How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren

Learn the Right Words to Discuss Traveling in German.

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One useful verb for any wanderer to learn is to travel. In German, the word fahren means to travel or to go. Learning to properly conjugate this word will help you tell your new friends all about your journey. If you're lost and looking for directions, you'll be thankful you know how to say "we're traveling to  Berlin" when asking for help.  In some cases fahren is also used to mean drive or have driven, this will usually be apparent from the context of the sentence.

 

Stem-Changing Verbs

German, like many other languages, has what is known as 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. Unfortunately, nehmen is also an irregular verb. This means there are times when it does not follow the normal rules of stem-changing verbs. 

Learn How Fahren is Conjugated in All Tenses

The following charts will show you how the German verb fahren is conjugated in all its tenses and moods.

Fahren Present Tense - Präsens

DEUTSCHENGLISH
SINGULAR
ich fahreI travel/am traveling
du fährstyou travel/are traveling
er 
sie fährt
es
he 
she travels
it
PLURAL
wir fahrenwe travel/are traveling
ihr fahrtyou (guys) travel/are traveling
sie fahrenthey travel/are traveling
Sie fahrenyou travel/are traveling
Examples:
Fahren Sie heute nach Hamburg?
Are you going/traveling to Hamburg today?
Er fährt mit dem Zug.
He's taking the train.
Possible meanings of fahren: to travel, go, drive, ride, sail, take, move, transport
 

 

Fahren Simple Past Tense - Imperfekt

DEUTSCHENGLISH
SINGULAR
ich fuhrI traveled
du fuhrstyou (fam.) traveled
er fuhr
sie fuhr
es fuhr
he traveled
she traveled
it traveled
PLURAL
wir fuhrenwe traveled
ihr fuhrtyou (guys) traveled
sie fuhrenthey traveled
Sie fuhrenyou traveled

 

Fahren Compound Past Tense (Pres. Perfect) Perfekt

DEUTSCHENGLISH
SINGULAR
ich bin gefahrenI traveled/have traveled
du bist gefahrenyou (fam.) traveled
have traveled
er ist gefahren
sie ist gefahren
es ist gefahren
he traveled/has traveled
she traveled/has traveled
it traveled/has traveled
PLURAL
wir sind gefahrenwe traveled/have traveled
ihr seid gefahrenyou (guys) traveled
have traveled
sie sind gefahrenthey traveled/have traveled
Sie sind gefahrenyou traveled/have traveled
NEXT: Future Tense (soon)
See more verbs in our 20 Most-Used German Verbs.

 

Fahren Past Perfect Tense Plusquamperfekt

DEUTSCHENGLISH
SINGULAR
ich war gefahrenI had traveled
du warst gefahrenyou (fam.) had traveled
er war gefahren
sie war gefahren
es war gefahren
he had traveled
she had traveled
it had traveled
PLURAL
wir waren gefahrenwe had traveled
ihr wart gefahrenyou (guys) had traveled
sie waren gefahrenthey had traveled
Sie waren gefahrenyou had traveled
NEXT: Future Tense (soon)
See more verbs in our 20 Most-Used German Verbs.