Conjugation of the German Verb “leben”

The German verb “leben” translates to “to live” in English. Understanding its conjugation across different grammatical tenses is crucial for mastering German language proficiency.

 

Present Tense

In the present tense, “leben” conjugates as follows:

ich lebe (I live)
du lebst (you live)
er/sie/es lebt (he/she/it lives)
wir leben (we live)
ihr lebt (you (plural) live)
sie leben (they live)

 

Past Tense (Simple Past)

In the past tense, “leben” conjugates as:

ich lebte (I lived)
du lebtest (you lived)
er/sie/es lebte (he/she/it lived)
wir lebten (we lived)
ihr lebtet (you (plural) lived)
sie lebten (they lived)

 

Perfect Tense

The perfect tense in German is formed using the auxiliary verb “haben” (to have) or “sein” (to be) along with the past participle of the main verb. For “leben”, the past participle is “gelebt”. The conjugation is as follows:

ich habe gelebt (I have lived)
du hast gelebt (you have lived)
er/sie/es hat gelebt (he/she/it has lived)
wir haben gelebt (we have lived)
ihr habt gelebt (you (plural) have lived)
sie haben gelebt (they have lived)

 

Imperfect Tense (Past Simple)

In the imperfect tense, the conjugation of “leben” is similar to the simple past tense:

ich lebte (I lived)
du lebtest (you lived)
er/sie/es lebte (he/she/it lived)
wir lebten (we lived)
ihr lebtet (you (plural) lived)
sie lebten (they lived)

 

Future Tense

The future tense in German is formed using the auxiliary verb “werden” (to become) along with the infinitive form of the main verb. For “leben”, the conjugation is:

ich werde leben (I will live)
du wirst leben (you will live)
er/sie/es wird leben (he/she/it will live)
wir werden leben (we will live)
ihr werdet leben (you (plural) will live)
sie werden leben (they will live)

 

Conditional Tense

In German, the conditional tense is formed using the auxiliary verb “würde” (would) along with the infinitive form of the main verb. For “leben”, it is:

ich würde leben (I would live)
du würdest leben (you would live)
er/sie/es würde leben (he/she/it would live)
wir würden leben (we would live)
ihr würdet leben (you (plural) would live)
sie würden leben (they would live)