German Past

This is a list of verbs in the past tense in German. First let's start with the raw format before conjugating the verbs to the past form. Make sure to compare this table and the one below it.

To see: sehen
To write: schreiben
To love: lieben
To give: geben
To play: spielen
To read: lesen
To understand: verstehen
To have: haben
To know: wissen
To learn: lernen
To think: denken
To work: arbeiten
To speak: sprechen
To drive: fahren
To smile: lächeln
To find: finden

These samples show how the verbs above are conjugated in the past tense in a sentence which includes all the object pronouns (I, you, she...).

I saw you: Ich sah dich
I wrote with a pen: Ich schrieb mit einem Stift
You loved apples: Du liebtest Äpfel
You gave money: Du gabst Geld
You played tennis: Du spieltest Tennis
He read (past) a book: Er las ein Buch
He understood me: Er verstand mich
She had a cat: Sie hatte eine Katze
She knew my friend: Sie kannte meiner Freund
We wanted to learn: Wir wollten lernen
We thought Spanish is easy: Wir dachten, Spanisch ist einfach
You (plural) worked here: Ihr arbeitetet hier
You (plural) spoke French: Ihr spracht Französisch
They drove a car: Sie fuhren ein Auto
They smiled: Sie lächelten

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