Frequent question: How many German verbs do I need to know?

How many verbs are there in German?

There are six tenses in German: the present and past are conjugated, and there are four compound tenses. There are two categories of verbs in German: weak and strong.

Auxiliary verbs.

Present Past
ich bin war
du bist warst
er ist war
wir/sie sind waren

How do you memorize German verbs?

It gets easier to remember such verbs by categorizing them even further into three main groups:

  1. Stem change e to ie. Eg: lesen (to read): ich lese, du liest, er/sie/es liest, ihr lest, wir/Sie/sie lesen.
  2. Stem change a to ä. …
  3. Stem change e to i.

What are the most important verbs in German?

The 50 most common German verbs: a list

1 sein be
2 haben have
3 können be able/can
4 werden become
5 sagen say/tell

What are the 6 modal verbs in German?

The modal verbs in German are: können (can, to be able to), müssen (must, to have to), wollen (will, to want to), sollen (should, am to, ought to, to be supposed to), dürfen (may, to be allowed to), mögen (to like, to like to).

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What are the types of verbs in German?

Types of Verbs

Type Example
Regular Verbs leben
Impersonal Verbs blitzen
Reflexive Verbs sich abkühlen
Reciprocal Verbs sich anfreunden

What are the three types of verbs in German?

Most verbs are categorized as strong, weak, or mixed. Weak verbs take few, predictable changes. Strong verbs take more, less predictable changes. Mixed verbs combine the rules/patterns of weak and strong.

How do you read verbs in German?

German verbs require more different endings than English verbs. In English we use only an s ending or no ending for most verbs: “I/they/we/you play” or “he/she plays.” In the present tense, German has a different ending for almost all of those verb situations: ich spiele, sie spielen, du spielst, er spielt, etc.

How do you master verb conjugation in German?

All you have to do is take the verb stem and add the present or simple past tense endings. In the present tense the 3rd person singular and 2nd person plural have the same endings (green). So do the 1st and 3rd person plural (blue). In the past sentence, we also have similarities.

What are the two most important verbs in the German language?

The verbs sein (to be) and haben (to have) are two of the most common verbs in German and therefore you must memorize their forms. Sein and haben are the infinitive forms of the verbs.

What are some German cuss words?

Single-Word Swears

German English equivalent Vulgarity level
Scheiße (scheisse) sh*t mild/medium
Mist crap/dang mild
Arschloch a*shole medium
Schlampe b*tch high
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What are regular verbs in German?

German Regular Verbs in the Present Tense

antworten * to answer machen
helfen * to help verlieren
kaufen to buy versprechen
kennen to know (people) verstehen
kommen to come warten