Grammar Term:

Translation: das Präteritum
Preterit is a form of the verb that expresses past tense. It's usually marked by making changes to the verb stem and the endings. In English, it is called "simple past". On this site, I call it "written past".

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German Past Tense - The Basics

A fun overview over how the past tense works in German and where the differences are to English.

German Past Tense 3 - "The Written Past"

In this episode, we'll learn the rules for the regular preterit and go over the irregular forms of the most common verbs. With lots of examples.

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