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Why is “my father's book” constructed differently in German

My children grow up bi-lingually and sometimes that really helps identify false friends and differences between English and German. My boy wanted to say the following English sentence in German. ...
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Using a possessive as predicative

So it occurred to me that, just as one can say "der Wagen is rot", one should be able to say Der Wagen ist mein with the uninflected (predicative) adjective "mein". That should merely mean, that ...
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In what regions do you say “Das ist mir”?

To express possession you normally say Das gehört mir. or Das ist meins. But there are regions where people regularly say Das ist mir. Which are these regions and is there are ...
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Does German language have “possessive apostrophe”?

Does (did) German have something like what they call possessive apostrophe in English? If not, what does the role of it in German language? For example: This is my father's hat. My best ...
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Associate the possessive adjective to a neutral noun

You want to associate the possessive adjective to the possessor (noun). If you have a masculine noun, you use sein/seine/sein If the possessor is feminine, you use ihr/ihre/ihr What about ...
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When to use possessive pronouns vs. dative pronoun + definite article

German uses a reflexive dative pronoun and a regular definite article in many places where English would use a possessive pronoun. For example: I broke my leg. Ich habe mir das Bein gebrochen. ...
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Welche Präposition nutzt man, um “das Bild gehört ihr” zu sagen?

Gibt es eine Präposition, die Zugehörigkeit vermittelt? "Das Bild von ihr" bedeutet, dass man sie im Bild sehen kann, oder? Wie sagt man, dass das Bild ihr gehört? Ist "von" richtig in folgendem ...