Regular verbs in German

Regular verbs (regelmäßige Verben) are verbs that follow the ‘normal’ pattern, so the formation rules of a particular tense or verb form.

If we take the Präsens, for example, they are conjugated by using the root (Stamm) of the verb and then adding the ending for the corresponding personal pronoun. You can find these endings in the table below.

Personalpronomen | Personal pronounEndung | Ending
ich-e
du-st
er, sie, es-t
wir-en
ihr-t
sie-en

Regular verbs have no exceptions to these rules. If a verb has at least one form that does not follow these rules it is an irregular verb (unregelmäßiges Verb).

Luckily, the vast majority of all verbs in German are regular verbs. However, there about 200 irregular verbs in German – which is not too bad, given that English has 573 – of which some are used really often.

You can find more information on the irregular verbs here.

Here are some examples for regular verbs:

machen (to make) | heißen (to be called) | kennen (to know) | hören (to hear)

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