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Hallo, ich bin Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use the verb lieben.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use kommen, the fourth verb in our series dedicated to the most common German verbs.
Kommen means "to come" in German, and we use it a lot! So let’s go! Los geht’s!!
Imagine a friend of yours is organizing a road trip and he asks you: Kommst du mit uns? That means "Are you coming with us?"
So supposing you want to go too, you will say, Ja, ich komme mit euch! That means "Yes I’m coming with you!"
[slowly] Ja, ich komme mit euch.
So let’s break down this answer:
First we had:
Ja, which is simply "Yes."
Then ich, which is "I" in German.
After that we have komme, which is the 1st person of the verb kommen in present indicative tense.
Finally we had mit euch which is "with you" as euch is the plural pronoun for "you."
So, all together it is Ja, ich komme mit euch.
In German, kommen is exactly the same as "to come."
The basic meaning is "to go somewhere with someone", or to join other people.
It is a very common verb that you should be careful not to mix up with gehen, which only means "to go to", as we’ve seen before.
Kommen is often used to suggest an invitation to someone. If you are organizing a party, for example, you can invite your guests by asking them Kommt ihr zu meiner Party? That is "Are you coming to my party?"
To answer this question, you can add something after this verb, as in Ja, ich komme mit Freunden. Here you said "Yes, I am coming with some friends." The common expression to say you are coming with your boyfriend or girlfriend is Ja, ich komme mit Begleitung which literally means "Yes I’m coming with some company."
The verb kommen is also often used as an order or as motivational advice, as in Komm mit mir! "Come with me!" Or Komm, gehen wir joggen! That is, "Let’s go for a jog, come on!"
In German, we have another very useful verb that is very similar that can be used to say "to come back" or "to come again". This verb is zurückkommen, you just add zurück at the end of the sentence.
For example, if you want to say "I'll come back tomorrow", it is just Ich komme morgen zurück!
Now it’s time for Laura’s insights.
When using the verb kommen together with other verbs like “come and see” you always use the infinitive form kommen. For example, kommen und gehen - “come and go” or, kommen und sehen - “come and see”. And what’s more, when you combine verbs in this way it actually functions like a noun!
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb kommen to ask people to join others!
So now, our lessons series about common German verbs is over, and from the next lesson, we will jump into some very important interrogative German words!
Do you know how to ask questions starting with "What" in German?
I’ll be waiting for you in the next Deutsch in 3 Minuten.
Bis bald!