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German Course - Past Tense

One day, while I was flicking through my past and future lessons on the German course on Duolingo, I realised that the course contributors don't appear to be showing you how to use the past tense. As I am new to learning a useful and active language (I usually learn Irish in school), I don't know if in German and/or other languages the past tense is incredibly hard to learn and teach, because I really can't think of any other explanation as to why they aren't there (apart from the fact that I may just be incredibly blind). I would love to be able to get as much out of Duolingo as possible, and I have gotten so much information, help and great teaching on it that I am just a bit confused. I hope this helps!

Anybody else have any thoughts on this? Danke!

  • das Fabelwesen
February 18, 2018



I have been studying German for three years at my Uni and find this to be a good summation of the differences between the perfect and preterite tenses: http://germanforenglishspeakers.com/verbs/perfect-vs-preterite/


If you're at level 10, you probably just haven't reached that part of the tree yet.

I remember when I was first going through the tree it felt like a long time until I got to the past tenses.
Don't worry! They're there! (And debateably they're actually easier than in English!)

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