German Online Exercises N – Q


German Online Exercises N – Q

These self-grading online exercises are great because they provide instant feedback, but keep in mind that they are run and graded by a non-thinking computer. As a result, the grading or feedback may be a little “pickier” than a real-life teacher might be and leave less room for variation. In order for the “check” function to work properly, you may have to allow blocked content if prompted to do so. Special characters (such as Umlauts) are available below each exercise where needed. Some of the exercises are timed and therefore suitable as class assignments or quizzes.  All of the German online exercises are categorized by different ability levels and are listed alphabetically by grammar topic.

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B = Beginner / I = Intermediate / A = Advanced

Grammar Topic: A – CD – M; N, O, PQ; R – T; U – Z


Negation with “nicht”: this is a multiple-select exercise. In some sentences more than one option is possible. B

“Nehmen” verbs: prefixes with “nehmen”. Which “nehmen” verb do you need? I

German Online Exercises N - Q; nehmensmall

Numbers: math exercise to write out German numbers. B



Ordinal Numbers: which ending is needed (-ste/sten/te/ten)? B

Ordinal Numbers: online exercise to write out the numbers B



Participles (irregular verbs): timed online quiz (Deutsch Heute, Kap. 6).   B / I

Participles (irregular verbs): timed. Enter the correct infinitives for the participles given.    B

Participles. The participles of some verbs can use “haben” or “sein” as their auxiliary, depending on meaning. Choose the correct auxiliary in the sentences.

Participles of inseparable prefix verbs (which do not take “ge”!). Find the correct participles in the word cloud.  B

Participles/Partizipien: write the correct participle form into the story. The story with additional exercises can be found in the November 2016 issue of “Der Deutschbüffler“.   B

Passive: adding correct passive verb forms; text based on Deutsche Welle video.  A

Passive: changing active to passive.   A

Passive: different tenses of passives (with and without modals).   A

Past Subjunctive: difficult.  A

Personal pronouns: easy; nominative only; also practices colors.   B

Personal pronouns: nominative and accusative only.  B

Personal pronouns: timed exercise, nominative and accusative only.   B

Personal pronouns: replacing dative and accusative nouns with pronouns.  B

Position verbs: liegen/legen/stehen/stellen/sitzen/setzen/hängen/stecken; very easy. B

Possessive pronouns: Nominative only! (Deutsch Heute, Kap. 2).   B

Possessive pronouns: Nominative only! (Kontakte, Einfuehrung B).  

Possessive pronouns: Nominative only   B

German Online Exercises (P - R)Possessive pronouns:  Nominative and accusative.   B

Prefixes: verbs with prefixes that can be either separable or inseparable   I / A

Prepositions: Präpositionen für Orte. The English prepositions “to” and “from” can be difficult to translate correctly into German.  B

Prepositions: Choose the correct preposition, mostly idiomatic expressions (Deutsch Heute,Kap. 7).   B

Prepositions: prepositions required by specific verbs    I

Prepositions: specific prepositions required by certain verbs.    A

Present participle adjectives: “a swimming fish” etc.   I

Present perfect: change sentences from present to present perfect.   B

Present perfect: verbs that use “sein”.   B

Present perfect: “haben” or “sein” auxiliary?    B

Present perfect: subordinate clauses.   B

Present perfect: present perfect after subordinating conjunctions.  B

Present perfect: present to present perfect sentences, “haben” and “sein” verbs.   B

Proverbs: match-up exercises for German proverbs/sayings. Part I. Part II. If you are interested in what the different proverbs mean, you can find them here.         B / I / A



Questions: making simple questions.   Bquestion dodid

Questions: making questions.   B

Questions: online exercise specifically to combat the English instinct to use “do”/”did” to make questions.   B/I




2 Replies to “German Online Exercises N – Q

  1. Hi,

    I just want to say that your website is really great, but the thing with the gap-filling is not really completed – for some gaps I have completely no idea what should be put in and the first letter is not helping me! Couldn’t you just add a button that shows the whole sentence correct ?

    Thank you,


    1. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the exercises. Unfortunately, the program that creates the exercises does not allow me to do that, and it also would not be helpful to teachers who use the exercises with their students and need to know if the students can do the exercise or not. If you need help with a specific exercise, e-mail me at and I’ll try to help you with what you need. Thanks.

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