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!

Help! German grammar: verbs, nouns, pronoun endings

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 17, 2015

German style for writing numbers

Hello, I am looking at lesson 4.2 - In the kitchen (In der Küche) and I didn't like the situation with the numbers in several phrases. I reported one as an error but, as there are several, I thought I would open a discussion. First of all, we write numb...

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ - January 13, 2015

Esszett/Umlaut

I was practicing German spelling and the program gave me the German word Tschüss; ( bye) but, when I spelled it out and used the Umlaut in the letter "ü" then I used the Esszett ß for the ss in the word; the program gave me a red error sign that indica...

4 replies - Last post by jason☺ - January 5, 2015

Telling the time in German

Hello, Hmm, how can I say this nicely? I can't, so I won't mention anything about Lesson 2.8 for telling the time. Instead, I will ask if it would be possible to create something a little more like this web site? http://www.goethe.de/ins/pl/pro/deutsc...

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

Ich bin versus Mir gehts

Can one say Ich bin sehr gut ? Or is Mir gehts the proper way. Perhaps one is less formal?

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ - January 3, 2015

fahren versus gehen, which to use?

Why is 'gehen' used in the phrase I would like to go to the market (Ich mochte zum Markt gehen) but in the phrase I would love to go to the cinema (Ich mochte so gerne ins Kino fahren) the word fahren is used? How do I know what the appropriate word is?

7 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 3, 2015

werde, würde and wurde

Hi, Could someone explain the difference between the three -- werde, würde and wurde. My undersanting is the following 1. werde is used in future form for example ich werde arbeiten, ich werde spazieren 2. würde is used as conditional form like would i...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - December 8, 2014

Question

I notice that Sometime's Das is spelled with one "s" And other times It's spelled with the "ß" as in Daß What is the rule when to use the Das or Daß or is the pronunciation of both different. Jamand hife mir bitte

4 replies - Last post by Honest Tom S - October 6, 2014

Why is this

why are there so many Germans, that don,t understand high class German? second question, Why is there broken German spoke different in every community, making German very hard to comprehend.

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - September 8, 2014

Nach dem Ihrem wunsch vs Nach den Ihren wunsch

Could someone explain when we use the dative form ("Nach dem Ihrem wunsch") and when we use the accusative form ("Nach den Ihren wunsch") ? Does both of these two phrases mean "according to your wish" or are they differnt?

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - August 29, 2014

Your welcome!

We focus so much on the politeness of German, with please (bitte) and thank you (danke), but how do you say 'you're welcome?' It's not in my dictionary. In Spanish it's de nada.

16 replies - Last post by Honest Tom S - August 6, 2014

Difference between Ihr and dein?

Could someone tell me the difference between "Ihr" and "dein"? Thanks, Behzad

4 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - August 6, 2014

Understanding dative

'Dem Mann gefallt das Hotel nicht' I don't understand why 'dem Mann' is dative in this example. It seems like it should be in the nominative case. Can someone please explain to me why 'dem Mann' qualifies as dative in this example?

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - August 5, 2014

unsure about why a German word is in a question

What is the "mehr" in "Sie haben kein Zimmer mehr frei?"

7 replies - Last post by Maria-G55 - July 31, 2014

Grammar and Culture Audio files

hello, I am just starting this course and I am downloading files for burning to a DVD-R for my personal use. Is it possible to download the audio files in the Grammar and Culture portion of the course? I see you can play them, but do not see any download ...

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - July 12, 2014

Expressing movement in German

When talking about movement, do the terms "in die Stadt" and "zur Stadt" express the same idea? If not, what is the difference? Thanks

5 replies - Last post by Paul-M10 - July 1, 2014

difference between Herr and Herrn in German

pls , what is the difference between Herr and Herrn in German ?

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 28, 2014

Sehr gut! Wir haben viel gelernt

Hello, I am on this lesson: http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/31 I am looking at this phrase: Sehr gut! Wir haben viel gelernt Very well! we’ve learned lots For the German I think it's fine, except the missing period. For the English, I think i...

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 19, 2014

Difference between Wie heiBen Sie and Wie ist Ihr Name

Hello, Dear Sir, What is the difference between the following questions? Wie ist Ihr Name? Wie heiBen Sie? I am using "B" instead of "eszett" because my keyboard does not have the word "eszett".

15 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - June 17, 2014

Was Vs Wie

Why do we say "Wie (How) ist Ihr Vorname?" instead of "Was (What) ist Ihr Vorname?"

4 replies - Last post by David-L5 - March 13, 2014

Difference between ein and einen

Hello everyone! Although the article for "Kaffee" is "der", I can't understand why in the sentences the word "ein" is not used instead "einen" is used! Which one of the below sentences is correct? If both are correct, then what is the difference? Could so...

5 replies - Last post by Behzad--9 - February 11, 2014

[email protected]

why do I not get the word for word translations? , instead I get what it might mean in English

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 10, 2014

Es or sie as the accusative?

Hi, I am currently recapping RG Premium before embarking upon RG Premium Plus in earnest and have a query about lesson 3.2 when Nik is asking for directions to the exhibition. As Ausstellung is feminine, I am unclear why Paul replies 'Es ist night weit' ...

6 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 7, 2014

article

How do We use German articles

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - December 20, 2013

Sentence structure?

I am still a little confused by the German sentence structure. Sometimes it's similar to English: subject, verb, predicate. But most of the time it isn't. What is the most common way a sentence is structured? Danke!!

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - December 15, 2013

Nebensatz

Warum diese Satz ist Nebensatz: Wissen Sie wo ich Postkarten kaufen kann? Normalerweise schreibe ich sie: Wissen Sie wo kann ich Postkarten kaufen? Ich möchte wissen, wenn ich Nebensätze ohne Grund benutzen kann. Und übrigens in meinem Satz gibt es ein...

3 replies - Last post by go-chinese - November 13, 2013

verb

what is trennbare verb

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - September 14, 2013

ask aboout

is there like simple present?

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - September 12, 2013

firendly chats

when is your birth day

5 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - September 3, 2013

Lesson 4.4

I noticed in your answer key for the grammar lesson 4.4 what I think are a couple of mistakes. Question #1 - It's raining. I put "Es regnet" which is how I have seen it in other German resources. But your answer key has it has "Es rege...

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - September 2, 2013

Confused by sentence word order

I'm confused by the word order in this sentence: "Musst du bloß ausrollen, füllen, fertig". It has the verb in front even though the sentence doesn't have a question mark. The translation is "You just have to roll, fill, and done." I don't have a prob...

7 replies - Last post by doug506 - August 24, 2013

Using may and can (durfen and können

Is it common in German, as it is in English, to use can and may almost interchangeably? For example, "Kann ich auch die Speisekarte haben?" Lesson 19.3. An English language purist would say it should be "May I also have the menu." However, the distinc...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - August 8, 2013

Lesson 19.4 Syntax and Translation Question

I'm confused by the syntax of the following German phrase and the translation. 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 nic...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - July 19, 2013

Superlative forms

In lesson 3.6 , there are two superlative forms,am ____+sten and der/die/das _____+ste . Which form should be used in general ? What time should each form be used ? Coolcader :)

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - July 14, 2013

Making a complaint

Ist es Ihnen gestern Abend noch nicht aufgefallen? Did you not notice it yesterday evening? The perfect tense of aufallen is aufgefallen using sein but I don't understand why it is Ist es Ihnen aufgefallen if we are using the polite you or is it the j...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - July 13, 2013

Word order for seperable prefix verbs

In lesson 18.4 is the following phrase: Das sieht aus wie ein altes Comic. I don't understand why instead it shouldn't be "Das sieht wie ein altes Comic aus". Other examples I have seen put the prefix at the end, e.g. "Du siehst ja nicht so fröhlich aus....

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - July 1, 2013

lesson 20.4

I am a bit confused I guess. Sabine says to Andreas "Ich helfe dir." But shouldn't "dich" be there instead of "dir", since "you" is a direct object in that sentence. Help!

3 replies - Last post by coolcader - June 10, 2013

Use of personal pronouns to reference inanimate objects

Hi Paul, I need help on a grammar question. In lesson 10.4, Koffer is referenced in one sentence by "er". This seemed logical to me since Koffer is masculine. However, two phrases later the reference is "es". This seemed wrong, but when I brought it ...

3 replies - Last post by Bob-D - June 10, 2013

New Games are not working

Is it me or is anyone else that purchased the games for learning German having problems with it. The word phrase in specific. It gives me one box less than I need and when I fill the last box, the guy falls.

1 reply - Last post by coolcader - June 7, 2013

question in 1.2 doing coffee

in the pratice, "Ich möchte eine Bratwurst und Kartoffelsalat",can I say "Ich möchte eine Bratwurst und einen Kartoffelsalat?" Are there any difference?

3 replies - Last post by coolcader - June 7, 2013

Saying things in other than present tense

Everything in Rocket German Premium seems to be in present tense. Are past and future tenses dealt with in Plus and/or Advanced?

4 replies - Last post by Richard-G78 - May 13, 2013

Two words that mean the same ??? But....

What is the difference between " Sprichst " and " Sprechen " ??? I get a little bit confused because both of them as far I know mean " Speak" Any help will be well appreciated Vielen Dank ! Ingrid

4 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - April 27, 2013

Verb Order in sentence

Hi Paul, Just when I think i'm understanding the rules for order, I see something that seems like it doesn't follow the rules. I'm refering to the following phrase in lesson 12.1 which seems like it is asking a question instead of making a statement. C...

11 replies - Last post by Gerri-C - April 26, 2013

bisschen

Is bisschen pronounced chen or as a K (bisken or bis-chen?

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 14, 2013

ich brauche hilf

ich brauche hilfe

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - March 5, 2013

13.2 Use of wollen and mögen

Hi Paul, The use of these verbs in the past tense in this lesson appears to be inconsistent. I realize the actual meaning is almost identical except that to say "I would like" instead of "I want" is a little softer and less demanding. In the first exam...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - February 22, 2013

13.2 Ich bin mal gespannt

In lesson 13.2 both Ich bin mal gespannt and Ich bin gespannt are translated as I'm curious. What then does "mal" add to the sentence? I see "mal" here and there in various Geman phrases and the literal translation of "time" doesn't seem to fit. Can yo...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - February 21, 2013

Lesson 1,1

In this lesson, I find the phrase "Du sprichst gut Deutsch." In the Practice section under Extra Vocabulary, I see "Du sprichst gutes Deutsch." Why is this different?

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - February 1, 2013

How well I am saying this

hey I am writing Christmas letters and I was wondering if anybody can help me to see if I did this right before I send this out and I make fool of myself :D Mai schönen Momente und glücklich Erinnerungen umgeben dir mit Freude dieses Weihnachten. How di...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - February 1, 2013

Subordinate clause rules

"Weil" and "denn" both mean "because", right? Yet it seems "weil" makes a clause follow the subordinate clause rules and "denn" does not. I'm refering to "Nein, das ist zu teuer, denn sie kommen mit ihren drei Kindern." in lesson 11. Yet, I think if i...

5 replies - Last post by Shannon-S - January 30, 2013

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