German Verb Conjugations - Beginnen - to Begin

Tenses for Beginnen

The German verb beginnen means to begin, to start or to commence.That makes it an easy verb for English-speakers to recognize as they are familiar with the word begin. Its conjugated forms also closely resemble the English forms of begin, began, and begun.

The verb beginnen belongs to a class of German verbs known as "strong." Such verbs are irregular and their forms must be memorized as they don't follow a strict rule.

For more, see strong verbs. So, although it resembles its English counterpart, it can trip you up with its different conjugations.

  • Principal Parts:  beginnen - begann - begonnen
  • Imperative (Commands): (du) Beginne! | (ihr) Beginnt! | Beginnen Sie!

Present Tense - Präsens

Singular Present Tense
ich beginneI begin
I am beginning
du beginnstyou begin
you are beginning
er beginnt
sie beginnt
es beginnt
he begins
he is beginning
she begins
she is beginning
it begins
it is beginning
Plural Present Tense
wir beginnenwe begin
we are beginning
ihr beginntyou (guys) begin
you are beginning
sie beginnenthey begin
they are beginning
Sie beginnenyou begin
you are beginning

Examples of Beginnen in Present Tense

Der Film beginnt am Mittwoch.
The film begins on Wednesday.

Wann beginnen wir?
When do we start?


Simple Past Tense - Imperfekt

Singular Simple Past Tense
ich begannI began
du begannstyou began
er begann
sie begann
es begann
he began
she began
it began
Plural Simple Past Tense
wir begannenwe began
ihr beganntyou (guys) began
sie begannenthey began
Sie begannenyou began


Compound Past Tense (Present Perfect) - Perfekt

Singular Compound Past Tene
ich habe begonnenI have begun
I began
du hast begonnenyou have begun
you began
er hat begonnen
sie hat begonnen
es hat begonnen
he has begun
he began
she has began
she began
it has began
it began
Plural Compound Past Tense
wir haben begonnenwe have begun
we began
ihr habt begonnenyou (guys) have begun
you began
sie haben begonnenthey have begun
they began
Sie haben begonnenyou have begun
you began


Past Perfect Tense - Plusquamperfekt

Singular Past Perfect Tense
ich hatte begonnenI had begun
du hattest begonnenyou had begun
er hatte begonnen
sie hatte begonnen
es hatte begonnen
he had begun
she had begun
it had begun
Plural Past Perfect Tense
wir hatten begonnenwe had begun
ihr hattet begonnenyou (guys) had begun
sie hatten begonnenthey had begun
Sie hatten begonnenyou had begun


Future Tenses

Future Tense - Futur I
ich werde beginnenI will begin
du wirst beginnen
Sie werden beginnen
you (fam.) will begin
you will begin
er wird beginnen
sie wird beginnen
wir werden beginnen
ihr werdet beginnen
sie werden beginnen
he will begin
she will begin
we will begin
you (guys) will begin
they will begin
Future Perfect Tense - Futur II

ich werde begonnen haben
du wirst begonnen haben
er wird begonnen haben

wir werden begonnen haben

I will have begun
you (fam.) will have begun
he will have begun
we will have begun
ihr werdet begonnen habenyou (guys) will have begun
sie werden begonnen habenthey will have begun
Sie hatten begonnenyou will have begun