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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 conversation. Don’t be shy!

Auf

HiIn lesson 4.9 Auf is decribed as : of, to ,in (language)Could someone give me an example when "Auf is used with language. Thanks Sebongela

2 replies - Last post by sebongela - June 1, 2022

Nominative case and "Sein"

HalloAnother grammar question. When Nominative was explained “Sein” was mentioned as an equal sign. In lesson 6.5 When 2 things are being compared and “ist” is present is this why the things being compared are both in the nominative. EG. Die Couch and der...

2 replies - Last post by sebongela - May 17, 2022

Ist es or es ist

I am struggling to make sense of when to use “ist es” and “es ist” in module 2.1 Can someone help me? Because just when I think I have understood when to use “ist es” and when to use “es ist”, I mess up :(

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - May 2, 2022

tut or tun

Hello, Why does the sentence ends with “zu tun” instead of “zu tut” “Er sucht etwas zu tun” Thank you and regards,Tina

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 25, 2022

lesson 1.7

HalloIn lesson 1.7 “Ich muss zum hotel. ”Why does it take a dative case as in zu and dem.? Or have I got this completely mixed up. Is das Hotel an indirect object then. I thought it would be a direct object. Talk about getting in a twist about this thanks...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 14, 2022

What is the difference between reservieren and reservierung?

What is the difference between reservieren and reservierung? I'm a bit confuse on the usage.

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 12, 2022

Accussative Dative

HalloJust watched a video on YouTube. “ My German Teacher” Explaining when to use which one. Basically a beginners level, but he explains it simply (That is if it can be simple) Made some things less murky in my mind. My motto "All little bits help. Have ...

0 replies - Last post by sebongela - April 7, 2022

no question, just overwhelmed

Oh my word, just looked at the grammar lesson on Adjectives in Nominative and accusative. Frankly just puts me into panic mode. In many ways am just tempted to look at grammar lessons as speaking practice and vocabulary, as keeping track of it when there ...

9 replies - Last post by sfpugh - March 28, 2022

20.5 Bis zum Morgen grauen

“Bis zum Morgen grauen” is a funny phrase to demonstrate the preposition “bis” as Accusative, given that the ending on “zum” is clearly not Accusative.  i know that “bis” is most often accompanied by another preposition ("bis zu", “bis auf”) or is used di...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - March 28, 2022

Ex 2.5

HiDU lasst (") mich hier. You leave me here. If one changes the tone into an accusatory voice is this the way you would say You left me here. As in anger or abandonment.DankeSebongelaBeen wondering about this for a while, as in English it would work.

2 replies - Last post by sebongela - March 7, 2022

possesive adjectives in the Accusative

I am looking for the lesson on Possessive Adjectives in the Accusative. Is there one? I use Babbel and their explanations aren't adequate and I'm sure Rocket has covered it, just can't find it.ThanksSebongela

5 replies - Last post by sebongela - March 1, 2022

Word order lesson 19.1

The following two sentences seem to be very similar:Die Häuser sind hier alle so prachtvoll verziert.The houses here are all so beautifully decorated.andJedes Gebäude hier hat so viel Geschichte.Each building here has so much history. In the first sentenc...

15 replies - Last post by sfpugh - February 24, 2022

prepositions that take accusative

Trying to remember the prepositions that take the Accusative. Have used a mnemonic for the first six. Now will tackle the next ones that sometimes take the AccusativeFur (")OhneBis          Makes FobGegenUmdurch Makes Gudhope this will help me remember Do...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - February 24, 2022

Sie sind in der Stadt lesson 1.7

HiI so frustrated by the grammar. Frankly why even bother! Call it a language course and then tell you to use text books would be more appropriate. I get that der Stadt has something to do with cases, but then there should be a note stating that Stadt is ...

17 replies - Last post by gottahaveajava - February 1, 2022

manche deutsche(n) Gruppen ? 15.1

“Ich mag U2 total gerne und auch manche deutsche Gruppen"I would have thought that, with “manche” being a “der” equivalent, that it should be “deutschen” and not “deutsche” .

8 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 20, 2022

Lesson 3.1 Extra Vocab - Now I see it

Very new to German.  Lesson 3.1 is using the expression, “Now I see it.” to offer a lesson on how “it” changes with gender.  In the sentence, “it” is referring to das Auto (neuter) so in German the expression is"Jetzt sehe ich esThey then ask how you woul...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - January 17, 2022

seinen or seine Schlüssel accusative plural? Module 13.5

The sentence is: Thomas hat gestern seinen Schlüssel verloren. The translation is: Thomas lost his keys yesterday.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------Shouldn't the translation be? Thomas lost his key yesterday.  Or sh...

4 replies - Last post by gottahaveajava - December 15, 2021

für with genitive?

From Module 13.3 Business Call"Es geht um eine große Werbekampagne für eines meiner Produkte"with preposition “für,” isn't it always supposed to be followed by the accusative? “Eines” is genitive. What am I missing?Thanks.

4 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 9, 2021

text book

Hi AllI have been using a grammar book. Easy German step by step. McGraw Hill, Ed Swick. So far so good, seems to have clear consice explanations and good practice. If your local library has a copy have a look. Sebongela.

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 9, 2021

Cases

Have been doing the Nominative and Accusative cases, but looked at level 2 Dative case. In level one I found it really helpful that the words in question were in bold. Noticed in Dative they were not. I think it would be really helpful and easier if they ...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 9, 2021

Nouns and cases

Guten MorgenAm beginning to realize how important it is to learn the gender of nouns. If you don't know them, then using the different correct form when using the different cases is not so simple.In one of my other courses came across “der Kaarte”, but Le...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - November 16, 2021

Grammar question

In an early lession, there is the extra vocabulary:“Er trifft sie am Flughafen”.Yet, I don't see anyplace in levels 1, 2, or 3 where the “am” is really explained in context. The extra vocab section doesn't seem to offer grammar explanations.I'm assuiming ...

4 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - September 7, 2021

für or dative?

In Lesson 14.7 (German Cases part 2) there is a sentenceIch kaufe ein Buch für meinen Bruder - I buy a book for my brother.I think this is to provide an example of how für takes the accusative.(Different prepositions take different cases. A bit like Latin...

5 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - August 23, 2021

Accusative vs dative question

This sentence appears in Lesson 10.2:Am besten schauen sie in die Samstagszeitung."In die Samstagszeitung" appears to be using the accusative.  Why isn't it dative (in der Samstagszeitung)?  There doesn't seem to be a "change in state" or "movement toward...

11 replies - Last post by gottahaveajava - August 19, 2021

Die Woche/ Dad Wochenend

Am intrigued as to why these have different genders. Does anyone know why, or is it just an idiosyncrasy?

4 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 9, 2021

Placement of the conjunction "aber" in a conjoining sentence

I am aware that the word “aber” is a coordinate conjunction that does not influence the word order of a sentence, (that is, it does not send the verb to the end of a sentence). However, the word “aber” itself does not always appear in the same position wi...

8 replies - Last post by HugoM5 - August 9, 2021

Use of the german word (Scwierig)

Can I use the word Schwierig  in the phrase.Deutsch ist ein schwierige Sprache.    Please correct me in this sentence.

2 replies - Last post by HugoM5 - August 9, 2021

Use of the verb "werden"

I hope that I'm not violating any rules here by enquiring about something that was not specifically covered in this course; however, owing to the fact that my question pertains to level A2/B1 level German, I will stick my neck out!The verb “werden” is one...

4 replies - Last post by HugoM5 - August 9, 2021

in die Schule or in der Schule (Lesson 14.4)

Lesson 14.4 has the sentence Wir sind zusammen in die Grundschule gegangen. We went to primary school together.After going through the grammar lesson on the dative case I half expected it to be in der Grundschule…Can I assume that the accusative is used h...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - August 2, 2021

Flexibility in word order using "gespannt"

In lesson 23.4, we are presented with the following sentence:“Ja, ich bin schon sehr gespannt, vor allem auf die Zeremonie in der Kirche.”If I wanted to shorten this sentence and simply say, “I'm very curious regarding the ceremony in the church”, I could...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 25, 2021

Lesson 13.2: position of definite article?

One of the lines in the conversation is:“…dass ich die für Ihre Stelle ​erforderlichen Kenntnisse und Qualifikationen habe.” which is translated as:“…that I have the necessary skills and qualifications for this position.”Does the word “die” in this contex...

2 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - April 19, 2021

Lesson 12.4: Query re "ein Danke"

There is a sentence “Und das ohne je ein Danke zu hören.” which is translated as “Without ever getting thanked for it”.A literal translation looks like “And that without ever hearing a thanks”  (or “a thank you”).I just wondered, as I thought “a thank you...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - April 6, 2021

15.3 Ich erinnere mich gerne daran, wie ich mit meiner Oma im Garten gespielt habe.

From 15.3Ich erinnere mich gerne daran, wie ich mit meiner Oma im Garten gespielt habe.I remember happily how I played with my grandmother in the garden.This is a question about daran in this sentence.In my general reading, I have noticed that da words of...

4 replies - Last post by sfpugh - March 25, 2021

Example of German genitive in lesson 12.7 incorrect?

In this lesson we have the sentence Sarah’s Hochzeitsanzeige wurde vor zwei Wochen veröffentlicht. which meansSarah's wedding notice was published two weeks ago.In English, of course the apostrophe + s denotes possession, but I thought that in the German ...

2 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - March 18, 2021

Verbs-come-second exceptions

I am trying to understand when small words & interjections at the start of a sentence get ignored with regard to the "verb comes second" rule.In this sentence it gets ignored.  You say:"Hey, du siehst ja nicht gerade sehr fröhlich aus!"...instead of "Hey,...

4 replies - Last post by RobertD50 - February 25, 2021

Error?

Der Deutsche for male and Die Deutsche female Germans? (Level 1 — Nationalities)According to other sources it's Der Deutscher and Die Deutsche.For multiple Germans, Die Deutsche and sometimes Die Deutschen depending upon a few of the whole country.Is this...

1 reply - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - February 22, 2021

noch immer vs. immer noch

It is my understanding that the meaning of the “noch immer” and “immer noch” is generally the same, but may have different connotations. Is this true? If so, I would appreciate hearing what the fine line is between them and an example or two to illustrate...

3 replies - Last post by PaulS108 - December 30, 2020

Use of Singular Nouns Without an Article

In lesson 21.2, we are presented with the following sentence:Es (das Haus) hat ein Doppelzimmer und zwei Einzelzimmer, Wohnzimmer mit Kochnische und eine wunderschöne Terrasse.If I break this down into 3 separate sentences, it would read:Es hat ein Doppel...

3 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 23, 2020

Lesson 9.11

In lesson 9.11 one of the examples is: “Dem Mann gefällt das Hotel nicht.” Why is the man being treated as an indirect object?

6 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - December 22, 2020

Making a decision. Why not "Entscheidung machen?"

In lesson 12.1, in the introductory conversation, the following sentence is presented:Aber zuerst muss ich noch eine wichtige Entscheidung treffen.  The translation is: But first I must make an important decision.The verb treffen, has already been introdu...

1 reply - Last post by PaulS108 - December 14, 2020

in mein Handgepäck

In the Lesson 9.4 sentence "Ich packe deshalb immer ein paar wichtige Dinge in mein Handgepäck," why is it "in MEIN Handgepäck" instead of "in MEINEM Handgepäck"?  It looks like to me that would be dative, not accusative.  Is the act of packing considered...

2 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - December 8, 2020

Word order in lesson 9.8

One of the phrases is“Können Sie mir bitte sagen wie ich dort hinkomme?” meaning“Can you please tell me how I get there?” (formal).Just wondering, why isn't the verb in the second clause in 2nd place, as normal?i.e. why isn't it “Können Sie mir bitte sage...

6 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - December 5, 2020

Conjugation of the linking verb "sein" with a subject and subject compliment

In lesson 19.4, we are presented with the sentence, "Das Thema der Ausstellung waren die Höhenmenschen." I'm confused. I would have used "war" instead of "waren" based on the fact that the subject ("das Thema") is singular, even though the subject comple...

4 replies - Last post by Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor - November 16, 2020

So, why the extra words that don't seem to translate?

Lesson 11.1 starts out with the sentence: “This Hey, du siehst ja nicht gerade sehr fröhlich aus!”  which is translated: Hey, you are not looking very happy!   There are two words, ja and gerade, which don't seem to be translated so I'm curious as to why ...

6 replies - Last post by DeanC7 - November 3, 2020

5.5 Talking about Your or Mine(Grammar)

Hallo Alles, I am learning Level 1 lesson 5.5.  Have some questions on how to differ:  - ES: Sein for His/Its  with  ES: Sein "Its" - SHE: IHR "Her/Its"  with SIE: IHR "Your(Formal)  and  SIE: IHR "Their" Any idea/clue on how to differ if the sentences ...

2 replies - Last post by Linie - October 29, 2020

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

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