German Present Perfect (das Perfekt) Regular Verbs

    This week’s 3 Minuten Deutsch video for this week is about how to use the present perfect tense (das Perfekt) in German with regular verbs. The video goes over the rules for how to do this and talks about a few smaller rules that you should be aware of. I made two versions of this video. The first one is in English and the second one is in German with English and German subtitles. If you are here, it means you wanted more than just a video, which is why there are more examples after the video.

    antworten – to respond, answer

    Die Lehrerin antwortet den Schülern. – The teacher is answering the students.

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    Die Lehrerin hat den Schülern geantwortet. – The teacher answered the students.

    arbeiten – to work

    Mein Vater arbeitet bei einer Firma in der Stadt. – My father works at a company in the city.

    Mein Vater hat bei einer Firma in der Stadt gearbeitet. – My father worked at a company in the city.

    fragen – to ask

    Das Kind fragt seine Mutter. – The child asks his mother.

    Das Kind hat seine Mutter gefragt. – The child asked his mother.

    glauben – to believe, to think

    Der Lehrer glaubt dem Schüler nicht. – The teacher doesn’t believe the student.

    Der Lehrer hat dem Schüler nicht geglaubt. – The teacher didn’t believe the student.

    erleben – to experience

    Ich erlebe das jeden Tag. – I experience that every day.

    Ich habe das jeden Tag erlebt. – I experienced that every day.

    verabreden – to arrange

    Der Chef verabredet für morgen mit ihr. – The boss arranges to meet her tomorrow.

    Der Chef hat für morgen mit ihr verabredet. – The boss arranged to meet her tomorrow.

    entwickeln – to develop

    Ich entwickle eine neue Krawatte. – I am developing a new tie.

    Ich habe eine neue Krawatte entwickelt. – I developed a new tie.

    Some how I forgot to mention it in the video, but verbs that end with -ieren do not get the “ge-” at the beginning of the past participle.

    interessieren – to interest

    Fußball interessiert mich. – Soccer interests me.

    Fußball hat mich interessiert. – Soccer interested me.

    Over the next few weeks I will be splitting the irregular verbs into several categories, which will each be covered in separate videos to make sure that each category gets the amount of time that they should.

    Regular German Verbs with Perfekt

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    Herr Antrim is a German teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. In 2011 he started his successful YouTube Channel "Learn German with Herr Antrim". In 2015 he created this website to enhance the German language lessons he was providing on YouTube. He is now the author of his own e-book, "Beginner German with Herr Antrim". He has also been featured on numerous blogs and other sites.