A few weeks ago one of our Facebook followers asked me to write about using the perfect (das Perfekt)in German. This post is mean to be an answer to that question and a detailed continuation of the posts “Understanding German Verbs 1 & 2.”
While there are many things that make German a rather complicated language, one of its advantages over English is that it has fewer tenses. For instance German generally disregards all continuous forms (to be + ing; z.B. I’m reading a book). In German “Ich lese ein Buch.” can mean “I’m reading a book.” or “I read a book.” by simply putting a time phrase in the sentence it could even be a future form. But let’s get back to das Perfekt. In spoken German, das Perfekt is most often used for talking about past events and unlike in English the referred to event does not need to have happened in the recent past.
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