Für das deutsche Wort ‚besuchen’ gibt es eine Reihe englischer Ausdrücke.
There are two verbs, “visiting” and “attending”, both of which mean the same as the German word “besuchen”.
There are more words and phrases that mean “besuchen” – call on, go to, patronise and frequent. Their use is often confused by German speakers.
Here is a guide:
visit a person or place
attend school or university, church, a lecture
go to a restaurant, a place, school,university, church, a lecture, the cinema
call on a person
patronise a bar, restaurant or pub
frequent a bar, restaurant or pub
Some of these words can also be converted into adjectives by adding -ed.
The lecture was well attended.
The restaurant was poorly frequented.
‘visit’ is also a noun.
We say ‘to pay a visit to’: “I must pay a visit to my old teacher when I’m in London”.
Finally, “pay a visit” on its own (“I must pay a visit”) means go to the toilet (“für kleine Mädchen”).
Do this exercise to test your “visiting” vocabulary
Mit dieser Aufgabe können Sie testen, ob Sie die verschiedenen englischen Ausdrücke für ‚besuchen’, auseinander halten können.
Put the right verb – in the correct tense – or adjective into each of the
1 I’m going to ___________ our branch in Ireland next year.
2 Which school did you ______________?
3 A colleague from the personnel department __________ yesterday.
4 Have you already ___________ the tourism trade fair?
5 He______________ all the pubs in the vicinity during the last exhibition.
6 If I have time on business trips I like to _________ old churches.
7 His presentation was poorly ____________.
8 In much ____________ restaurants it’s advisable to make a reservation.
Answers: 1) visit 2) attend/go to
3) called by 4) been to 5) patronised
6) go to 7) attended 8) frequented