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Irregular Verb Conjugation of haben

The irregular verb ‘to have’ = ‘haben’ is very frequently used. It is used in 4 different settings:

1. As a transitive verb to express: to have; to possess, to own

I have an old car. = Ich habe ein altes Auto. 

She has a new hair style. = Sie hat eine neue Frisur.

2. As a transitive verb to express: to have; to hold, to contain

This tank holds 200 liters. = Dieser Tank hat 200 Liter.

This report contains over 600 pages. = Dieser Bericht hat über 600 Seiten.

3. As an auxiliary verb to form the perfect and past perfect tense

It has just rained for one hour. = Es hat eine Stunde lang geregnet.

Marie had married him 20 years ago before she ran into Jim again. = Marie hatte ihn vor 20 Jahren geheiratet, bevor sie Jim wieder zufällig begegnete.

4. As a reflexive verb, in colloquial expressions: sich haben

He has a good grip on himself. = Er hat sich gut im Griff.

They sincerely like each other. = Sie haben sich wirklich gern.

That is that! = Damit hat sich der Fall!

What’s it all about? / What does it mean? = Was hat es damit auf sich?

Present Tense Conjugation

Conjugation and tenses of haben

Since the verb ‘haben’ is an irregular verb, it changes its word stem in the past tense and present perfect.

Conjugation in Past & Present Perfect

Past and Perfect Tense haben



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