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German grammar grammar guides, lessons and exercises.
  1. Nouns and Cases (13)
  2. Verbs (59)

Plural Nouns With no End Changes
Plural Nouns With no End Changes

Aus Versus Von
Tricky prepositions 'von' and 'aus': How to express where you are from or where you came from correctly.

The Conditional in German
Different ways to form the conditional in German.

German Adverb Topics
Selected topics on German adverbs.

German Mistake
Description of German mistake wie/als.

German Adjectives
General guidelines when using adjectives.

German Preposition 'Aus'
'Aus' as a German Preposition.

Plural Nouns With –S Endings
Plural Nouns With –S Endings Chart

'Wo' and 'Da'
Explanation of adverbs 'wo' and 'da'

Gender of Countries
How to describe somebody's nationality.

Compound Adjectives
Compound Adjectives - When To Write Them Apart or Together

German Preposition 'Bei'
A detailed look at the German preposition 'bei.'

German Mistake: "Ich bin kalt."
Explanation of German Mistake: "Ich bin kalt."

Difference Between 'Sehr' And 'Viel'
Difference Between 'Sehr' And 'Viel'

spöttisch
Definition of spöttisch.

German Adverb Auch
A lesson on the German adverb 'auch.'

Difference Between Sehr And Viel
An explanation of the difference between 'sehr' and 'viel'.

Negation
About German Negation Part II

German Adverbs
A closer look at German adverbs erst and nur.

German Personal Pronoun 'Es'
German Personal Pronoun 'Es'.

'Derselbe' and 'Der gleiche' - Difference Between 'Derselbe' and 'Der gleiche'
'Derselbe' and 'Der gleiche' - Difference Between 'Derselbe' and 'Der gleiche'

Accusative Prepositions
How to form a sentence with accusative prepositions.

Dative Prepositions
How to form a sentence with dative prepositions.

Homonyms
A collection of German homonyms.

The Position of Nicht
The Position of Nicht.

Asking Questions in German
Asking questions in German with the 6 w-words.

Preposition Für
Related Words and Expressions of the "für" preposition.

German Personal Pronoun 'Es'
German Personal Pronoun 'Es'

Easy German Adjectives
A gude to easy adjectives to remember.

The Difference Between Für and For
The Difference Between für and for in detail.

German Quantity Words - Quantity Words in German
German Quantity Words - Quantity Words in German

Plural Nouns With –N/EN Endings
Plural Nouns With –N/EN Endings Chart

Plural Nouns With –ER Endings
A chart of Plural Nouns With –ER Endings

An Exercise of Personal Pronoun 'Es'
An Exercise of Personal Pronoun 'Es'

Plural Nouns With -E Endings
Plural Nouns With -E Endings Chart

riesig
Definition of riesig.

Plurals of Nouns
An introduction to plurals of nouns with links to the different plural groups.

Tips on German Conjunctions
Tips on using conjunctions with similar meaning: aber/sondern.

Dual-prepositions
A lesson on prepositions that can take on both the dative and accusative cases.

German Prepositions
Explanation of the German prepositions and which prepositional case they fall in.

German "you": du, ihr, Sie
The various ways of saying "you" in German

The German Infinitive
An overview of German infinitive.

Definite Articles
German Definite Articles Explained to the German Learner/Student

German Grammar Guide
Our guide to all the grammar articles and references on our site - listed by grammatical topic!

German Verb Conjugator - Conjugate German Verbs
Quickly find the conjugation of many common German verbs.

Adjective Endings in German
A simpler approach to learning or teaching the endings. Just ask yourself two questions. A guest feature.

Adjective Endings - Exercises
Test yourself on how well you know your German adjective endings.

Capitalization in German
German is the only world language that requires the capitalization of all nouns. But once you get past that easy rule, the German capitalization rules can be a bit more tricky. Here's a lesson to help you write better German.

Comparison: gut, besser, am besten
German comparisons are similar to English, but there are a few tricks you should know. With exercises.

Conjugating German Verbs
All of our verb-related pages and verb conjugation charts.

Gender Hints
Der, die, or das? It's not always easy to tell the gender of German nouns. Here's some help.

Sie und du - 'You' in German
A lesson about using 'Sie' and 'du' ('you' and 'thou') in German. Learning to use the formal versus the familiar forms of German 'you' words.

The Subjunctive in German
An introduction to the subjunctive (der Konjunktiv) mood in German - when and how to use it. The German Subjunctive I and Subjunctive II.

The Subjunctive Mood in German 2
The German subjunctive (Konjunktiv) mood - when and how to use it. Subjunctive II, or the 'past subjunctive.'

Tricky Masculine Nouns in German
There is a class of masculine German nouns that do things most German nouns don't do. In certain grammatical situations these nouns have endings that most other nouns don't have. Learn more in this lesson on German nouns with irregular endings.

German for Beginners
Our free online course for German. Includes audio.

German Participles as Adjectives and Adverbs
As in English, German uses both present and past participles as adverbs and adjectives. However, there are some important differences between the ways that the two languages do this. Here's a lesson that points out the differences and gives examples.

German Punctuation - Zeichensetzung
Although German and English punctuation is often similar, there are a few key differences. Learn how German punctuation can differ from English--from the use of quotation marks (two kinds) to the lack of commas in certain situations.

German Mistake 'Wie' Versus 'Als'
An explanation of the common German mistake of interchanging 'wie and 'als'.

Grammar Glossary
Can't tell the accusative from the dative? Not sure what a conjunction is? Find the answers to your German grammar terminology questions here - in plain English.

Konjunktiv II - Subjunctive II
Learn when and how to use this German verb mood. With self-scoring quiz.

Prepositional Pitfalls
German prepositions: potential problems and how to avoid them.

Rechtschreibreform: German Spelling Reform and Prohibition
The public debate over German spelling reforms - first introduced in 1996 - heated up again in 2004 when several German periodicals announced they were returning to the 'classic' spelling rules. Does this spell the end of the reforms?

Spelling Reform - Double-s Words
A look at one aspect of German spelling reform: to ß or to ss, that is the question.

Spelling Reform Hits the Newsstand
The German media began using the neue Rechtschreibung on Aug. 1, 1999. What does it mean for German-learners?

German Verb Chart
Our chart of strong (irregular) verbs in German.

The Top 10 German Mistakes Made by Beginners
Learn the top ten kinds of mistakes that beginning students of German are likely to make - and how to avoid them!

German Grammar Checklist
Use this checklist to proofread and edit your writing. This checklist disregards the basic writing/grammar points that you would find in a general writing checklist such as beginning a sentence with a capital letter, indenting a paragraph etc. This checklist is specifically geared for those writing/grammar concepts that are essential to correct German writing

Strong Verbs
Our chart of strong (irregular) verbs in German.

Adverbs of Place
An explanation of adverbs of place with examples

Adverbs of Time
an explanation of adverbs of time with examples

Adverbs of Manner and Degree
Adverbs of Maner and Degree

Adverbs of Cause
An explanation of adverbs of cause with examples.

German Adverbs
A introduction to German adverbs plus links to detailed description of each adverb group.

Suffixes in Adjectives
How adjectives can be formed from nouns by adding suffixes.

Suffixes in Adjectives
How verbs can be changed into adjectives by adding suffixes

German Negation
The difference between "nicht" and "kein" and their position in a sentences.

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grammar checklist

German Exercise
A German Exercise on Verbal Phrases.

German Sentence Word Order Tip
German sentence word order when using adverbs as conjunctions.

German Adjectives
German Adjectives

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