German Subordinating Conjunctions — Yes, Sometimes the Verb Goes at the End

German has a reputation. Having spent a great deal of time in Canada, I know that German is perceived as a terrible sounding language. Irish comedian Dylan Moran says in one of his routines that, “German sounds like typewriters eating tinfoil being kicked down stairs.” where does this idea come from? Probably from all the war movies out there where one only hears angry commands coming from German soldiers. If most people encountered English only as it comes from the Drill Sergeant’s mouth in Forrest Gump, English would probably have an equally bad reputation. However, this notion of German is completely wrong. German in all its thirty plus dialects is often a very musical language.

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  1. […] or even not repeat the subject, but the word order pretty much stay the same. Then we looked at subordinating conjunctions where the verb in the subordinate clause goes to the end of the sentence. This week we’re going […]

  2. […] Sum up the news in your own words for someone. Try starting with: “Ich habe eben gehört, dass…” (Don’t forget that the verb goes at the end of a “dass-clause”). […]

  3. neat article… I’d like to point out though that it actually the subordinating conjunction that makes a sentence incomplete. So they don’t only join a main clause and a dependent clause but they rather join 2 main clauses by making one of them dependent. Example:
    “Ich habe Hunger. Ich gehe in die Küche.” It is unarguable that both convey complete ideas. Adding “weil” to the second one renders it dependent but it is only now that it is not complete. The action is the same (going to the kitchen). The idea has not changed. So subordinating conjunction don’t just join… they CREATE dependent sentences.

    Greets Emanuel

    1. Salü Emanuel!

      Danke für deine Nachricht. Dein Beispiel ist jetzt auch im Blog. 🙂

      Schöne Grüsse aus Zürich

  4. […] note of the German conjuctions being used in the examples. Dass is a subordinating conjunction, which means that the verb goes at then end of the sentence. Aber on the other hand is a […]

  5. […] you need to remember here is that nach is a preposition and nachdem is a subordinating conjunction. That means that nach comes before a noun (dem Essen) and nachdem […]

  6. […] Temporal subordinating conjunction used to express a subsequent event. The content of the dependent clause occurred after the actions […]

  7. Ankit Khandelwal · · Reply

    Very good blog!! My all german grammatical confusions have been cleared here. You deserve a big thanks!

  8. […] Though German is a very precise language, Germans also know how to use language to illustrate things that have happened. When you go to make these analogies, they usually start with an introductory clause and are followed by either a second independent clause or a subordinating clause starting with dass. Read more about dass here. […]

  9. […] on information in the independent clause (Hauptsatz). No matter how we start a Nebensatz (with a subordinating conjunction like weil, or a relative pronoun like denen) the verbs come at the end of the […]

  10. […] Well that’s an easy one many of you might be thinking, it’s a subordinating conjunction (see post on subordinating conjunctions). As some if you just read that you might have been thinking, but in a previous blog post it said […]

  11. […] looked at many kinds of conjunctions to combine sentences (coordinating, subordinating, and adverbial conjunctions), but sometimes, they aren’t the right ones because you want to […]

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