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To Emanuel's excellent answer I would add: setzen - saß denken - dachte wissen - wusste brauchen - brauchte rufen - rief And for some people laufen - lief
In general both forms are used to describe what happened in the past. Usually in spoken language there is no differentiation between Präteritum and Perfekt. Präteritum sounds more formal whereas Perfekt is commonly used and sounds more familiar. typical perfect in spoken language: "Ich habe das Bad geputzt und danach die Wäsche gewaschen." In a newspaper ...
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