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Other Ways To Say "Stop" in German

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Have any of you come across people who once they know you speak German, try their best to mimic every word they’ve heard in old war-related American films? Besides the spit they conjure up and the obvious distasteful war words they ejaculate, they never ever fail to say “Halt!” with much imagined German military gusto and pomp. It somehow sounds much better to them in German than in English. Alternately to this stereotyping, there are other ways to say “stop” in German. See explanations below.

Stehen bleiben
Used when...

  • A person stops walking/running.

    Erstaunt, blieb der kleine Junge vor der Schule stehen.
    The small boy stood astounded in front of the school.

  • When a mecanism stops working.

    Ich bin empört! Meine neue Uhr ist stehen geblieben.
    I’m very upset! My new watch doesn’t work anymore.

  • Anhalten
    Used for a voluntary stop by a vehicle.

    Bitte halten Sie am nächsten Haus an.
    Please stop at the next house.

    Ich muss an der nächsten Tankstelle anhalten.
    I have to stop at the next gas station.

    Take note: The verb halten (to hold) also means to stop, however it is not used much, except for its imperative form Halt!. The verb anhalten is much more frequently used.


    Aufhören
    Used when…

  • You stop an activity.

    Er hört nicht auf zu essen.
    He is always eating.

  • You want a noise to stop.

    Hör auf mit dem Radau!
    Stop that racket!

  • A certain weather stops.

    Wann wird der Regen endlich aufhören?
    When will the rain finally stop?


  • Innehalten
    Used to describe when somebody stops talking or conversing due to an interruption.

    Sie hielt mitten im Satz inne.
    She stopped in mid-sentence.

    Verwirrt, hielt er in seiner Rede inne.
    Confused, he stopped talking.


    Expressions with German “stop” words:

    Hör auf damit! (Stop that!) Halt mal! (Wait a second!) Zum Halten bringen (to bring to a standstill); Halt’s Maul! (Shut your trap!)


    Related halten words:

    die Bushaltestelle (bus stop)
    der Haltepunkt (a train stop)
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