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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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Warum "am ganzen Leib", anstatt "an ihrem ganzen Leib" verwenden?

Das Buch "Langenscheidt Basic German Vocabulary", zeigt für das Wort "Leib" den Satz an: "Sie hat am ganzen Leib rote Flecken." Jedoch, wieso nicht: "Sie hat an ...
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Frage über die Verwendung des Genitivs und die Auslassung eines Personalpronomens bei einem Zitat

Welche Rolle spielt "ihrer" im folgenden Zitat? D.h., woher kommt hier der Genitiv? Und wieso kann "ich" nach "Wirklichkeit" wegfallen? Manche Dinge in meiner Umgebung ...
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Frage über Personalpronomen und Pronominaladverbien

Im Buch "Die große deutsche Lernergrammatik" steht under "Der Gebrauch von Personalpronomen" (§118) Bei der Verwendung eines Personalpronomens zusammen mit einer Präposition ist ...
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Ihr heißt Family Name - How is Ihr used?

As a German beginner, I am really confused with the use of the word Ihr. So I was doing an exercise using Grammatik activ A1-B1 and one of the passt zusammen quizzes had this as a correct answer: Ihr ...
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Wann kann man Demonstrativpronomen anstatt Personalpronomen benutzen?

Gibt es eine definitive Regel, die sagt, wann man Demonstrativpronomen anstatt Personalpronomen benutzen kann? Zum Beispiel Wo ist dann deine Schwester? Ich habe sie seit langem nicht gesehen. Wo ...
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so vs. sie confusion when doing Lückentexte

Die soziale Schnittstelle im Internet wird für viele Menschen zum einzigen Begegnungspunkt mit anderen Menschen, da sie erfolgreich eine Illusion der Intimität und Gemeinsamkeit schafft. S(o) entsteht ...
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Reference of "es" and "das" in a seemingly ambiguous context

By which (soft) grammatical rules is the object that es refers to sometimes the baby and sometimes its being hungry. I assume that this is objectively the case. (Das can refer only to the baby's being ...
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Why is this pronoun required in this context?

Attempting to translate the following English: He brushed past Michael Donovan on the threshold with a grave nod and passed down the corridor, oblivious to the astounded stare that followed him. I ...
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Ambiguity in determining the owner of a genitive personal pronoun

I am new to German and am confused about the genitive personal pronoun. When considering the following sentence (from the Bible): Er gab ihn seiner Mutter. which is translated into He gave him to ...
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Referring to someone formally

I'm talking about my Professor to his secretary. should I use "Sie" or "Er" or maybe "Der" when I refer to him?
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Sentence meaning same and idiomatic even after dropping personal pronoun

Deshalb schlage ich vor, .... Deshalb schlage ich dir vor, ... Why are both idiomatic in this case?
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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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Using gender specific pronouns for inanimate objects

I realise that German words have specific genders, but does that apply to pronouns as well? For example, if I wished to say: I searched for my bag, but I didn't find it Would I say: Ich habe ...
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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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