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How do we use this interrogative pronoun in a sentence? It is the genitiv of Welcher.

I want an example of Welcher as a pronoun not as a determiner in a sentence.

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  • Will you give me an example of Welches used as a pronoun, not as a determiner? Herr Vogt?
    – meh
    Jul 28 '20 at 9:30
  • Person A: "Thomas Mann hat so tolle Bücher geschrieben." Person B: "Welches gefällt Dir am besten?" However, AFAIK the interrogative pronoun "welches" is not genitiv.
    – Roland
    Jul 28 '20 at 10:52
  • I am using Hammer's Grammar and it says that welcher is used as an interrogative pronoun and determiner and that it declines like dieser . So the genitiv form of Welcher would be welches just like here en.wiktionary.org/wiki/welcher
    – meh
    Jul 28 '20 at 11:03
  • @meh I believe in my example "welches" is nominative neuter. If the first person talked about flowers, I'd use "welche" (nominative feminine) and not "welcher" (genitive feminine).
    – Roland
    Jul 28 '20 at 11:08
  • If you need a genitive example: "Der Gesang welches Vogels gefällt Dir am besten?" (But I'm not sure it's technically a pronoun then.)
    – Roland
    Jul 28 '20 at 11:13
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Welches is just the form of welcher/welche/welches that goes with the neutrum gender. It also sometimes goes with the maskulinum in genitiv.

Welches Kleid ist am schönsten? (nominativ neutrum)

Den Sommer welches Jahres hast du am besten in Erinnerung? (genitiv neutrum) ("Den Sommer welchen Jahres..." is also possible here though)

Welches Kleid hast du dir ausgesucht? (akkusativ neutrum)

Welches großen Fehlers war er sich schon damals bewußt? (genitiv masc.) ("Welchen Fehlers ..." is also possible if you leave out the attribute "großen")

Deklination Pronomen "welcher":

        Maskulin      Neutral     Feminin   Plural
Nom.    welcher       welches     welche    welche
Gen.    welches       welches     welcher   welcher
        (or welchen)  (or welchen)  
Dat.    welchem       welchem     welcher   welchen
Akk.    welchen       welches     welche    welche
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The noun phrase that welches attaches to has to be in the genitive case. Examples can be produced easily and aplenty:

Welches [Vorfalls] erinnerst du dich gerade?
Welches [Verbrechens] werde ich beschuldigt?
Welches [Menschen] wollen sie sich erbarmen?
Auf den Sieg welches Vereins hat sie gewettet?
Man rätselt, welches Kunden Bündel 200er seit Wochen nicht abgeholt wird.

(Expressions in brackets are optional. If omitted then welches is used as pronoun, and as determiner otherwise.)

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  • It is true that examples of Welcher as a determiner can be produced aplenty ( just like you did) but what about examples of welches as a PRONOUN? In none of the sentences you have written is welcher used as a pronoun.
    – meh
    Jul 28 '20 at 13:24
  • Your first and second example are wrong/at least very uncommon. If the substantive in genitive ends on "s" or "es" and is masculine or neuter, "welches" commonly mutates to "welchen". Either use a noun that is feminine, or one whose genitive doesn't end in "s"
    – tofro
    Jul 28 '20 at 13:49
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    @tofro: The examples are perfectly grammatical. How common these forms are is not as absolutely decided as you suggest. welches is a masculine and neuter form. It cannot be used with a feminine noun.
    – fliomu
    Jul 28 '20 at 22:34
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Its not a pronoun like er,sie,es etc... i

Das Haus, welches von uns gebaut worden ist, wurde gestern abgerissen.

The house which has been build by us, was destroyed yesterday.

Ich habe den Fußball, welchen du mir geschenkt hast verloren.

I lost the football which you gave me as a present.

and so on...

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  • I am using Hammer's Grammar and it says that welcher is used as an interrogative pronoun and determiner and that it declines like dieser . So the genitiv form of Welcher would be welches
    – meh
    Jul 28 '20 at 11:10

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