German Phrases For Dummies by Paula Christensen, Anne Fox

By Paula Christensen, Anne Fox

Hundreds of thousands of worthy words at your fingertips

converse German - instantly!

touring to Germany yet don't comprehend German? Taking German in class yet have to kick up your dialog abilities? Don't fear! this convenient little phrasebook may have you conversing German in no time.

become aware of the way to:
* Get instructions, store, and devour out
* speak numbers, dates, time, and funds
* Chat approximately relatives and paintings
* speak about activities and the elements
* take care of difficulties and emergencies

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Seid ihr durch den Park gelaufen? (zyt eer dûrH dehn pârk ge-low-fen) (Have you run through the park? ) ߜ Sie sind gestern im Theater gewesen. ) If the sentence is a question, the correct form of haben (or sein) appears as the first word of the sentence. If your sentence is a straightforward statement, it appears as the second word of the sentence. Forming the past participle The past participle is a form you may want to learn with each new verb. However, a few rules can make life easier. qxd 7/13/05 2:06 PM Page 35 Chapter 2: Grammar on a Diet: Just the Basics 35 know which category the verb in question falls into: weak and strong verbs.

Adverbs Adverbs accompany verbs or adjectives and describe them. In English, most adverbs end with -ly (as in: I quickly put my green socks on). In German, adverbs are most often adjectives with unmodified endings. Figuring Out Simple Sentence Construction Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs usually aren’t thrown together haphazardly; words are arranged into sentences according to certain rules. Arranging words in the right order “Normal” word order in German is much like English word order. The subject comes first, followed by the verb, followed by the rest of the sentence.

For example, German verbs can go at the end of a sentence. And sometimes they split in two, with only one part of the verb going to the end of a sentence! Right back at you: Reflexive verbs Some German verbs need a helper — a pronoun in the accusative case — in order to work. The pronoun reflects back (just like a mirror) on the subject. That’s why these verbs are usually called reflexive verbs and the pronouns are called reflexive pronouns. The following table shows you the accusative reflexive pronouns.

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