Irregular verbs in German

Irregular verbs (unregelmäßige Verben) are verbs that don’t follow the ‘normal’ pattern in at least one tense. They have at least one irregular form and can have many more than that. These irregular forms are almost always the singular forms.

Luckily there are only about 200 irregular verbs in German (compared to 573 in English), of which only about 20 are frequently used. However, the most important one’s are actually really important.

The most important irregular verbs in German:

sein (to be) | haben (to have) | können (to be able) | müssen (to need to) | essen (to eat) | werden (to become) | mögen (to like) | sehen (to see) | geben (to give) | dürfen (to be allowed to) | sollen (to be supposed to) | wollen (to want to)

Other irregular verbs in German:

beginnen | bewegen | bieten | bitten | bleiben | bringen | denken | empfehlen | essen | fahren | fallen | finden | fliegen | geben | gehen | genießen | geschehen | gewinnen | gießen | gleichen | halten | hängen | heißen | helfen | laufen | leiden | messen | kennen | kommen | laden | lassen | lesen | liegen | nehmen | nennen | rufen | schaffen | schlagen | schließen | schreiben | schwimmen | sehen | senden | sitzen | sprechen | springen | stechen | stehen | stoßen | tragen | treten | vergessen | verlieren | weichen | wenden | wissen | ziehen

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