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How to use The Past Perfect in German?


Fun fact: There is no simple past tense in Swiss German, they only use the perfect! Did you know that?

The fact that Swiss German has no simple past is, of course, related to the fact that it is exclusively a SPOKEN language and as you probably remember from your German classes, spoken German uses the present perfect tense; only written German uses the simple past. Different dialects of a language often incorporate different phonetics, endings and grammar – but this is SUPER different! As an example – Swiss German speakers would not say: ‘Yesterday I was at home’, but instead they would say, ‘Yesterday I’ve been at home’.

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