Re: German tips ...
I have another tip and was hoping someone could expand upon it.
"Most" (there are exceptions) regular german verbs can be converted to the past tense by simply adding a (t) after the verb stem (sagen, heissen, hören, hoffen, kaufen etc).
Ich sage (I say) --> Ich sagte (I said)
Du sagst (you say) --> du sagtest (you said)
Ich arbeite (I work) --> Ich arbeitete (I worked)
Du arbeitest (you work) --> Du arbeitetest (you worked)
Irregular verbs are a bit different.
It seems that most verbs with a stem change of e --> i in present tense have an e --> a change in the past tense(examples: essen, vergessen, sprechen, geben, helfen) then if in the present tense the verb stem ends with an t, you just drop it.
Ich esse (I eat) --> Ich aß (I ate)
du vergisst (you forget) --> du vergaß (You forgot)
except for the Ihr conjugation the t remains
Ihr aßt or Ihr vergasst
Obviously this doesn't work 100% of the time but hopefully it helps a little.
If anybody has any tips for future tense or anything to add for past tense I'd love to hear it.
Last edited by chemgoddess; 24.07.2007 at 14:50.