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TO BE OR NOT TO BE

edited June 2016 in German

TO BE OR NOT TO BE.....

is more than just a question.

This simple, most basic of all words is literally the most
important verb you will ever learn. No kidding!

It can literally improve your speaking ability by several
magnitudes. Imagine how great it would be if you were able to communicate your
basic state of mind or being in German!

I AM---- add any adjective or noun

Tired, rich, hungry, socially disadvantaged, American, a
lawyer, a snob, a nerd--- the possibilities are endless.

With the verb “to be”, “sein” in German, you can express who
and what you are and who and what you are not.

Even in English, this verb is irregular.               And in German?

Singular:                                                            Singular:

1st person:     I am                                             1st person:  Ich bin

2nd person:    you are                                         2nd person: Du bist

3rd person:     he, she or it is                               3rd person:  Er, sie, es ist

 

Plural:                                                               Plural:

1st person:       we are                                       1st person:  Wir sind

2nd person:      you (you guys) are                      2nd person: Ihr seid

3rd person:       they are                                     3rd person:  Sie sind

                                                                        Polite:         Sie sind

Pop quiz:

“Ms. Müller is tired” translates to what in German?

Sein oder nicht sein, das ist eben die Frage!

 

 

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