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German tenses - past, present and future

How do you learn the German times?

On Lingolia you learn the German times very quickly. Just choose the tense you want to learn. There you will find a free explanation with the rules for the formation and use of the tense for strong, weak and mixed verbs. In the exercises you can repeat what you have learned and improve your German.

Conjugator

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Times overview

This table is an overview with the conjugation for a weak and strong verb in all tenses. The table also provides a brief summary of how each time is used.

Example:
you learn
you learned
you learned
you learned
you will learn
you will have learned

Present

The present tense is the most commonly used tense in German. We mainly use this tense to talk about the present and the future.

Example:
I am learning
I see

Perfect

With the perfect tense we express that an action was completed in the past, whereby the result or the consequence of the action is in the foreground.

Example:
I have learned
I have seen

preterite

The past tense expresses facts and actions in the past. We use this tense for stories and reports, especially in written language.

Example:
i learned
I saw

past continuous

We use the past perfect when, in a narration about the past (in the simple past), we look back on something that happened before.

Example:
I had learned
I had seen

Future tense I.

We mainly use the future tense to express an intention for the future or a guess for the present / future.

Example:
I will learn
I will see

Future tense II

The future tense II expresses the assumption that an action will be completed by the time you speak or at a later point in time.

Example:
I will have learned
i will have seen