Motive has a different word in German luckily it is also motiv. Grund is used in the sense of reason. Er hat keinen Grund, sich schuldig fühlen zu = He has no reason to feel guilty. Someone asking you for an answer for the question. On what ground you base your answer on. Grund des Problems - Root of the problem. Or it could mean basic Grundschule - Primary school(Basic school) Grundkentnnis - Basic knowledge Also literal ground as in property like this is my property.