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5.5.1.8: Simple past of haben

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    Verbs:Das Imperfekt - Haben

    The simple past of haben is used in both written and spoken language in the past tense. While ich habe gehabt is gaining some traction, at this point it is still more common to hear ich hatte to say "I had ..."

    haben • have
    ich hatte wir hatten
    du hattest ihr hattet
    er/sie/es hatte sie hatten

    Gerdi hatte ein Stück Brot und einige alte Kleidungsstücke. Gerdi had a piece of bread and a few pieces of old clothing.
    Der alte Mann und die kleinen Kinder hatten aber noch weniger. But the old man and the little children had even less.

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