Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik - Englische Ausgabe
a Practice Grammar of German - die neue Gelbe
- 363 Seiten (7,4 MB)
- Dreyer, Hilke / Schmitt, Richard
This book is a new edition of the highly successful Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik, first published in 1985. It is intended for lower-intermediate and intermediate learners of German who want to acquire a solid, coherent knowledge of German grammar. It offers simple, sometimes simplified rules with extensive examples, lists and tables for reference, and a large number of exercises. For the new edition, the rules and explanations have been broken down into smaller steps, and the exercises assigned to these individual steps more precisely. Some simple exercises have been added to sections dealing with elementary grammar.
This book is clearly structured. Parts I and II deal with the parts of the simple sentence, Part III with the adjective declensions and Part IV with the subjunctive. The use of prepositions is covered in Part V. This is often more of a semantic problem than a grammar one and it is recommended that Part V be used in conjunction with Parts I and II.
In the new edition § 63 has been added as an additional section. This offers an overview of the most important tenses and the differ-ences between them. At the back of the book is a fold-out section for quick reference, with the most important features of verb conjuga-tion and noun and adjective declension. The terminology used (and explained in detail in the appendix) corresponds to that generally used in German as a foreign language teaching today; declension tables follow the sequence nominative, accusative, dative, genitive. Grammar rules can only help you to understand how a language functions. It is more important to be able to use them. The exer-cises are therefore an important component of the book. Wherever possible and meaningful, the exercises are not made up of single, individual sentences, but constitute one continuous text.
Whilst the vocabulary used in the example sentences and in the exercises in the opening chapters is fairly simple, it becomes more demanding in the latter part of the book. The more challenging exercises are marked with a dark red box.
Thanks to the Key (available separately), which enables learners working on their own to check their answers, the Practice Grammar of German is also ideally suited for use as self-study material.
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