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Conjugating Regular Verbs


Conjugating Regular verbs

To conjugate means to give the different forms of a verb depending on the subject. English only has two regular conjugations in the present tense, no ending and -s ending (I, you, we, they run vs. he/she/it runs). Refer back to the subject pronouns and the conjugations of to be and to have. The following table is in the same format. To form regular verbs in German, take off the -en ending and add these endings:

-e -en
-st -t
-t -en

Regular Verbs

kaufen-to buy














arbeiten-to work

sitzen-to sit














helfen-to help

stehen-to stand














lernen-to learn

sagen-to say














rufen-to call

liegen-to lay














lehren-to teach

gehen-to go














stecken-to put

fragen-to ask














finden-to find

machen-to make














denken-to think

kommen-to come














glauben-to believe, think

schwimmen-to swim














wünschen-to wish, desire

tanzen-to dance














essen-to eat

beginnen-to begin














trinken-to drink

reisen-to travel














singen-to sing

studieren-to study














fischen-to fish

rauchen-to smoke














sparen-to save (money)

erzählen-to tell














trennen-to separate

bekommen-to get














versprechen-to promise

besuchen-to visit














passieren-to happen

bleiben-to remain, stay














verdienen-to earn (money)

brauchen-to need














verstehen-to understand

fliegen-to fly














gewinnen-to win

suchen-to look for














verlieren-to lose

schreiben-to write














benutzen-to use

laufen-to run














erlauben-to permit

lieben-to love














rennen-to run

dauern-to last














schlafen-to sleep

antworten-to answer














treffen-to meet

bezahlen-to pay for














ziehen-to move

entdecken-to discover














sehen-to see

erfinden-to invent














vergessen-to forget

ergänzen-to complete














waschen-to wash

warten-to wait














kennen-to know (people)

wischen-to wipe















winken-to wave
















English has three ways of expressing the present tense, such as
I run,
I am running,
I do run.

All three of these tenses are translated as one tense in German (ich laufe.) However, you can add gerade after the verb to indicate the progressive form. Ich mache meine Hausaufgaben can be translated as I do my homework or I'm doing my homework. Ich mache gerade meine Hausaufgaben is translated as I'm doing my homework.

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