1st Edition

German Grammar Pack Hammer’s German Grammar 7e and Practising German Grammar 4e

    910 Pages
    by Routledge

    Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly grammar available, Hammer’s German Grammar 7e provides you with a complete guide to German as it is written and spoken today.

    In a revised layout to improve ease of consultation, this new edition includes:

    • concise descriptions of the main grammatical phenomena of German and their use
    • completely reorganized tables of grammatical features
    • examples of grammar taken from contemporary German, helping you to understand the underlying grammatical principles more quickly
    • invaluable guidance on pronunciation and word stress
    • discussion of new words from English roots, helping you to communicate in German as Germans do today
    • clarification on current spellings of German with full detail on the most recent revisions to the rules
    • list of useful internet resources for students, teachers and all learners of German

    Praised for its lucid explanations, this new edition explains and clearly distinguishes formal and informal spoken and written usage. Hammer’s German Grammar also offers you a combination of reference grammar and manual of current usage that you will find invaluable, whether a student or a teacher, at intermediate or advanced level.

    This Grammar is accompanied by the workbook, Practising German Grammar 4e, which features related exercises and activities. Created especially for the new edition, a companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/durrell offers a wide range of exercises and quizzes on all the main areas of German, suitable for self-study and to accompany instructed grammar courses.

    Hammer's German Grammar 7e

    List of tables

    Abbreviations and points for the user

    Preface to the seventh edition


    The phonetic alphabet

    1 Nouns

    1.1 Noun gender

    1.2 Noun plurals

    1.3 The declension of nouns to show case

    2 Case

    2.1 The nominative case

    2.2 The accusative case

    2.3 The genitive case

    2.4 Genitive case or von?

    2.5 The dative case

    2.6 Apposition

    2.7 Measurement phrases: genitive, von or apposition?

    3 Personal pronouns

    3.1 The forms of the personal pronouns

    3.2 Reflexive and reciprocal pronouns

    3.3 Pronouns of address: du, ihr and Sie 

    3.4 Third person pronouns

    3.5 The prepositional adverb

    3.6 The pronoun es

    4 The articles

    4.1 The declension of the articles

    4.2 The definite article with abstract and similar nouns

    4.3 The use of articles in generalizations

    4.4 Articles with geographical and other proper names

    4.5 The use of articles in time expressions

    4.6 Definite article or possessive?

    4.7 Other uses of the definite article

    4.8 The ‘zero article’

    4.9 Article use with phrasal verbs

    4.10 Article use with prepositions

    5 Other determiners and pronouns

    5.1 Demonstratives

    5.2 Possessives

    5.3 Interrogatives

    5.4 Relative pronouns

    5.5 Indefinites, quantifiers and other determiners and pronouns

    6 Adjectives

    6.1 Declension and use of adjectives

    6.2 Adjectives used as nouns

    6.3 Cases with adjectives

    6.4 Adjectives with prepositions

    6.5 Comparison of adjectives

    7 Adverbs

    7.1 Adverbs of place

    7.2 Adverbs of direction: hin and her

    7.3 Adverbs of time

    7.4 Adverbs of manner, viewpoint, attitude and reason

    7.5 Adverbs of degree

    7.6 Interrogative adverbs

    7.7 Comparison of adverbs

    8 Numerals

    8.1 Cardinal numbers

    8.2 Ordinal numbers

    8.3 Fractions and decimals

    8.4 Other numerical usages

    8.5 Times and dates

    8.6 Addresses

    9 Modal particles

    9.1 German modal particles

    10 Verbs: conjugation

    10.1 Verb conjugation

    10.2 The simple tenses, the non-finite forms and the imperative

    10.3 The compound tenses

    10.4 The werden-passive and the sein-passive

    10.5 The subjunctive

    10.6 Forms of strong and irregular verbs

    11 The infinitive and the participles

    11.1 Forms of the infinitive

    11.2 The infinitive with zu

    11.3 The infinitive without zu

    11.4 Infinitives used as nouns

    11.5 The present and past participles

    11.6 English constructions with the ‘-ing’ form

    12 The tenses

    12.1 The present tense

    12.2 The past and perfect tenses

    12.3 The future and future perfect tenses

    12.4 The pluperfect tense

    12.5 German equivalents for the English progressive tenses

    13 The passive

    13.1 The werden-passive

    13.2 The sein-passive

    13.3 von and durch with the passive

    13.4 Other passive constructions

    14 Mood: the imperative and the subjunctive

    14.1 Commands and the imperative

    14.2 The subjunctive: forms and uses

    14.3 Conditional sentences

    14.4 Indirect speech

    14.5 Other uses of the subjunctive

    15 The modal auxiliaries

    15.1 The modal auxiliaries: form and syntax

    15.2 dürfen

    15.3 können

    15.4 mögen

    15.5 müssen

    15.6 sollen

    15.7 wollen

    16 Verbs: valency

    16.1 Valency, complements and sentence patterns

    16.2 The subject

    16.3 The accusative object

    16.4 The dative object

    16.5 Prepositional objects

    16.6 Predicate complements

    16.7 Genitive objects

    16.8 Locative complements

    17 Conjunctions and subordination

    17.1 Coordinating conjunctions

    17.2 Noun clauses

    17.3 Conjunctions of time

    17.4 Causal conjunctions

    17.5 Conjunctions of purpose and result

    17.6 Concessive conjunctions

    17.7 Conjunctions of manner and degree

    18 Prepositions

    18.1 Prepositions governing the accusative case

    18.2 Prepositions governing the dative case

    18.3 Prepositions governing the accusative or the dative case

    18.4 Prepositions governing the genitive case

    18.5 German equivalents for English ‘to’

    19 Word order

    19.1 Clause structure and the position of the verb

    19.2 Initial position in main clause statements

    19.3 The order of other elements in the sentence

    19.4 The order of noun and pronoun subject and objects

    19.5 The place and order of adverbials

    19.6 The position of nicht

    19.7 The position of verb complements

    19.8 Elements following the final verbal bracket: the Nachfeld

    20 Word formation

    20.1 Methods of word formation

    20.2 The formation of nouns

    20.3 The formation of adjectives

    20.4 Verb formation: general

    20.5 Inseparable verb prefixes

    20.6 Separable verb prefixes

    20.7 Variable verb prefixes

    20.8 Verb formation by means other than prefixes

    21 Spelling, pronunciation and punctuation

    21.1 Spelling and pronunciation

    21.2 Capital letters

    21.3 One word or two?

    21.4 Other points of spelling

    21.5 Commas

    21.6 Other punctuation marks

    List of sources

    Bibliography and references



    Practising German Grammar 4e

    1 Nouns 

    2 Case 

    3 Personal pronouns 

    4 The articles 

    5 Other determiners and pronouns 

    6 Adjectives 

    7 Adverbs 

    8 Numerals 

    9 Modal particles 

    10 Verbs: conjugation 

    11 The infinitive and the participles 

    12 The uses of the tenses 

    13 The passive 

    14 Mood: the imperative and subjunctive 

    15 The modal auxiliaries 

    16 Verbs: valency 

    17 Conjunctions and subordination 

    18 Prepositions 

    19 Word order 

    20 Word formation 

    21 Spelling and punctuation


    Martin Durrell is Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester.

    Katrin Kohl is Professor of German Literature at Jesus College, University of Oxford.

    Claudia Kaiser is a Senior Language Instructor at the University of Oxford.