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German attaches the genitive suffix without an apostrophe. Das ist meines Vaters Hut / Das ist der Hut meines Vaters Der Mann meiner besten Freundin Julias Mann. Martins Frau. You will occasionally see " 's " as a genitive ending in German, Toni's Imbiss but that is - to put it mildly - inspired by English orthography, and incorrect in ...


You are talking about a possessive genitive, and I don't think it's particularly hard, it's just beginning to sound archaic. In fact it's built almost exactly like in English: My father's cello case vs. the cello case of my father. In English, as in German, the first version is slowly replaced by the second in everyday speech, although it remains ...


No, it doesn't. German has a possessive -s without the apostrophe. Das ist der Hut meines Vaters. Der Mann meines besten Freunds. Using a possessive apostrophe anyway is a fairly common mistake, especially by people whose native language is English, but it's certainly not correct.


“Ich habe meine Hände gewaschen” sounds unusual, but not wrong. Regarding the broken leg, I can imagine saying something like “Ich hab’s Bein gebrochen” (= habe das), but “Ich habe mein Bein gebrochen” is too active, as if it had been intentional. “Das Baby hat mir den Finger gebissen” is wrong; it should be “Das Baby hat mir in den Finger gebissen”. ...


Concerning your question for the change in time, I have created an ngram. I guess, this ngram catches many falses, but the trend is visible: from the 1970s on their is large incline in the contemporarily preferred version. (The version with von is not possible to look for in google ngram.)


Der Ausdruck das Bild von ihr hat – wenn er in keinem Kontext steht – mindestens zwei Bedeutungen: ein Bild, auf dem sie dargestellt ist ein Bild, das ihr gehört Ohne Kontext ist nicht sichergestellt, was mit dem Ausdruck gemeint ist. Erst im Textumfeld wird klar, was genau gemeint ist. Zum Beispiel Das Bild von ihr im Ausweis ist gut ...


In any case "Der Wagen ist mein" is unusual, old-fashioned or Bible style. Once in my life I heard the following dialogue. Wem gehört denn der Hut da? -- Das ist ja der meinige. Normally one would say: Das ist ja meiner./ Der gehört ja mir.


Both sentences are correct and have exactly the same meaning in German. Albeit, the first one Der Wagen ist mein. is very rarely used and might be interpreted as wrong (see the comments). In some Upper and Central German dialects, one can also hear Der Wagen ist mir. but this is not part of Standard German.


Mein Auto ist rot, aber das Auto von Kai ist blau. Das ist der weit verbreitete, und übliche Vonativ, spaßeshalber so genannt, weil der Genitiv besser wäre, auch wenn er selten verwendet wird, und zwar in allen 3 Fällen. Mein Auto ist rot, aber Kais Auto ist blau. Der Genitiv ist in allen 3 Fällen besser: Ihr Bild zeigt sie ohne Brille. Ihr ...


There is a north-south difference, which means the north tends to deny the ist mir construction while the south (including Hesse, Thuringia and Saxonia) feels it as common phrase.(1)(2)(3) The terminus is "Anzeige von Besitzverhältnissen mit dem Verb sein".


The possessor’s grammatical gender is neutral, the corresponding possessive pronoun is sein/seine/sein (which is identical to the pronoun for a possessor of male grammatical gender) – no matter what the possessor’s biological gender. However, sometimes the possessive pronoun corresponding to the possessor’s biological gender is used in a constructio ad ...


I don't know whether "possessive dative" is a current grammar term, but one might called the thing in this way. "Das ist mir" - I would consider this use as regional and substandard, but I don't know in which regions this expression is used. But "Das ist doch dem Paul sein Fahrrad" is colloquial language. I even remember the title of an older dictionary: ...


The grammatical term for having one noun modify another, as when marking possession, is called the Genitive case. In German, articles change with the case (der-> des, die-> der, das -> des) and you also change noun and adjective endings accordingly. The difference arises because modern English no longer has a Genitive case in that sense; the default now is ...

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