The verbs sein and haben in the simple past tense

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The verbs sein and haben in the simple past tense

This is how sein (to be) and haben (to have) are conjugated in the Präteritum (simple past tense):

sein

ich war
du warst
er/sie/es war
wir waren
ihr wart
sie/Sie waren

haben
ich hatte
du hattest
er/sie/es hatte
wir hatten
ihr hattet
sie/Sie hatten

Note: in spoken German, the verbs sein (to be) and haben (to have) are mostly used in the simple past tense, not in the perfect tense (for example, ich war rather than ich bin gewesen).

Tim hatte Angst.

Tim was afraid.

Der Plan war nicht optimal.

The plan was not ideal.


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