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Well, I do have the answer now. The genitive indefinite plural of Mann is indeed Männer and not Männern, but the dative is used instead when the genitive is not apparent (die Autos Männern, not die Autos Männer). The same with Äpfel. Leo was at fault here. The entries for Mann, Wald and Gott all give the dative instead of the genitive form in indefinite ...


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Congratulations, you have stumbled upon an idiomatic expression. Check the Duden page for Weg to find a mention of it under Wendungen, Redensarten, Sprichwörter. Seines Weges gehen is a fixed expression meaning to physically walk along one’s ways. It should not be confused with seinen Weg gehen which can also be used in the metaphoric sense of sticking to ...


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Canoo.net sums it up nicely. The general rule is: Use genitive. Then the following exceptions apply: Since genitive plural is unmarked, always use dative plural if there is no article and there are no adjectives; Always use (uninflected) dative singular for single nouns without adjectives or article; You may use dative if the noun has no article, only ...


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As Hubert pointed out, there is no genitive plural indefinite article (since it would be a null article) but the genitive-replacement von-dative works. Belange der Minderheiten means that you are talking about the interests of all minorities (globally all, unless you previously specified a list of what constitues ‘all’). Belange von Minderheiten takes an ...



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