Das Imperfekt In this unit, we are going to learn more about how to discuss events that occurred in the past. You may recall in the previous unit we reviewed how to use the 'present perfect.' The present perfect tense is used in everyday conversation and is often called the 'conversational past'. In this unit you will learn another past tense called 'imperfect'. The 'imperfect' is also referred to as the 'narrative past tense', because it is used to express a series of connected past events, as if you were narrating a story.
Here is the pattern for weak verbs in the imperfect:
*Note that weak verbs keep the same stem in all tenses.
sagen: to say
antworten: to answer
*Note that this chart shows the endings for weak verbs that end in -d or t.
Conjugate the verb in the imperfect tense with the subject pronoun given.. Make a sentence using the correct form and click on the left column to see a possible answer.
*Note that strong verbs do not keep the same stem. i.e. finden, fand, gefunden. In fact, the definition of a strong verb is one that changes its stem in the imperfect (narrative past) and does NOT have the -te that weak verbs have.
Fill in the correct imperfect form of gehen or finden. Try writing the correct conjugation; then click on the line to see the correct answer.
Wir nach Hause.
Ich seine Adresse nicht.
Du zu weit.
Ihr den braunen Anzug.
Here is a list of some commen imperfect tense stems for strong verbs. Remember that the correct endings need to be added to these stems to conjugate them correctly.
Mündliche Aufgabe Record yourself speaking 8 complete sentences in the 'imperfect' tense in German, using the above verbs. Use at least four different subject pronouns. (8 Punkte)