German Grammar

By taking the time to understand how the German language works, you'll be able to speak German naturally, and read and write in German. We know this can be one of the more challenging parts of your course, and we’re here to help! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new topic at the bottom. Don’t be shy!

worden

Hi  can anyone explain the difference between worden and geworden  Thanks

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - August 29, 2020

Articles and adjectives

In 5.8 I found it difficult to remember the Case, Adjective ending and Articles associated with one another. I then realised that the 3 separate groupings could easily be combined and made my learning easier. Thought I'd share it. It's now just a single g...

2 replies - Last post by sfpugh - August 23, 2020

Trockenen oder trockener

I just wonder if someone could clarify this for me.  In Rocket Language  Lesson 4.4 (Im Restaurant), in the dialog, Nik says ‘Ein Glas trockenen Weißwien' but in the Quiz, it says ‚ 'Ein Glas trockener Weißwein'.  One way or the other, there is an error a...

2 replies - Last post by Herbert-L - August 19, 2020

adjectives

Hallo . Have a question as follows-  It is 'der Stern' for the star  and for plural 'die Sterne' for the stars .  However in the sentence - Siehst du die kleinen Sterne? Wie schön! ... why is it 'kleinen' and not 'kleine' ? Danke schön.

3 replies - Last post by VidyaMS - August 16, 2020

überlegen

Hallo . Ich habe eine Frage .  For 'let me think' ...Mal überlegen, can we use 'Mal denken ' also ? Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe.

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 4, 2020

sagen vs. erwähnen

In lesson 14.3, we are presented with the following sentence: German: Matthias hat zwar am Telefon was von einer Überraschung gesagt, ... English: Matthias did mention a surprise on the telephone, ... I'm struggling with the grammatical structure "sagen...

9 replies - Last post by PaulS108 - July 23, 2020

Word Order - Grammar Rules regarding Direct and Indirect Object in the Same Sentence

In regard to sentences in which there appears both a direct and indirect object, I found online the following general rule: a) If both the direct and indirect object are nouns, the indirect object comes first.   b) If both the direct and indirect object a...

13 replies - Last post by PaulS108 - July 9, 2020

12.9 reflexive pronouns

Ich suche mir morgen eine neue Arbeit. I am looking for a new job tomorrow.   Ich werde mir morgen eine neue Arbeit suchen. I will look for a new job tomorrow.   Sie suchen ein neues Au Pair Mädchen. They are looking for a new au...

2 replies - Last post by RobS49 - July 6, 2020

12.9 wird

Ich gehe nachher Milch kaufen. I am going to buy milk later.   Es wird spät. It is going to be late.   Es wird spät werden. It will be late. I am looking for insight to help the translations above less confusing. The first example clea...

2 replies - Last post by RobS49 - July 6, 2020

Placement of the Time Element in German Sentence Structure

It's not clear to me where the time element should/can be placed in German sentence structure when the sentence contains a direct and/or indirect object. I thought that direct and/or indirect objects were placed BEFORE the element of time, e.g. Ich möchte...

4 replies - Last post by RobertR34 - June 29, 2020

Insertion of a Prepositional Phrase between the Definite Article and the Noun Phrase of a Direct Object

In lesson 13.2, entitled Das Bewerbungsgespräch, the following sentence is presented: "Ich bin auf jeden Fall der Meinung, dass ich die für Ihre Stelle erforderlichen Kenntnisse und Qualifikationen habe."  I assume that the word "die" is the definite arti...

2 replies - Last post by PaulS108 - June 29, 2020

Tun

In Lesson 4.6 If 'Ich tue' = 'I do' ​Why is 'Ich tu dir nichts' correct for 'I won't hurt you'? Why isn't is 'Ich tue dir nichts'?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 22, 2020

Nicht & helper verb word order

In Lesson 6.9, I'm having trouble understanding the proper word order, especially with regard to "nicht" or the specification of a time or place.  I'm not sure when a word order is incorrect, vs just one of several acceptable alternatives. ~~~~~ In the se...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 20, 2020

Free Translation from German to English

I wish to express a certain frustration that I have experienced more than once with Rocket German regarding translations. I realise that many sentences between German and English do not translate literally, especially if the course is teaching an expressi...

7 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 16, 2020

18.4: Ja, und als Belohnung für die harte Arbeit, haben wir beschlossen, heute nett zum Abendessen zu gehen

From 18.4 Going out for dinner Ja, und als Belohnung für die harte Arbeit, haben wir beschlossen, heute nett zum Abendessen zu gehen. Yes, and as a reward for the hard work, we have decided to go out for a nice dinner today I am puzzled by the p...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - June 10, 2020

Mein Bruder is schlechter als deiner.

In lesson 6.5 we have: Mein Bruder ist schlechter als deiner. Since the two items being compared take the same case, why isn't it: Mein Bruder ist schlechter als dein. In nominative case you'd say "dein Bruder," not "deiner Bruder," wouldn't you?

7 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 29, 2020

Mach dir keine Sorgen

Perhaps this is something that will be explained later, but in Lesson 6.1, in the sentence "Mach dir keine Sorgen," what is the subject?  My impression is that it is an implied "du," such that the literal translation would be "You make yourself no worries...

5 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 28, 2020

How do you say in German What can I do for you?

How do you say in German           What can I do for you?

4 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - May 25, 2020

Ich freue mich über das Wetter.

Hallo . In the sentence above , why is 'mich' needed ? Also , can not we say - Ich bin glücklich über das Wetter .  Vielen Dank.

2 replies - Last post by VidyaMS - May 24, 2020

hatte gern

Hallo . Why is that we see 'hätte  gern ' and sometimes 'hätte  gerne ' ? What does the ending 'e' depend upon ?  Because in the sentence -  Wir hätten gerne den Bericht über die Untersuchung.  And Wir hätten gern drei Stück Käse kuchen. Vielen Dank. Vidya

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 12, 2020

Use of mir with kaufen

Lesson 10.8 includes the following two examples: Ich kaufe mir die/eine neue Hose. Ich möchte gerne eine neue Couch kaufen. Two questions: It makes sense to me that "mir" would appear in the first sentence, but I don't understand why it doesn't appear ...

5 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 12, 2020

Use of auf - Lesson 10.8 Adjective endings

In lesson 10.8, there are two examples in a row that use auf. One takes the dative case and one takes the accusative case.  Der junge Mann fährt auf dem neuen Fahrrad. (Dative) Die jungen Eltern passen auf das kleine Kind auf. (Accusative) Consider add...

7 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 6, 2020

Lesson 9.4

Regarding Lesson 9.4: I understand the concept of using masculine pronouns to describe nouns such as "der Koffer". However, the application doesn't seem to be consistent. Early in the conversation, Matthias says, "Ich glaube, ich habe meinen Koffer verlor...

10 replies - Last post by RobS49 - April 17, 2020

Harmful English Words

hallo, I was wondering if there are any words that in English are harmful but in German could be taken offensive? just curious, Jeremy

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 11, 2020

4.6: Ich tu dir nichts

In this lesson we are given the conjugation of "tun"  which starts with "Ich tue", but in the examples we have "Ich tu dir nichts" which is translated I won't hurt you.  Is that an error or an alternate form of 1st personal singular?

8 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - February 25, 2020

Use of zum vs. an den

In lesson 9.3 "Nach dem Weg fragen", the question asked was "Wie komme ich zum Friedrichsplatz?" The answer was "Nach ungefähr 200 Metern, kommen Sie an den Friedrichsplatz."  This is confusing from two standpoints: (1) I would have answered with a like-p...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - February 12, 2020

lesson 9.11: why is it written as 'eine', not 'einer'(dative feminine, my logic)

Hello: lesson 9.11: why is it written as 'eine', not 'einer'(dative feminine, my logic). Thank you.  Ich gebe Paul eine Fahrkarte für den Bus. I give Paul a ticket for the bus.

2 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - February 12, 2020

Haben, Tun and Machen

Hallo! I am learning lesson 4.6 Haben, Tun and Machen. The singular form for du is machst. But I remember in lesson 3.3 In die Stadt fahren, Paul is using: Was willst du heute machen? I thought if according to the grammar, it should be: Was willst du heut...

5 replies - Last post by Linie - February 11, 2020

Absicht vs. absichtlig

In Level 2, lesson 9.2, we are presented with the sentence "Das war volle Absicht." translated as "That was fully intentional." I would have thought that the sentence in German would be "Das war die volle Absicht" or alternatively "Das war völlig absichtl...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - February 6, 2020

Lesson 1.1 extra vocabulary

I would like to draw some conclusions about how to form sentences that are grammatically correct. https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/german/lessons/28/1-1-talking-about-yourself Ich komme aus den Vereinigten Staaten. I come from the United Stat...

4 replies - Last post by Tyler. - January 9, 2020

Nein, und Ihrer Angestellten auch nicht.

From 11.3 Nein, und Ihrer Angestellten auch nicht. No, and your staff member didn't notice either. (polite) Could you help with the grammar used in this phrase. Why Ihrer Angestellten. This appears that Angestelten in plural so Ihrer is  polite femin...

7 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - January 8, 2020

7.8 Having and Being in the Past

In 7.8, there is the following sentence: Wir waren sehr beschäftigt in den letzten Wochen. We were very busy in the last (few) weeks. May I ask why it would not be "die letzten Wochen" since "Wochen" is plural? Thank you, Grace

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 6, 2020

Corrections in Level 1, Lesson 7.7

To the Tutor/Administrator: I just finished level 1, lesson 7.7: Das Perfekt. I was corrected by the instructional program in two instances, both of which I believe were in error. "On September 28, 1975 we celebrated together." My translation: "Am achtun...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 31, 2019

10.3 Was für eins möchten Sie denn?

10.3 Was für eins möchten Sie denn? What type would you like? (polite) What is the function of eins in this sentence? I am familiar with the expression was für ein... but this seems different. Is it just the numeral "one" or something else.

4 replies - Last post by sfpugh - December 23, 2019

Possible error in genitive (lesson 9.12)

In lesson 9.12 (A Case in point - Genitive) it gives an example in the audio tracks as                                                                             der Lehrer                        des Lehrers        with the translation underneath:       ...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 23, 2019

phrase - Nächster planmäßiger Halt ist ...

This example from the exercises suggests that nächste and planmäßiger are both declined like dieser with the masculine noun Halt, as a result they are both written like dieser as masculine nominative - nächster planmäßsiger Halt...My limited experience do...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 9, 2019

Mögen or Gefallen

In lesson 6.4 this sentence is introduced: "Das Oktoberfest gefällt mir wirklich gut." With this translation:  "I like the Oktoberfest a lot." But doesn't "gefällt" mean more "to please" rather than "to like", so would a better translation be:  The Oktobe...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - November 26, 2019

Replying to something

Hi, I have just seen this sentence: "Danke für deine Hilfe - Gerne, kein Problem" "Thank you for your help - You are welcome" I understand that you can also reply with "bitte schön". When should you reply with either "Gerne" or "bitte schön"? Best, Rex

5 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 15, 2019

Alle Mitglieder der „Weißen Rose“ wurden von der Gestapo verhaftet und zum Tode verurteilt.

This is from 17.4 Alle Mitglieder der „Weißen Rose“ wurden von der Gestapo verhaftet und zum Tode verurteilt. All members of the "White Rose" were arrested by Gestapo and sentenced to death. I have read that single syllable masculine and neuter nouns can...

1 reply - Last post by sfpugh - October 9, 2019

Ich mochte ihn noch nie

Hi, I have just seen this sentence "Ich möchte ihn noch nie" which means "I have never liked him". Maybe I have asked about this previously. Is it correct understood that the sentence can be written "Ich möchte ihn nie" and have the same meaning? but th...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 8, 2019

Toll vs grossartig vs das ist klasse

Hi,  How should these be ranked and should they only be used in informal situations? 1. Toll 2. Grossartig  3. Das ist klasse

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 8, 2019

Dort vs da

Hi,  I understand that "dort" and "da" can be used to express "there". However, in which situations should they be used? Best, Rex

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 8, 2019

Jemand vs Jemanden

Hi,  When should you write "jemand" and when should you write "jemanden"? Best, Rex

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 8, 2019

word order in the sentence

Hallo . In the sentence ' Gibt es dort viele Kneipen ?' ,  why does 'dort ' come before the noun ? Like in English - Are there many bars there ?  Danke!

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 8, 2019

was?

Hi, I've just gotten back into a bit of German learning after a big break. My query is.."Das wäre was Feines für den Sonntagskuchen." and "Darf es sonst noch was sein?" from 18:1 level 3 and many other sentences that include the "was". I don't understand ...

2 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - September 23, 2019

Written part of the course?

hello pretty new here and was wondering about, if I’m missing out on some parts of the course? in 2.2 on a tour.  She says something about a written part of the course. To learn more about ein, eine, einen and again to learn about anhalten when to move an...

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - September 17, 2019

Nominativ , Accusativ und Dativ

Hallo . I am just wondering why we aren't taught the German Nominativ , Accusativ , and Dativ right in the begining modules ? Or am i missing something ? Vielen Danke!

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - September 17, 2019

komme

Hallo .  Why do we use 'komme' for the verb 'going' ? For eg  Wie komme ich zum Restaurant ? - How do I go to the Restaurant ?  When do we use 'gehen' then ?  Danke.

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - September 9, 2019

Verb tense to use when writing a to-do list

Hi there, I was wondering which verb tense to use, if you are writing a to do list do yourself. If I am writing it to someone else, I would use the imperative form. However, when referring to yourself, I would assume it is correct to use the stem form? ...

4 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - September 9, 2019

Required use to aus

I saw this sentence yesterday. Aus wie vielen personnen besteht ihre Familie Is there a specific reason why we are using “Aus” in this sentence and not “Von”. From what I understand, we use “Aus” in the following situations. 1. Used for something which ...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 20, 2019

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