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Mixed Verbs in the Past


I. Theory

Mixed verbs feature traits of both strong and weak verbs. In their preterite (simple past) and compound past forms, mixed verbs have a vowel change – like strong verbs. However, like weak verbs, they take the standard -te(n) ending the the preterite and their past participle ends in -t.
Mein Großvater hat einen berühmten Autor gekannt. (kennen)
My grandfather knew a famous author.

Ich dachte, dass das Meeting um 10 Uhr war. (denken)
I thought that the meeting was at 10:00.

II. Common Mixed Verbs

The following list contains the most commonly seen mixed verbs. While there are several others in the language, the total number of mixed verbs in German is under 20. In this lesson, we will discuss: kennen, wissen, bringen, denken, and rennen. For each verb, both a preterite and compound past example are provided.

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