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German sentence structure may appear daunting to learners, especially those accustomed to languages with different word orders. In this article, we’ll look into the fundamentals of German sentence structure, providing examples to illustrate key points.

 

Basic Word Order

German typically follows a Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) word order in main clauses, similar to English. However, there are instances where the word order can be flexible due to the presence of cases and verb placement rules.

 

Subject-Verb-Object (SVO)

In a basic sentence, the subject is followed by the verb and then the object:

  1. Subject (S): The person or thing performing the action.
  2. Verb (V): The action itself.
  3. Object (O): The person or thing receiving the action.

Esimerkki:

  • Saksan: Ich esse einen Apfel. (I eat an apple.)
  • Englanti: I eat an apple.

 

Verb Placement

In German, the position of the verb can change depending on the type of clause. In main clauses, the verb is in the second position, while in subordinate clauses, it moves to the end.

Esimerkki:

  • Saksan: Ich esse einen Apfel, weil ich hungrig bin. (I eat an apple because I am hungry.)
  • Englanti: I eat an apple because I am hungry.

 

Cases and Articles

German uses four cases: nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive. The case of a noun determines its role in the sentence and influences the articles and adjectives that accompany it.

Esimerkki:

  • Nominative: Der Hund (The dog) beißt den Mann (bites the man).
  • Accusative: Der Mann (The man) beißt den Hund (bites the dog).

 

Sentence Structure in Subordinate Clauses

In subordinate clauses, the word order changes, with the verb moving to the end. These clauses often begin with subordinating conjunctions such as weil (because), wenn (if), or obwohl (although).

Esimerkki:

  • Saksan: Ich esse einen Apfel, weil ich hungrig bin. (I eat an apple because I am hungry.)
  • Englanti: I eat an apple because I am hungry.