German Grammar 106 – Conjugation of regular verbs in present tense

Good news – most German verbs are regular. But unlike in English, German verbs have many different suffix endings.

To conjugate a regular verb you need the stem of the infinitive of the verb and the appropriate ending. The stem of the verb is the infinitive without -en. For example:

Infinitives: gehen (to walk), studieren (to study), wohnen (to live)

stem (infinitive without -en): geh, studier, wohn

Once you have the stem of the verb, you need the suffix endings, which are:

– with ich (I) use the ending -e
– with du (You), use the ending -st
– with the third person singular pronouns er/sie/es (He/She/It), use the ending -t
– with wir (We), use the ending -en
– with ihr (You plural), use the ending -t
– with sie/Sie (They, and the formal ‘You’), use the ending -en

Now let’s combine the endings with our three examples of verb stems:


ich gehe
du gehst
er/sie/es geht
wir gehen
ihr geht
sie/Sie gehen


ich studiere
du studierst
er/sie/es studiert
wir studieren
ihr studiert
sie/Sie studieren


ich wohne
du wohnst
er/sie/es wohnt
wir wohnen
ihr wohnt
sie/Sie wohnen

Further examples:

Du lernst Deutsch.
You learn German.

Wir kommen aus Spanien.
We are from Spain. (lit. We come from Spain)

Ich kaufe einen Tee.
I buy a tea.

Er kopiert die Seite.
He copies the page.

EXERCISE: 106 Regular Present | NEXT: 107 Separable Verbs