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Overview of nominative, accusative and dative for all pronouns

I am "new" in German learning. I found this table (bellow). According to the table the accusative of "mein" for the third person singular neutral (es) is: meines? However, in this ...
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accusative and dative [closed]

I am bit confused with the german translation of the English sentence "He gives her a pen". In german language it is "Er gibt ihr einen Stift". Now, we have "einen" ...
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Should we say “die ist sehr groß” or “sie ist sehr groß” when referring to a feminine object? [duplicate]

I am new to German and I came across this sentence in a practice book. In reference to a couple's kitchen, a character says "die ist sehr groß". But from what I know, the sentence should ...
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Construction I need help clarifying in Otfried Preußler's “Krabat”

I was reading the novel "Krabat" and came across the following sentences: »Ja«, sagte Lobosch, »heuer zum letzten Mal. Denn nun bin ich hier Lehrjunge auf der Mühle.« Das sagte er voller ...
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Capitalization of pronouns in emails [duplicate]

One can capitalize pronouns in mails/letters. For example: Ich schreibe dir. or Ich schreibe Dir. When should it be capitalized?
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Does a pronoun make a phrase accusative?

I am having trouble understanding why the two sentences below end in accusative: Meine Mutter findet, dass sie eine gute Ärztin hat. Der Mann sagt, dass er den Kaffee nicht mag. Something I have ...
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What pronouns are used in German for a transgender person? [duplicate]

In English, it is common in some circles to encounter the 3rd person plural pronoun, they, in a first person singular context when the person is transgender. For example: I see [name] walking down ...
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Job title of an owner of income-generating real estate properties?

If an individual (in no way incorporated nor employing other staff) owns several properties in a city in their own name, and lives off collecting rent from residential as well as commercial tenants in ...
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“es” (“it”) for a woman

As "user unknown" stated in the comments of another question, there should exist German dialects, where "es" is a common pronoun (instead or beneath "sie") for a woman. (&...
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“deren” vs. “ihres” to mark ownership

Under the usage of der/die/das as a demonstrative pronoun, leo.org lists the usage of dessen/deren to mark ownership clearly. As an example, the site gives - Herr Müller geht mit Anton und seiner ...
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Ist der Satz “Ein Haus, dass die Zeiten überdauert” aus dieser Anzeige grammatikalisch korrekt? Falls ja, warum?

In einer Anzeige in der taz steht: Ein Mensch, der uns ähnelt, Ein Haus, dass die Zeiten überdauert. Ist die Orthographie dass (mit Doppel-s) hier korrekt? Ich dachte, dass das nur mit einem s ...
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Zwischen dir und mir oder du und ich

Ich habe überhaupt nicht verstanden, was richtig ist. Im Buch steht, dass „zwischen" eine Präposition ist, und dass es die Regel gibt, dass man bei Bewegung Akkusativ verwendet und sonst Dativ. ...
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Das, war vs es, war

Which should I use and when: das, was or es, was I've seen both being used as 'what', e.g Das, was ich habe, war schön. What I saw was beautiful. Which should you use?
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When to use “deiner” [closed]

Hello just trying to figure out in the sentence "und das Rathaus in deiner Stadt?" doe the "deiner" have an "er" on the end to refer to the your is a man, as the article ...
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'Jemand hat seinen' or 'jemand hat ihren'?

Which is right? Or both? Gestern war ich in der Schlange. Jemand hat mir ihren Platz gegeben. Gestern war ich in der Schlange. Jemand hat mir seinen Platz gegeben. Is jemand masculine or feminine or ...
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Is Pronomen label based on context?

Originally, I thought the Wortart for a word is determined by how it is used in a sentence. (I will limit this question to Pronomen, with some noun/verb/adjectives for motivation.) In English, one can ...
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Role of „es“ in a sentence with “ablegen”

In an example on the usage of ablegen, dwds.de gives the following example: Natürlich legt er es nicht im geringsten darauf ab, den Herrn von Prackwitz zu ruinieren. Presuming that er is the subject ...
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Can someone give me a single example of the interrogative pronoun Welches? ( it is the genitiv of Welcher) [closed]

How do we use this interrogative pronoun in a sentence? It is the genitiv of Welcher. I want an example of Welcher as a pronoun not as a determiner in a sentence.
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„Alles aussteigen bitte“: Warum „alles“?

Endstation, alles aussteigen bitte. Endstation, alle aussteigen bitte. Beides klingt vertraut, aber wieso alles? Ich interpretiere alle hier als alle Leute, aber ich finde kein akzeptables Bezugswort ...
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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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Bestimmt das Geschlecht des Wortes das Fürwort?

Wird das richtige Fürwort in einem Satz jemals bestimmt von dem Geschlecht des Wortes des Objekts, von dem die Rede ist? Zum Beispiel, sage ich „Es lacht vor Freude“ wenn von einem Kind die Rede ist, ...
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Why do Germans constantly use the word “Sie” [closed]

I've been doing some reading for the Goethe Institut, and whenever they tell me to do something they use the word "Sie", for instance: Wir geben Ihnen mehr Informationen. Finden Sie die passenden ...
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Verwendung von das/dass

Mit ein paar Freunden stecke ich gerade in einer Diskussion fest, warum in einer bestimmten Situation "das" und nicht "dass" zu verwenden ist. Abgesehen von der Person, die den fraglichen Satz ...
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In “Was isst du am liebsten”, what's the explanation of “du am liebsten”, instead of “deine am liebsten”?

I've just started to learn German, and I encountered this sentence: Was isst du am liebsten? The translation, according to he video that I'm learning from, is What's your favourite food? But ...
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How to translate “stay healthy ” [closed]

How to translate: " Please stay healthy and safe during these times" or "I hope you and Frau Mueller are staying healthy and safe during these times" My versions: 1) Bleiben Sie gesund und sicher ...
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Derselbige/Derselbe/Derjenige in genitive singular

I observed that most masculine and neuter pronouns/pronominal determiners in genitive in singular form are declined by adding either s or es at the end of the word. However there are some that don't ...
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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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In the sentence “der hatte doch eine Brille”, why do we use 'der' instead of 'er'?

Sie: „Der Mann da, das ist doch Walter.“ Er: „Walter? Nee, der hatte doch eine Brille.“ Sie: „Doch, das ist Walter.“ Can I say "er hatte doch eine Brille" instead of "der hatte doch eine ...
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Warum wurde “es werden” in diesem Satz benutzt?

Ich kann nicht verstehen, warum im folgenden Satz das Verb werden im Plural konjugiert wurde. Es werden nur noch 12 Wörter jeden Tag sein. Ich glaube, der Satz bezieht sich auf Futur I und gemäß ...
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What is the case of “einem” in this context? [duplicate]

Man hat so Dinge im Kopf, die einem wichtig vorkommen. Aber was im Endeffekt das Wichtigste ist, finde ich interessant zu sehen. I can't analyze the case of "einem wichtig" in the above sentence. I ...
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“Der Käse ist gut, obwohl er alt ist.”: Why “er”? [duplicate]

I am learning German with our lord and savior Duolingo and came across this sentence: The cheese is good although it is old. ... which I translated as... Der Käse ist gut, obwohl es alt ist. .....
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Should one use Konjunktiv in subordinate clause using “dass” and should one use an explicit “es” in the main clause with “dass”?

If I wanted to say something like “I don’t want to eat,” I could just say “Ich will nicht essen.” How could I say “I don’t want him to eat?” I think I could probably say something ...
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Soll ich “unser achter Hund” or “unser achte Hund” schreiben?

Diese Frage ist vielleicht sehr einfach, ich bin aber noch Anfängerin. So wie ich das sehe, verweist "unser" schon auf das Genus. Soll ich dann "achte" hier nutzen?
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Interrogatives Pronomen “welches” korrespondiert nicht mit dem Genus des Nomens?

In der letzten Strophe im Dreigroschenoper-Lied "Moritat von Mackie Messer" (Brecht/Weill) heißt es in der allerletzten Zeile: Mackie, welches war dein Preis? Warum nicht "welcher"? Dann würde das ...
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Can darunter be used to represent people?

A German text I am reading about the Middle Ages has these sentences: Es gab eine klare Hierarchie. Ganz oben stand der König, die Herzöge und Grafen. Darunter standen die Mönche und Ritter. Is ...
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Possible omission of a relative pronoun in the beginning of a clause?

I have been reading an article in the news, and could not understand the following sentence. Vielmehr fehlt das politische Motiv, ein geopolitischer Wettkampf der Systeme wie einst bei Apollo, ...
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Welchem Zweck dient “sie” in “sie die Resultate aufheben”

Kontext Auch die Art und Weise, wie die Gleichungen dieses Modells Vorhersagen über die Welt machen, ist absurd kompliziert. Direkt angewandt, führen sie zu unsinnigen Vorhersagen, bei denen ...
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How to use possessive relative pronoun combined with case(nominative, dative,..) and gender(male,female)? [closed]

Forgive my ignorance, I didn't study through a serious German Grammar book yet but I will someday. I have a sample statement below for which I have a question. Das ist der Freund, dessen Foto ...
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“Du bist selbst Trainerin […]” – Why do we need “selbst” in this sentence?

Du bist selbst Trainerin in einer Kinkels-AG an einer Grundschule in Oldenburg. (This sentence is from an audio in my MOOC course. So it is possible that I misparsed Kinkles, but it doesn’t seem to ...
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Two second-person pronouns in the first sentence of the dedication from “Faust”

The first sentence of the Zueignung in the beginning of Goethe's Faust, Eine Tragödie reads thus: Ihr naht euch wieder, schwankende Gestalten! I am interpreting this as something along the lines ...
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Declension of pronoun when nouns of multiple genders follow

How are adjectival pronouns declined when nouns of multiple genders follow? For example: Jede/Jeden Höcker und Kurve in der Straße. The nouns Höcker und Kurve are of different genders (masculine and ...
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Pronoun endings in Akkusative Objects for “mein”

Consider the following sentence: Seit zwei Jahren tausche ich meine alten aber noch guten Sachen hier und bin begeistert. In this sentence, as per my understanding, we have a Akkusative ...
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Is akkusativ or Dative Object pronoun used in this sentence?

The sentence is : What does my name sound like to you? the expression "to you" what do you think it is. If we convert into german, what would be the translation. Will it be: Was hört mein Name ...
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Where should mir bitte be placed in a Question sentence that have a dative pronoun and an akkusative object?

I have two sentences: Kannst du mein Mittagessen mir geben bitte? Kannst du mir bitte mein Mittagessen geben? Are both grammatically correct? Is there any rule governing the positions in this ...
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“Ihr kleinen Monster?” How come?

So, this is a scene from a German series. Two women are fighting and it is broken up by the third one saying: "Es reicht, ihr kleinen Monster!" The question is, why is there an "n" at the end of "...
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Why is ‘eines’ used in the sentence ‘Eines gleich vorweg’?

In the sentence: Eines gleich vorweg: Wir sind kein Speisepilz-Verein! Why isn't it: Ein gleich vorweg: … What’s the reason to use genitive here? Is there any grammar that I don’t know? Can ...
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Why is “eines” genitive in “eines frühen Abends”? [duplicate]

This is a line from "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink: Eines frühen Abends im Februar hörte ich eine Amsel singen. One early evening in February I heard a blackbird singing. eines (masc+...
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Role of relative clause for a person

My friend told me the other day: Robert ist einfach so sympathisch, den kann man nicht nicht mögen. The entire sentence made sense Robert is actually so nice, that you can't not like him. ...
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Why is the article “die” used before “neben”. Are there instances where other articles are used?

In the explanation: Es gibt aber auch einige Verben, die neben dem Subjekt (im Nominativ) auch ein Dativobjekt verlangen. I am not sure why die is used.
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“Es waren dies jene neuesten Telephone” from Der Verschollene by Kafka

This post is on es and dies as highlighted in this passage from chapter 'Der Fall Robinson' of Amerika (Der Verschollene) by Frankz Kafka. Da waren zum Beispiel sechs Unterportiers bei sechs ...

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