Understanding German Verbs Part II

Last week we looked at some of the basic tenses in German and how they are constructed. Important to remember between German and English is that German doesn’t have the continuous tense like in English. Therefore, translating “I am reading this blog” word for word, though it is a Subject + Verb + Object construct, will end up with a false translation: “I bin lesen diesen Blog.” The correct translation would simply be: “Ich lese diesen Blog.

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  1. Very helpful Christian! I’ll be checking in to your blog more often. Cheers!

    1. You’re very welcome and feel free to ask questions.

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  5. Danke schön!

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  7. I’ve been a little confused.. is Subjunctive Case same as Konjunktiv II? ’cause the rules seem to be the same to me. If not, please explain their differences. And thanks a lot for your useful posts!

    1. Yes, subjunctive and Konjunktiv II are the same. Just different naming conventions. Hope that helps 🙂

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