How do you use einkaufe in a sentence with ich (without using gehe)? And what is "kaufe ein"? It's on DL's dictionary.
'Einkaufen' is what's known as a separable verb. There are a lot of these in German.
Think of the 'ein-' as a loosely attached part of the word- depending on what the word is doing, it can end up in different parts of the sentence.
Here's some details on how to use them- one page for present tense, another for perfect:
Separable verbs all follow fhe same rules. It's mandatory to separate them in trhe cases described in the article. There are a couple of cases when they don't separate, but that's quite advanced grammar which you'd be better off learning as you come across it.
However, if you do feel ready for some advanced grammar, here's some more in-depth stuff about separable verbs.
Best of luck. :)
Hi, I see... hm I try to explain what´s written there. In german it is possible to create words with an so called präfix. ein|kaufen, ab|fahren, hin|fallen. The präfixes are shown with examples in the first table. The rule is if the präfix is accented you separate them. These präfixes also rule the meaning of the word.
ein|kaufen Ich kaufe ein. I do the shopping.
auf|kaufen Ich kaufe auf. I buy out.
Just have a look at the präfixes there´s a system. The rest, I´m afraid is learning.
No. I want to use einkaufe (shopping) not kaufe (buying).. Plus all the example sentences I googled use gehe and einkaufen eg ich gehe (gern) einkaufen. But I want to use the other verb forms ie einkaufe or einkaufst. I am not sure how though or if native speakers prefer using gehe.