• Collocations with Prepositions

    Two-Way Prepositions

    In this module, you will review the usage of German two-way prepositions with the correct usage of the definite articles. Two-way prepositions are prepositions which take either the accusative or the dative case. Depending on the context, you will need to choose the accusative or dative case after the two-way prepositions. Let’s first start by reviewing the definite articles in the Accusative and Dative cases. Here are some examples of the cases in context. You can mouse over each definite article to see its case. Look at these sentences with the preposition in. Accusative Masculine:  Der Vater geht in den Keller. Feminine:  Der Mutter fährt das Auto in die Garage.…

  • Collocations with Prepositions

    Verb-Preposition Collocations 3

    In the previous modules, you practiced using VPCs with nouns. In this module, we focus on how VPCs are used with personal pronouns and the so-called da-compounds (pronominal adverbs). Note that da-compounds (davon, dabei…) are extremely frequent in German, unlike their English counterparts (‘thereof’, ‘thereby’…). For example, daran appears more than 120,000 times in the Die Zeit corpus, whereas its English counterpart ‘thereon’ appears only 88 times in the Contemporary Corpus of American English, which is approximately the same size as the Die Zeit corpus (ca. 560 million words).

  • Adjective Endings

    Adjective Endings 1

    In this module you will learn about the weak declension of adjectives, which is used whenever the definite article preceding the adjective has an ending (such as der, den, dem, etc.). The weak declension has only two possible endings (-e or -en), so you only need to focus on when each ending is used. That is dependent on both the case and the gender of the noun phrase.

  • Adjective Endings

    Adjective Endings 2

    In this module you will learn about the strong declension of adjectives, which is used whenever there is no article preceding the adjective. Because  there is no article with an ending (such as der, den, dem, einer, einen, einem, etc.), the adjective has to take the ending. The adjective endings are almost identical to the articles and indicate the gender, case and number of the noun. In this module it is very important to know the cases to be able to use the correct adjective endings. Please go back to the previous module if you would like a brief review of cases.