German Grammar

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Adjective endings

ok so I am at lesson 11.8 of the RG Premium Plus and it might sound silly but... when the article changes when is accusative, dative or genitive then adjective also changes? Also, when in RG premium lessons, where first they introduced us to the changes ...

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - January 20, 2013

an/zu

Hi, I'm confused when to use "an" and when to use "zu" in referencing directions. Lesson 10.3 shows examples of both but I don't understand the distinction. In both sentences below, I think Friedrichplatz is in the accusative. Wie komme ich zum Friedr...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 16, 2013

Possessive adjectives

Hello there Sorry if the question is stupid, but I found myself querying as to why the sentence 'Er machct sein Auto sauber' uses the article sein and not seinen when I would have thought it was in the accusative as it is talking specific about his car? ...

1 reply - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 14, 2013

use of "der" in place of "er"

HI! Could you please help me out with a bit of a puzzle? In lesson 3.1 of the first Rocket German course Nik says "Ja, iche sehe ihn. Der ist schnell" Also in lesson 7.1 of More Rocket German Sandra says, "Der hat ein paar so schoene Lie...

7 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - January 3, 2013

mega verb games

:cry: The mega verb games still have errors so I have given up playing in frustration. I ordered the program a few weeks ago and I am going to Germany/ Switzerland in June. has anyone else played the games?

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - December 5, 2012

Big, tall, short, and small

When referring to people's physical characteristics gross generally seems to be translated as tall versus big. Of course a person could be both, but in English when we say "big" it usually refers to weight and the person may or may not be tall. When we ...

3 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - November 27, 2012

Nom/Acc. Pronouns

‘Leider?’ Warum? Hast du __________ (them) nicht gern? Torsten: Nein, ich mag __________ (them) nicht besonders. So I filled in "Euch" for both of the blanks above and apparently they were wrong. The correct answers are "sie" and "sie". Can somebody expl...

7 replies - Last post by Vivianne-J - October 24, 2012

Interchangeable use of an esszett?

In lesson 1.6 of German Rocket Premium, esszett is explained as representing two "s"s. Additionally, the word "tschüss" is introduced. Why does one use "ss" as opposed to an esszett? Are there certain rules discussed further along in the course or can ...

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - September 24, 2012

SIngular and pleural pronouns

The following was written to me recently by a friend in Germany: "SInd das Kängurus im Hintergrund?" Should this not be Sind sie Kängurus as we are discussing a pleural noun?

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - July 15, 2012

German word order?!??

ok can someone PLEASE explain to me German word order? its so confusing! Im really good at learning new words but I can't use them because I dont know how to build a sentence longer then 5 words in German because of the weird order they place their words!...

15 replies - Last post by mikeguy - July 8, 2012

please answere me

difference between alle und alles

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 28, 2012

viel ,viele, +adjectives

really I lost in german adjectives endings and it worse with (viel,viele ,wenig und wenige),why we do say:Vieles Gute kommt vom Herzen ,Vieler scho"ner Schnee ,Viel Gutes,Viel Spass. thanks for help.

6 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - June 28, 2012

difference between alle und alles

difference between alle und alles

2 replies - Last post by wasmy-- - June 15, 2012

How to say "I agree" in German

I understand that this can be said in several ways including: Ich bin damit einverstanden Ich stimme zu Ich bin Ihrer Meinung Which is best/more correct and in which circumstances are they used? Finally, why is Ihrer and not Ihre used before the feminine...

2 replies - Last post by John-M25 - June 11, 2012

zum, am, im etc

There could be something further along in the lessons but might there be a small chart showing when to use all these distinctions? Thought I got until I saw some differing forms. Like zum meaning something other than to the. Otherwise, I am enjoying t...

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - May 14, 2012

Wie alt?

Hi Paul, In lesson 15.1 Mathias tells Sandra the ages of his niece and nephew.....Die Große is acht Jahre alt, und der Kleine ist fünf. Sarah explains that you can tell that the elder child is a girl because of the article used and the ending. So why ...

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - May 5, 2012

compound words

Hi Paul, Is there a rule of thumb for forming compound words? Some seem to be just two words joined together (Sprachwissenshaft) while others have an "s" between the two words being joined up (Hochzeitskleid). Is it purely a matter of ease of pronunciat...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 21, 2012

würde vs möchte

Hi Paul What is the difference between würde and möchte to express future events?

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 18, 2012

use of "lassen"

Hi Paul, Re Lesson 14.6 Auxiliary and Modal Verbs Another question: "Ich wolllte mir die Haare schneiden lassen". (I wanted to get my hair cut) Does it mean I wanted to be allowed to get my hair cut? or that I wanted to get it cut by someone else? Co...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 18, 2012

nouns and their articles

I just wanted to clarify which noun the article is attached to if there are two nouns. In English for example, 'a packet of flour', in Deutsch, 'eine Packung Mehl'. Is the article attached to the first noun or the second? Or does 'packung' become an ad...

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 18, 2012

error

When I was listening to this, and then read the translation, I knew the word yesterday was not in the German.Woche is week --is this an error or just another way to interpret? I know I am lousy with grammar." Jonas hat letzte Woche seinen Führerschein gem...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 17, 2012

Dative?

Sie sollen mir sagen. You should tell me. With this sentence, why is it that the dative "mir" is used? I see Sie (subject), sagen (verb) and mir as the direct object. But apparently I am wrong and mir is correct. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kyle

5 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 12, 2012

Lesson 12.2

Hi Paul In 12.2 ...."Der Strafzettel" the word Strafzettel is sometimes spelled Straftzettel (with a "t"). "Ich muss zweihundert Euro für einen Straftzettel bezahlen". "Heute geht es um das leidige Thema Straftzettel". But "Nur wegen einem lächerli...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 3, 2012

Guten Morgen?

Why isn't it Guter Morgen? I'm guessing this is the accusative form, am I right? Why not the nominative form?

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 2, 2012

11.8 question

Hi Paul Now I'm stuck on the Adjective Endings section: In the "My Level" section the answer "Ich trage einen blauen Pullover" was correct ....this makes sense. In the Language quiz section of the lesson (question #9) the correct answer for a similar s...

3 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - April 1, 2012

another grammar question

Hi! well I have more questions... Here in "Ich fühle mich nicht wohl. Mir ist übel und schwindelig"... why after "Mir" is used "ist" instead of "bin" if we are talking about "me" (mir). In the sentence "Ja, er müsste noch in der Tüte sein. " why the ver...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 28, 2012

German Television

Greetings, I was wondering if anyone has ever found any German television programs to watch and/or download. I think this would be a wonderful way to help immerse one's self in the language. I would really like to view some of their ad...

7 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 24, 2012

Dative Verbs

Nathalie, Consider the following sentence: Folgen Sie mir! / Follow me! Mir is the appropriate pronoun. Mich is not, because folgen is a dative verb. Consider the following sentence: Koennen wir Sie/Ihnen folgen? Some say Sie is the appropriate pr...

4 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

am,im,nicht,kein,keine

i read that "am" means "At the" and "im" means "in the" ....my question is i also read you can also just plain say in the or at the (in german)....how do i know when to use "am" and "im". my ...

7 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

Order

Was wondering if it matters what order time and place come in. For example, the sentence "Wollen sie auf mich morgan hier warten, bitte?" or is the other way "Wollen sie auf mich hier morgan warten, bitte?" better? I know the second verb comes at the end ...

2 replies - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

Syntax

Hello, was wondering if anybody can tell me if these sentences are gramatically in the right order as far as syntax goes? Does 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 both mean the same thing or is something being stressed more? I know that the language is a more flexible on...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - March 22, 2012

German Translator

Hi, Does anyone know of any good and accurate German translating website? I need something that will translate whole paragraphs, not just a word at a time. Thanks Alberto.

13 replies - Last post by berro-- - January 22, 2012

Foreign Language Institute German

This is a great resouce to help you learn Deutsch. It is dated but is still worth the price. Free! It is the same material that Barrons Mastering Germany uses with their course at a cost of $60.00. The mp3s can be download with a right click and then use ...

5 replies - Last post by Brad-- - July 15, 2011

Conjugated verb list

I like the list of verbs that were listed by Nathalie in 2007..is there a way to get this all on one post so it can be printed so one does not have to print each page separately? I used to teach English Grammar and a chart like that is very useful in lear...

0 replies - Last post by mikeguy - June 18, 2011

Guten Morgen

Why isn't it Guter Morgen? I'm guessing this is the accusative form, am I right? Why not the nominative form? Please do not answer this if you are not one of the Rocket German teachers. I know you mean to be kind but I'm tired of not getting replies from...

2 replies - Last post by RAFIK-- - May 23, 2011

gerade

Does gerade mean: now, at the moment? When does one use it? I understand its use in: Sie horen gerade Musik, and Ich lerne gerade Deutsch but.... Ich besuche meine Tante jetzt gerade nicht, or sie öffnen jetzt gerade nicht die Türen , I do not underst...

2 replies - Last post by Davida-S - April 10, 2011

Würde ich gerne

In the sentence: Ja, wenn das möglich ist würde ich gerne ein Doppelzimmer in der Woche danach buchen. Yes if it possible is, i would like a Double room on the next week to book. (close as i can get word-word) Yes, if it is possible I would like to bo...

6 replies - Last post by Prussian-Turtle - March 22, 2011

5.1. Eine Flasche Wein Kaufen question

The position of "wir" in this sentence is driving me crazy. :?: "Normalerweise verkaufen wir keine ungeöffneten Flaschen" and NOT "Normalerweise wir verkaufen keine ungeöffneten Flaschen??" I thought Wir always goes at t...

3 replies - Last post by tink - February 4, 2011

ein, einen?

I am just beginning so maybe I have missed something, or am not there yet, but back in 1.2 the article before Kaffee was einen kaffee. Now in lesson 1.9 der kaffee is ein kaffee. Where did the einen come from and how do I know when to use which??

2 replies - Last post by tink - December 28, 2010

Es Gobt / Gibt Es!!!

Hi Not too clear on the above: Section 2.1 shows" Aber es gibt eine ......" and translates as but there is!!! Section 2.2 shows "Gibt es dort Toiletten" ..... and translates Is there a toilet there. Why is es (is) before gibt on the f...

6 replies - Last post by tink - December 28, 2010

Tenses

Hello All, I need a table of tenses. I have created one, however, I am not 100% sure if it is fully correct. Please amend it if required. :-) * **************** Singular ********************************************************************* Ich habe ----...

1 reply - Last post by mikeguy - December 12, 2010

Verbs and Related Verbs

Nathalie, Consider the verbs luegen (to lie) and anluegen (to lie to). Either one can be used to ask the following question: 1. Warum hast du (zu) deinem Vater gelogen? (Why have you lied to your father?) 2. Warum hast du dienen Vater angelogen? (Wh...

2 replies - Last post by SRA11 - October 10, 2010

Why do we say Guten Morgen in German?

Why isn't it Guter Morgen? I'm guessing this is the accusative form, am I right? Why not the nominative form?

1 reply - Last post by Abhishek - October 10, 2010

Passive voice

Him I am from India and have been having fun learning from your courses. I would like to know how the passiv voice is formed. Does it mean using the 'sein' verb for all Present Perfect forms (even where the same are not supposed to form their PP forms wit...

2 replies - Last post by Abhishek - October 10, 2010

Was möchtest du? Or Was möchten Sie?

What is the correct way to say "What would you like"? The course audio and written text teach's "Was möchtest du"? but the quiz at the end insists on saying "Was möchten Sie"? as the correct answer. Can you tell me which on...

2 replies - Last post by Forres - October 6, 2010

How to write perfect past and simple past biography?

Hello, I need to figure out how to write a biography introduction of myself in perfect past form and simple past form. My name is Jeremiah, I am from America. I am 26 years old. I enjoy doing martial arts and writing. I am studying graphic design. ...

2 replies - Last post by Byron-K21 - September 6, 2010

Der Nächste vs. die nächste

when do we use which?

2 replies - Last post by mikeguy - July 4, 2010

Modals in passive voice

I see there are 2 ways to form passive voice sentences with modals 1) Conujugation of a modal plus a present passive infinitive 2) Conjugation of sich lassen and a present active infinitive #1 can become very awkward, especially in the future perfect w...

0 replies - Last post by SRA11 - May 29, 2010

German Shakespeare???

I'm interested in something my German friend said to me. He said that he studied Shakespeare at college in Germany. I'm confused. I cannot understand how Shakespeare can be translated into German because it would lose the essence of Shakespeare's writing ...

4 replies - Last post by Reinhard - May 16, 2010

7.7 Language and Culture - Talking about something negative

I think there might be some errors in feminine and plural forms of KEIN. Shouldn't it be : * Feminine* : Nominative : Keine Accusative : Keine Dative : Keiner Genitive : Keiner (and NOT *Keine* as shown) *Plural *: Nominative : Keine Accusative : Keine...

1 reply - Last post by Paul-Weber - May 6, 2010

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