they come up with such a word???


There are several explanations. On the one hand it seems to originate in Middle High German and its Dutch cousin, the word 'oorveeg'. 'Oor' = ear, 'veeg' = hit, stroke.

On the other hand, the -feige (fig) may refer to the fig-like swelling of the cheek, which was often the result of the slap.


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moniquester
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:10:26 PM

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Thanks, I McRout! Interesting derivation. (It hurts just to read it!)

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