Sein vs. Haben Exercises| German Practice | A1

Let's practice sein vs. haben in German with some exercises

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Beginner German learners often struggle with the verbs "sein" (to be) and "haben" (to have) because they function differently than their English counterparts in several ways.

"Sein" and "haben" are used in various ways that don’t always align with English usage:

  • Sein (to be) is used to describe states of being, locations, and characteristics, much like in English. However, German also uses "sein" in some cases where English would use "have."

  • Haben (to have) is generally used to express possession, just like in English. But it's also used in ways that might seem unusual to English speakers. For example, in German, you say "Ich habe Hunger" (literally "I have hunger") instead of "I am hungry."

We have collected some exercises for you to practice when to use sein and when to use haben in German.

Exercise 1: Sein / Haben

1.Ich sein / habenmüde.
2.Du sein / habeneinen Hund.
3.Wir sein / habenzu Hause.
4.Sie sein / habendrei Bücher.
5.Es sein / habenkalt.
6.Ihr sein / habenein neues Auto.
7.Er sein / habenLehrer.
8.Anna und Maria sein / habenSchwestern.
9.Das Kind sein / habenein Eis.
10.Die Schule sein / habengroß.

Exercise 2: Sein / Haben

1.Das Wetter sein / habenheute sehr schön.
2.Mein Bruder sein / habenGeburtstag.
3.Die Katze sein / habenauf dem Dach.
4.Wir sein / habenein neues Fahrrad gekauft.
5.Sie sein / habensehr schnell gelaufen.
6.Er sein / habenviel Arbeit heute.
7.Die Blumen sein / habenfrisch.
8.Ich sein / habenmein Buch verloren.
9.Das Museum sein / habenjeden Montag geschlossen.
10.Sie sein / habenzwei Kinder.

Exercise 3: Sein / Haben

1.Die Kinder sein / habenim Park.
2.Ich sein / habeneinen neuen Job.
3.Das Auto sein / habenrot.
4.Wir sein / habenHunger.
5.Das Hotel sein / habenvoll besetzt.
6.Sie sein / habeneine Katze und einen Hund.
7.Die Fenster sein / habenoffen.
8.Er sein / habeneinen langen Brief geschrieben.
9.Die Schuhe sein / habenneu.
10.Wir sein / habendas Spiel gewonnen.

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