German Grammar


Does anyone know the best book for learning German grammar? I would like it to include explanations for virtually all grammar concepts that are necessary to master.

Thank You.

Not a book but you can find a list of helpful online material on my blog:

I haven’t checked if all the links still work. I’ve created this list some time ago. Let me know if you have problems with a link.

Don’t focus to much on Grammar. Grammar is part of the process learning a language, but acquiring lots of vocabulary is more helpful understanding a language.

Good luck with your German!

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You can find a lot of German Grammar in Vera’s courses and in my courses in
For example, you can use my course that I’ve written in the cooperation with Reinhard Krenn “Grammatik und Synonymie”:
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This one is quite good

This one… …now on its 5th edition was, so to speak, our bible of the German language when I was at university.

It isn’t for the faint hearted, but it covers just about everything you could ever need to know about German grammar and usage - and then some. It is what I would recommend for really serious students of German.

I’m not learning German yet but I’m told that Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage is the bible of German grammer books.

Ha! I just posted a comment saying that I’ve heard this is the bible of German grammar and then I saw your comment calling it the bible :slight_smile:

I found Easy Learning German Grammar ( useful when I was in my beginner phase.

I thought this was a thread where we all could gather together to complain about the annoying grammar. I love Germany, they do so many things well… but structuring their grammrar is not one of them. I mean… why on earth do we need gendered articles??

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I know how you feel. I generally love grammar but there are times when I just feel like giving up, you take one step forward but at the same time it feels that you’re going two steps back.

“…why on earth do we need gendered articles??..”

It’s a good question - It’s hard to see any kind of functional advantage or improvement in the introduction of additional layers of grammatical complexity. One could argue that “progress” in the history of a language is seen in grammatical refinement and loss of complexity.

Interestingly, I believe it’s true that things like gender, case inflection, complex verb tenses are most likely to retire to where the linguistic sun doesn’t shine when a language comes under the powerful influence of another one. Thus Anglo Saxon with Norman French (and maybe Old Norse) = Modern English; Dutch with Malay + various African languages = Afrikaans; Old Persian with Arabic = Modern Farsi; Old Norse with Middle High German = Modern Danish…and so on…

But leave a bunch of Vikings stranded on a remote volcanic Island…and over 1000 years later Modern Icelandic is scarcely any less complex than Old Norse! :-0