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Difference between “ihr” and “dessen”

If I want to say: “He is their son”, which is correct: Er ist ihr Sohn. Er ist deren Sohn. What is the difference (if any) between ihr and deren in the meaning of their?
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Dies vs Diese - what is the rule to follow

I want to translate the sentce These are newspapers. Newspaper is die Zeitung, plural is die Zeitungen. Since this plural has die as an article, I thought this should be diese (because with die ...
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The difference between “mein” and “meine”

______ Hemden sind weiß. This was an exercise in the Duolingo app where you had to fill in the blank, and there were two options given: 1) Mein 2) Meine I selected Mein which I found ...
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When to use which pronoun declination: mein, meiner, meine, meins, etc

I learned that a pronoun should take an ending in accordance with its gender, case, numerus, etc. whenever it refers to some noun in particular — ‘Das Auto ist meins’ for example. So in the following ...
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“Unserer” oder “Unser” als eigenständiges Subjekt

Als Beispiel folgender Zusammenhang: "Unser Fernseher funktioniert nicht mehr." "Unser(er) auch nicht." Was ist hier richtig? Ich glaube, ich habe beides schon im Sprachgebrauch gehört. Streng ...
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“Deine Fotos” gegen “Fotos von dir”

Bekanntlich benennt ein berühmtes soziales Netzwerk (meinem ersten Endruck nach dooferweise) zwei unterschiedliche Bilderordner mit den folgenden Namen: deine Fotos und Fotos von dir. Kann man ...
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Grammatikalische Korrektheit von »was ich von der eurigen Arbeitsstelle erwarte«

In einer Bewerbung möchte ich schreiben: Das ist, im Grunde genommen, was ich von der eurigen Arbeitsstelle erwarte. Ist dies grammatikalisch wohlgebildet? Dazu muss ich auch fragen, ob es ...
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Why would the pronouns in this sentence have different suffixes?

Duolingo asked me to translate the following: "is that your thigh or mine?" I came back with "Ist das dein Oberschenkel oder mein?" It corrected me with "Ist das dein Oberschenkel oder meiner?" ...
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Use of article instead of possessive: “die” vs “seine”?

I've been working on my German recently by reading through a book, originally in English, translated into German, and I keep coming across some phrasings that look very strange to me. For instance, ...
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Understanding “aber des einen seins war blind”

The question is on the highlighted expression in this passage from Der arme Müllerbursch und das Kätzchen (1857), as collected by the Grimm brothers. In it, three mill hands had each brought a horse ...
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Why is it “in meinem Herzen”?

I came across an amazing aria called "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen". It is sung by the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), an opera by Mozart. I don't understand why ...
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“Das ist sein Pass.“ Is this sentence right?

Das ist sein Pass. In this sentence, why is sein, not seinen? Pass is a masculine word. I’m a little confused!
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Possessive pronoun in subject vs. predicate

In our first lesson we learned sentences like Das ist mein Koffer. Now we're learning about the accusative, and the teacher told us that for both all cases the suffix of the possessive pronoun ...
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When are article + possessive pronoun constructions like “Der meine ist gut” used?

While hunting for information about how to construct the German possessive pronouns equivalent to "mine", "yours" etc., I found a page on the excellent Canoo website that seemed to contain the answer: ...
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Why “meinem” is used in “Er glaubt meinem Kind”?

I saw this sentence in Duolingo. Is this supposed to be dative? If so, why?
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When are relative pronouns preferred to possessive pronouns and how common is this?

Question prompted by this sentence from Wikipedia: Nach einem Überfall am 13. Mai 2014 auf einen Stoßtrupp der 7. Infanteriedivision in der Region Chibok wurde beim anschließenden ...
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How to give the right ending letter in the dative case

I don’t understand which of the ending of sein is right on the following two sentences, and why. Jim baute seine Enkelin eine Sandburg am Strand. Jim baute seiner Enkelin eine Sandburg am ...