Hammer's German Grammar and Usage

5th Edition

By Professor Martin Durrell

© 2011 – Routledge

576 pages

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pub: 2011-05-27
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About the Book

Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly grammar available, HAMMER'S GERMAN GRAMMAR AND USAGE provides you with a complete guide to German as it is written and spoken today.

This new edition includes:

-concise descriptions of the main grammatical phenomena of German and their use

-examples of grammar taken from contemporary German, helping you to understand the underlying grammatical principles more quickly

-invaluable guidance on pronunciation and the German accent

-discussion of new words from English roots such as 'zertweeten' ('to tweet'), helping you to communicate in German as used by Germans today

-clarification on the spelling reform and current spellings of German, thus increasing your confidence while writing and reading in German.

Praised for its clear layout and lucid explanations, this new edition distinguishes the most common forms of usage, both formal and informal, and 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.


"Prof. Durrell's approach to teaching German as a Foreign Language takes into account how German is actually used in a variety of contexts and registers. His use of 'real' examples to illustrate the language is innovative and much to be applauded."

Dr Nils Langer, Reader in German Linguistics, University of Bristol, UK

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of abbreviations and points for the user
1. Nouns
2. Case
3. Personal pronouns
4. The articles
5. Other determiners and pronouns
6. Adjectives
7. Adverbs
8. Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
9. Numerals
10. Modal particles
11. Expressions of time
12. Conjugation
13. The infinitive and the participles
14. Uses of the tenses
15. The passive
16. Mood: the imperative and the subjunctive
17. The modal auxiliaries
18. Verbs: valency
19. Conjunctions and subordination
20. Prepositions
21. Word order
22. Word formation
23. Spelling, pronunciation and punctuation

About the Author

Martin Durrell, Emeritus Professor of German, Manchester University

About the Series

Routledge Reference Grammars

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