Languages › German German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat) Share Flipboard Email Print Sebastian Pfuetze / Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 26, 2020 No matter where you are in the world one thing will always be true, everyone loves to eat! Most people never want to accidentally say they've eaten when they haven't but if you don't use the proper verb tense that's just the kind of mistake you can make. Learning all the ways to conjugate the word essen or to eat can help you never miss a meal in Germany. Stem-Changing Verbs Essen is a regular stem-changing verb. German, like many other languages, has these stem-changing verbs. This means that the stem or ending of the word is what changes based on who the action is referring to. These endings will remain consistent throughout the language for regular stem-changing verbs. Unlike in English, where I take and we take uses the same form of the verb; in German, the stems of the verb would change. This can make learning the language easier because you only need to remember the roots of most verbs. Verbs that are irregular will not follow these rules or will only follow them some of the time. Thankfully essen is one of these regular verbs. Essen: Conjugated in All Tenses Past tense • Vergangenheit The following charts will show the German verb essen conjugated in all its past tenses and moods. It may look like a lot to remember but once you learn the stems of verbs it will be much easier. These types of linguistic patterns can make learning any language easier. Simple Past Tense - Imperfekt Singular ich aß I ate du aßt you ate er aßsie aßes aß he ate she ate it ate wir aßen we ate ihr aßt you (guys) ate sie aßen they ate Sie aßen you ate Compound Past Tense (Pres. Perfect) - Perfekt ich habe gegessen I ate/have eaten du hast gegessen you ate/have eaten er hat gegessensie hat gegessenes hat gegessen he ate/has eaten she ate/has eaten it ate/has eaten wir haben gegessen we ate/have eaten ihr habt gegessen you (guys) ate have eaten sie haben gegessen they ate/have eaten Sie haben gegessen you ate/have eaten Past Perfect Tense - Plusquamperfekt ich hatte gegessen I had eaten du hattest gegessen you (fam.) had eaten er hatte gegessensie hatte gegessenes hatte gegessen he had eaten she had eaten it had eaten wir hatten gegessen we had eaten ihr hattet gegessen you (guys) had eaten sie hatten gegessen they had eaten Sie hatten gegessen you had eaten Now that you've learned how to avoid being over fed make sure you know how to ask for a meal as well! If you 're looking to up your language skills make sure to check out the 20 most-used German verbs. Don't forget to learn how to ask for your favorite foods and of course, your favorite beer, while you're at it. Because the more words you know the more friends you can make Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Flippo, Hyde. "German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat)." ThoughtCo, Aug. 28, 2020, thoughtco.com/essen-to-eat-past-tense-4081343. Flippo, Hyde. (2020, August 28). German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/essen-to-eat-past-tense-4081343 Flippo, Hyde. "German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat)." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/essen-to-eat-past-tense-4081343 (accessed April 11, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) Present Tense Verb Conjugations of German Regular Verbs Conjugating the German Verb Sehen, Meaning 'to See' How to Conjugate the Verb "Helfen" (to Help) How to Conjugate "Geben" (to Give) in German German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) German Verb Conjugations - denken (to think) - Past Tenses How to Conjugate The German Word Finden How to Conjugate the German Verb "Heissen" (to Call) How to Conjugate "Stehen" (to Stand) in German German Regular Verbs: Past Tenses The Basics of German Present Tense Verbs Schreiben (To Write) German Verb Conjugations Conjugating the German Verb Wissen, Meaning "to Know"