Languages › German German Verb Conjugations - Lassen (To Let, Leave, and Allow) Share Flipboard Email Print Maxim Chuvashov / 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 24, 2020 The verb lassen has many meanings. It can be used alone in its basic meaning of "let" or "leave," but it also functions as a modal verb that modifies or alters the meaning of another verb. In this function, lassen can mean to "have or get something done," as in er lässt sich die Haare schneiden ("he's having his hair cut/getting a haircut"). See other examples in the conjugation chart below. Principal Parts: lassen (lässt) • ließ • gelassenImperative (Commands): (du) Lass(e)! | (ihr) Lasst! | Lassen Sie! Also see The Many Meanings of lassen Present Tense - Präsens DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich lasse I let/leave I am letting/leaving du lässt you let/leave you are letting/leaving er lässtsie lässtes lässt he lets/leaves he is letting/leaving she lets/leaves she is letting/leaving it lets/leaves it is letting/leaving wir lassen we let/leave we are letting/leaving ihr lasst you (guys) let/leave you (guys) are letting/leaving sie lassen they let/leave they are letting/leaving Sie lassen you let/leave you are letting/leaving Examples:Wir lassen einen Arzt kommen.We'll send for a doctor. ("have a doctor come")Lass das! Stop that! Leave that alone! Forget that!Lass mich in Ruhe! Leave me alone!PAST TENSES • VERGANGENHEIT Simple Past Tense - Imperfekt DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich ließ I let/left du ließest you let/left er ließsie ließes ließ he let/left she let/left it let/left wir ließen we let/left ihr ließt you (guys) let/left sie ließen they let/left Sie ließen you let/left Compound Past Tense (Pres. Perfect) - Perfekt DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich habe gelassen I have let/left I let/left du hast gelassen you have let/left you let/left er hat gelassensie hat gelassenes hat gelassen he has let/left he let/left she has let/left she let/left it has let/left it let/left wir haben gelassen we have let/left we let/left ihr habt gelassen you (guys) have let/left you let/left sie haben gelassen they have let/left they let/left Sie haben gelassen you have let/left you let/left Past Perfect Tense - Plusquamperfekt DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich hatte gelassen I had let/left du hattest gelassen you had let/left er hatte gelassensie hatte gelassenes hatte gelassen he had let/left she had let/left it had let/left wir hatten gelassen we had let/left ihr hattet gelassen you (guys) had let/left sie hatten gelassen they had let/left Sie hatten gelassen you had let/left Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Flippo, Hyde. "German Verb Conjugations - Lassen (To Let, Leave, and Allow)." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/lassen-to-let-leave-allow-in-all-tenses-4082156. Flippo, Hyde. (2020, August 26). German Verb Conjugations - Lassen (To Let, Leave, and Allow). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/lassen-to-let-leave-allow-in-all-tenses-4082156 Flippo, Hyde. "German Verb Conjugations - Lassen (To Let, Leave, and Allow)." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/lassen-to-let-leave-allow-in-all-tenses-4082156 (accessed August 1, 2021). copy citation The Many Meanings of the German Verb 'Lassen' German Verb Conjugations: Tun (To Do) Schreiben (To Write) German Verb Conjugations German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) Bleiben (To Stay) German Verb Conjugations How to Conjugate the German Verb "Heissen" (to Call) How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) How to Conjugate "Stehen" (to Stand) in German How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren German Verb Conjugations - denken (to think) - Past Tenses How to Conjugate the Verb "Helfen" (to Help) Anfangen (To Begin) German Verb Conjugations German Verb Conjugations - Trinken - to Drink German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat) Conjugating the German Verb Sehen, Meaning 'to See'