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Edit: as noted by @Loong, it's likely just a plain dative + accusative, only formulated in a way that gives the impression of a "his genitive" instead. So what follows is to be taken with caution.


I think it's a case of "his genitive" in which the questionable/dialectal dative + possessive form

... den Kindern ihre Wünsche

replaces the more correct

... die Wünsche der Kinder

Other examples:

*Der Frau ihr Auto (correct: Das Auto der Frau)

*Dem Kind seine Tasche (correct: Die Tasche des Kindes)

and even the title of the famous book

*Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod (correct: Der Dativ ist der Tod des Genitivs)

where many incorrect uses of the german language are described and commented.

Native speakers will surely correct me if I'm wrong.

I think it's a case of "his genitive" in which the questionable/dialectal dative + possessive form

... den Kindern ihre Wünsche

replaces the more correct

... die Wünsche der Kinder

Other examples:

*Der Frau ihr Auto (correct: Das Auto der Frau)

*Dem Kind seine Tasche (correct: Die Tasche des Kindes)

and even the title of the famous book

*Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod (correct: Der Dativ ist der Tod des Genitivs)

where many incorrect uses of the german language are described and commented.

Native speakers will surely correct me if I'm wrong.

Edit: as noted by @Loong, it's likely just a plain dative + accusative, only formulated in a way that gives the impression of a "his genitive" instead. So what follows is to be taken with caution.


I think it's a case of "his genitive" in which the questionable/dialectal dative + possessive form

... den Kindern ihre Wünsche

replaces the more correct

... die Wünsche der Kinder

Other examples:

*Der Frau ihr Auto (correct: Das Auto der Frau)

*Dem Kind seine Tasche (correct: Die Tasche des Kindes)

and even the title of the famous book

*Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod (correct: Der Dativ ist der Tod des Genitivs)

where many incorrect uses of the german language are described and commented.

Native speakers will surely correct me if I'm wrong.

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I think it's a case of "his genitive" in which the questionable/dialectal dative + possessive form

... den Kindern ihre Wünsche

replaces the more correct

... die Wünsche der Kinder

Other examples:

*Der Frau ihr Auto (correct: Das Auto der Frau)

*Dem Kind seine Tasche (correct: Die Tasche des Kindes)

and even the title of the famous book

*Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod (correct: Der Dativ ist der Tod des Genitivs)

where many incorrect uses of the german language are described and commented.

Native speakers will surely correct me if I'm wrong.