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What's the difference between Reicht and Genug?

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October 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Konrad929524

'reichen' is a verb. I usually think of 'reicht' to mean 'suffice' or 'suffices,' and 'genug' to mean 'enough.' That might help you.

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chooyo

From what I've seen / people I've talked to, not a lot. "Das reicht" is very similar to "Das ist gut genug".

I tend to think of reicht as sufficient and genug as enough (and then toss in angemessen as adequate) but aside from Das reicht and Es reicht, I use genug far more often.

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkusRF

You can use them interchangeably as long as you construct the sentene accordingly.

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gatiquo

Dictionary time

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicRuler1414

One is a verb, one is an adjective

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vereschagin

Reichen is a verb meaning to be enough, to suffice or to be sufficient. „Es reicht“ could be translated as “It suffices.” However, a more common way to express this in English is to use the adjective “enough“: “It is enough.”

Genug is the German adjective that means enough. (If you look at the two words you can see the Germanic origins of “enough” in “genug”.) „Es ist genug“ literally translates as “It is enough.”

(You can’t say something like „Es genugt“ since genug is not a verb and can‘t be conjugated. Likewise you can’t say „Es ist reich“ since reichen is a verb.)

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der_Felix

There is a literal German translation for "to suffice". It is "genügen" (with the Umlaut ü) and it can be conjugated as any other verb e.g. "es genügt" which means exactly the same as "es reicht". "reichen" can also mean "to give" but it is "jemandem etwas reichen" which is "to give something to someone". In this case it is not interchangeable with "genügen". ➡️ https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/genuegen

Hope I could help ✌️

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jsiehler

"Es ist genug" is a Lutheran hymn, but so far as I know, "Es reicht" isn't.

October 15, 2018
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