German Grammar

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why ist es instead of es ist

In lesson 2.1 Die Touristeninformation ​Why do we say  ist es instead of es ist. "Ja, aber heute ist es geschlossen" instead of "Ja, aber heute es ist geschlossen"  Thanks

1 reply - Last post by David K - August 4, 2016

In 7.6 Why is "Is that your suitcase? (polite) Ist das Ihr Koffer? the suitcase not in accusative case?

Is that your suitcase? (polite) Ist das Ihr Koffer? Google translate confirms your answer is correct but this confuses since Der Koffer is masculine the answer implies Der Koffer is in the nominative case in this sentence while to me it seems like it is ...

4 replies - Last post by David K - August 2, 2016

Kein vs Nicht

Guten Tag! Ich habe eine frage, bitte.... What is the difference between using "nicht" and "ken"? Can they be used interchangeable? Example: Ich bin nicht müde  --could you use "kein" here? I understand that kein can be used when there is an inde...

6 replies - Last post by David K - July 30, 2016

Is "Der" "that" in this sentence?

Hi there, in this particular sentence, is "der" supposed to translate as "that" because it seems to me that it does. I've noticed in other sentences it does seem to translate as "that" which is confusing to me Ich wohne leider nicht am Meer, aber die Gege...

2 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - July 22, 2016

4.3 Is this a mistake?

How do you say "a table (m) for two" in German?   ein Tisch für zwei Personen  eine Tisch für zwei Personen  einer Tisch für zwei Personen  einem Tisch für zwei Personen In the lesson it is: "einen tisch fur zwei personen".  So, what's the cor...

3 replies - Last post by errant-italian-knight - July 15, 2016

asking about a past event

Many examples show to to ask "would you like" but how do you ask a question in the past tense, for example,  "did you like going to the movie with ...."

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - July 14, 2016

"hat" and "ist"

"Im Mund hat alles gejuckt und meine Zunge ist angeschwollen" (I had an itchy sensation in my mouth and my tongue was swelling) Can someone please help me out with getting a grip with sentences like these? I can't seem to understand the "hat"in sentences...

2 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - July 13, 2016

"ab" and "nach"in this sentence

An der großen Kreuzung biegen Sie dann nach rechts ab. In this sentence, what does the "ab"mean? I don't think it is meant to split off Oh by the way, while we're at it, what is "nach"there for as well? I know "nach"can mean "turn" but I thought "biegen...

5 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - June 22, 2016

Warmes

In the sentence Ich will etwas Warmes zu trinken, why is Warmes capitalized?  I thought warm was an adjective and 'twas is a pronoun.  Doesn't warm modify something?

0 replies - Last post by ksfarmer - June 7, 2016

Written Resource

While going through 1.2, Nik mentioned that we can learn more about the uses of die, der, and das by looking at the written resources or something like that. I have looked and maybe I'm just missing it, but does anywhere know where that resource is?

2 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - June 3, 2016

Humour in lessons

Hi all If anyone fancies some humour in their lessons check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/comedy there are some humorous videos of Henning Wehn giving some german lessons also lots of other info and language courses mike

1 reply - Last post by errant-italian-knight - April 19, 2016

an?

Hi, please tell me the purpose of "an" at the end of sentences such as....Ich rufe morgen an According to GT, "an"means to, at, on, by I'm wondering if it's a filler or just a German quirk that we just have to accept

7 replies - Last post by Fred-C14 - April 14, 2016

The meaning of Glaube

Lesson 2.2 the word Glaube on google translate means believe. Believe is briefly mentioned as well in the lesson. So why not write: Ich glaube nicht as I don't believe instead of I don't think so?

4 replies - Last post by Fred-C14 - March 31, 2016

nach and noch

Can someone please explain what the two words "noch' and "nach" really mean. I've looked them up in Google Translate and obviously found them in sentences in our program but I still don't get it. It seems to me that sometimes they are added and don't need...

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 7, 2016

Please help me make sense of this

Kannst du mich mit nach Hause nehmen? (can you give me a lift home) This sentence to me literally is  "Can you me with to house take"...Now how do they get "Can you give me a lift home? out of that?

3 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - February 14, 2016

Difference between deine and ihre?

Haben Sie Ihren Schlüssel? (do you have your key). When is it appropriate to use deine or deinem. I thought deine or deinem might go there instead of ihren but I'm all confused I know I've covered it somewhere in this program but I'm too lazy to look.

2 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - February 9, 2016

sind or ist?

Deine Haare sind kürzer als vorher "your hair is shorter than before" Please help me with this one. Now, why isn't the "ist" there instead of the sind? Is it acceptable to have the "ist" there instead of the "sind"?

2 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - January 30, 2016

The work "steht" in this particular joke

I recently read a joke in German....Eine Ärztin geht zum Essen. Sie bemerkt das der Kellner ständig seinen Kopf krazt. Sie fragt: “Haben Sie Juckreiz?” Der Kellner antwortet: “Wenn es nicht auf der Speisekarte steht haben wir es nicht   The joke is ok I g...

2 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - January 30, 2016

lesson 6.9 cases

In lesson 6.9  know it test The question asked to say in German is:  I don’t want to come along"   The answer given is: Ich möchte nicht mit kommen. Shoulden't   the correct answer be: Ich Will nicht mit Kommen. Which is correct? I say  ich will nicht m...

1 reply - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 29, 2016

About dative

Why are these phrases in dative?: Der frau gefallt das Hotel; Dem Mann gefallt das Hotel. Normally they are in nominative because in both of them, der Frau and dem Mann are subjects of the action gefallen.

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 4, 2016

Dropping the indefinite article.

Hi. My German is largely self taught so, although it seems to work OK(ish) in Germany, I know that the grammar is a mess. I have bought Rocket German to try and add some structure. So far I have been knocking through the Beginners course at...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - September 14, 2015

Word order lesson 10.7

This example in the lesson seems like an exception to the TMP rule. 6. Der Mann vorliest den Kindern jeden Abend ein Buch. It seems to me, based on the rule, that it should be "Der Mann vorliest jeden Abend den Kindern ein Buch". Please explain. thanks...

6 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - August 28, 2015

Ich muss...nicht...

Hi, in lesson 7.7 there is the phrase "Ich muss heute nicht zur Arbeit gehen." which translates to "I don't have to go to work today". Now if I hadn't seen the English trans, I would have read it as "I must not go to work today." The meanings are differen...

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - August 2, 2015

12.8-Tenses

HI there I've been looking at lesson 12.8 on tenses (past, present, future)--and it says, that I already learned how to conjugate the tenses in 12.7 and 12.8, but I'm in 12.8 and there are no conjugations. I can somewhat see the pattern here of using the ...

0 replies - Last post by Elizabeth--234 - July 18, 2015

Sie meaning You or they

Sie brauchen etwas zu essen; can mean You need or they need. How can I distinguish the  meaning ?

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 21, 2015

Lesson 3.8. Did you know.

Hello there. Can you please tell me why es becomes it in the translation   es weiss= it knows.                          ...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 16, 2015

Akkusative vs Nominative

Hi , Could someone please explain me why we use accusative in the following question? Was macht dich glücklich ? ( What makes you happy) When we ask someone (a friend) what are you doing today we ask "was machst du heute?" Similary why can't I say "Wa...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 2, 2015

Es or er?

Koffer is masculine so Sandy asks if you can describe him. Why does Matthias answer with," Es ist etc." Shouldn't the answer start with " Er ist etc."?

2 replies - Last post by bikeophile - May 24, 2015

Accusative

The accusative case This case is the second most frequently used case. It shows the direct object in a sentence. The direct objects is the object or person suffering from the subject’s action which is expressed in the verb. The direct object usually an...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - May 16, 2015

Ihr (Pronomen im Nominativ und Dativ)

Hello, I'm having trouble with the search engine at the top of the Rocket Languages system. It doesn't seem to find ihr in lesson 1.6, so thank you for the forum here and the link: http://members.rocketlanguages.com/your-community/german-vocab/ihr-ache/ ...

1 reply - Last post by Byron-K21 - May 16, 2015

Two questions on "Ich will etwas warmes zu Trinken.&quo

Hi Nathalie, In the transcript for lesson 1.2 Kaffee trinken, there is the sentence"Ich will etwas warmes zu Trinken.". I've got a couple of questions. Firstly, is "Trinken" definitely meant to be capitalised? It looks like a ver...

9 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - May 16, 2015

Nächste and Nächsten?

When do you use nächste; and when do you use nächsten? Also, why does an change die to der?   

6 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 27, 2015

Denn/Dann

Can anyone tell me why 'denn' is used in one of the sentences below and 'dann' is used in the other?  I had read that 'denn'  is equivalent to 'then' in English while 'dann' was equivalent to 'than' but 'then' would seem to be the correct Englis...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - April 19, 2015

Shortened Forms of Prepositions

Hallo Bis zum Morgen grauen - Until Dawn This should be the accusative following the preposition "bis". der Morgan goes to den Morgen then why has zum been used which is the shortened form of zu dem. Should the phrase not correctly be: Bis zu den Morge...

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 6, 2015

Possessive adjective, euer

Hello: in the grammar section 7.2, the table for __[color=darkblue:q1gu7nk8]euer[/color:q1gu7nk8]__ shows the Neuter nominative and accusative to be __[color=darkblue:q1gu7nk8]eures[/color:q1gu7nk8]__. Is this correct? It doesn't seem to follow the pat...

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 18, 2015

runter

7.4 Nik wants to know how to get "down" the mountain, but how would she say how do I get "up" the mountain?

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 17, 2015

nachgesendet

Hello, In lesson http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/89 I have a question about this phrase: Ich habe es aber zum Glück am nächsten Tag nachgesendet bekommen. I got it luckily the next day it was re-sent. Why is nächsten Tag used and then a...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 16, 2015

Proper Article lesson 4.5

I n lesson 4.5  I want, need, and I would like. again the statement: Ich möchte bitte einen Kaffee. The word Kaffee is masculine. Why is the Article "Einen" is used instead of "Ein" ? Am I missing something or  please explain why  is a...

4 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - March 5, 2015

Ein, Eine, und Einen

Why do you say "einen Kaffee" instead of "eine Kaffee"?

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - February 25, 2015

Proper Article

In lesson 4.3 " resstaurant The Statement Ich möchte bitte einen Tisch für zwei Personen bestellen. Why is Einen used as the Article for Tisch when the word Table is Masculent. why  einen  was used insted of Ein. 

5 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 24, 2015

what is einen used for

What is einen used for and, is it different from ein and eine

1 reply - Last post by jason☺ - February 21, 2015

Grammar lesson 7.2 question

Hi Nathalie, I'm confused by the endings for "euer" given for the singular neuter nominative and accusative. It says that for both it is "eures," but I would have thought it would be "euer," since "unser" and &q...

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 18, 2015

Ich mache nicht Spaß

Hello, I'm only working module 5 right now, but I found a phrase in a higher level that does not seem to have the right conjugation for "Ich mache". Can somebody please have a look at it? If by adding "doch" to the phrase it changes the conjugation to ma...

5 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 18, 2015

Darf ich Sie oder Darf ich Ihnen etwas fragen?

Ich dachte immer dass es 'Darf ich Ihnen...' war, aber heute habe ich auch 'Darf ich Sie' gelesen? Können Sie das bitte erklaren? Vielen Dank!

6 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 18, 2015

Der blaue

Hello, While doing lesson 2.3, I didn't notice the German adjective "blau" in upper case. http://en.pons.com/translate?q=blau&l=deen&in=&lf=de Now at lesson 5.3, I see that it may not be necessary to capitalize "blaue". http://en.pons.com/tr...

3 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 18, 2015

Lesson 4.4 Restaurant

In lesson 4.4. Restaurtrant; The question : Können Sie das Museum empfehlen?. my question is why is the direct object  Das Museum is use Instead of the indirect object Ein museum. Sounds silly to ask if one can recommed a Museum if only one exis...

1 reply - Last post by jason☺ - February 18, 2015

A Case in Point -Accusative

In the exercises for Language & Culture Lessons 6.6 A Case in Point -Accusative: Would Lisa and Tom be also Accusative such as einen Gutschein and einen Brief? 15. Er schenkt Lisa einen Gutschein. He gives Lisa a voucher. 16. Steffi schreibt Tom ...

1 reply - Last post by jason☺ - February 8, 2015

Keine

What is the dative and genitive form of Keine ? In the chapter 6.9 Talking About Something Negative it's as given as below Dative : Keiner Gentive : Keinen I believe it's other way around and the values are swapped. If so could you please correct the co...

7 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 5, 2015

When to use Dies and Das

I'm very confused as when to use das (that) and when to use dies (this). For example, in the Language and Culture lesson 6.8 there are a number of phrases all of which translate to "This is the ..." in English. However in German, some of the phrases are...

4 replies - Last post by jason☺ - February 3, 2015

Dativ

I am totally confused - Ich brauche Hilfe! I think I understand and can find the DATIV in the following sentence: Paul (subject) gibt (action) der Frau (dativ or in english the indirect object) das Ticket (acccusitiv or direct object in english) I do n...

4 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - February 1, 2015

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