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German Verb Conjugations

gehen (to go)
Past Tense Forms

The German verb gehen conjugated in all its tenses

GEHEN: Present | Past | Future | Commands/Subjunctive | Verb List

gehen (to go)
Simple Past Tense
Note: The German Imperfekt (simple past) tense is used more in written form (newspapers, books) than in speaking. In conversation the Perfekt (pres. perfect) is preferred for talking about past events or conditions.
ich ging I went
du gingst you (fam.) went
er ging
sie ging
es ging
he went
she went
it went
wir gingen we went
ihr gingt you (guys) went
sie gingen they went
Sie gingen you went

gehen (to go)
Present Perfect Tense (Past)
Note: The verb gehen uses sein (not haben) as its helping verb in the Perfekt (pres. perfect). The German Perfekt of gehen can be translated either as "went" (English simple past) or "has gone" (English pres. perfect), depending on the context.
ich bin gegangen I went, have gone
du bist gegangen you (fam.) went,
have gone
er ist gegangen
sie ist gegangen
es ist gegangen
he went, has gone
she went, has gone
it went, has gone
wir sind gegangen we went, have gone
ihr seid gegangen you (guys) went,
have gone
sie sind gegangen they went, have gone
Sie sind gegangen you went, have gone

gehen (to go)
Past Perfect Tense
Note: To form the past perfect, all you do is change the helping verb (sein) to the past tense. Everything else is the same as in the Perfekt (pres. perfect) above.
ich war gegangen
du warst gegangen

...und so weiter
I had gone
you had gone
...and so on
wir waren gegangen
sie waren gegangen

...und so weiter.
we had gone
they had gone
...and so on.
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