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Meaning and use of "kriegen"?

When I read German texts on the internet or in magazines and books I often see the word "kriegen" but haven't been able to really grasp how to translate or use it, and as of yet it hasn't come up in Duolingo's German course (I'm not quite through it, but almost). Could anyone help me with an explanation?

August 27, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MaxBabel

kriegen isn't in the German tree, but two or three synonyms are: beziehen, bekommen, erhalten.

It means 'get'. And like 'get' the definition is quite length, that is, it's used in a lot of different ways.

https://en.langenscheidt.com/german-english/kriegen?term=kriegenq_cat=%2Fgerman-english%2F

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthiasBe612802

Basically, kriegen means the same as bekommen (to get in English). The two are interchangeable with one exception: You can use kriegen to say "Ich kriege dich", meaning "I will get you / I will catch you", in this statement you cannot use bekommen instead.

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

Yes, "kriegen" means the same as "bekommen", but it is only used in colloquial language, whereas "bekommen" is used in more formal language, too.

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hanspersson

I think almost all the uses I've seen have been in dialogue.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Fritzdeswerwer

I am very new to German but like listening to German music. I thought "kriegen" means wars, but apparently it's more like the Dutch word, krijgen or Afrikaans word bekom?

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dannylingbot22

kriegen is to recieven just. it is interchangeable with bekommen

August 28, 2017
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