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I thought in German 🇩🇪

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I thought ich dachte
How to say “I thought” in German? “Ich dachte”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “ich dachte” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on I thought in German like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

German Sentences with the Word “I thought”

German sentence with “ich dachte” English translation for ich dachte S

Ich glaube nicht, dass mein Chef das dachte.

I don’t think my boss thought that.

ich dachte nicht, dass es so einfach war.

I didn’t think it was that easy.

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Tips to remember the German word:

– “Ich dachte” sounds somewhat similar to “I thought,” with “ich” meaning “I” and “dachte” being the first person past tense of “denken,” which means “to think.” To remember “dachte,” you might think of the English word “taught,” as they sound similar and can help reinforce that “dachte” is past tense, as something taught has already happened.
– You could use the association of the “d” in “dachte” to remind you of “denken” starting with a “d” and that you are dealing with a past tense form.


– “Ich dachte” is the first-person singular past tense of the verb “denken,” meaning “I thought.”
– To form the past tense of regular verbs in German (Präteritum), the stem of the verb often changes, and the appropriate ending is added for the subject. In this case “denken” becomes “dachte” in the first person singular past.

Other words that mean the same thing:

– “Ich glaubte” – This could mean “I believed,” but in some contexts, it can also mean “I thought.”
– “Ich habe gedacht” – This is another way to express a past thought, but using the present perfect tense, which is more common in spoken German.

Different conjugations:

– Present (Präsens): ich denke (I think), du denkst (you think), er/sie/es denkt (he/she/it thinks), wir denken (we think), ihr denkt (you all think), sie/Sie denken (they/you formal think).
– Past (Präteritum): ich dachte (I thought), du dachtest (you thought), er/sie/es dachte (he/she/it thought), wir dachten (we thought), ihr dachtet (you all thought), sie/Sie dachten (they/you formal thought).
– Future (Futur I): ich werde denken (I will think), du wirst denken (you will think), er/sie/es wird denken (he/she/it will think), wir werden denken (we will think), ihr werdet denken (you all will think), sie/Sie werden denken (they/you formal will think).

Examples of sentences:

– “Ich dachte, du kommst heute nicht.” (I thought you are not coming today.)
– “Gestern dachte ich, es würde regnen, aber der Himmel blieb klar.” (Yesterday I thought it would rain, but the sky remained clear.)
– “Als Kind dachte ich immer, dass Superhelden real sind.” (As a child, I always thought that superheroes were real.)

Remember that while “dachte” is commonly used for past tense in writing, in spoken German, the present perfect (“Ich habe gedacht”) is often preferred.

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