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    German Present Perfect - Regular Verbs

    Beginner German - Level A1

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    Present perfect of regular verbs

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    regular verbs

    German A1.1

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    German A1

    Past Tense 1: Present Perfect (das Perfekt)

    The present perfect is generally used in spoken language to express something that happened in the past. The preterite tense is used the same way, but mainly in written texts such as stories, fairy tales, newspapers, books and literature in general.

    Perfekt mit haben (-t ending)

    haben  +   ge  +  main part of the verb  +  t

    Infinitiv lernen leben wollen kritisieren
    Präsens Ich lerne Du lebst Er will Ihr kritisiert
    Perfekt Ich habe gelernt Du hast gelebt Er hat gewollt Ihr habt kritisiert

    Example: Ich habe zwei Jahre in Berlin gelebt. Ich habe letztes Jahr Spanisch gelernt.

    I lived in Berlin for two years. I learned Spanish last year.

    (literally: I have lived in Berlin for two years. I have learned Spanish last year.)

     

    Weak (aka Regular) Verbs withhaben

     

    Pres-Perfschwachhaben-1-1

    Verbs ending with ‘-ieren

    Pres-PerfVerbenmit-ieren-1-1

     

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