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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071475141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071475143
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Ed Swick taught German for thirty years. He is the author of Essential German Verb Skills and Practice Makes Perfect: German Pronouns and Prepositions.


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By N. Smith on May 5 2011
Format: Paperback
This book contains basically what the title says - grammar drills. Each section includes a little mini-lesson that is easy to understand. Also contains review quizzes. This book is a lot longer than I expected it to be - 300 pages, so it's definitely worth the money. If you want to review German grammar, you can't go wrong with this book.
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
German Grammar Drills by Ed Swick Sept. 5 2008
By K. B. Burgin - Published on
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"German Grammar Drills" fills a need for students of the language who find the newer teaching approaches short on grammatical elements. The book very systematically presents areas of grammar, beginning with simple ones like noun genders and plurals, and thoroughly reviews the basics. Following the review there are a variety of comprehensive practice drills in workbook format. All answers appear in the back.

Areas covered include noun cases, prepositions, adjectives, contractions, verb tenses, imperatives, reflexive pronouns, modal auxiliaries and double infinitives, conjunctions, relative pronouns, prefixes, comparatives and superlatives, passive voice, subjunctive mood and infinitive clauses.

The book advertises itself as "perfect for beginning and intermediate learners." But a note of caution for beginners: the practice sentences, even in early lessons, contain words and grammatical constructs, including verbs in tenses other than the present, that the new student may not yet have encountered. A self-motivated student with a dictionary can readily overcome this one problem.

I recommend this book most highly for any student really determined to master more than just the tourist's basic stock phrases that many books, especially those for the adult learner, seem to overemphasize. Mastery of this book equals mastery of the German language.
96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Not for beginners July 2 2010
By T.L.M - Published on
Format: Paperback
Though I am a beginning German student, I am fluent in both Spanish and French, and therefore know a little about learning a foreign language. I purchased German Grammer Drills, German Sentence Structure, and the German Verb tenses. The books all state that they are 'Perfect for the Beginning and Intermediate Learners", but this is not the case. The books give a few examples in English, but almost all of the exercises are in German. That's would be ok, if there were a vocabulary key given in English. But there isn't, which makes it a very difficult book to use. In order to use this book, I would have to sit with a dictionary and look up words in almost every sentence. This is very time consuming and impractical. The exercises in the book would be great for someone much farther along in their German studies. The exercises are simple and not complicated, but the fact that there are no translations makes it extremely difficult to use. One of the first exercises asks you to provide nouns that use the same endings as those in parentheses. There is a list of 15 different endings. As a beginning student, I haven't learned enough vocabulary to be able to think of enough nouns to do the exercise. There is no vocabulary given to draw from.
I think it's a great book to use as a review after you have learned quite a bit of German - to brush up on your skills. But this is definitely NOT the book for a beginner.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
great review Feb. 18 2009
By A.S.H. - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect guide as I attempt to refresh my German comprehension in preparation for a trip to Berlin (my last study of the language was more than 10 years ago). The book is extremely well-organized and methodical, and the explanations are clear and useful. The bulk of the book is devoted to exercises, which I find nicely designed to illustrate the concepts. The answers are all at the end.

A bonus to me is that the layout and font are very easy on the eyes, and the book does not feel cluttered with gimmicky charts, diagrams, or illustrations (as far as I can see, there are none).

The only downside, mentioned by another reviewer, is that the book is not truly a beginners book. Someone with no prior experience in the language will likely find this book a little overwhelming. Not only does it assume familiarity with vocabulary (which is easy enough to look up), but it assumes some exposure to typical German word order, the conjugation of verbs, and the change in articles and adjective endings according to case.

If you know the basics however, I highly recommend this volume!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Not for everyone, but overall a good book. July 21 2010
By RyanWagner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been learning German for about a year now, all through self-study and I found this book to be very challenging, for the same reason another review stated: Many sentences that are either examples or parts of the drills use vocab or syntax that have not yet been explained. I actually had to keep a German dictionary by my side while working through this, which made the process three times as slow. It was either that, or resign myself to not understanding about 1/4 of what I was writing.

Another reviewer stated there's no clutter and the font is's true, however I also found it a little dry. I'm a very visual person, the kind that color codes my notes, so the absence of ANY kind of decor within the book made it seem monotone and inaccessible at times.

That being said, my ability to read German has improved greatly since I first began, so it achieves its primary function. Learning a language requires so much dedication, determination, and PATIENCE, all of which are required to complete this particular book. Think of it as a labor of love.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good Practice Sept. 21 2009
By Bea Shalla - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I registered for my immersion class in Germany, I had to take a test, so they'll know which class/which level you're in. The test was like the drills in this book. Next time I take another immersion class, I will definitely practice with this.

It's not only drills, it also explains grammar rules in very simple, easy to understand terms.