All those who seriously want to speak or write German well must acquire a thorough knowledge of its verb system. The conjugation and use of German verbs, however, is an area that often poses considerable difficulties to students of the language. This guide helps learners overcome these obstacles, so that they can confidently use verbs when expressing themselves in German. Combining the features of a textbook, workbook and a self-study manual, this guide clearly and systematically explains how the German verb system works, while providing various exercises for thorough practice of each point covered. This edition features a final unit in which all the verb tenses are covered together to improve the reader's ability to select the correct verb form.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION PART 1 The Present Tense of Regular, Irregular,and Modal Verbs 1. Infinitive 2. Present tense of regular verbs Interrogative 3. Present tense of haben, sein, and werden 4. Present tense of irregular verbs vowel change from e to i vowel change from e to ie vowel change from a to a 5. Verbs with separable prefixes in the present tense Common separable prefixes 6. Modal auxilaries in the present tense Review of part 1 PART 2 Imperative, Future Tense,a nd Present Perfect Tense 7. Imperative Formal command Familiar command, singular Familiar command, plural Exhortations (mild commands) 8. Future tense Adverb of time 9. Present perfect tense of weak verbs Use of tense Formation of tense Formation of past participle of weal verbs 10. Habenn or sein as the auxiliary verb in perfect tenses 11. Present perfect tense of strong verbs Formation of past participle 12. Present perfect tense of mixed verbs 13. Present perfect tense with inseparable prefixes 14. Present perfect tense with inseparable prefixes and verbs stems ending in-ier Inseparbale prefixes Verb stems ending in-er 15. Present perfect tense with modal auxiliaries Review of part 2 PART 3 THE PAST TENSE 16. Use of past tense 17. Past tense of weak verbs Definition of weak and strong verbs Formation of weak verbs in the past tense 18. Past tense of strong verbs 19. Past tense of mixed verbs 20. Past tense of haben, sein, and werden 21. Past tense of modal auxiliaries Review of part 3 PART 4 PERFECT TENSES, REFLEXIVE AND IMPERSONAL VERBS, INFINITIVE CONSTRUCTIONS, AND PASSIVE VOICE 22. Past perfect tense Use of tense Formation of tense 23. Future perfect tense Use of tense Formation of tense 24. Reflexive verbs Use of the reflexive Formation of reflexive construction Perfect tenses of reflexive verbs Use of the dative with personal interest Reflexive commands 25. Impersonal verbs Es gibt oe es ist, es sind 26. Infinitive constructions Verbal nouns Double infintives with modals Double infinitives with lassen, helfen, sehen, etc. Infinitives without zu Infinitives with or without zu Infinitives with zu Prepositions and infinitives Infinitives and commands 27. The passive voice Formation of the passive voice Von or durch Conjugation of passive voice Man as a substitute Passive with midal auxiliaries
Astrid Henschel has had many years experience teaching German.