“Machen” – Conjugation of the German Verb

The German verb “machen” is one of the most commonly used verbs in the German language. It translates to “to do” or “to make” in English. Mastering its conjugation is essential for anyone learning German. Below, we’ll look into the conjugation of “machen” across various grammatical tenses.

 

Present Tense

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

Ich mache (I do/make)
Du machst (You do/make)
Er/Sie/Es macht (He/She/It does/makes)
Wir machen (We do/make)
Ihr macht (You (plural) do/make)
Sie machen (They do/make)

 

Simple Past (Imperfekt) Tense

The simple past tense of “machen” is irregular:

Ich machte (I did/made)
Du machtest (You did/made)
Er/Sie/Es machte (He/She/It did/made)
Wir machten (We did/made)
Ihr machtet (You (plural) did/made)
Sie machten (They did/made)

 

Present Perfect Tense

In the present perfect tense, “machen” uses the auxiliary verb “haben” (to have) followed by the past participle “gemacht”:

Ich habe gemacht (I have done/made)
Du hast gemacht (You have done/made)
Er/Sie/Es hat gemacht (He/She/It has done/made)
Wir haben gemacht (We have done/made)
Ihr habt gemacht (You (plural) have done/made)
Sie haben gemacht (They have done/made)

 

Past Perfect (Plusquamperfekt) Tense

The past perfect tense of “machen” also uses the auxiliary verb “haben” followed by the past participle “gemacht”:

Ich hatte gemacht (I had done/made)
Du hattest gemacht (You had done/made)
Er/Sie/Es hatte gemacht (He/She/It had done/made)
Wir hatten gemacht (We had done/made)
Ihr hattet gemacht (You (plural) had done/made)
Sie hatten gemacht (They had done/made)

 

Future Tense

To form the future tense of “machen”, you use the auxiliary verb “werden” (to become) followed by the infinitive “machen”:

Ich werde machen (I will do/make)
Du wirst machen (You will do/make)
Er/Sie/Es wird machen (He/She/It will do/make)
Wir werden machen (We will do/make)
Ihr werdet machen (You (plural) will do/make)
Sie werden machen (They will do/make)

 

Future Perfect Tense

The future perfect tense combines the auxiliary verb “werden” with the past participle “gemacht”:

Ich werde gemacht haben (I will have done/made)
Du wirst gemacht haben (You will have done/made)
Er/Sie/Es wird gemacht haben (He/She/It will have done/made)
Wir werden gemacht haben (We will have done/made)
Ihr werdet gemacht haben (You (plural) will have done/made)
Sie werden gemacht haben (They will have done/made)