Regular verbs in the simple past tense
The Präteritum (simple past tense) is used to express completed actions in the past. It is mainly used in written German and for narrating stories.
Vor langer Zeit lebte eine Gruppe spezieller Menschen im Hotel Brandenbutt.
A long time ago, a group of special people lived at the Hotel Brandenbutt.
Als sie in Berlin lebte, arbeitete sie im Hotel.
When she lived in Berlin, she worked in the hotel.
Verbs in the simple past tense are formed like this: stem of the verb + t + ending.
Note: if the stem of the verb ends in a ‑t or ‑d , you have to add an extra ‑e:
arbeit-en → sie arbeitete arbeiten, Präteritum
to work → she worked
bad-en → ich badete baden, Präteritum
to bathe → I bathed
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