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Versuchen vs. Probieren?

Hallo, Leute!

These two verbs mean to try, yes?

But is probieren used exclusively for food? That point has always confused me a bit!

Vielen Dank!

September 22, 2017

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/streifenfuchs

Hey Azure, these words are interchangeable in my opinion. Also i would say that "probieren" is more common in connection with food and "versuchen" is more common with most other things and actions.

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/streifenfuchs

I thought about it again. "Probieren" is also often used in connection with consumables like hygiene products. "Ich probiere die neue Handcreme."

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

True. You can probieren a noun but you can't (generally) versuchen a noun. (Maybe with the exception of a noun derived from a verb.)

With a verb, you can use either.

Perhaps you can compare it with "try" versus "attempt". You can try the cake and you can try to run quickly; you can also attempt to run quickly but you can't attempt the cake. But you can attempt a high jump, as that's a noun related to an action.

So attempt is versuchen, and try is probieren, and the second verb shares with English the double meaning "see what something is like" and "attempt to do something".

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/streifenfuchs

That makes totally sense. :D never thought about it that way. Things you don't really recognize as a native german speaker.

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters

Thanks for this comment! :)

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters

Thank you! I appreciate your help!

September 22, 2017
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