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I'm struggling with this exercise that I found in a German grammar book: I have to combine some nouns with the correct suffix to form their plural

Nouns:

  1. der Schnee
  2. das Gepäck
  3. der Regen
  4. der Rat
  5. der Käse
  6. der Sport
  7. der Schmuck
  8. das Alter

Suffixes:

  1. stufen
  2. waren
  3. schläge
  4. stücke
  5. massen
  6. arten
  7. sorten
  8. fälle

The first one is given as an example: "der Schnee" -> "die Scheemassen".

I haven't got a clue about the other ones (apart from "der Regen" which I think should be "die Regenfälle"). I looked up the nouns in various online dictionaries but I couldn't find these "strange" plural forms (usually the ones given are much more simple, like: -e/-en).

I guess that most of these forms are quite uncommon in both spoken and written German, is that true? Could someone please help me complete the exercise?

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  • Welcome to German.SE. Did you just try a "brute force" and looked up a dictionary if it e.g. knows "Gepäckwaren" and sort them out one by another? Because besides knowing the "plurals" I'd also have no clue how to deduct it spontanously. – Shegit Brahm Sep 18 '20 at 14:48
  • You may rather find the singulars (Schneemasse, Regenfall, ...) of the combined plurals in a dictionary – Hagen von Eitzen Sep 19 '20 at 7:53
  • Also not that e.g. Rat does have a "normal" plural Räte (as used in the word Räterepublik), but that's because Rat has several meanings to begin with (similar to Bank having two plurals Banken/Bänke with its different meanings) – Hagen von Eitzen Sep 19 '20 at 7:55
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You are right about Regen/Regenfälle. Note however, that Regenfälle is not a plural of Regen. The plural of Regen is Regen, but it is rarely used. However, the word Regenfall exists. It denotes, in a sense, one instance of Regen, and it has a perfectly normal plural, which is Regenfälle. So this can be used as a substitute when you need a plural of Regen.

For the others, just check your dictionary which combinations exist.

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