Languages › German Schreiben (To Write) German Verb Conjugations Tenses of the German Verb Schreiben Share Flipboard Email Print ML Harris / Getty Images German Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar 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 24, 2020 The German verb schreiben is a strong (irregular) verb meaning "to write." It also means to type and to spell. If you are taking a German class, you will soon be introduced to it complete your assignments. In addition, schreiben can take on several meanings in idiomatic expressions. For instance, schreiben can be used to say "it is the year...," as in Wir schreiben das Jahr 1550. ("We are in/It is the year 1550."). See other idiomatic examples in the conjugation chart below. Because schreiben is an irregular verb, you will need to memorize how to conjugate all of the tenses for it as it doesn't follow a strict rule as would a regular verb. Here is how the German verb schreiben is conjugated in for present tense, simple past tense, compound past tense, and past perfect tense, both singular and plural. How to Conjugate Schreiben Principal Parts: schreiben • schrieb • geschriebenImperative (Commands): (du) Schreib(e)! | (ihr) Schreibt! | Schreiben Sie! Schreiben - Present Tense - Präsens Deutsch English ich schreibe I writeI am writing du schreibst you writeyou are writing er schreibt sie schreibt es schreibt he writeshe is writingshe writesshe is writingit writesit is writing wir schreiben we writewe are writing ihr schreibt you (guys) writeyou (guys) are writing sie schreiben they writethey are writing Sie schreiben you writeyou are writing Idiomatic Examples for Schreiben Wir schreiben das Jahr 1550. It is the year 1550.Sage und schreibe! Believe it or not!Wie schreibt sich das? How is that spelled?Schreiben Sie sich das hinter die Ohren! Take that to heart! Schreiben - Simple Past Tense - Imperfekt Deutsch English ich schrieb I wrote du schriebst you wrote er schriebsie schriebes schrieb he wroteshe wroteit wrote wir schrieben we wrote ihr schriebt you (guys) wrote sie schrieben they wrote Sie schrieben you wrote Schreiben - Compound Past Tense (Present Perfect) - Perfekt Deutsch English ich habe geschrieben I have writtenI wrote du hast geschrieben you have writtenyou wrote er hat geschrieben sie hat geschrieben es hat geschrieben he has writtenhe wroteshe has writtenshe wroteit has writtenit wrote wir haben geschrieben we have writtenwe wrote ihr habt geschrieben you (guys) have writtenyou wrote sie haben geschrieben they have writtenthey wrote Sie haben geschrieben you have writtenyou wrote Schreiben - Past Perfect Tense - Plusquamperfekt Deutsch English ich hatte geschrieben I had written du hattest geschrieben you had written er hatte geschriebensie hatte geschriebenes hatte geschrieben he had writtenshe had writtenit had written wir hatten geschrieben we had written ihr hattet geschrieben you (guys) had written sie hatten geschrieben they had written Sie hatten geschrieben you had written Bleiben (To Stay) German Verb Conjugations How to Conjugate the German Verb "Heissen" (to Call) How to Conjugate "Stehen" (to Stand) in German How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) How to Conjugate "Kommen" (to Come) German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) How to Conjugate "Beginnen" (to Begin) in German How to Conjugate The German Word Finden How to Conjugate "Geben" (to Give) in German How to Conjugate the Verb "Helfen" (to Help) German Verb Conjugations - Lassen (To Let, Leave, and Allow) Conjugating the German Verb Sehen, Meaning 'to See' How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) How to Conjugate Gehen in German German Regular Verbs: Past Tenses How to Conjugate the German Verb 'Sein'