Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly grammar available, Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage provides you with a complete guide to German as it is written and spoken today.

In a revised layout to improve ease of consultation, this new edition includes:

  • concise descriptions of the main grammatical phenomena of German and their use
  • completely reorganized tables of grammatical features
  • examples of grammar taken from contemporary German, helping you to understand the underlying grammatical principles more quickly
  • invaluable guidance on pronunciation and word stress
  • discussion of new words from English roots, helping you to communicate in German as Germans do today
  • clarification on current spellings of German with full detail on the most recent revisions to the rules
  • list of useful internet resources for students, teachers and all learners of German

Praised for its lucid explanations, this new edition explains and clearly distinguishes formal and informal spoken and written usage. Hammer’s German Grammar offers you a combination of reference grammar and manual of current usage that you will find invaluable, whether a student or a teacher, at intermediate or advanced level.

chapter 1|40 pages


chapter 2|18 pages


chapter 3|16 pages

Personal pronouns

chapter 4|18 pages

The articles

chapter 5|48 pages

Other determiners and pronouns

chapter 6|27 pages


chapter 7|25 pages


chapter 8|20 pages


chapter 9|29 pages

Modal particles

chapter 10|37 pages

Verbs: conjugation

chapter 11|31 pages

The infinitive and the participles

chapter 12|15 pages

The tenses

chapter 13|16 pages

The passive

chapter 14|25 pages

Mood: the imperative and the subjunctive

chapter 15|19 pages

The modal auxiliaries

chapter 16|34 pages

Verbs: valency

chapter 17|25 pages

Conjunctions and subordination

chapter 18|54 pages


chapter 19|30 pages

Word order

chapter 20|25 pages

Word formation

chapter 21|20 pages

Spelling, pronunciation and punctuation

chapter |2 pages

List of sources