There are different categories of verbs in German and one of them is the verbs which end with “-ieren”. After reading this article you will know how the verbs of this group behave and how you can use them correctly.
Actually, most of the verbs which end on “-ieren” are words which do not directly come from German. It is a typical suffix for verbs which are loanwords from other languages and it stands for a verb which has been formed out of a noun or adjective. Most likely, you will understand all of them without any translation.
|fotografieren||to take photos|
|operieren||to operate / to make a surgery|
|animieren||to encourage / to animate|
Präsens (Present tense) and Präteritum (Simple Past)
In the present tense, these verbs behave as ever normal verb does. You need to take the root of the verb and add the right endings for each person (ich telefoniere, du telefonierst etc.). The same applies for simple past (ich telefonierte, du telefoniertest etc.)
Perfekt (Present Perfect Simple) and Plusquamperfekt (Past Perfect Simple)
Besides the fact that you need to choose whether to use “sein” or “haben” – which you need to do for all verbs – using the verbs with “-ieren” in both times is very easy. They do not get any prefix but only the letter “t” as a suffix for all persons as you can see in the following example.
Ich habe telefoniert
du hast telefoniert
er hat telefoniert
sie hat telefoniert
es hat telefoniert
wir haben telefoniert
ihr habt telefoniert
sie haben telefoniert
Now, that you know how to use verbs with “-ieren” in all times, you can easily integrate them in your everyday German life.