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German Verbs: Examples

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German Weak and Strong Verbs - Sample Sentences

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Weak Verbs: Various Tenses

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1. arbeiten (to work) - regular (weak) verb; -tet ending
Present: Er arbeitet bei SAP. - He works at SAP. (is working)
Past/Preterite: Er arbeitete bei SAP. - He worked at SAP. (was working)
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Er hat bei SAP gearbeitet. - He worked at SAP. (has worked)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Er hatte bei SAP gearbeitet. - He had worked at SAP.
Future/Futur: Er wird bei SAP arbeiten. - He will work at SAP.

2. spielen (to play) - regular (weak) verb
Present: Sie spielt Karten. - She's playing cards.
Past/Preterite: Sie spielte Karten. - She played cards. (was playing)
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Sie hat Karten gespielt. - She played cards. (has played)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Sie hatte Karten gespielt. - She had played cards.
Future/Futur: Sie wird Karten spielen. - She will play cards.

3. mitspielen (to play along) - regular (weak) verb - separable prefix
Present: Sie spielt mit. - She's playing along.
Past/Preterite: Sie spielte mit. - She played along. (was playing along)
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Sie hat mitgespielt. - She played along. (has played along)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Sie hatte mitgespielt. - She had played along.
Future/Futur: Sie wird mitspielen. - She will play along.


Strong Verbs: Various Tenses

1. fahren (to drive, travel) - strong, irregular verb; stem-changing
Present: Er fährt nach Berlin. - He's driving/traveling to Berlin.
Past/Preterite: Er fuhr nach Berlin. - He went/traveled to Berlin.
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Er ist nach Berlin gefahren. - He went/traveled to Berlin. (has traveled)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Er war nach Berlin gefahren. - He had gone to Berlin.
Future/Futur: Er wird nach Berlin fahren. - He will travel to Berlin.

2. sprechen (to speak) - strong, irregular verb
Present: Er spricht Deutsch. - He speaks German. (is speaking)
Past/Preterite: Er sprach Deutsch. - He spoke German. (was speaking)
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Er hat Deutsch gesprochen. - He spoke German. (has spoken)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Er hatte Deutsch gesprochen. - He had spoken German.
Future/Futur: Er wird Deutsch sprechen. - He will speak German.

3. abfahren (to depart) - strong verb - separable prefix
Present: Wir fahren morgen ab. - We leave/depart tomorrow. (are departing)
Past/Preterite: Wir fuhren gestern ab. - We left yesterday. (were leaving)
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Wir sind gestern abgefahren. - We left yesterday. (have departed)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Wir waren gestern abgefahren. - We had left yesterday.
Future/Futur: Wir werden morgen abfahren. - We will leave/depart tomorrow.

4. besprechen (to discuss) - strong verb - inseparable prefix
Present: Wir besprechen dieses Thema. - We are discussing this topic.
Past/Preterite: Wir besprachen das gestern. - We discussed that yesterday. (were discussing)
Pres. Perfect/Perfekt: Wir haben das gestern besprochen. - We discussed that yesterday. (have discussed)
Past Perfect/Plusquamperfekt: Wir hatten das vorgestern besprochen. - We had discussed that the day before yesterday.
Future/Futur: Wir werden das morgen besprechen. - We will discuss that tomorrow.

Special Verb Examples

Past action continuing into the present (present tense):
He has been living in Berlin for three years. (and he still is)
Er wohnt schon seit drei Jahren in Berlin.

Action ending in the past:
He lived (used to live) in Berlin for three years. (but no longer does)
Er hat drei Jahre lang in Berlin gewohnt.


Also see the following verb charts for the strong verbs:

German Strong Verbs (A-F)
The principal parts of German strong verbs with their English meanings.

German Strong Verbs (G-M)
More German strong verbs with their principal parts and English meanings.

German Strong Verbs (N-Schw)
More German strong verbs with their principal parts and English meanings.

German Strong Verbs (Se-Z)
More German strong verbs with their principal parts and English meanings.

Regular Verbs - Present Tense
German regular verbs in the present tense - with example sentences.

Regular Verbs - Past Tenses
German regular verbs in the simple past and present perfect tense - with example sentences.

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