The irregular verb ‘to take’ = ‘nehmen’ is very frequently used. Besides it main meaning this verb also has several other meanings. Here are the most important ones:
A) to pick sb./sth. –> in the sense to select from multiple options:
I pick the green dress. = Ich nehme das grüne Kleid.
B) to use something:
Martin always uses soap to wash his hands. = Martin nimmt immer Seife zum Hände waschen.
C) In addition, this verb is used in many expressions and phrases. Here are a few examples:
to be miffed about sth. / to take offense at sth. = etwas übel nehmen
to be cool with sth. = etwas locker nehmen
to back away = Abstand nehmen
If you’d like to know more about additional phrases and uses, go here.
You also come across ‘nehmen’ in combination with a variety of separable and inseparable prefixes
annehmen, aufnehmen, einnehmen, abnehmen, zunehmen
benehmen, vernehmen, übernehmen, entnehmen
Present Tense Conjugation
Since the verb ‘nehmen’ is an irregular verb, it changes its word stem in the past tense and present perfect.