Basic German: A Grammar and Workbook

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Foreign Language Study - 204 pages
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Basic German: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.

Suitable for independent study and for class use, it introduces German people and culture through the medium of the language used today, covering the core material that students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning German. Each of the twenty-eight units presents one or more related grammar topics, illustrated by examples which serve as models for the exercises that follow. These wide-ranging and varied exercises enable the student to master each grammar point thoroughly.

Features include:

*clear grammatical explanations with examples in both English and German
*authentic language samples from a range of media
*checklists at the end of each unit to reinforce key points
*cross-referencing to other grammar chapters
*full exercise answer key
*glossary of grammatical terms.

Basic German is the ideal reference and practice book for beginners, but also for students with some knowledge of the language.

 

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Contents

Whats different in German? Basic tips and patterns
1
Verbs in the present tense
6
Verb variations and irregular verbs
12
Irregular verbs haben and sein
19
Separable verbs in the present tense
24
Imperatives
30
Questions
36
Nouns and gender
42
Negatives
97
Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
102
Modal verbs
109
The present perfect tense
116
The simple past tense
124
The future tense
130
Prepositions
135
Adjective endings
143

Plural of nouns
50
The four cases
56
The nominative case
62
The accusative case
65
The dative case
70
The genitive case
75
Personal pronouns
79
Possessive adjectives
87
Reflexive verbs
92
Numbers and dates
151
Conjunctions and clauses
158
Word order
167
KEY TO EXERCISES AND CHECKLISTS
175
GLOSSARY OF GRAMMATICAL TERMS
200
COMMON IRREGULAR VERBS
203
INDEX
205
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About the author (2003)

Heiner Schenke is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Westminster and Karen Seago is Course Leader for Applied Translation at the London Metropolitan University.

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