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Audio Course German - Chapter 10 Lesson 7


Exercise: German participle

Now we'll look at those participles again. Can you guess the infinitive? You have a moment to think about each one. After a short pause, you will hear the infinitive.

gefahren

fahren

gesagt

sagen

gemacht

machen

gehabt

haben

zusammengestoßen

zusammenstoßen

Did you notice something? Right, most participle begin with the syllable ge-. What about the ending? Some keep the normal –en. For example, fahren – gefahren, zusammenstoßen - zusammengestoßen. When you study other tenses of German, you will learn that this group of verb is special and is called the "strong verbs". The other verbs don't end in –en. Instead, they end with a –t, for example sagen – gesagt, machen – gemacht, haben – gehabt. Step by step, you will learn which verb belongs to which group. For now, the verbs you've just learned are a good start.



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