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Personalpronomen – Questions about pronouns for the grammatical persons, i.e., “ich”, “du”, “er”, “sie”, “es”, “wir”, “ihr”, and “Sie” (and their inflections)

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Four questions about "Nicht umsonst nennt man es »klassisch«"

I heard this sentence from a non-native speaker, I got the meaning but I have several reservations about the grammar and words used: Musik von Beethoven und Mozart ist heutzutage sehr beliebt. Nicht ...
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Höflichkeitsform von "lass dir Zeit"

Directly changing the pronoun "dir" to the formal "Ihnen" in "lass dir Zeit" would give: lasst Ihnen Zeit but this is incorrect, what is correct is lassen Sie sich ...
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Why is this word accusative?

There are two sentences. Ich will, dass du mich willst. Er möchte, dass sie ihm Abendessen kocht. Question: The first sentence has mich which is accusative after the subordinate conjunction dass. So ...
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Übersetzung von 'Is it a her or a him?'

Es ist mir leider nicht gelungen eine gute Übersetzung ins Deutsche von der Frage nach dem Geschlecht eines Tieres zu finden: 'Is it a her or a him?' Behält man dabei die Artikel (wie im Englischen) ...
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Conceptually, what is the difference between reflexive and personal pronoun in German?

So, I got they are the same tables but they are given separate presentation in the book I have. I can't really get what the big picture difference is between the two things. Could someone explain it ...
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Why do I see 'Ihr' form instead of du/Sie? [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to German, but something I've learned is that formal form of 'Du' is 'Sie'. However, I sometimes see that 'Ihr' is also used in singular, but what's the difference ? As example, there ...
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Usage of Ihr in old german [duplicate]

I'm watching Pirates of the Caribbean in German (with subtitles) and I'm a bit confused about the usage of Ihr. I can see that Sie transforms into Ihr for dative, but how do I know if something must ...
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What are the family names on Swiss houses called?

In rural areas of Switzerland, owners of houses put their surname on the front of the house. What is this wooden name-sign called in English and German, and what is this custom and the act of doing it ...
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Translating who is coming to your home at Easter

Eng:Alex, who is coming to your house for Easter? De: "Alex, wer kommt zu Ostern zu dir nach Hause?" I'm having difficulties understanding the German sentence. Here are more questions: ...
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Personal Pronouns: Nominative case

For a few months, I have been studying German online from the youtube channel, GermanwithJenny. During an exercise, I came across an example sentence: Sie mag ihre Lehrerin. I was not sure about the ...
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What is the German translation of the singular "they/them"? [duplicate]

With the actual translation of "them/they" being "sie/ihr" which is exactly the same as the singular female pronoun "sie/ihr", is there a generally accepted alternative ...
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Ich bin ES gewohnt oder ich bin gewohnt?

Ich bin gewohnt oder Ich bin es gewohnt? Ich verstehe nicht, warum es in diesem Satz steht.
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Position of Indirect object in German questions

In the sentence, "Woher hat sie die Schuhe?" which means "Where does she have the shoes from?", shouldn't the pronoun sie take the dative case? As Die Schuhe is the direct object, ...
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Gendered Personal Pronouns for objects [duplicate]

Ich habe einen neuen Wagen. Er ist sehr schnell. VS Ich habe einen neuen Wagen. Der ist sehr schnell. Is it possible to use der instead of er? I have read that some people would not use personal ...
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Weird personal pronoun in genitive

die Verbindung zwischen den Gedanken und Gefühlen des Dunklen Lords und den Ihren I know that the genitive is German is: Ihres, Ihrer, Ihres, Ihrer So where did Ihren come from?? Can someone please ...
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The use of a dative object with "wehtun"

This question is something of a follow-on to my earlier question about personal pronouns and body parts. I think that I have seen sentences along the lines of both, Der Arm tut mir weh. and Mein ...
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When to use which case for pronouns?

I often see sentences similar to: "Ich rufe sie sofort an." My instinct when I say/write things like this myself would be to say "Ich rufe ihr sofort an," because in my head I ...
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When are parts of the body personal, and when not?

I read the following in a description a patient's visit to the doctor. Der Arzt schaut in ihre Augen, ihren Mund, und in die Ohren. Why die Ohren but ihre Augen?
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Verwendung von Personalpronomen mit Objekten in der dritten Person Singular

Kann man immer "er" oder "sie" verwenden, wenn man über Gegenstände spricht? Wie zum Beispiel: Der Bus kommt. Aber er ist zu spät. Die Flasche steht auf dem Tisch. Sie ist voll. ...
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What is the effect on a personal pronoun due to a verb requiring a dative direct object? [duplicate]

I recently came across a German sentence: - "Gefallen Ihnen die Rosen nicht?" I know that Gefallen is a Dativ verb, but shouldn't the sentence be : - "Gefallen Sie die Rosen nicht?&...
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Kann im 2. Teil eines zusammengesetzten Satzes das Personalpronomen weggelassen werden?

Beispiele: Wenn du so viele Jahre in einem Beruf gearbeitet hast, wirst auch länger aushalten. Lassen Sie Putzlappen gut trocknen und wechseln sie häufig.
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Wieso "ihre" Mannschaft?

Heute habe ich diesen Satz irgendwo gelesen: Michael, wie oft hat Ihre Mannschaft ein Spiel? Wieso ist in dem Satz "ihre" und nicht "deine"?
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Appropriate pronoun for “you” and “someone else who’s not here right now.”

What would be the appropriate pronoun to use when addressing someone (say, one person who you’d normally address with du), but also including someone else who is not present at the moment? A contrived ...
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"ihn" oder "den" um Substantiv nicht zu wiederholen?

Um einen Substantiv nicht zu wiederholen was muss man benutzen, "ihn" oder "den"? Und wieso? z.B. Da Sie den Vertrag unterzeichnen müssen, kann ich ihn Ihnen per Post schicken oder soll ich ihn ...
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"Es kostet 500 Euro" or "Er kostet 500 Euro"? [closed]

Which is correct? Es kostet 500 Euro. Er kostet 500 Euro. I understand if der is used like der Laptop, we use er kostet and if das is used like in das Buch, we will use es kostet for its cost. ...
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Verwendung von "es" im Satz "lasse mich es wissen"

Wenn ich jemandem "let me know" sage, soll ich dann "es" im Satz verwenden? Im Internet sehe ich, dass die beiden Varianten verwendet werden. Aber welche ist richtig, oder was ist der Unterschied in ...
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Question regarding the appropriate pronouns for a subject with different "persons" (first, second and third)

Can someone help confirm this for me? I think we can all agree, that when the subject consists of 2 or more persons that are referred to with the 3rd person pronouns, the subject is equivalent to the ...
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"Ihr" anstatt "Sie"

Ich habe schon viele Videospiele auf Deutsch gespielt, und sie benutzen fast jedes Mal "Ihr" anstatt "Sie", wenn sie auf den Spieler (nicht Plural) hinweisen. z.B. "Ihr seid besiegt" statt "Sie sind ...
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Why not ihm in "Kannst du ihn den neuen Kollegen zeigen?"

In the sentence: Kannst du den neuen Kollegen den Besprechungsraum zeigen? Why "den Besprechungsraum" has to be "ihn" in akkusativ and not "ihm" in dativ? Kannst du ihn den neuen Kollegen ...
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Genitive personal pronoun uses

wir gedenken seiner in Ehrfurcht. I have only understanding about genitive personal pronouns is that it is used with genitive verb like in above given example though I would like to know that Is ...
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Understanding the subject of sentence

Ich erwähne dieses Beispiel, weil gerade in ihm zum Ausdruck kommt, dass ... Above sentence is from Canoo.net Pronominal adverbs refer to "non-persons" My question is about not understanding the ...
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German speak without personal pronouns

My friends and I went on a tour to a football stadium recently and a friend from Austria who couldn't come to the trip messaged us to say Hätte zu gerne die Stadion-Tour gemacht Now, I was thinking,...
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Difference: Ihr vs sie [closed]

Plurals of personal pronouns The personal pronoun sie can be regarded as they, but also Ihr can. What's the difference between the plural sie and Ihr? (I'm assuming that Ihr is not just a polite way ...
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Pronomen bei "etwas bei sich haben"

Ich verstehe folgenden Sachverhalt nicht. Folgende Sätze sind m.E. richtig: Ich habe Schokolade bei mir. Du hast Schokolade bei dir. Er/sie hat Schokolade bei sich. Das fett markierte Wort ...
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Hat dir der Film gefallen? oder Hat du der Film gefallen? [duplicate]

Hat dir der Film gefallen? oder Hat du der Film gefallen? I know first one is true but I do not understand why? Can anyone explain?
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Ist "Es weiß ich" gutes Deutsch?

I know Das weiß ich works And also Ich weiß es So what is the reason you can't start the sentence with the pronoun "es"?
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"für dich" or "dir"?

Would you say, for example, Bin ich dir zu laut? or Bin ich zu laut für dich? Relatedly, how do you know to use accusive vs. dative when it English it´s unclear such as 'That´s too late for ...
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"einschließlich" + Personalpronomen = welcher Fall?

Ich möchte den folgenden Satzteil Viele von uns, auch ich, sind ... unter Verwendung von "einschließlich" umformulieren: Viele von uns, einschließlich ___ selbst, sind ... Nun ist "...
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Nouns in sentences [closed]

Which of the following ways is the right way to write this sentence?: Die offene Küche ist sehr geräumig und modern, obwohl sie unordentlich ist. OR Die offene Küche ist sehr geräumig und ...
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Is "Schmeckt es Sie?" correct?

Yesterday I was in a restaurant in Bonn, and the waiter (who sounded and looked local) asked me: Schmeckt es Sie? I only heard it with “Ihnen” before. Is it a local thing, did he just misspoke, or ...
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Why do Netflix German subtitles always make use of formal pronouns?

I am watching a lot of American and English movies on Netflix with the original sound and German subtitles. I've noticed that in the subtitles, when two people are talking, the formal pronouns are ...
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when to use 'es' as pronoun?

See using 'es' for subjective masculine pronoun. I know we use for masculine 'er' or 'der' for neuter : 'es' or 'das' for female : 'sie' or 'die' Example) A : Passt Ihnen die Hose? B : Ja, ...
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using 'es' for subjective masculine pronoun

A : Ist dein Tisch neu? B : (1) Ja, er ist neu. (2) Ja, es ist neu. (3) Ja, der ist neu. Tisch is masculine. So I know B-(1) is correct. But can we say B-(2) also? I think 'es' is for ...
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Why is “mit seinem” and not “sein” used?

I want to understand why mit seinem is used instead of just sein in the following example: English: He is starting his German course. German: Er fängt mit seinem Deutschkurs an.
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Can "sie" be used as "it/this" in some cases?

I recently saw "Yes, it's working well." translated as "Ja, sie funktioniert gut.". Is this a correct translation? As far as I know, "sie" means "she" or "them", but not "it". So it looks as if it's ...
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'Die Benutztere'. What is this? Does it really exist?

I was trying to translate my English documentation into my own, wonderfully terrible, German when I noticed that this sentence: Der Benutzter muss nur einige Informationen über ... geben was being ...
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Why the dative pronoun in "Ich wasche mir die Hände"?

I wanted to say "I am washing my hands" in German, so I looked it up on Google Translate, which gave me this in return. Ich wasche mir die Hände. This sentence makes total sense to me, except for ...
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(Es/Sie) sind starke Studenten

I was making my Duolingo course, and I found the following sentences: Es sind starke Studenten. Das sind die starken Katzen. Something here seems off. "The students" is clearly a plural, ...
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"sie" or "die" when referring to "they"

I am looking for a proper way of saying the following in German: Company X told us that they have received the documents. I have been using the following but I tend to think it is not right due to ...
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The correct ways to use Sie in nominative?

I am learning the German personal pronouns in nominative, but there's conflicting information about the formal "Sie". When Norwegians learn German, we go to the Ordnett site. They apperantly claim ...
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