In a previous topic on the German passive voice, I explicitly explained what it means for a voice to be passive, how it can be made passive, when it can be used and why it should even be used at all. In this topic, I have further explained the inclusion of a modal verb in … Continue reading The German Passive Voice With Modal Verbs
SENTENCE REORDERING: How to flex sentences in german
Have you ever seen a German sentence such as “Glücklich spielt das Kind” or “Am Abend fahren wir nach Berlin”? and then you ask, “was für einen Satz ist das? Where is the subject and why is it not in the first position like I was thought?” Well, I did as well 🤷🏾♀️ until I … Continue reading SENTENCE REORDERING: How to flex sentences in german
DAMIT oder UM…ZU: Their differences and similarities?
It is true that German has more words than English and while this can be of great advantage, it can equally be confusing and in turn be disadvantageous to non-native speakers. This is because one has to carefully decide when making use of words - most especially those that are closely intertwined or have (almost) … Continue reading DAMIT oder UM…ZU: Their differences and similarities?
SUBJUNCTIVE (Konjunktiv) II: how to make or express a wish in german
Content in this post1. Definition of subjunctive II2. How to form subjunctive II with auxiliary verbs3. How to form the subjunctive II of modal verbs4. How to form the subjunctive II of main verbsTable of content The Konjunktiv II which is known as subjunctive II in English is the second part of the entire topic … Continue reading SUBJUNCTIVE (Konjunktiv) II: how to make or express a wish in german
SUBJUNCTIVE I: how to make a reported speech in german
The subjunctive I which is called Konjunktiv I in German is the first out of the two types of subjunctive. It is used to either make an indirect or a reported speech. What then is an indirect or a reported speech? A reported speech is one where a person quotes the exact words or speech … Continue reading SUBJUNCTIVE I: how to make a reported speech in german
THE GERMAN ACTIVE & PASSIVE VOICE
Does it sound funny that a voice is active or passive? “Really, I thought it’s only with personality traits that something or someone could either be active or passive”, you probably said. Then you probably also wonder if this is in anyway related to the circumstances of “this child is too active” which means the … Continue reading THE GERMAN ACTIVE & PASSIVE VOICE
IMPERATIVE: how to make a request or a command in German
The imperative is used to either make a request or a command/instruction. That is “Bitte” and “Aufforderung” in German. Making a request and command in German is done in the same way but can be differentiated in speech by the pitch or tone of the user. While in writing, they can be differentiated by the … Continue reading IMPERATIVE: how to make a request or a command in German