Simple question:

I have seen people saying this in different ways, but the correct way of writing it in terms of standard German would be:

Am Anfang dieses Jahres

Am Anfang jedes Jahres

Am Ende jenes Sommers



And the reason for that is because:

  1. Dies-(or any other articles with d in the beginning such as dasselbe, dasjenige, etc.)
  2. Jen-, jed- (or any other articles with j in the beginning.)
  3. Manch-
  4. Solch-
  5. Welch-
  6. Alle
  7. Beide
  8. Plural of "keine" and any other possessivarticles (meine, seine, deine, etc.)

They all ^ act and are "dekliniert" the same way as the "bestimmten" articles (der/die/das/die(pl.)) and not like an adjective, right?

Thank you!

Edit: examples:

Jeder schlechte Film

Welcher gute Film hast du dieses Jahr gesehen?

Welche guten Filme hast du dieses Jahr gesehen?

Das Verhalten solcher guten Person muss belohnt werden.

are they correct?

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    "Welcher gute Film hast du dieses Jahr gesehen?" -> Accusative: "Welchen guten Film hast du dieses Jahr gesehen?" Jun 22, 2019 at 14:20

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Pronouns have their own peculiar declination schemes.

And you will hear

Am Anfang diesen Jahres

quite often. I think that's because the nominative neutrum of this pronoun is also dieses and using the nominative form for genitive just sounds wrong.

Welchen guten Film hast du dieses Jahr gesehen?

You are asking about an accusative object.

Das Verhalten solch einer guten Person muss belohnt werden.

Solch is a tricky word. The singular isn't a pronoun but a qualifier so it needs an additional counter. For singular ein.

Das Verhalten einer solch guten Person muss belohnt werden.

Here, solch doesn't qualify the counter ein but the adjective gut. The meaning is slightly different.

  • Ah but standardly speaking, the correct form is indeed "Am Anfang des/dieses Jahres" right? I'm actually pretty sure the dies qualifies as an article. As for your other points, I totally agree with. Just one question though, another alternative for that sentence then would be "Das Verhalten solcher guten PersonEN." Then? Aside from that, the rules that I wrote above are indeed correct, no?
    – user38477
    Jun 23, 2019 at 1:41
  • And also, are there any other mistakes I stated that I should watch out for?
    – user38477
    Jun 23, 2019 at 11:56
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    Yes, dieses is grammatically correct for genitive. But almost everybody I know uses diesen instead for neutral genitive.
    – Janka
    Jun 23, 2019 at 12:51
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    You can use solcher in plural, yes.
    – Janka
    Jun 23, 2019 at 12:52
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    As I wrote, the pronouns are peculiar. Most forms are the same as those of the definite article but there are exceptions.
    – Janka
    Jun 23, 2019 at 12:54

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