Practice Makes Perfect: German Verb Tenses

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 7, 2006 - Foreign Language Study - 256 pages

Go beyond conjugation and learn the right verb tenses for speaking and writing in German

If you are looking for help memorizing German verb conjugations, then any German verb book will do. But if you are interested in becoming fluent in German, you'll need to learn how these language building blocks are used in everyday speech and writing. That's where Practice Makes Perfect: German Verb Tenses comes in.

The ideal reference/workbook for beginning to intermediate German-language learners, Practice Makes Perfect: German Verb Tenses shows you when and why to use certain verb tenses and gives you plenty of examples, increasing your confidence in choosing the right word.

Practice Makes Perfect: German Verb Tenses lets you:

  • Learn when and why to use different verb tenses
  • Reinforce your knowledge with everyday examples covering a wide range of topics
  • Build your verb skills using more than 100 engaging exercises

With numerous skill-building exercises, comprehensive verb conjugation tables, and the proven Practice Makes Perfect format, you will learn to speak and write in German fluently in no time at all.


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The Future and Past Tenses lassen Reflexive Verbs and Infinitives
The Passive Voice Subjunctive Mood and Conditional Tense
Verb Summary
Principal Parts of Verbs
Verbs with Prepositions
Answer Key

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About the author (2006)

Astrid Henschel is a veteran teacher of German and the author of German Verb Drills.

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