Die Energieressourcen, aus denen die Mensch(heit) auf dieser Erde schöpfen kann, werden immer knapper.

In the above sentence, the bracketed part was replaced with a blank, and the question was to fill the blank. I had to put "Menschen" but apparently the approriate the correct answer is "Menschheit". Could someone explain why that would be so?

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    – Babu
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 14:29

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You could use “Menschen”, however that is plural, so it would not be in agreement with “kann”.

  • How did you figure out that is the subject of the relative sentence?
    – Babu
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 14:36
  • @SBrian, how else would you analyse the sentence?
    – Carsten S
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 14:40
  • @S Brian: this isn't passive voice and können isn't one of the few verbs that can go without a subject in active voice. So you need a subject, and there isn't another item that could be the subject.
    – Janka
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 14:44
  • I was confused on how to chosse subject from the three "denen" "die Menschheit" "auf dieser Erde"
    – Babu
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 14:53
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    It's aus denen. There's a preposition in front so it can't be the subject. Same for auf dieser Erde.
    – Janka
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 14:55

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