Modern German Grammar A Practical Guide

ISBN-10: 0415273005
ISBN-13: 9780415273008
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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Description: Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide, Second Edition, is an innovative reference guide to German, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical  More...

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List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936

Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide, Second Edition, is an innovative reference guide to German, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as word order, nouns, verbs and adjectives. Part B is carefully organized around language functions and notions such as: * Apologizing * Expressing regret * Voicing an opinion or casting doubt on something The book addresses learners' practical needs and presents the uses to which we put language in order to communicate effectively in a wide range of situations. Implementing feedback from users of the first edition, this second edition features: * The new German spelling system * Fuller explanations of grammatical structures in Part A * Even more extensive cross-referencing between Parts A and B * A comprehensive index to the full grammar The grammar assumes no previous grammatical training and is intended for allthose who have a basic knowledge of German, from intermediate learners in schools and adult education to undergraduates taking German as a major or minor part of their studies.

Heidi Zojer is Language Assistant at University College Dublin. Ruth Whittle is Lecturer and John Klapper is Professor of Foreign Language Pedagogy, both at the University of Birmingham.

Introduction
How to use this book Glossary
Structures and sounds
Vowels
Dipthongs
Consonants
Stress
Word order
Simple sentences and main clauses
Two main clauses
Direct questions and commands
Subordinate clauses
Indirect questions
Relative clauses
Order of adverbials
Noun and pronoun objects
Position of nicht
Position of reflexive pronouns
Flexible word order and emphasis
The case system
The cases
The nominative
The accusative
The dative
The genitive
Apposition
Nouns
The article
Use of the articles
Determiners
Gender
Compound nouns and acronyms
Gender variations
Noun declensions
Plurals V Pronouns
Pronoun reference and forms
Other forms used as pronouns
Pronouns used after prepositions
Verbs
Verb forms
Use of tenses
Modal verbs
Separable and inseparable verbs
Reflexive verbs
Prepositional verbs
The subjunctive
The passive
Imperatives
Verbs and their completion: the basic sentence patterns
Adjectives and adverbs
Predicative and attributive adjectives
Der declension
Ein declension
Zero declension
Other adjective types
Comparison of adjectives
Extended adjectival phrases
Adverbs
Comparison of adverbs
Word structure and word formation
Principles of word formation
Forming verbs
Forming nouns
Forming adjectives
Forming adverbs
The meaning of verbal prefixes
Style and orthography
Formal and informal style
Spelling and punctuation
Functions
Social contract
Greeting
Making introductions
Taking leave
Eating and drinking
Giving and receiving complements
Expressing commiseration
Expressing good wishes
Giving and receiving thanks, expressing appreciation
Expressing apologies and regret
Giving and seeking factual information
Talking and enquiring about existence
Talking and enquiring about absence and non-existence
Expressing and enquiring about availability
Talking about non-availability
Identifying and seeking idenfication
Describing people
Describing objects
Describing actions and processes
Avoiding describing the agent of processes and actions
Describing origins and provenance
Putting events into a wider context
Giving reasons and purpose
Providing spatial context
Providing temporal context
Talking about cause and effect
Drawing conclusions with reference to sources
Referring to sources of information
Reporting other people''s words and claims
Expressing necessity
Expressing ability to do something
Conveying doubt and certainty
Expressing assumptions, discussing possibility, probablity and conditions
Transactions: getting things done
Attracting attention
Helping and advising
Asking for something to be done
Expressing needs, wishes and desires
Expressing objections and complaints
Giving and seeking promises and assurances
Issuing, accepting and declining invitations and offers
Seeking, granting and denying permission
Making, accepting and declining suggestions
Issuing and responding to warnings
Conveying attitudes and mental states
Asserting and denying the truth of something
Expressing knowledge
Remembering and forgetting
Expressing future intentions
Expressing likes and dislikes: people, things and situations
Indicating preferences
Expressing indifference
Voicing opinion
Expressing firm convictions
Expressing agreement and disagreement
Talking about physical well being
Expressing happiness, fear and sadness
Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction
Expressing hopes, wishes and disappointment
Expressing surprise
Expressing enjoyment and pleasure
Communication startegies
Using fillers
Keeping the channel ope

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