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Overview

Lively and easy to use, with clear explanations, authentic examples, and visually appealing tables, Essential German Grammar combines a concise, introductory-level reference book with the review benefits of a workbook to provide students with a solid foundation in German. Distilling essential components of Hammer's German Grammar & Usage, this versatile guide for beginning and intermediate learners features two-color tables to simplify learning; varied, study-friendly exercises for grammar consolidations; a glossary of grammatical terms; and much more.

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The description of German offered to the student is clear and accesible, but we are nevertheless not given a misleadingly simplistic and decontextualised picture of modern German.

Essential German Grammer is eminently suitable for learning and revision purposes in the sixth form. It is an extremely well put together volume and can teach many teachers a thing or two and introduce some of them to a thoroughly modern approach to grammar and methodology.
Association of Modern German Studies Website.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071413381
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Durrell is Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester.
Katrin Kohl is Fellow and Tutor in German at the University of Oxford.
Gudrun Loftus is Instructor in German at the Language Centre, University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements x
Why grammar? xii
Abbreviations and spelling xv
Glossary xvi
1. Words and sentences 1
1.1 Words and their relationships: complements, case, valency 1
1.2 The subject and the finite verb 4
1.3 Accusative objects 5
1.4 Dative objects 6
1.5 Prepositional objects 7
1.6 Sein (and similar verbs) and their complements 7
1.7 Sentences and clauses 8
1.8 Main clauses 9
1.9 Questions and commands 11
1.10 Subordinate clauses 12
Words and sentences in context 14
2. Nouns 16
2.1 Gender 16
2.2 Masculine nouns 17
2.3 Feminine nouns 18
2.4 Neuter nouns 18
2.5 Other clues to gender 19
2.6 Noun plurals 19
2.7 The plural of masculine nouns 20
2.8 The plural of feminine nouns 22
2.9 The plural of neuter nouns 22
2.10 Plurals in -s (and other foreign plurals) 23
2.11 Case 24
2.12 Case marking on the noun 25
Nouns in context 28
3. The noun phrase: determiners and pronouns 30
3.1 The definite article 31
3.2 The indefinite article 31
3.3 Uses of the articles 32
3.4 Demonstratives 33
3.5 Possessives 35
3.6 Other determiners 36
3.7 Personal pronouns 38
3.8 Reflexive pronouns 40
3.9 Demonstrative, possessive and indefinite pronouns 41
The noun phrase in context 44
4. Adjectives, adverbs and adverbials 46
4.1 Adjective declension 46
4.2 Adjective declension: some special cases 47
4.3 Adjectives used as nouns 48
4.4 Adjectives with the dative 49
4.5 Adjectives with prepositions 50
4.6 Comparison of adjectives 51
4.7 Some uses of the comparative and superlative 52
4.8 Adverbs and adverbials 53
4.9 Time adverbials 54
4.10 Adverbs of place 55
4.11 Adverbs of direction 56
4.12 Adverbs of attitude 57
4.13 Adverbs of manner 57
4.14 Adverbs of degree 57
4.15 Interrogative adverbials 58
4.16 Adverb comparison 58
4.17 Cardinal numbers 59
4.18 Ordinal numbers 60
4.19 Fractions 60
4.20 Clock times, days of the week and months 61
4.21 Modal particles 62
Adjectives, adverbs and adverbials in context 64
5. Prepositions 66
5.1 Prepositions with the accusative 67
5.2 Prepositions with the dative 69
5.3 Prepositions with the accusative or the dative 72
5.4 Prepositions with the genitive 76
5.5 Prepositional adverbs 77
Prepositions in context 78
6. Verbs: forms 80
6.1 Principal parts: weak, strong and irregular verbs 80
6.2 Tenses: general 82
6.3 Conjugation of weak and strong verbs in simple tenses 82
6.4 Separable and inseparable verbs 84
6.5 Conjugation of irregular verbs 85
6.6 Compound tenses 86
6.7 Haben or sein in the perfect? 87
6.8 Forms of the passive 88
6.9 Forms of the subjunctive 89
6.10 Vowel changes with strong verbs 91
6.11 List of strong and irregular verbs 92
Verb forms in context 98
7. Verbs: uses 100
7.1 The tenses and their use 100
7.2 Present and future 101
7.3 Past and perfect 102
7.4 The passive with werden 103
7.5 The 'subjectless' passive 104
7.6 The passive with dative objects 104
7.7 Von or durch with the passive 105
7.8 The passive with sein 105
7.9 Alternatives to passive constructions 107
7.10 The subjunctive: general 108
7.11 Subjunctive II: conditional sentences 109
7.12 Subjunctive I: reported speech 110
7.13 The modal auxiliary verbs 111
7.14 Durfen 112
7.15 Konnen 113
7.16 Mogen 113
7.17 Mussen 114
7.18 Sollen 114
7.19 Wollen 115
Verb uses in context 116
8. Valency and cases 118
8.1 Sentence patterns 119
8.2 Reflexive verbs 122
8.3 Dative objects 124
8.4 Other uses of the dative case 126
8.5 Genitive objects 127
8.6 Other uses of the genitive case 127
8.7 Prepositional objects 128
8.8 Place complements 133
8.9 Direction complements 134
8.10 Predicate complements 135
Valency and cases in context 136
9. Word order 138
9.1 The 'bracket' construction 139
9.2 Verbs at the end of the clause 140
9.3 First position in main clauses 141
9.4 The order of words and phrases in the central section 142
9.5 The position of pronouns 143
9.6 The position of the noun subject and objects 143
9.7 The position of adverbials 144
9.8 The position of complements 145
9.9 The position of nicht 145
9.10 Placing elements after the verbal bracket 146
Word order in context 148
10. Complex sentences 150
10.1 Coordination and subordination 150
10.2 Coordination 151
10.3 Subordination: noun clauses 152
10.4 Subordination: other conjunctions 154
10.5 Subordination: relative clauses 158
10.6 Infinitive clauses 160
10.7 Infinitive clauses after prepositions 162
10.8 The infinitive without zu 163
Complex sentences in context 166
11. Word formation 168
11.1 The basics of word formation 168
11.2 The formation of nouns 170
11.3 Compound nouns 172
11.4 The formation of adjectives 173
11.5 Inseparable verb prefixes 175
11.6 Separable verb prefixes 177
11.7 Variable verb prefixes 178
11.8 Other ways of forming verbs 180
Word formation in context 182
12. Spoken and written German 184
12.1 The relationship between pronunciation and spelling 184
12.2 German spelling 186
12.3 The use of capital letters 187
12.4 One word or two? 188
12.5 -ss- and -[beta]- 189
12.6 Punctuation: the comma 189
12.7 Other punctuation marks 191
12.8 Register 192
12.9 Colloquial and formal pronunciation 193
12.10 Register differences in grammar 194
12.11 Register differences in vocabulary 194
Register in context 196
Exercises 198
Chapter 1 Words and sentences 198
Chapter 2 Nouns 202
Chapter 3 The noun phrase: determiners and pronouns 204
Chapter 4 Adjectives, adverbs and adverbials 209
Chapter 5 Prepositions 216
Chapter 6 Verbs: forms 222
Chapter 7 Verbs: uses 228
Chapter 8 Valency and cases 235
Chapter 9 Word order 240
Chapter 10 Complex sentences 245
Chapter 11 Word formation 251
Chapter 12 Spoken and written German 256
Answers to exercises 260
Grammar in context: translations 281
Index 288
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