Past and Future Tense Verb Conjugation in German

Hello everone,

Can someone please list the endings that verbs have in the Past, Present and Future Tenses? Also if there is some for the Perfect Tense that would be great.

Thank you soooo very much!


June 26, 2018


Here are haben and gehen. Not sure about exceptions ...I'll have a think.


ich hatte

du +st

er/sie/es hatte

wir +n

ihr +t

sie/Sie +n


ich ging

du +st

er/sie/es ging

wir +en

ihr +t

sie/Sie +en


ich habe gehabt

du hast gehabt


ich bin gegangen

du bist gegangen



ich hatte gehabt

du hattest gehabt


ich war gegangen

du warst gegangen


Futur I

ich werde haben

du wirst haben


ich werde gehen

du wirst gehen


Futur II ich werde gehabt haben

du wirst gehabt haben


ich werde gegangen sein

du wirst gegangen sein


Sometimes there is another e... -(e)te, -(e)test, -(e)ten, or -(e)tet

June 26, 2018

Well done with that! Most of the things you said were the things I was going to say : (

June 26, 2018

thanks, Gryphowl- praise indeed :)

June 26, 2018

Thank you npLam! This will help lots! :D

June 26, 2018

Still thinking about exceptions... obviously, things like lesen have a bit of trouble with the s's... so with lesen,

ich las might make you expect du lasst, but it's:

du last or du lasest

June 26, 2018

All the verb forms you can wish for! :)

June 26, 2018

I like the look of this site- especially the additional info section. Thanks.

June 26, 2018

WOW!! Thank you Jileha! Great resource! :D THANKS!

June 27, 2018
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There are some exceptions for auxliliary and modal verbs, but the endings for the different tenses are the following: 1.) present tense: -e, -(e)st. -(e)t, -en, -et, -en. 2.) past tense regular (weak) verbs: -e, -est, -et, -en, -et, en 3.) past tense strong verbs: -, -st, -, -en, -t, -en, -t, -en For present perfect and past perfect you only need the present resp. past tense of "haben" or "sein", combined with the past participle of the main verb, for future tense you need the present form of "werden" plus infinitive, for future perfect the present perfect of "werden" plus infinitive. You have to learn the tables for the auxiliary verbs "sein" and "haben" (as well as the modal verbs) sepratately. there are some itrregularities with the 2nd and 3rd person singular in the present of some verbs, but those do not concern the ending, but a change of stem vowel.

June 26, 2018

thanks, i guessed there'd be exceptions... now if only there were a good way to spot strong/weak/irregular verbs...

June 27, 2018

Sorry for the rather untimely question, but what exactly is a strong, weak and irregular verb?

June 27, 2018

Hi! German verbs that have irregular forms are also called strong verbs. Weak (regular) verbs follow the "standard" pattern.
BUT... There are also mixed verbs that combine elements of weak and strong verbs. (Quite how one might not follow the standard pattern, and yet not be classed as irregular eludes me.)
Apparently, denken is mixed.... but while denken is irregular in the past indicative and past conjunctive, rennen (i think) is only irregular in the past... so that makes it less mixed by my reckoning...
Anything irregular has to be memorised, so by the time you've done that, i don't suppose it helps much to know whether it's a strong verb or not... Weak Nouns, on the other hand are another matter... I love it when i remember them

June 27, 2018
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