How to make a sentence in german

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Practice Makes Perfect: German Sentence Builder by Ed Swick

Practice Makes Perfect helps you put your German vocabulary and grammar skills together!

You may have all the vocabulary down pat and every grammar point nailed--but without the skill of knowing how to put these elements together, communicating in your second language would be nearly impossible. Practice Makes Perfect: German Sentence Builders picks up from where other grammar books leave off, showing you the variety of structures and how to combine them to make solid sentences. And like every Practice Makes Perfect title, these books feature crystal-clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of opportunities to practice, practice, practice!
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Introduction to Word Order in German Sentences (Syntax)

Sentence Structure in German

There are different kinds of conjunctions that have different effects on the sentence. In German, there are many situations where the verb absolutely has to come at the end of the sentence. This is one of the reasons why German is considered to be such a strange and difficult language. Just imagine picking it up, juggling it, and putting it down in the right place. If there are two verbs in a relative clause, the verb that gets booted to the end of the sentence is always the first verb. You can even put the object at the beginning of the sentence and invert it to add emphasis on the object. Here are some examples of prepositional phrases at the beginning of the sentence that put the verb at the end:.

The word order in German is rather strict. We'll explain the type of components that a sentence has in detail and how they are organized. The parts of a sentence in German to have in mind are:. Ich habe einen Hund I have a dog. Einen Hund habe ich I have a dog.

4 Quick Tips to Learn German Word Order

Word order in main clauses is very flexible in German. Find out when to use each word and where it to put it in a sentence. Find out how to construct yes-no questions closed questions , w-questions open questions , and indirect questions. There is also a list of the most important German question words. Learn about the most important types of dependent clauses: indirect questions, infinitive clauses, participle clauses, conjunctional clauses, relative clauses, conditional clauses, and indirect speech. Main Clauses Word order in main clauses is very flexible in German.

For example, in the following sentence, the subject Der alte Mann consists of three words and the verb kommt comes second, but it is the fourth word:. With compound verbs, the second part of the verb phrase past participle , separable prefix, infinitive goes last, but the conjugated element is still second:. However, German often prefers to begin a sentence with something other than the subject, usually for emphasis or for stylistic reasons. Only one element can precede the verb, but it may consist of more than one word e. In such cases, the verb remains second and the subject must immediately follow the verb:. No matter which element begins a German declarative sentence a statement , the verb is always the second element. This is a simple, hard and fast rule.


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