Rosetta stone says it's

einige der Bälle sind rote.

I don't understand why die goes to der. Does einige change it to dative case? I couldn't find anything online and Rosetta stone won't tell me

  • That's called plural. Not much to do with dative. Apr 14, 2018 at 18:56
  • Why isnt it einige die bälle sind rot then?
    – stevems
    Apr 14, 2018 at 19:05
  • "Einige Bälle sind rot" seems to make more sense. Apr 14, 2018 at 19:08
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    As it has not been explicitly mentioned and is tangential to the focus of the question: "rote" rather than "rot" is rather unidiomatic and would only fit in specific contexts. It would sound right if you already knew some of the balls that could possibly be there are red, and you are maybe specifically looking for red balls. In most other situations, you would just say "... sind rot." Apr 14, 2018 at 20:18

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der Bälle is plural genitive case here. (Dativ would be den Bällen)

This is not related to einige.

"some of the balls" is a linguistic construction called "nominal partitive" (as in 'something is part of a group'). In German, the partitive is expressed using the genitive case.

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