German Verbs

Definition: German verbs are words that describe a state of being or an action. In German verbs are categorized into three categories:

  • Weak verbs: do not change the stem vowel in the past tense and the past participle and they’re considered like regular verbs in English.

    Examples in German:

    to work(arbeiten)
    to play(spielen)

  • Strong verbs: do change the stem vowel in both the past tense and the past participle.

    Examples in German:

    to speak(sprechen)
    to drive, go(fahren)

  • Mixed verbs: contain parts of both weak and strong verbs. They’re used very often and therefore they should not be overlooked.

    Examples in German:

    to bring(bringen)
    to send(senden)

Action Verbs for Applications: Using active and positive verbs in a resume or in an application form can give it additional impact and make a stronger impression on german hiring managers. If you want to make a good impression, use verbs that present your experience in a strong positive way. The verbs you use set the tone for your resume. Strong resume verbs convey a track record of accomplishment. Weak passive verbs convey mediocrity and a lack of success.

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