Languages › German How to Conjugate "Kommen" (to Come) A Simple German Lesson in the Verb's Present and Past Tenses Share Flipboard Email Print Dave and Les Jacobs / 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 14, 2020 In German, kommen means "to come." German students will find that a brief lesson in conjugating this verb will help you say phrases like ich kam for "I came" or err kommt for "he is coming." Verb conjugations are a good foundation for completing a sentence. For instance, to say "Are you coming tomorrow?" you would say "Du kommst morgen?" In this case, kommst is the present tense conjugate of kommen when the subject pronoun is you. With a little study and practice, it will all become clear to you. Kommen in the Present Tense (Präsens) We will begin studying kommen in the present tense (präsens). This is a strong (irregular) verb so it doesn't follow the typical conjugation rules you might find in other German verbs. That means that you will have to memorize all of its forms. However, since it is a very common word, you will have plenty of opportunities to practice it. For example, you can take the verb forms you learn in the chart below to form sentences like these: Wann kommen Sie nach Berlin? - When are you coming to Berlin?Er kommt morgen Abend. - He's coming tomorrow evening. ich komme I come/am coming du kommst you come/are coming er kommtsie kommtes kommt he comes/is comingshe comes/is comingit comes/is coming wir kommen we come/are coming ihr kommt you (guys) come/are coming sie kommen they come/are coming Sie kommen you come/are coming Kommen in the Simple Past Tense (Imperfekt) With a good understanding of the present tense, you can then move onto the past tense (vergangenheit). Rather than just the singular and plural forms, you will have to memorize the various past tenses. In its most basic form, you will use the simple past tense (imperfekt). This is the perfect place for German students to begin because you will use it often to say "came." ich kam I came/was coming du kamst you came/were coming er kamsie kames kam he came/was comingshe came/was comingit came/was coming wir kamen we came/were coming ihr kamt you (guys) came/were coming sie kamen they came/were coming Sie kamen you came/were coming Kommen in the Compound Past Tense (Perfekt) The compound past tense is also called the present perfect (perfekt). It is used when the action is not well-defined. This means that you acknowledge that it happened (something or someone "came"), but you're not specific about when it actually happened. It can also indicate that the action extends into the present moment, as in you "came" and are still "coming." ich bin gekommen I came/have come du bist gekommen you came/have come er ist gekommensie ist gekommenes ist gekommen he came/has comeshe came/has comeit came/has come wir sind gekommen we came/have come ihr seid gekommen you (guys) came/have come sie sind gekommen they came/have come Sie sind gekommen you came/have come Kommen in the Past Perfect Tense (Plusquamperfekt) The past perfect tense (plusquamperfekt) is used when the action of "coming" happened prior to another action. For instance, "I had come by the restaurant after leaving school." ich war gekommen I had come du warst gekommen you (fam.) had come er war gekommensie war gekommenes war gekommen he had comeshe had comeit had come wir waren gekommen we had come ihr wart gekommen you (guys) had come sie waren gekommen they had come Sie waren gekommen you had come How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) How to Conjugate the Verb "Helfen" (to Help) How to Conjugate the German Verb "Heissen" (to Call) How to Conjugate "Stehen" (to Stand) in German How to Conjugate "Geben" (to Give) in German How to Conjugate "Beginnen" (to Begin) in German How to Conjugate The German Word Finden How to Conjugate the German Verb 'Sein' Bleiben (To Stay) German Verb Conjugations Schreiben (To Write) German Verb Conjugations German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) How to Conjugate Gehen in German German Regular Verbs: Past Tenses German Verb Conjugations - Lassen (To Let, Leave, and Allow) How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) How to Conjugate the German Verb "Haben"