Verlassen Conjugation in German

Instructor: Sandra Salajic

Sandra has a master's degree in teaching German. She has taught middle and high school German, and worked on different on- and offline courses with kids and adults.

In today's lesson, we will talk about the German verb 'verlassen', how to correctly conjugate it and how to use it in different sentences and phrases.

Don't Leave!

Want to leave the meeting to take an important phone call? Do you have to exit the building for security reasons, or are you just quitting the sports team you joined?

To do any of these in German, you need to know the verb verlassen. Verlassen can be translated as 'to leave', 'to quit' or 'to exit'. It's an irregular verb, which means that you will just have to learn the way it changes.

But don't worry! In this lesson, you will find out everything you need to know about this verb, how to conjugate it and how to use it in different sentences and phrases. So let's begin!

Present Tense

Like I already mentioned, verlassen is an irregular verb. This means that, apart from changing its endings, it will also experience some changes in its stem. Let's take a look at the conjugation. Try to look at it carefully and discover where the irregularities show:

Pronoun Conjugation Pronunciation Translation
ich verlasse eeh fehr-LAH-seh I leave
du verlässt doo fehr-LEHST you leave
er verlässt ehr fehr-LEHST he leaves
sie verlässt zee fehr-LEHST she leaves
es verlässt ehs fehr-LEHST it leaves
wir verlassen veer fehr-LAH-sehn we leave
ihr verlasst eehr fehr-LAHST you leave
sie verlassen zee fehr-LAH-sehn they leave
Sie verlassen zee fehr-LAH-sehn You leave (singular formal)

If you looked closely, you probably noticed it: in the second and third person singular, the letter 'a' gets two little dots, the Umlaut, and turns into 'ä' (du verlässt, er verlässt). The letter 'ä' will be pronounced similar to a long and loose 'eh'.

Translation: He is leaving the building.
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The rest of the persons are conjugated like the regular verbs. Although all of the persons use the standard present tense endings, you may notice that the second- and third-person singular look the same (verlässt), which is usually not the case. This happens because the stem of the verb is already ending on -s. Because of that, we don't add the ending -st in the second-person singular (du), just the -t. It would be a little crowded to have three letters 's' here, don't you think?

Examples

What better way to memorize a new verb and its irregular conjugation than to look at some example sentences? And that's exactly what we are going to do! Here, you will find some examples of how to use the verb in different situations and sentences:

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