German Grammar

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For such a small word, this is giving me a fit on what it means and its placement in a sentence. For example: 1) Super Idee, aber liegt denn schon irgendwo Schnee? (Lesson 7.1) 2) Mochten Sie schon etwas zu trinken bestellen? (Newsletter) Any help would ...

4 replies - Last post by helipilot11 - March 31, 2009

einen versus ein

In lesson 1.2 when asking for a coffee, einen Kaffee is used. Why is einen used and not ein?

1 reply - Last post by HANX - March 23, 2009

Lesson 6.1 Question?

The first line states "Wir brauchen ein Geschenk fur meine Mutter" Isn't Mutter the indirect object? which would make it meiner Mutter instead of meine Mutter? I apologize if this question has already been asked but I'm still trying to grasp Ge...

1 reply - Last post by helipilot11 - March 22, 2009

The position of the word "Gerne"

Perhaps you can give me a definitive rule for the placement of the word "Gerne" or "Gern"....I notice that sometimes it follows the verb directly and at other times it appears at the end of the sentence....The lesson of 7.1 is a good e...

1 reply - Last post by armani - February 9, 2009


Hello, I recall from German class several years there exists 4 infinitve cases: Present Active: To drive Fahren Perfect Active To have driven Gefahren sein Present Passive To be driven Gefahren...

2 replies - Last post by SRA11 - January 28, 2009

Accusative-Dative Prepositions

Hello, If a preposition is used to show motion to a place, it is in the accusative case If a preposition is used to show location, it is in the dative case. Ich liege das Buch auf den Tisch (I lay the book on the table - accusative) Das Buch liegt auf...

1 reply - Last post by SRA11 - January 24, 2009

"fuer eines meiner Produkte"

Hi! Could someone explain the reason for the endings on the "ein" and "mein" words in the phrase "fuer eines meiner Produkte"? This is from the lesson 5.3 in MRG. Thanks very much.

2 replies - Last post by armani - January 5, 2009

Es ist OR Er ist?

In MORE ROCKET GERMAN, lesson 1.3 Lost Luggage there are the two following lines... Wie sieht Ihr Koffer aus? Können Sie ihn beschreiben? Es ist ein grosser schwarzer Koffer mit kleinen Rädern. Shouldn't "Es ist" be "Er ist" since ...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - December 15, 2008

Pronoucing ö

The grammar section has this listed but both the long and the short sound the same. I ran across a word in 1.2 that uses this character. möchtest and möchte I am have a heck of a time trying to figure out how to pronounce these two properly. I belie...

1 reply - Last post by onen5 - December 2, 2008

List of German Resources on my blog

I have listed my favourite German resources in my blog here => Yes! It also includes Rocket German. And many free resources. I hope it is of some use to all. In addition, I have decided that...

0 replies - Last post by amitabh1702 - November 4, 2008


The dative case The dative case shows the indirect object in a sentence. In English, you would often find a preposition like “by”, “with” or “for” in front of a noun which is used as an indirect object in a sentence, but not necessarily. Indirect objec...

4 replies - Last post by JohnK - October 19, 2008

word order

An email from a German friend in Germany had a sentence written . . . "das bin aber nicht ich". Why is "aber" stuck in the middle? How does this fit in the TMP rule? Why "ich" instead of "mich"?

1 reply - Last post by Mike-9 - September 12, 2008

ß or ss?

hey, I have a question regarding German spelling. How do you know when or when not to sue ss or the ß sign? Because from what I read, ß = ss, but in the game and vocabulary, I often see ss, and when I try using the ß sign, it marks it as wrong. Any explan...

1 reply - Last post by magomike - June 2, 2008

Why liegt?

Page 4 of lesson 3.2 Hier _liegt_ am meisten Schnee. Why not Hier ist am meisten Schnee. I'm just horribly confused. Thanks in advance for any help. Jerry

2 replies - Last post by E813 - September 3, 2008

new words for the same meaning

In lesson 6.4 the term 'Das Oktoberfest gefällt mir wirklich gut'. is used to mean 'I like the Oktoberfest a lot'. Why have we stopped using Mögen for the verb 'To like'? Is gefällt a verb? Also In one of the lessons we used 'Sowieso' to me...

3 replies - Last post by Ken1 - August 15, 2008

Adjectives: Declension & Comparative

Hallo: I think I may be confused about adjectival endings in the comparative. I believe that one uses the "er" ending for an adjective used with the indefinite article and a masculine nominative noun, e.g. ein kleiner Garten, a beautiful ga...

8 replies - Last post by Paulina-Tsangara - August 14, 2008

What time is it? - Wie spät ist es?

As much as I could learn till now, I know that when making a question we put first the auxiliary verb and then the pronoun, like: "Wie spät ist es?" Can anybody explain me why in the question: "Kõnnen Sie mir bitte sagen wie spät es ist?...

1 reply - Last post by Paulina-Tsangara - August 13, 2008

Lesson 2.2. - Wir machen Pause.

In this lesson Nik tells Paul: "Aber wir machen am Brandenburger Tor Pause." While Nik & Paul are analysing this sentence they change a little bit the sentence and they say instead "Aber wir machen Pause am Brandenburger Tor." ...

3 replies - Last post by Paulina-Tsangara - August 11, 2008

CSS Problem

Hi I just stumbled upon this forum from Google and I thought I'd drop in a little bug I noticed, which is probably of not of much consequence because I used a fairly uncommon browser. I am using Camino 1.6 on Mac. I'm not sure if this is an issue with th...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - July 31, 2008

Conversational German question

Hallo! Hi I'm new here been learning for about 3 weeks now and I had a quick question: in audio lesson 4.1 the following is said Paul: Brauchst du irgendetwas? Nik: Wir brauchen einen Sack Kartoffeln und Zwiebeln. Und du? Paul: Ei...

1 reply - Last post by Ashen - July 29, 2008

Unit 1.2 of Grammar - Sie and sie

Hallo alles! I was studying the last days the 1st chapter of the German Grammar and while I was making the exercises of the verb sein I had some questions that I wanted to raise concerning the Sie and sie. I wanted to know how we can distinguish wheth...

1 reply - Last post by Paulina-Tsangara - July 28, 2008

Deutsch Radio

list of internet (and broadcast) radio stations:

1 reply - Last post by Leon - July 13, 2008

Word Order Help - Time, Manner, Place

Hello, I need help with the time/manner/place rule for adverbial phrases. In the advanced grammar lesson 1, the example is given [color=blue:3pay34bv]Sabine isst heute (time) mit ihre Freundin (manner) in der Stadt (place).[/color:3pay34bv] But in Ex...

1 reply - Last post by xocwjjb - July 2, 2008

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


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


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


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: LEO Ein Online-Service der LEO GmbH:

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:

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


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


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

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