hatten vs. hätten – B1/B2

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 The difference between hatte and hätte may seem insignificant, but the two words have very little in common even though they are almost spelled the same.

  • hatten is a form of the simple past (Präteritum) used in spoken and written German.

It means “had”. You use it, when you talk about the past.

Beispiel: Ich hatte gestern Kopfschmerzen. (I had a headache yesterday.)

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