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Chapter 18: The verb werden

  18.3 Distinct words of change

Well, no rule without exception: there are some distinct words that are translated with get or become, and then there are some distinct words in English that are translated with werden, as we show with our (very limited) selection of examples.

Word of change that is translated with go ...  
  erblinden = to go blind  

English word that is translated to German with werden...  
  to faint = ohnmächtig werden  

The change or the result - two different focuses  
  He fainted. = Er wurde ohnmächtig. (describes the change itself)  
  He was unconscious. = Er war ohnmächtig. (describes the result of the change)