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50 Common German Verbs

Deutsche Verben

With sample sentences and irregular
forms in the present tense

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This chart is an alphabetical list of 50 commonly used German verbs. Example sentences in the present tense illustrate the use of each verb. Stem-changing verbs are shown with their du (2nd person sing.) and er (3rd person sing.) forms. Only some irregular verbs (but no separable-prefix or modal verbs) have been included in this chart. All of these verbs, including the stem-changing ones, are conjugated normally in the PRESENT TENSE.

Many commonly used German verbs are NOT regular verbs. For a ranked list of the Top 20 German Verbs, including irregular verbs, click on the link. For over 500 German verbs, see our Verb-Lexikon.

Also see:
  German Verb Conjugator (selected verbs)

50 Common German Verbs
Click on any linked verb for a full conjugation
Deutsch English 2nd/3rd Per. Sing.
Sample Sentence
antworten to answer Er antwortet nicht.
arbeiten to work Er arbeitet heute.
bedeuten to mean, signify Was bedeutet dieses Wort?
beginnen to begin Wann beginnt der Film?
bekommen to get, receive Was bekommen Sie?
What can I get for you?
bestellen to order Er bestellt es online.
besuchen to visit Wir besuchen meine Tante in Berlin.
bezahlen to pay Bezahlen wir jetzt?
bleiben to stay, remain Wir bleiben hier.
bringen to bring, take Ich bringe Sie zum Flughafen.
I'll take you to the airport.
danken to thank Ich danke Ihnen. (dative verb)
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denken to think Was denken Sie darüber?
What do you think about that?
essen to eat du/er isst
Wann isst du zu Mittag?
When do you eat lunch?
fahren to travel,
drive, go
du fährst/er fährt
Ich fahre morgen nach Dresden.
I'm going/traveling to Dresden tomorrow.
finden to find Wie finden Sie den Film?
What do you think of the movie?
fliegen to fly Er fliegt nach Boston.
fragen to ask Fragst du mich?
geben to give du gibst/er gibt
Wann gibst du ihm das Buch?
es gibt = there is/there are
gehen to go Wir gehen ins Kino.
helfen to help du hilfst/er hilft
Helfen Sie mir! (dative verb)
hören to hear, listen Hörst du die Musik?
kaufen to buy Ich kaufe die Postkarte.
Also see: Present Tense Quiz 1
A self-scoring quiz on the German regular verbs.
kommen to come Wann kommt er nach Hause?
kosten to cost Was kostet das Buch?
lesen to read du/er liest
Ich lese die Zeitung.
lieben to love Ich liebe dich.
machen to make, do Was macht er?
nehmen to take du nimmst/er nimmt
Nehmt ihr das Geld?
öffnen to open Sie öffnet die Tür.
MORE > Verb-Lexikon - 500+ German verbs
probieren to try (out) Probieren geht über Studieren.
(saying)The proof's in the pudding.
regnen to rain Es regnet heute.
reisen to travel Er reist nach Teneriffa.
sagen to say, tell Er sagt nein.
schlafen to sleep du schläfst/er schläft
Wir schlafen gut.
schmecken to taste, be tasty Das schmeckt!
That tastes good!
schreiben to write Er schreibt eine Mail.
schwimmen to swim Er schwimmt gern.
He likes to swim.
sehen to see du siehst/er sieht
Ich sehe ihn nicht.
senden to send, transmit Er sendet eine E-Mail.
setzen to put, set Er setzt sich.
He sits down.
singen to sing Sie singt sehr schön.
spielen to play, act Hans spielt Fußball.
sprechen to speak du sprichst/er spricht
Ich spreche Deutsch.
suchen to seek, search
look for
Was suchst du?
What are you looking for?
trinken to drink Ich trinke lieber Kaffee.
I'd rather drink coffee.
vergessen to forget du vergisst/er vergisst
Ich vergesse den Namen.
verstehen to understand Er versteht Deutsch.
warten to wait Sie wartet auf den Bus.
She's waiting for the bus.
wohnen to reside, live (in) Mein Vater wohnt in Hamburg.
zeigen to show, indicate Ich zeige Ihnen, wo das ist.
See more about conjugating regular verbs in
Lektion 4B - German Verbs: Present Tense
MORE > Verb-Lexikon - 500+ German verbs

QUIZ > German Present Tense Quiz 1 - A self-scoring quiz

VERBS > Verb-Lexikon - 500+ German verbs
VERBS > German Verb Conjugator - selected verbs

Past Tenses: To learn the past tense forms (conjugations) of these and other German verbs see The Two German Past Tenses. Also see verbs in the simple past and present perfect tenses on our German Strong (Irregular) Verbs page.

German Verbs: Present Tense
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German Present Tense Quiz 1
A self-scoring quiz on the German present tense verb conjugations.

German Strong (Irregular) Verbs
The principal parts and conjugations of German irregular verbs, including "haben" and "sein."

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