Everything about German Verbs
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Much of the underlying structure and beauty of the German language is derived through an elaborate mesh of verbs. These verbs act as the main coordinator for grammar, pronunciation, and meaning in the German language.

The basic form of a German verb is the infinitive.

All German verbs end in either -en or -n .

Example of the Most Used German Verbs

 be 
sein volume_up volume_up
 have 
haben volume_up volume_up
 will 
werden volume_up volume_up

To use a verb in a sentence you need to know how to conjugate it. For example, in English, we say “I am tired” and “They are tired” for the same verb “to be”. German has this feature as well, but there is much more of it than in English.

To understand which verb form to use we need to know whether its subject is singular/plural, formal/informal, or 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person. Here are the main pronouns that represent the six different scenarios for verb conjugation.

Singular Pronouns

  • ich
  • du
  • er / sie / es
  • I
  • you (informal)
  • he / she / it

Plural Pronouns

  • wir
  • ihr
  • sie / Sie
  • we
  • you (plural)
  • they / you (formal)