German verbs with “-ieren”

German verbs with “-ieren”

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.


For example:


kopieren to copy
fotografieren to take photos
diskutieren to discuss
telefonieren to phone
operieren to operate / to make a surgery
animieren to encourage / to animate
servieren to serve
reparieren to repair


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.


Bis bald!



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