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In German its the same as in English. Your example: Mein Deutsch ist besser als dein. in English: Your German is better than my.
Nouns and articles are conjugated according to the grammatical case we use. In your example the appropriate cases are: Die Frau (Nominative) isst den Apfel (Accusative). Still, grammatically it is possible to use different cases in order to express a different action: Die Frau (Accusative) isst der Apfel (Nominative) = the woman is being eaten by ...
They are not the same, but related. The answer is that the articles "der, die, das" are declined. You might have a look at the explanantion here (I don't know of any easier right now). In your example the line "Die Frau isst den Apfel" is the correct one. The article of "der Apfel" would change again if we would say "Die Frau isst den Kern des Apfels" (the ...
The reference is to "mein Deutsch" which is neuter. If you have a phrase with "Deutsch," then the modifier "mein" does not need the neuter ending. But when the "mein" word stands alone with "Deutsch" as the antecedent (rather than following), then "mein" needs the neuter "es" ending, and is "meines." Another example: "Mein Deutsches Buch." (My German ...
mein is one of the german possessive pronouns mein (ich), dein (du), sein (er), ihr (sie), sein (es), unser (wir), euer (ihr), ihr (sie), Ihr (Sie) (the words in brackets are the corresponding german personal pronouns). They (the possessive pronouns) can be inflected to act as possessive articles: Mein Deutsch ist besser. But they can be also used ...
No, that's not a genitive declension. It's a neuter declension. Compare: Mein Sprachstil ist besser als deiner. Meine Sprache ist besser als deine. Mein Deutsch ist besser als deines. Substituting possessive pronouns decline like adjectives, and 'Deutsch' is grammatically neuter.
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