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German Verb Conjugations

werden (to become)

The verb werden conjugated in all its tenses

Also see: The Passive Voice in German

WERDEN > Present | Past | Future | Commands/Subjunctive | Verb List

Commands - Imperativ
There are three command (imperative) forms, one for each "you" word. In addition, the "let's" form is used with wir.
(du) werde! become/get
(ihr) werdet! become/get
werden Sie! become/get
werden wir! let's become/get

Subjunctive I - Konjunktiv I

The subjunctive is a mood, not a tense. The Subjunctive I (Konjunktiv I) is based on the infinitive form of the verb. It is most often used to express indirect quotation (indirekte Rede).
ich werde (würde)* I become
du werdest you become
er werde
sie werde
es werde
he becomes
she becomes
it becomes
*NOTE: Because the Subjunctive I (Konjunktiv I) of "werden" and some other verbs is sometimes identical to the indicative (normal) form, the Subjunctive II is sometimes substituted, as in the items marked.
wir werden (würden)* we become
ihr werdet you (guys) become
sie werden (würden)* they become
Sie werden (würden)* you become

Subjunctive II - Konjunktiv II

The Subjunctive II (Konjunktiv II) expresses wishful thinking, contrary-to-reality situations and is used to express politeness. The Subjunctive II is based on the simple past tense (Imperfekt).
ich würde I would become
du würdest you would become
er würde
sie würde
es würde
he would become
she would become
it would become
wir würden we would become
ihr würdet you (guys) would become
sie würden they would become
Sie würden you would become
NOTE: The Subjunctive form of "werden" is often used in combination with other verbs to form the conditional mood (Konditional). Here are several examples:
Sie würden es kaufen you would buy it
Was würden Sie tun? What would you do?
ich würde nach Berlin (fahren) I would go to Berlin
ich würde gerufen haben I would have called
Since the Subjunctive is a mood and not a tense, it can also be used in various tenses. Below are several examples.
ich sei geworden I am said to have become
ich wäre geworden I would have become
sie wären geworden they would have become
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WERDEN > Present | Past | Future | Commands/Subjunctive | Verb List

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