German Steps

Perfect tense of irregular verbs

The most frequently used tense when talking about things that happened in the past is the perfect tense.

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The perfect tense is made up of two parts:  haben or sein and the past participle (Partizip II) of the main verb.

Many common verbs are irregular, and you need to learn their past participle forms by heart.

Here are 20 common irregular verbs and their past participles to get you started:

Ich habe einen Kaffee getrunken.

Wir haben Mittag gegessen.

Hast du meinen Stift gesehen?

beginnen – begonnen

bleiben – geblieben

bringen – gebracht

denken – gedacht

essen – gegessen

fahren – gefahren

finden – gefunden

geben – gegeben

gehen – gegangen

helfen – geholfen

kommen – gekommen

lesen – gelesen

nehmen – genommen

schlafen – geschlafen

schreiben – geschrieben

sehen – gesehen

sprechen – gesprochen

treffen – getroffen

trinken – getrunken

wissen – gewusst

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

External Link: Partizip II: unregelmäßig.