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Past Tense

I know the basic past tense of a regular verb "ge+verb+t". But, i have seen articles in German and i want to know are there several ways of showing the past tense? I only know of one of the many ways.

January 9, 2018

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Not all German verbs use that rule. For example, verbs with a prefix use the prefix instead of "ge."


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Only the verbs with inseparable prefix.

Separable prefixes behave like anrufen -> angerufen


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi

There are Perfekt and Präteritum. In spoken speech , Perfekt is used more often (that is the one you said, hat/ist ge+verb+t)

https://www.italki.com/article/860/Let%E2%80%99s-Stop-The-Confusion-About-Perfekt-And-Pr%C3%A4teritum!

It is also worth it to learn a buch of irregular verbs, like gehen , ging, ist gegangen

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