Règles de grammaire allemande

German grammar can be intimidating for many learners due to its complex system of cases, genders, and word order. However, with a bit of patience and practice, mastering German grammar is certainly achievable. In this article, we’ll look into some fundamental rules of German grammar along with examples to help you grasp them more effectively.


Nouns and Gender

In German, all nouns have a gender: masculine, feminine, or neuter. The gender of a noun often needs to be memorized as there are no fixed rules to determine it. However, there are some patterns that can help:

– Masculine nouns often end in -er, -el, -ling, -ich, -ig, -en.
– Feminine nouns often end in -ung, -heit, -keit, -schaft, -ion, -ei, -ie.
– Neuter nouns often end in -chen, -lein, -ment, -um, -tum, -nis.

Exemples :

1. Masculine: der Tisch (the table)
2. Feminine: die Tür (the door)
3. Neuter: das Buch (le livre)


Definite and Indefinite Articles

German has definite (the) and indefinite (a/an) articles that change depending on the gender, case, and number of the noun. Here are the definite and indefinite articles in German:

– Definite articles: der (masculin), die (feminine), das (neuter), die (plural)
– Indefinite articles: ein (masculin), eine (feminine), ein (neuter), (plural)

Exemples :
– Definite: der Mann (the man), die Frau (the woman), das Kind (the child)
– Indefinite: ein Apfel (an apple), eine Katze (a cat), ein Haus (une maison)


Cases and Declensions

German uses four cases: nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive. Each case has its own set of definite and indefinite articles, as well as adjective endings and pronouns.

– Nominative: used for the subject of a sentence.
– Accusative: used for the direct object of a sentence.
– Dative: used for the indirect object of a sentence.
– Genitive: used to show possession or relationships.

Exemples :

– Nominative: Der Hund beißt die Katze. (The dog bites the cat.)
– Accusative: Ich sehe den Mann. (I see the man.)
– Dative: Ich gebe dem Kind ein Buch. (I give the child a book.)
– Genitive: Das ist das Haus des Lehrers. (That is the teacher’s house.)


Conjugaison des verbes

Verbs in German change their form according to the subject and tense. Regular verbs follow specific conjugation patterns, while irregular verbs have unique conjugations.

Exemples :

– Regular verb (spielen – to play):
Ich spiele (I play)
Du spielst (You play)
Er/sie/es spielt (He/she/it plays)
Wir spielen (We play)
Ihr spielt (You all play)
Sie spielen (They play)

– Irregular verb (sein – to be):
Ich bin (je le suis)
Du bist (Vous êtes)
Er/sie/es ist (Il/elle est)
Wir sind (Nous sommes)
Ihr seid (You all are)
Sie sind (Ils le sont)


Ordre des mots

In German, the word order in a sentence can vary depending on the type of clause and emphasis. However, the basic word order in a main clause is subject-verb-object.

Exemple :

– Subject-verb-object: Ich esse einen Apfel. (I eat an apple.)