German Grammar

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TMP rule!

Guten Tag! First of all I would like to thank you for the release of "More rocket german", I´ve been craving for it ever since I started with Rocket german! Now I have a question regarding lesson one in the grammar text. You´re talking ab...

1 reply - Last post by Niklas - June 24, 2008

Ein and Kein

Hallo: Sorry to be the pest who seems to have more questions than anyone else. (I think it's because I have vague memories from learning German the first time fifty years ago!) Anyway, my questions regarding chapter 7.3 of the grammar download are: ...

0 replies - Last post by xocwjjb - May 29, 2008

Genitive

The genitive case This case is used when you want to express a possession or belonging of a person or an object to another person or object. In English, the preposition “of” or the apostrophe are indicators for this type of object. Also, some prepositi...

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - May 27, 2008

Nominative

The nominative case. This is the base case, the form you would find in the dictionary when your look for a noun. The subject of a sentence, the person or thing doing the action is always expressed in the nominative case. The subject usually answers the...

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - May 27, 2008

You are, They are

Hallo I am a little lost... What if I want to write these sentences beginning with You and They.... You are my sisters _*Sie sind meine Schwestern*_ They are my sisters *_Sie sind meine Schwestern_* Is that how you say both sentences in Germa...

7 replies - Last post by kitana78 - May 23, 2008

When do you use mich and when mir

Nathalie With the following sentences. Can you understand me = Können Sie mich verstehen Can you help me = Können Sie mir helfen Why does the first sentence use 'mich' and the second sentence use 'mir' Ken

1 reply - Last post by Ken1 - May 13, 2008

Question

I have a dear friend that lives in Switzerland and I want to call her. Her mother and siblings don't know English very well but my friend is perfect at it. I just need to know how I would say the following question if her mother or siblings answer the pho...

5 replies - Last post by (deleted) - April 17, 2008

Course expansion Bitte

Any plans to expand the course? What I have really liked thus far from Rocket is the upbeat manner of the Nick and Paul. Ive got several other courses on CD and they are all kinda formal and boring. And please expand the course, bitte.

22 replies - Last post by drabauer - May 15, 2008

Online Wörterbücher (online dictionaries)

BEOLINGUS Ein Service der TU Chemnitz: http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/ LEO Ein Online-Service der LEO GmbH: http://dict.leo.org/

1 reply - Last post by drabauer - May 15, 2008

Dative agreement?

Hi anyone who can answer this: :) In the RG grammar lesson 1.3 (p4) it says "Wir wohnen in einem kleinen Häuslein" Why the -en ending on kleinen if einem is dative? Should not einem and kleinem be both dative following in? I noticed another ...

2 replies - Last post by Alec - April 26, 2008

Nat where are you???? Help!

Oh dear no response from my plea for help in explaining the accusative and dative!!! Just in case someone does respond could the also help with the following sentences which I have to complete for my homework! Accusativ und/oder Dativ? Bilden Sie...

1 reply - Last post by santiago - April 23, 2008

Accusative and Dative - Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi I am really, really confused about the Accusative and Dative cases. I have looked at the grammer section and all the many textbooks I have and I afraid I am still very confused!!! Could anyone help me to understand them in a really, and I mean reall...

0 replies - Last post by santiago - April 18, 2008

ein eine & einen

I am really confused as to where to use ein, eine and einen.. could you please explain when is the appropriate time to use them? I heard that you use eine for feminine and ein for masculine and neuter.. I am not so sure about this though. btw, I really li...

7 replies - Last post by shtan - March 28, 2008

The police Caution

Nathalie I am a police officer, and for a bit of fun I would love to be able to say one of our regularly used expressions 'The police Caution' in German. We normally use this expression when arresting someone The Phrase is as follows. 'You do not ...

8 replies - Last post by Ken1 - April 6, 2008

Lesson 6.4 - Genitive case question

Hallo Nathalie - I have a question on using the genitive case in lesson 6.4 and the ending of the nouns. In the grammar explanation, it says to add an "s" to the ending of nouns the end in -en, -el, -er or a vowel. For the questions: Das is...

2 replies - Last post by Fuzzy - April 4, 2008

Lesson 3.2

I am having trouble in knowing which superlative to use. For example, "Mein Mantel ist am waermsten." and "Dieser Sommer ist der waermste". How do I know if I am supposed to use the -ste or the -sten ending? Is there some little c...

2 replies - Last post by Fuzzy - April 3, 2008

die nächste or der nächste

Hello there Rocket team I seem to have found a discrepancy in the audio lessons which is confusing me In Lesson 3.1 The following phrase is used Wir müssen sowieso die nächste Ausfahrt nehmen. In this sentence the word ‘nächste’ is preceded by ...

2 replies - Last post by Ken1 - March 26, 2008

Small problem with 6.1 A Case in Point- Nominative_v1.01.pdf

Hi, In the exercise for "6.1 A Case in Point- Nominative_v1.01.pdf" it asks you to underline the nominative in each of the sentences. However in the answers nothing is underlined!

3 replies - Last post by timbuc - January 29, 2008

The German Spelling Reform

Hi there, I just came across an article about the spelling reform on the website of the Goethe Institute, which is quite interesting. Here is the link for anyone who is interested: http://www.goethe.de/kue/lit/dos/dds/en630493.htm

3 replies - Last post by (deleted) - December 5, 2006

Mit der Bahn fahren...

Hallo, Worin besteht der Unterschied zwischen Mit der Bahn fahren wir von Frankfurt zu München. und Mit der Bahn fahren wir von Frankfurt nach München. -Danke P.S.: Bitte verbessern Sie meine Grammatik. :)

3 replies - Last post by sqyntz9 - February 1, 2008

sein und sein

I have noticed that the pronoun sein (his) is the same as the verb sein (to be)? Is there some deeper etymological connection or is it just coincidence? In English it is not unusual for a word to be used in two completely different ways. -Danke

3 replies - Last post by sqyntz9 - January 29, 2008

Adjectives in Grammer lession.

:o Surprised I did not get any chapter or topic on Adjective in Grammer PDFs please. Please tell me if I have any other topic where I can get something on Adjectives please. Rest the course material is very good.

1 reply - Last post by Arnab - November 22, 2007

Imperfect

Hi Nathalie I see you have put out quite a lot of useful stuff on the 50 common verbs. I was wondering why you have excluded the imperfect or is it the simple past? Also I haven't really been given a satisfactory reason why you might use the imperfec...

7 replies - Last post by Alec - January 18, 2008

Possessive adjective, singular 3rd person

Hello, I am confused by the possessive "its". Here's what I think I know, and my question. I think if I say[color=darkblue:9q36fgrt] Der Tempel ist alt aber sein Dach ist neu, [/color:9q36fgrt] then I use "sein" because der Temple i...

2 replies - Last post by xocwjjb - January 11, 2008

"Sie" or "du"?

Guten Tag! I have just started learning German and I'm already a little bit confused. I learned to say "Wie heißt du" when asking for someones name. Now I came across "Wie heißen Sie". What is the difference and which one is right? I h...

10 replies - Last post by alphadog - July 24, 2006

Hochzeit

After dabbling in German off and on for years, finally, this course has given me the confidence to want to speak a few sentences before conceding that Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch. Next month I will be attending a wedding in Dusseldorf. Would yo...

2 replies - Last post by Matumic - September 20, 2007

Dative tense 6.3 Grammar lesson

Dear Nathalie, Wie geht's? I have a query about 6.3 Dative tense. The second example on page 2 is: Der Frau gefallt das Hotel. "Der Frau" is underlined as the indirect object. Can you please explain this because by the reasoning ...

5 replies - Last post by Martha - July 30, 2007

Genießen Sie - This looks like a question

At the end of lesson 2.1 Paul says "Hier bitte. Genießen Sie die Tour!", which is translated as "Here you go. Enjoy the tour!." In my opinion this is a statement, he is telling Nik to enjoy the tour, so can you explain to me why it i...

3 replies - Last post by Ken1 - August 5, 2007

Verbs

Hello Everyone I have just purchased the course and joined the forum, and would class myself as a real beginner in the german language. Does anyone know of a resource or website that gives a complete list of conjugated german verbs. By the way altho...

3 replies - Last post by schubbisgirl - August 16, 2007

sentence structure of pronouns

I am concentrating on verbs 'im moment' and was wondering where does the second pronoun go in a sentence, for example *I will forgive him*, is it *'ich er werde vergeben'* or *'ich werde vergeben er'* Also is the sentence structure the same if a pr...

1 reply - Last post by Ken1 - August 12, 2007

can you explain the use of ZU

In one of the earlier lessons, you say that ZU TRINKEN means to drink. Ich will etwas Warmes __zu trinken__. I want something hot to drink. However I thought the the word TRINKEN alone actually meant 'TO DRINK' (Including the 'TO') therefore I was a bi...

1 reply - Last post by Ken1 - July 2, 2007

spielen "to play" (Present)

spielen "to play" (Present) ich spiele I play du spielst you play er spielt he plays sie spielt she plays es spielt it plays wir spielen we play ihr spielt you play sie spielen they play

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spielen "to play" (Perfect)

spielen "to play" (Perfect) ich habe gespielt I played du hast gespielt you played er hat gespielt he played sie hat gespielt she played es hat gespielt it played wir haben gespielt we played ihr habt gespielt ...

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spielen "to play" (Future)

spielen "to play" (Future) ich werde spielen I will play du wirst spielen you will play er wird spielen he will play sie wird spielen she will play es wird spielen it will play wir werden spielen we will play ihr...

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tanzen "to dance" (Present)

tanzen "to dance" (Present) ich tanze I dance du tanzt you dance er tanzt he dances sie tanzt she dances es tanzt it dances wir tanzen we dance ihr tanzt you dance sie tanzen they dance

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tanzen "to dance" (Perfect)

tanzen "to dance" (Perfect) ich habe getanzt I danced du hast getanzt you danced er hat getanzt he danced sie hat getanzt she danced es hat getanzt it danced wir haben getanzt we danced ihr habt getanzt you dan...

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tanzen "to dance" (Future)

tanzen "to dance" (Future) ich werde tanzen I will dance du wirst tanzen you will dance er wird tanzen he will dance sie wird tanzen she will dance es wird tanzen it will dance wir werden tanzen we will dance ihr...

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müssen "to have to/ must" (Present)

müssen "to have to/ must" (Present) ich muss I have to or must du musst you have to or must er muss he has to or must sie muss she has to or must es muss it has to or must wir müssen we have to or must ihr müsst ...

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müssen "to have to/ must" (Perfect)

müssen "to have to/ must" (Perfect) ich habe gemusst I had to du hast gemusst you had to er hat gemusst he had to sie hat gemusst she had to es hat gemusst it had to wir haben gemusst we had to ihr habt gemusst ...

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müssen "to have to/ must" (Future)

müssen "to have to/ must" (Future) ich werde müssen I will have to du wirst müssen you will have to er wird müssen he will have to sie wird müssen she will have to es wird müssen it will have to wir werden müssen we...

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nehmen "to take" (Present)

nehmen "to take" (Present) ich nehme I take du nimmst you take er nimmt he takes sie nimmt she takes es nimmt it takes wir nehmen we take ihr nehmt you take sie nehmen they take

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nehmen "to take" (Perfect)

nehmen "to take" (Perfect) ich habe genommen I took du hast genommen you took er hat genommen he took sie hat genommen she took es hat genommen it took wir haben genommen we took ihr habt genommen you took ...

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nehmen "to take" (Future)

nehmen "to take" (Future) ich werde nehmen I will take du wirst nehmen you will take er wird nehmen he will take sie wird nehmen she will take es wird nehmen it will take wir werden nehmen we will take ihr werdet...

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wissen "to know" (Present)

wissen "to know" (Present) ich weiß I know du weißt you know er weiß he knows sie weiß she knows es weiß it knows wir wissen we know ihr wisst you know sie wissen they know

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wissen "to know" (Perfect)

wissen "to know" (Perfect) ich habe gewusst I knew du hast gewusst you knew er hat gewusst he knew sie hat gewusst she knew es hat gewusst it knew wir haben gewusst we knew ihr habt gewusst you knew sie habe...

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wissen "to know" (Future)

wissen "to know" (Future) ich werde wissen I will know du wirst wissen you will know er wird wissen he will know sie wird wissen she will know es wird wissen it will know wir werden wissen we will know ihr werdet...

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vergeben "to forgive" (Present)

vergeben "to forgive" (Present) ich vergebe I forgive du vergibst you forgive er vergibt he forgives sie vergibt she forgives es vergibt it forgives wir vergeben we forgive ihr vergebt you forgive sie vergeb...

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vergeben "to forgive" (Perfect)

vergeben "to forgive" (Perfect) ich habe vergeben I forgave du hast vergeben you forgave er hat vergeben he forgave sie hat vergeben she forgave es hat vergeben it forgave wir haben vergeben we forgave ihr habt v...

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vergeben "to forgive" (Future)

vergeben "to forgive" (Future) ich werde vergeben I will forgive du wirst vergeben you will forgive er wird vergeben he will forgive sie wird vergeben she will forgive es wird vergeben it will forgive wir werden verge...

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sprechen "to speak" (Present)

sprechen "to speak" (Present) ich spreche I speak du sprichst you speak er spricht he speaks sie spricht she speaks es spricht it speaks wir sprechen we speak ihr sprecht you speak sie sprechen they speak

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - April 18, 2007

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