Present Tense - German Regular Verbs

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The verb has an ending which matches the subject ("do-er" of the verb action). Endings are highlighted here in red.

The ending for we, they and the formal you are all the same!

The present tense endings for regular basic German verbs
  spielen to play
spiele I play
(you, informal)
spielst You play
er / sie / es
(he / she / it)
spielt He / She / It plays
spielen We play
(you, informal, plural)
spielt You play
spielen They play
(you, formal)
spielen You play

Interactive Exercises:

| matching exercise - verb forms of haben, finden and 'sein' | multiple-choice exercise (basic verbs) | gap exercise #1 | jumbled sentences |

In the present tense there are some irregular verbs. This means that the vowel in the middle of the verb's du form and er/sie/es form changes.

Example of vowel change in a German irregular verb
sehen = to see Ich sehe gern fern.
(I like watching TV.)
Siehst du gern fern?
(Do you like watching TV?)

You can find the correct form of these verbs in the Table of Strong Verbs.

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