Was treibt eine solch hübsche junge Dame dazu, mit einem Haufen Langweiler herumzuhängen?

Considering that the preposition mit should be followed by a dative form, I would be tempted to say Langweilern (Plural Dative) instead. I wonder why Langweiler is the correct word here? I suppose it is not the dative form.


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It is "Haufen" (=pile) that is in dative, not the content of the pile. The content of something can be expressed with a genitive construction, as in this case.

  • Hi. I wonder if the same can be said for "ein Stück Luxus"? Mar 20, 2017 at 7:52
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    It is hard to say whether it is genitive or nominative, though.
    – Carsten S
    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:19
  • @Alone-zee no, in "ein Stück Luxus" there isn't any contain in "ein Stück". It is only the amount, just as it would be with "ein bisschen"
    – Beta
    Mar 20, 2017 at 14:20

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