Questions tagged [possessive-pronoun]

Possessivpronomen – Questions on possessive pronouns such as mein, dein, sein, ihr, unser, euer, Ihr, and their declensions.

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"Unserer" oder "Unser" als eigenständiges Subjekt

Als Beispiel folgender Zusammenhang: "Unser Fernseher funktioniert nicht mehr." "Unser(er) auch nicht." Was ist hier richtig? Ich glaube, ich habe beides schon im Sprachgebrauch ...
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"Deine Fotos" gegen "Fotos von dir"

Bekanntlich benennt ein berühmtes soziales Netzwerk (meinem ersten Endruck nach dooferweise) zwei unterschiedliche Bilderordner mit den folgenden Namen: deine Fotos und Fotos von dir. Kann man ...
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Where to use or omit possessive adjectives in German vs. English

I have noticed that English tends to use possessive adjectives like "his" in situations for which German would leave them out. For example I would say "er wäscht sich die Hände" rather than "er wäscht ...
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“Das ist sein Pass.“ Is this sentence right?

Das ist sein Pass. In this sentence, why is sein, not seinen? Pass is a masculine word. I’m a little confused!
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Possessive pronoun in subject vs. predicate

In our first lesson we learned sentences like Das ist mein Koffer. Now we're learning about the accusative, and the teacher told us that for both all cases the suffix of the possessive pronoun ...
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Definite article vs. possessive pronoun when indicating actions

What’s the difference between using a definite article and a possessive pronoun to indicate actions (and possibly other things, if applicable)? For example, is there any difference between using die ...
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Masculine possessive adjectives ending in nominative

I am really confused if masculine nouns in nominative should take the -(e)r ending or not. Or when. This article gives examples in nominative both with and without -er ending: https://www.fluentu....
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The difference between "mein" and "meine"

______ Hemden sind weiß. This was an exercise in the Duolingo app where you had to fill in the blank, and there were two options given: 1) Mein 2) Meine I selected Mein which I found to be ...
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Is "ein Herz wie das meine" an antiquated or colloquial use of the possesive pronoun?

I am confused by the use of meine in this quote from Die Leiden des jungen Werther Waren nicht meine übrigen Verbindungen recht ausgesucht vom Schicksal, um ein Herz wie das meine zu ängstigen? I ...
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Eine männliche Giraffe und [seine|ihre] Kälber?

Heute habe ich diesen Satz auf meinem Windows 10 Lock Screen gelesen: Interaktionen zwischen einer männlichen Giraffe und seinen Kälbern sind relativ selten. Ist dieser Satz grammatikalisch ...
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Understanding "aber des einen seins war blind"

The question is on the highlighted expression in this passage from Der arme Müllerbursch und das Kätzchen (1857), as collected by the Grimm brothers. In it, three mill hands had each brought a horse ...
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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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When to use sein or ihr?

I am wondering if there is a rule to know when I have to use the possesive pronoun sein or ihr. For instance: Er liebt seine Frau sehr Er liebt ihre Frau sehr How does the meaning change by changing ...
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