Is this a rule? I am new to German, I am using this to identify genitiv words.

Of course, the word 'das' is an exception.


It's not a rule. Here are some examples:

  • words with the suffix -nis

  • Ananas

  • Anus

  • Ausweis

  • Bus

  • Fels

  • Gas

  • Glas

  • Gleis

  • Gras

  • Greis

  • Haus

  • Hinweis

  • Kurs

  • Lachs

  • Mais

  • Mus

  • Pommes

  • Praxis

  • Preis

  • Reis

  • Tennis

  • Usus

  • Vlies

  • der Bus / des Busses Aug 16 '21 at 12:09
  • Since "das" is mentioned as an exception in the question: Of course there's also plenty of non-substantives that end in "s" but either don't have any case at all (e.g. adverbs like "morgens") or aren't genitive (adjectives like "mies", particularly neutral forms like "rotes").
    – DonHolgo
    Aug 17 '21 at 10:21
  • @DonHolgo: Yes, this includes only nouns in the singular nominative. The -s ending is also sometimes used as a plural marker for nouns, so adding those would expand the list as well. I left out compounds as well; they don't really count anyway since they inherit their endings from the parent word. The list is not meant to be comprehensive, so I sure there are many more words that could be added, even if you only count nominative singular nouns,
    – RDBury
    Aug 17 '21 at 11:23

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