A Berlin Scenery: Prepositions Are Everywhere

Although this picture describes a common street scene in Berlin-Mitte, it hides a huge number of the most widespread creature of any language: Prepositions. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct preposition.


Das rote Auto ist _______ (hinter, vor, unter) dem gelben Auto.

Die Fahrräder stehen _______ (vor, neben, an) dem Mast.

Das Paar steht _______ (in, auf, über) dem Balkon.

Der Mann in dem blauen Hemd steht _______ (in, neben, hinter) dem gelb-grünen Auto.

Das Schild “Postbank” hängt _______ (über, vor, auf) dem Eingang.

Der Mast steht _______ (zwischen, gegenüber, nach) dem gelb-grünen Auto und dem roten Auto.

Das Kabel für die Tram hängt _______ (unter, vor, über) den Gleisen.

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Bernd Hendricks. Born in Duisburg, Germany. Based in Berlin. Writer, German Language Educator. I was six years old when I went to the opera for the first time. My Grandma took me to Hänsel und Gretel at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg. The first time I met an opera singer personally was during my time as foreign correspondent in New York when at a Christmas party a baritone pelted me with questions about the language of Zauberflöte. He was preparing for his role as Papageno. After my return to Berlin in September 2010, I have been giving German lessons to singers on their audition tours. My workshops in Berlin, Vienna, and London are based on my widely read book Ach, ich fühl’s—German for Opera Singers in Three Acts: Studying, Speaking, Singing. My latest book, Die Frist ist um—Navigate the Language of 10 German Operas, takes you on a journey through the language of the most popular and often performed operas in the German-speaking countries. I am also the author of several non-fiction books and two novels.

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