Er tat das, was man ihm gesagt hat. — He did as he was told.
Das einzige, was er je tat, war arbeiten. — The only thing he ever did was work.
to do something to someone (with dative) (positive or negative) (said for example about a dog)
Der tut Ihnen nichts! — He won't hurt you! (said for example about a dog)
Mein Mann hat mir so viel Gutes getan. – My husband has done me so much good.
to put; to place; to add (colloquial)
Tu das hier rein. — Put it in here.
Ich würde noch was Salz an die Kartoffeln tun. – I would add some more salt to the potatoes.
to fake; to feign; to pretend (somewhat informal, with “so”)
Er hat nur so getan. — He just faked it.
Tu nicht so, als wüsstest du nichts! — Don't pretend to know nothing!
to work; to function (colloquial, with “es”)
Die Uhr tut’s nicht mehr. – “The clock doesn’t work anymore.”
used with the preceding infinitive of another verb to emphasise this verb(chiefly colloquial, but acceptable in writing)
Er singt immer noch gern, aber tanzen tut er gar nicht mehr.
He still loves singing, but as to dancing, he doesn't do that anymore at all.
used with the following infinitive of another verb to emphasise the whole statement(colloquial, nonstandard) (as a response to the reproach that one is not)
Ich tu doch zuhören! – I am listening! (as a response to the reproach that one is not)
used in the past subjunctive with the infinitive of another verb to form the conditional tense (colloquial, nonstandard) (instead of standard würde)
Ich tät mir das noch mal überlegen. – I would think about that again.
About German Verb "tun"
The German verb tun is one of the most commonly used German verbs. According to our analysis of 100,000+ German news articles, tun is the 32nd most used verb. Our data on the German verb tun comes from Wiktionary and is verified through secondary sources like Duden. The different colors in our verb conjugation chart represent certain morphological transformations. These verb cojugations are derived algorithmically.