German Verbs and Prepositions – Quiz 1

Written By: Emanuel Updated: February 26, 2024

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of PYG. That’s the latest acronym I came up with and it stands for : Practice Your German.
I feel like many of you really enjoyed Practice-January and it also felt fresh for me, so I have decided that I’ll just mix in more exercises in the regular postings and slowly build a nice stash of quizzes for various topics.

Today we’ll deal once again with prepositions, but this time, it’s not about prepositions and location.
Today, we’ll do an exercise about:

Verbs and their Prepositions

Here’s a quick primer of what I mean by that.

In many languages verbs kind of have their “go to” preposition that they use to connect stuff.
An example in English would be

  • wait for the train

If you’re a native speaker of English, this is of course perfectly natural for you and you never think that it could be anything different.
But for a non native speaker, there’s no obvious reason why it’s for and not to or after.
It just is what it is, because it happened to evolve that way, and it’s a phrase that we have to learn when we want to learn English.

German has a lot of these fixed combinations, as well. And the problem is that they don’t “line up”.

To use the example again – in English, you wait FOR something.
In German, you warten AUF.

  • I’m waiting for the train.
  • Ich warte auf den Zug.

Today, we’ll go over a few of such verb combinations and learn them, but also learn some more general trends or rules.

Sounds good?
Then let’s go!

The Quiz

I’ve decided to offer two “modes”.

The question itself is a sentence in English and you have to pick the preposition that would be used when saying the same in German. So you kind of also need to know the verb.

But because that is too advanced for many, you can also go by the German version. All you have to do is click “hint” and you’ll see the German sentence, and you just have to pick the right preposition.

And because JUST doing a quiz is not really all that beneficial for learning, I’ll also give you a quick explanation for each question, and we’ll try to make sense of the answer and also see if there are some patterns that are worth remembering.
And many of them WILL repeat throughout one quiz, so it’s really helpful to read them ;).

So without further ado… viel Erfolg!!

How did you do?
Let me know in the comments if this was too easy or too difficult and if you like this format in general.
And of course let me know all the questions you might have about what we did, and I’ll try my best to clear things up.

Oh and by the way… I have done a similar exercise about these combinations a while back. It’s kind of hidden in the deep dark dungeons of the YourDailyGerman archives, but I went down there and dug up the link :)

The format is quite different, and it has way more questions, but it doesn’t have any explanations or exploration of German Logic™. So I think today’s format is overall more useful and effective for learners. But if you do want to practice more, here’s the link.

Anyway, that’s it for today.
Have a great week and I’ll see you in the comments, probably :).
Bis dann!

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