Languages › German Conjugating the German Verb Sehen, Meaning 'to See' Sehen Conjugated in All Tenses Share Flipboard Email Print Dan Kitwood/Getty Images News/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 07, 2019 The German verb sehen means "to see." It is one of the most-common words you may see in German text, ranking around 270 in one automated study. Sehen is an irregular or strong verb. This means it doesn't follow a strict rule for conjugation. In order to conjugate it correctly, you will need to study its different tenses and resort to memorizing them. Stem-Changing Verbs The verb sehen is both a stem-changing verb and an irregular (strong) verb. Notice the change from e to ie in the du and er/sie/es present tense forms. The past participle is gesehen. All of these irregularities can trip you up in reading and writing uses of sehen. Sehen - Present Tense - Präsens Deutsch English Singular Present Tense ich sehe I see/am seeing du siehst you see/are seeing er siehtsie siehtes sieht he sees/is seeingshe sees/is seeingit sees/is seeing Plural Present Tense wir sehen we see/are seeing ihr seht you (guys) see/are seeing sie sehen they see/are seeing Sie sehen you see/are seeing Examples Using Present Tense for Sehen Wann sehen wir euch?When will we be seeing you (guys)? Er sieht uns.He sees us. Sehen - Simple Past Tense - Imperfekt Deutsch English Singular Simple Past Tense ich sah I saw du sahst you saw er sahsie sahes sah he sawshe sawit saw Plural Simple Past Tense wir sahen we saw ihr saht you (guys) saw sie sahen they saw Sie sahen you saw Sehen - Compound Past Tense (Present Perfect) - Perfekt Deutsch English Singular Compound Past Tense ich habe gesehen I saw/have seen du hast gesehen you saw/have seen er hat gesehensie hat gesehenes hat gesehen he saw/has seenshe saw/has seenit saw/has seen Plural Compound Past Tense wir haben gesehen we saw/have seen ihr habt gesehen you (guys) sawhave seen sie haben gesehen they saw/have seen Sie haben gesehen you saw/have seen Sehen - Past Perfect Tense - Plusquamperfekt Deutsch English Singular Past Perfect Tense ich hatte gesehen I had seen du hattest gesehen you had seen er hatte gesehensie hatte gesehenes hatte gesehen he had seenshe had seenit had seen Plural Past Perfect Tense wir hatten gesehen we had seen ihr hattet gesehen you (guys) had seen sie hatten gesehen they had seen Sie hatten gesehen you had seen Future Tenses for Sehen German often substitutes the present tense for the future. The example with sehen is "Wir sehen uns morgen," translating as "We'll see you tomorrow." The basic future tense would conjugate werden (will) and add sehen. Examples; ich werde sehen - I will see, du wirst sehen - you will see, wir werden spielen - we will play. The future perfect tense is somewhat rare in German. It uses a conjugated form of werden and then places haben or sein at the end of the sentence. For example, ich werde gesehen haben - I will have seen. Commands Using Sehen sehe! see!sehen Sie! see! Other Uses of Sehen Sie sieht nicht gut. She doesn't see well.Wo hast du ihn gesehen? Where did you see him? How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) How to Conjugate Gehen in German German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) How to Conjugate "Stehen" (to Stand) in German How to Conjugate the Verb "Helfen" (to Help) How to Conjugate "Geben" (to Give) in German Conjugating the German Verb Wissen, Meaning "to Know" Bleiben (To Stay) German Verb Conjugations The Conjugation of "Werden" (to become) in German How to Conjugate The German Word Finden German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat) German Verb Conjugations: Tun (To Do) How to Conjugate "Beginnen" (to Begin) in German Anfangen (To Begin) German Verb Conjugations How to Conjugate the German Verb 'Sein'