German Sein Verbs and Past Participles

Learn which verbs use sein in the present perfect tense

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German Sein Verbs and Past Participles


The following verbs use sein as the auxiliary verb, and many have irregular past participles.

aufwachen wake up aufgewacht
bleiben remain geblieben
erscheinen appear erschienen
ertrinken drown ertrunken
fahren drive, go, travel gefahren
fallen fall gefallen
fliegen fly geflogen
folgen follow gefolgt
gebren be born geboren
gehen go gegangen
gelingen succeed gelungen
geschehen happen geschehen
joggen jog gejoggt
klettern climb geklettert
kommen come gekommen
kriechen creep gekrochen
laufen run gelaufen
passieren happen passiert
reisen travel gereist
reiten ride (horseback) geritten
rennen run gerannt
schwimmen swim geschwommen
sein be gewesen
sinken sink gesunken
springen jump gesprungen
steigen climb gestiegen
sterben die gestorben
treten step getreten
wachsen grow gewachsen
wandern hike gewandert
werden become geworden



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