Tip of the Week 35 for 2017 is a review of tips 29-34
bits and bobs – small language tips to help 🙂
verbs + prepositions
would like, would be, would, want & like
would like = möchte
I would like to visit the trade fair.
would be = wäre
I would be grateful if you could send me an invitation.
would = würde
I would go to the trade fair if I had an invitation.
want = wollen
I want to go to the trade fair.
(‚want‘ is a little direct so we often use ‚would like‘ because it is more polite.)
like = mögen
I like going to trade fairs.
We use this / that / these / those to show where an object or a person is from the perspective of the speaker, e.g. Who are those people over there?
this – a singular person or object near the speaker
these – plural people or objects near the speaker
that – a singular person or object further away from the speaker
those – plural people or objects further away from the speaker
adverbs of time
|Adverbs of time|
|in the morning||morgens|
|in the afternoon||nachmittags|
|in the evening||abends|
|this morning||heute Morgen|
|this afternoon||heute Nachmittag|
|this evening||heute Abend|
|last month||im letzten Monat|
|next month||im nächsten Monat|
Possessive ’s – We only need to make the difference between the singular and plural.
English is so easy 🙂
singular nouns – takes ’s after the word, e.g.
The plane’s engine (one plane)
The plane’s engines (one plane)
plural nouns – takes the ‚ after the plural word, e.g.
The workers‚ rest room (more than one worker – workers is already plural)
The workers‚ rest rooms (more than one worker – workers is already plural)
The person’s laptop
The people’s laptops (people is already plural)
We use ‚too‘ to agree with somebody in a positive sentence.
(Wir verwenden ‚too‘, um jemandem in einem positiven Satz zuzustimmen.)
me too = ich auch
e.g. Sandra: I like coffee. Alan: Me too
We use ’neither‘ to agree with somebody in a negative sentence.
(Wir verwenden ’neither‘, um jemandem in einem negativen Satz zuzustimmen.)
me neither = ich auch nicht
e.g. Sandra: I don’t like tea. Alan: Me neither