Past tenses for regular (weak) verbs:

One of the verbs that conjugates regularly is the verb: machen (to do). Its past forms depending on the grammar tense look as follows:

Conjugation in the past tense Perfekt:

ich habe gemacht

I did, I have done

du hast gemacht

you did, you have done

er / sie / es hat gemacht

he / she / it did, he / she / it has done

wir haben gemacht

we did, we have done

ihr habt gemacht

you did, you have done

sie haben gemacht

they did, they have done

Sie haben gemacht

you did, you have done (polite form)

One of the key elements of this grammar tense is the so-called Partizip II. Now you will learn how to build it for regular verbs.

Simply cut off the ending 'en' from the verb infinitive (you will obtain the word mach). Then add the prefix 'ge' to the verb. Next step is to add the letter 't' to it. This way you obtain the verb form gemacht.

Another element that makes up this grammar tense is the so-called:

auxiliary verb

There are two to choose from: haben and sein. To build a sentence in the grammatical tense Perfekt in German, you need to choose the appropriate auxiliary verb and conjugate it in the present tense.

These are the two main components we need to build our sentence in the grammatical tense Perfekt.

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Note: You will not find the verb machen in this course, because it conjugates regularly. In this course you will focus on the verbs that have:

irregular forms in past tenses

At the same time, you will also learn the forms of these verbs in the present tense Präsens. In the grammatical tense Präsens some of them have regular and some irregular forms.

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