Verbs with prepositions in German. Preposition um and preposition über

Often verbs with prepositions in German form a fixed connection. Sometimes this connection is so close that the verb without a preposition is not used at all. There are lists of verbs with prepositions (look at the end of your textbook). But we’ll go a little different way: we will begin to analyze groups of prepositions in terms of their meaning to make it easier to remember.

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Description of a person’s appearance in German. 3. How to avoid repetition in essay

German language, with its very fixed order, requires special attention to repeating of the beginning of a sentence. Here we will look, how to avoid repetition in essay in German. Also, in any essay in any language, it is very important not to repeat verbs. In describing appearance, the verb “to have” is too active. Therefore, let’s explore alternative verbs and constructions.

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Past tense in German. Perfect and preterite

The past tense in German is covered almost entirely by only two tenses – Perfekt and Präteritum. It’s a master skill if you master the Plusquamperfekt, but in reality, 100 percent of the time you can avoid it. In this topic, we will look at
how the perfect and the preterite differ from each other,
when they use haben or sein in the perfect,
and at the end we will give tables of irregular verbs by group.

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Describing people’s appearance in German (Personenbeschreibung)

Describing people’s appearance in German is difficult types of essay. You should, firstly, know the appropriate words, and secondly, correlate these words with the appearance of a person. At best, people are able to name eye color, hair color, hair length, and eye/mouth size. It is no less difficult in this type of essay to preserve a variety of sentence structures. It is clear that without training it will be a continuous “he has …”

The first part is about the basic principles of describing people’s appearance in German. An example of possible assessment by the teacher and adjectives for different parts of the head are given.

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Separable verbs in German

Separable verbs in German are not so difficult, but they require constant attention, even for those who already speak German well and this makes the rule difficult. In addition to the basic rule, let’s also consider how (in)separable verbs combinations with noun, pronoun, adjective are written (Rad fahren, kennenlernen, leidtun, wieder sehen / wiedersehen, etc.).

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Negation in German

What is the difference between kein and nicht? Are nicht and nein the same thing? And how else can negation be expressed in German? Let’s talk about negation in German.

Over the years, my answer “nein” has often been followed up with a nicht? , so I already managed to completely get confused when what is used. Let’s start by answer on the questions.

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Basic German. 4. Time and prepositions of time in German

The prepositions of time in German, like the prepositions of place discussed in the previous part, are that mandatory base without which it is difficult to start speaking.

Basic German with tables. 3. Local prepositions
Conjunctions in sentences. Different word order
Basic German with tables. 2. Noun and articles
Betrag or Beitrag, vertragen or ertragen and other members of tragen family
German picture description phrases and sequence

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Basic German. 3. Local prepositions in German

Usually this topic about local prepositions in German is very reduced for beginners, but I give a more complete version so that everything is in one place.

Basic German grammar tables and translation exercises in Anki. 1
Basic German with tables. 2. Noun and articles
Basic German. 4. Time and prepositions of time in German
German picture description phrases and sequence
German test b1 Deutschtest für Zuwanderer. Writing examples
Difference between verschieden, unterschiedlich, anders

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