"Essen" vs. "fressen"

My understanding is that while "essen" CAN be applied to animals eating, "fressen" is strongly preferred.

June 18, 2012


"Fressen" can also be used to say someone is eating like an animal - eat like a pig

June 18, 2012

Genau. It's also used in these ways: "Etwas gefressen haben" = have understood something. "Jemanden gefressen haben" = hate somebody's guts. And my favorite: "Jemanden zum Fressen gern haben" = like somebody so much one could eat him/her.

June 18, 2012

I think there are specific contexts. Essen is applied to animals like he or she is applied to pets. I'm not a native, but it's what natives told me.

March 27, 2018
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