Irregular Verbs

Irregular verbs are swines because you just have to learn them. Good luck!

(...and don't forget MOST verbs are 'regular' - thank goodness!)

Infinitive Past Simple Past Participle German
be was/were been sein
beat beat beaten schlagen
become became  become werden
begin began begun beginnen
bite bit bitten beissen
blow blew blown blasen
break broke broken brechen
bring brought brought bringen
build built built bauen
buy bought bought kaufen
can could been able können
catch caught caught fangen
choose chose chosen wählen
come came come kommen
cost cost cost kosten
cut cut cut schneiden
do did done tun
draw drew drawn zeichnen
drink drank drunk trinken
drive drove driven fahren
eat ate eaten essen
fall fell fallen fallen
feel felt felt fühlen
fight fought fought kämpfen
find found found finden
fly flew flown fliegen
forget forgot forgotten vergessen
get got got bekommen
give gave given geben
go went gone gehen
grow grew grown wachsen
hang hung hung hängen
have had had haben
hear heard heard hören
hide hid hidden verstecken
hit hit hit schlagen
hold held held halten
hurt hurt hurt wehtun
keep kept kept behalten
know knew known kennen
learn learnt learnt lernen
leave left left verlassen
lend lent lent leihen
let let let lassen
lie lay lain liegen
light lit lit erleuchten
lose lost lost verlieren
make made made machen
mean meant meant bedeuten
meet met met treffen
pay paid paid zahlen
put put put stellen
read read read lesen
ride rode ridden reiten
ring rang rung klingen
rise rose risen aufgehen
run ran run laufen
say said said sagen
see saw seen sehen
sell sold sold verkaufen
send sent sent schicken
shine  shone shone scheinen
shoot shot shot schiessen
show showed shown zeigen
shut shut shut schliessen
sing sang sung singen
sit sat sat sitzen
sleep slept slept schlaffen
speak spoke spoken sprechen
spend spent spent ausgeben
stand stood stood stehen
steal stole stolen stehlen
swim swam swum schwimmen
take took taken nehmen
teach taught taught lehren
tear tore torn reissen
tell told told erzählen
think thought thought denken
throw threw thrown werfen
understand understood understood verstehen
wake woke woken wachen
wear wore worn tragen
win won won gewinnen
write wrote written schreiben


The following verbs can be regular (-ed) or irregular (-t):


infinitive -  past simple / past participle

burn,  burned or burnt
dream, dreamed or dreamt
learn, learned or learnt
smell, smelled or smelt

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Last updated: 31.05.2006

 

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