Arbeitsblatt: Stem-Changing Verbs

A. Verbtafeln. Make sure you understand how stem-changing verbs work. Conjugate the three verbs below, paying attention to which forms are different (du and er/sie/es).

 sehen (=to see)  geben  (=to give)  fahren  (=to drive) 
ich _________________      ich _________________      ich _________________      
du _________________      du _________________      du _________________      
er/sie/es _________________      er/sie/es _________________      er/sie/es _________________      
wir _________________      wir _________________      wir _________________      
ihr _________________      ihr _________________      ihr _________________      
sie/Sie _________________      sie/Sie _________________      sie/Sie _________________      


B. Trockene Sätze. Make complete sentences out of the following elements. Watch out for stem-changing verbs as well as word order! (And note that two of the sentences are in question form.)

1.die Klasse / anfangen / um 7 Uhr .
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2.wir / sehen / einen Film / heute Abend ?
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3.du / aussehen/ sehr schick / heute .
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4.wir / essen / in der Mensa / heute Nachmittag .
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5.er / nehmen / ein Taxi / zur Arbeit ?
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6.mein Vater / lesen / die Zeitung / morgens .
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C. Viele Fragen. Imagine you overhear only one side of a conversation. Write the questions (in du-form) that would have elicited the following responses. Be careful: these are all stem-changing verbs! Also, the pattern of questions changes after number 4, so pay attention and use the vocabulary that is found in each response.

1.  Isst du gern Pizza?                                                                                        (Do you like to eat pizza?)
  - Ja, ich esse Pizza sehr gern!
2.______________________________________________________________________________(Do you like to watch TV?)
  - Nein, ich sehe nicht gern fern.
3.______________________________________________________________________________(Do you like to drive?)
  - Ja, ich fahre gern Auto!
4.______________________________________________________________________________(Do you like to run?)
  - Nein, ich laufe überhaupt nicht gern.
5.______________________________________________________________________________(Do you often read the newspaper?)
  - Ja, ich lese die Zeitung oft.
6.______________________________________________________________________________(When do you sleep at night?)
  - Ich schlafe von 1 bis 8 Uhr nachts.
7.______________________________________________________________________________(Whom are you inviting to the party?)
  - Ich lade meinen Freund zur Party ein.
8.______________________________________________________________________________(Do you wear glasses?)
  - Nein, ich trage keine Brille.
9.______________________________________________________________________________(Do you speak French?)
  - Ja, ich spreche ein bisschen Französisch.
10.______________________________________________________________________________(When are you meeting your friends?)
  - Ich treffe meine Freunde um 9 Uhr.


D. Und jetzt mit Bildern. Write a complete sentence using an appropriate verb for each picture. Use the subjects indicated. Watch out: many of these are stem-changing verbs, but not all of them are! Feel free to add an adverb (e.g. ‘gern’) or a time element for practice.

    essen    •    Fahrrad fahren    •    fernsehen    •    fotografieren    •    kegeln   
    laufen    •    Schlittschuh laufen    •    reiten    •    Tennis spielen    •    warten   


Tennis1.(ihr): _______________________
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fernsehen6.(Karl): ______________________
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essen2.(Susi): ______________________
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reiten7.(wir): ______________________
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kegeln3.(Maria): _____________________
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laufen8.(Matthias): __________________
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radfahren4.(ich): _______________________
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schlittschuh9.(Laura): ____________________
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warten5.(sie, pl): ____________________
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fotografieren10.(du): ______________________
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