In German there are approximately 200 irregular verbs (also called strong verbs), many of which are part of the basic German vocabulary. When a strong verb is conjugated the vowel of its word stem is changed. There are three different possibilities:
See the conjugation of them in the next chapters.
In the present tense a vowel change only happens in the 2. and 3. person singular. In plural the conjugation is identical with those of regular verbs.
|Personal form||helfen (to help)|
|ihr (you (pl.))||helft|
The following verbs have a vowel change from e to i:
|Personal form||sehen (to see)|
|ihr (you (pl.))||seht|
The following verbs have a vowel change from e to ie:
|Personal form||fahren (to drive)|
The following verbs have a vowel change from a to ä:
In the following chapters you can see the conjugations of the most important German irregular verbs
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|1 Conjugation of geben (to give) in German|
|2 Conjugation of gehen (to walk, to go) in German|
|3 Conjugation of lassen (to let) in German|
|4 Conjugation of nehmen (to take) in German|
|5 Conjugation of fahren (to drive) German|
|6 Conjugation of essen (to eat) in German|
|7 Conjugation of lesen (to read) in German|
|8 Conjugation of sehen (to see) in German|
|9 Conjugation of kommen (to come) in German|
|10 Conjugation of trinken (to drink) in German|
|11 Conjugation of schlafen (to sleep) in German|
|12 Conjugation of gefallen (to please) in German|
|13 Conjugation of schreiben (to write) in German|
|14 Conjugation of helfen (to help) in German|
|15 Conjugation of laufen (to run) in German|
|16 Conjugation of treffen (to meet, to hit) in German|
|17 Conjugation of tragen (to carry) in German|
|18 Conjugation of bleiben (to stay) in German|
|19 Conjugation of schwimmen (to swim) in German|
|20 Conjugation of finden (to find) in German|
|21 Conjugation of waschen (to wash) in German|
|22 Conjugation of bekommen (to get) in German|
|23 Cojugation of bringen (to bring) in German|
|24 Conjugation of sprechen (to speak) in German|
|25 Conjugation of heißen (to be called) in German|
|26 Conjugation of fliegen (to fly) in German|
|27 Conjugation of backen (to bake) in German|
|28 Conjugation of steigen (to rise) in German|