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The prefix be

Verb-to-verb prefixation

The prefix be forms inseparable verbs. It is a very common verb prefix.
  • It changes intransitive verbs to transitive verbs:
    jemandem dienen – jemanden bedienen

  • It "shifts" the accusative object:
    jemandem etwas schenken – jemanden mit etwas beschenken

  • It intensifies or specifies the meaning of the verb:
    fragen – befragen

be + dienen = bedienen
fahren befahren
heizen beheizen
All derivations

Other types of verb derivation with be:
be is also used to form pseudo-participles.

Regional Variants

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