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"Die Menschen reden und gestalten mit."

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2/15/2013, 5:02:45 AM

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I find this sentence weird. I thought "mit" was a preposition. So can it be used to mean "together," as in a translation suggested by Duolingo, or to suggest the same meaning as the prefix "co-" in "co-designing?"

2/15/2013, 5:02:45 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

Both are compound verbs actually, 'mitreden' and 'mitgestalten', the prefix mit- works the same as co-, as far as I know. Although I'm not sure if duolingo really meant 'mitreden'. It's possible they mean the talk and therefore co-create, co-design whatever they're talking about. If that's the case, 'mitreden' might be better.

2/15/2013, 1:43:53 PM

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So "mit-" can also be the prefix of a separable verb? I had already encountered a bunch of separable verbs in Duolingo: aufhören, abfahren, ausgehen, just to name a few. But this is the first time I met something starting with "mit-."

What you said just helped clear things by a lot. Thank you! :D

2/15/2013, 4:47:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

Yes, it is one of those. Usually it's something like co-, but sometimes closer to 'join in', like a conversation for 'mitreden' or a game (mitspielen, join the game, join the playing). Mitspielen can also be 'to play along' for example.

2/15/2013, 6:33:09 PM

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is mit the prefix of 'reden'? gestalten? or both? If both, is it perfectly normal to find prefixes applying to multiple verbs in a single sentence?

5/17/2013, 2:58:55 PM
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