https://www.duolingo.com/El_Arbitro

More preterite lessons

Hallo! Well first I wanted to say that I'm really enjoying the German course and I can't wait to use it on my trip to Europe next year! However, I think there is one region where it could use some improvement: the preterite. I have been able to fly through the other grammar sections such as the present and past perfect, and the future tenses, but the preterite took me forever to complete because there are many irregular verbs and I still have trouble with it because there is only one section with it with the same verbs.

There should be another skill with preterite because unlike most other verb tenses in German that mainly use the infinitive, the preterite can be unpredictable sometimes. A new skill such as Preterite 2 could go over common strong verbs that have irregular past tense conjugations. I don’t think I’m the only one who could use this extra help, so hopefully it will happen :)

February 7, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/godonlyknows

I found the duolingo memrise course (this one) really useful for remembering the preterite irregular verbs. That still doesn't help with learning when to use it though - currently I only remember when I'm doing that specific skill on my tree.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

I made a post about the Memrise courses

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nobbelfludd

im a native speaker and rest assured, apart from the verb "sein" the preterite is a nearly dead tense in spoken language. you will be fine with the perfect alone.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

I've heard the preterite spoken informally with sein from native speakers.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nobbelfludd

i dont know what you mean. because im a native german speaker there might be an error in my english sentence. i tro to clarify it: perfect is used for nearly every verb on every occassion in spoken language apart from "sein" where e.g. "ich war im park" is much shorter than "ich bin im park gewesen". although that is true for all verbs, in general it sounds very stiff to say e.g. "ich sah einen film" or "ich sprach mit ihm". instead "ich habe einen film gesehen" or "ich habe mit ihm gesprochen" is much more common.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

If you want to know the exact sentence, here it is: Ich war im Badezimmer.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nobbelfludd

must be a fault in my sentence then. i have a question then. does the sentence: [you can use perfect for all verbs all the time except "sein" because "sein" is the only commonly used verb in preterite] have a different meaning to my former posts? it seems i use "apart from" wrong then.

February 9, 2015
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