German Grammar 105 – Irregular verb – to have – haben

Most verbs in German are regular, but “haben“ (to have) is one of the irregular verbs. As a very important verb you will use it a lot.


Conjugation of “haben“

ich habe – I have
du hast – you have
er / sie / es hat – he / she / it has

wir haben – we have
ihr habt – you have (informal, plural)
sie haben – they have
Sie haben – you have (formal, singular and plural)

Examples:

Ich habe keine Zeit.
I don’t have time.

Sie hat einen Bruder.
She has a brother.

Wir haben viel Arbeit.
We have a lot of work.

Haben Sie ein Auto?
Do you have a car?

Du hast einen schönen Hund.
You have a beautiful dog.

Er hat eine neue Uhr.
He has a new watch.

It is also used to form tenses just like English uses “to have“. For example:

Ich habe gearbeitet.
I have worked.

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