German Infinitive Clauses with zu

    In this German grammar lesson I’ll explain when you need to use “zu” with an infinitive and when you don’t. And I’ll show you how these German infinitive clauses with “zu” differ from relative clauses with “dass”. Get a worksheet…

    German Dative Verbs with Examples

      In this lesson I will explain pretty much every dative verb you will ever come across. These are German verbs that for some reason or other require a dative object. Similar to dative phrases, these verbs ignore normal logic for…

      What is a dative sentence?

        At least twice a year, I will have a student ask me this or something similar. I’ll have my students label parts of sentences using the cases of nominative, accusative and dative. Inevitably I will get a few of them…

        Special Dative Phrases in German

          Certain phrases in German require the dative case. The reasoning for this may not be immediately clear. In this lesson I explain what the special dative phrases are and how you can use them in your own German sentences. Please…