German Grammar Explained - Subjunctive Mood
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- Use full, grammatically correct conditional sentences
- Talk about conditions that may be fulfilled and ones that can’t
- Choose whether to use the indicative or the subjunctive mood
- Choose Konjunktiv I, Konjunktiv II or the ‘würde’-form where appropriate
- Talk about hypothetical possibilities in the past
- Use multiple conditional conjunctions
- Make reported statements
- Report questions and commands
- Make instructions
- Much, much more
- As already mentioned before, this is a course for intermediate-level and advanced students, which means you should be familiar with all the basic stuff that is covered in most beginner courses. In particular, I assume you are familiar (at least to some extent) with the following topics: 1) The main conjugation patterns in the indicative mood, 2) Verb forms (the basic form, the past form and the past participle), 3) Regular and irregular verbs, 4) German tenses (present, past and future), 5) Imperatives, 6) Modal verbs, 7) The verb ‘werden’, 8) Syntax (declarative sentences, questions, negations, word order, direct and indirect objects, conjunctions, compound and complex sentences)
- You do not need any knowledge of the subjunctive mood or reported speech. We’re going to cover these topic from scratch.
- One thing you do need before you start the course – prepare to learn systematically, preferably schedule your time so that you make sure you can spend enough time studying.
Dive deep into the subjunctive mood. The subjunctive mood is used on a regular basis in German and many learners of German have difficulty mastering it and using it correctly. The subjunctive mood is first of all used in conditional sentences and in reported speech but this list is far from exhaustive. Don’t wait. Learn to use the subjunctive mood the way Germans do.
Discover How Vastly the Subjunctive Mood is Used In German.
· Conditional Sentences
· Reported Speech
· Hypothetical Statements
· Tone Moderation
· ... and much more
Master the Subjunctive Mood – It’s All Well Within Your Reach.
The subjunctive mood is often considered difficult or vague. There are two reasons. First, it is usually taught towards the end of a course and there’s not enough time devoted to it. Second, the rules that govern the subjunctive mood are not always strict and this makes us uncertain as to how to use it correctly. I think this is a very important topic and deserves a course all of its own. And that’s why this course was created. And, what’s important, it’s not as difficult as it looks. Just give it a chance.
Contents and Overview
This course is pretty comprehensive. It discusses all the types of conditional clauses and all the intricacies of reported speech. It demonstrates how the subjunctive mood is used in multiple areas of the language and when it is preferred over the indicative mood.
This course is divided into 12 sections, each of them covering a broader topic subdivided into lectures. There are 46 lectures altogether. The pace is up to you, you can go through the easier parts faster and then take more time to study the more sophisticated ones.
To help you memorize and practice all the new stuff, there are loads of exercises. Most lectures are accompanied by additional resources. These are downloadable files with exercises (with key). Each lecture is accompanied by the main text file containing the material covered in the video. This written material is much more detailed and extended than what you can find in the video.
After you finish each section, there’s a quiz for you that covers the material discussed in that section.
After you finish this course you will be able to use conditional clauses and reported speech much more comfortably. You will also use the subjunctive mood in other situations, just like Germans do.
- This course is meant for intermediate-level and advanced students. This course concentrates on one broad topic and dives deep into the details of the subjunctive mood. In order to be able to follow the course you should have some knowledge of German tenses and verbs in general.
- This course is for students who experience difficulties trying to understand the subjunctive mood in German. This is not a simple topic and that’s why there are lots of exercises for you to practice all throughout the course. Practice is the best way to learn.
- This course is NOT suitable for students who do not have any knowledge of the language or have never heard about most of the topics described in the section ‘What will students need to know or do before starting the course?’
- This course is NOT for students who want to improve their general German skills as this course focuses only on one field of the language.
Welcome to the German Grammar Explained - Subjunctive Mood. I’m very glad you’re here. I hope you will be glad to be here, too. In the first lecture I’ll just introduce myself and the course. Who is this course best suited for? Is this the right place for you? What are we going to learn?
The first verb we’re going to see closer to is the verb ‘to be.’ We’ll have a look at the forms of this verb and we’ll see how to use it.
In this lecture we’ll learn how to make the forms of regular and irregular verbs in Konjunktiv II.
Most irregular verbs do have Konjunktiv II forms but not all of them are used on a regular basis. Actually the number of verbs that are normally used in Konjunktiv II in everyday language is rather limited. In this lecture we’ll see which forms are most commonly used.
Perfekt forms are forms that use the Konjunktiv II form of the auxiliary verb (‘haben’ or ‘sein’) and the past participle. Let’s see how they are made.
The predominant conditional conjunction, ‘wenn,’ has some drawbacks. One of them is that it’s sometimes ambiguous. In this lecture we’ll see why. Fortunately, there are alternatives that bear no ambiguity and we’ll discuss them next.