Das Perfekt with the Rest of the Irregular Verbs

    This week’s 3 Minuten Deutsch videos wrap up our talks about the irregular verbs with the present perfect in German. I talked about several verbs that follow pretty standard patterns in their past participles. You can watch the videos below, but there are other examples of these patterns that I couldn’t fit into the videos after the jump.


    verlieren – verloren – to lose

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    Wir verlieren das Spiel. – We are losing the game.

    Wir haben das Spiel verloren. – We lost the game.

    ziehen – gezogen – to pull

    Zieht ihr am Türgriff? – Are you pulling on the door handle?

    Habt ihr am Türgriff gezogen? – Did you pull on the door handle?

    Caution: Don’t forget that this one also changes from “h” to “g”.


    singen – gesungen – to sing

    Ich singe nicht gern. – I don’t like to sing.

    Ich habe nicht gern gesungen. – I didn’t like singing.

    trinken – getrunken – to drink

    Der Junge trinkt gern Tee. – The boy likes to drink tea.

    Der Junge hat gern Tee getrunken. – The boy liked to drink tea.


    schwimmen – geschwommen – to swim
    Fische schwimmen im Wasser. – Fish swim in water.
    Fische sind im Wasser geschwommen. – Fish swam in the water.


    helfen – geholfen – to help

    Die Lehrerin hilft dem Kind mit den Hausaufgaben. – The teacher is helping the child with the homework.

    Die Lehrerin hat dem Kind mit den Hausaufgaben geholfen. – The teacher helped the child with the homework.

    sprechen – gesprochen – to speak

    Der Trainer spricht mit dem Schiedsrichter. – The coach is talking with the referee.

    Der Trainer hat mit dem Schiedsrichter gesprochen. – The coach talked with the referee.

    sterben – gestorben – to die

    Dracula stirbt nie. – Dracula never dies.

    Dracula ist nie gestorben. – Dracula never died.

    treffen – getroffen – to meet
    Ich treffe mich mit meinen Freunden in der Schule. – I am meeting my friends in school.
    Ich habe mich mit meinen Freunden in der Schule getroffen. – I met my friends in school.

    There are a ton of other irregular German verbs that follow these and other patterns. The bottom line is that you will just have to memorize them. If you are looking for a better way to remember the irregular forms of German verbs in both the present perfect and the simple past tense, you might want to check out my review of Smarter German’s Irregular Verb App.

    Irregular German Verbs in Present Perfect

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