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By Paul Stocker

A pupil Grammar of German is a useful reference advisor for undergraduates and different intermediate and complicated scholars. Written with the desires of the learner a great deal in brain, it units out the grammar of the language in as transparent and jargon-free means as attainable. every one bankruptcy begins with an summary of the most grammatical terminology and ideas; those phrases also are cross-referenced within the thesaurus on the finish of the ebook. to supply a visible consultant via every one bankruptcy, the details in every one part are highlighted, and tables summarise vital styles. 'Tip' containers, which support the scholar to grasp specific issues, are scattered in the course of the textual content. each element has various illustrative examples, every one with its translation, conscientiously selected from quite a lot of revealed and digital media - books, newspapers, magazines, movie, and chat-rooms - to mirror modern utilization throughout various registers.

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G. er, ihn, ihm du, dich, dir The English pronoun it is expressed by the given form of er, sie, es depending on gender, number and case. Many pronouns are identical in use and form with the corresponding determiners – see Chapter 3. 1 The forms of the personal pronouns Singular/plural Singular Plural Person Nom. Acc. Dat. 1st ich mich mir 2nd du dich dir 3rd er ihn ihm sie sie ihr es es ihm 1st wir uns uns 2nd ihr euch euch 3rd sie sie ihnen Sie Sie Ihnen TIP How to remember the 3rd person pronouns Note that both singular and plural forms of the 3rd person pronouns have the same endings as the parallel case forms of der, die, das, and plural die.

This can occasionally lead to verbose formulations, especially in lists, and bizarre inventions which, however, have not come into general use: Frauschaft (for Mannschaft) Gästin (female guest) Menschin (female human) . b): die Giraffe, das Kind, die Person, das Pferd, die Wache (sentry) While the issue still arouses controversy, most people now accept that it is unnecessary to use clumsy double nouns repeatedly, or invented gender-neutral forms such as Lesende (instead of Leser), or Studierende (instead of Student).

Masc. Nom. Acc. Dat. der – er den – ihn dem – ihm Fem. 2 The use of the personal pronouns a It is not always expressed by es; the pronoun depends on the gender and case of the noun referred to der Wagen > er die Garage > sie Der Wagen ist neu – ich habe ihn gestern gekauft Kennst du die Brücke im Dorf? Sie ist 400 Jahre alt! Das alte Haus da drüben – es gehörte früher meiner Oma das Haus > es The car is new – I bought it yesterday Do you know the bridge in the village? It’s 400 years old! g. das Mädchen, die Person, der Hund.

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