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Is the genitive used at all in everyday German?

In my opinion: Yes, you should learn about the genitive. While it's use apparently is on the decline and there are many "substitutions", you should not expect it to disappear totally in the next ...
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Could someone explain how to form the genitive partitive in German? (Einer meiner wording)

männlich: Nominativ Einer meiner Söhne ist im Haus. One of my sons is in the house. Genitiv Das ist das Haus eines meiner Söhne. This is the house of one of my sons. Dativ Dieses ...
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Genitive ending of proper nouns ending in "s" or "z"

As presumed in the question the "normal" genitive-"s" would look strange (Larss Buch, Fritzs Haus). So the official rules (§ 96.1) and also rule 16 at Duden Sprachwissen say, that ...
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Why is "Mädel" neuter, if it has a feminine referent?

You simply need to accept one of the quirks of German Grammar: biological and grammatical gender aren't connected - grammatical gender is very often not what you would assume and simply needs to be ...
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"Ich sehn' mich nach der Isar Strand." — Why not "dem"?

Short answer Ich sehn' mich nach der Isar Strand. Here, der Isar is a so-called preposed genitive that prececdes the dative noun Strand. Long answer Construction with dative The phrase sich nach ...
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“Belange von Minderheiten” – why “von” and not a genitive?

1. »Von« + dative case is a substitute for genitive case Very often it is possible to replace genitive case with »von« + dative case without changing the meaning: Der Griff des Messers ist ...
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Is the genitive used at all in everyday German?

The genitive is still being used, especially in more formal contexts. So if you want to learn German beyond a basic level, it is not possible to avoid it. That being said, if you started to learn ...
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Is the genitive used at all in everyday German?

One should distinguish at least between adnominal, prepositional and adverbal Genitive here. Genitive case as an indicator of possession is very common. This is a usage you know from English. For ...
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Ist "der Preis des Ripples" gutes Deutsch?

As Ripple is a (modern) kind of currency, the same rules should apply as for ordinary currencies, say dollar or birr. A good expression in German is Der Dollarkurs ist gesunken. You also could ...
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Unterlassung des Genitivs "S"

Abkürzungen und Fremdwörter haben im Deutschen kunterbunte Deklinationsformen - sie lassen sich typischerweise nicht in eine der Deklinationsklassen einordnen. Vor allem Namen von Organisationen und ...
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Why is ‘eines’ used in the sentence ‘Eines gleich vorweg’?

Here eines is not genitive and not an article. Instead "eines" is a pronoun, and its neuter form is eines. You can translate this sentence as One thing right from the start ...
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How to say ‘son of X’ in German?

The genitive of Andreas is Andreas’. Thus: Ich bin Andreas' Sohn. The non-genitive and most common solution would be Ich bin der Sohn von Andreas. though.
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`seine` oder `seiner`?

You are right to claim that erwerben calls for accusative case, and you are also right in stating that the accusative of seine Kenntnisse would be seine Kenntnisse. Seiner Kenntnisse is a genitive. ...
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Ambiguity in determining the owner of a genitive personal pronoun

You can't tell that from grammar alone. Seiner may refer to an arbitrary masculine or neuter noun. Only context tells which noun it is.
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Why is the genitive case considered higher register?

There has, and continues to be, admittedly a move away from the genitive to the dative case in the German language. One of the main reasons for this may be that many (most?) of the German dialects don'...
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Should adjectives be written with or without determinate articles when in genitive?

This isn't about adjectives at all. Or about genitive. But about definiteness. Grundkategorien politischer Ökonomie This is indefinite and not exactly one. Hence no article. What this conveys is ...
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“Gehen” with genitive?

Congratulations, you have stumbled upon an idiomatic expression. Check the Duden page for Weg to find a mention of it under Wendungen, Redensarten, Sprichwörter. Seines Weges gehen is a fixed ...
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What difference is there between “Geschlechtes” and “Geschlechts”?

There are a lot of German nouns whose genitive have two different forms, typically one ending on -es and one on -s. This has historic and etymologic reasons. The older form of the genitive which was ...
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Why not "Ende des Februars" instead of "Ende Februar"?

You use "Ende Februar" because you're referring to a point in time. That point of time only supports and specifies a statement, it's not the subject of that statement. Ich glaube die Klausuren ...
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Is this sentence from the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« correct?

The sentence is correct in its original form. Your second suggestion gives a wrong parsing. Your first suggestion is at least not wrong, probably also fully correct but nobody would actually say it ...
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Genitiv der literarischen Werke

Der Duden "richtiges und gutes Deutsch" hat zu diesem Thema ein eigenes Kapitelchen unter "Buchtitel" Ob man den Gesamttitel wörtlich zitieren oder Artikel und Possesivpronomen ändern und anpassen ...
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Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung

As in English, there are multiple ways to express the genitive: Das Haus des Nachbarn The house of the neighbour compared to Nachbars Haus (The) neighbor's house To keep the article with the ...
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Frage zu doppeltem Genitiv

1. Der nachgestellte und der vorangestellte Genitiv unterscheiden sich nicht nur in bezug auf ihre Stellung. Der vorangestellte Genitiv übernimmt die Funktion eines Artikels und verhält sich nicht ...
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der Meinung / der Ansicht sein: What is the case in these examples?

These are predicative genitives. This used to be a productive feature of several Indo-European languages and hence appears to be a very old phenomenon (Dal/Eroms 2014: 31). If you read even relatively ...
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Genitive without an article

First, there's two possible places for genitive in your example sentence: trotz is a preposition that rules the genitive, so vieler Jahre must be (and actually is) in genitive. The second place that ...
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Why do some German dictionaries list the genitive case ending?

The genitive singular ending, together with gender and plural ending, provide strong, often definite information about all inflections of the noun. Although there are four cases and two numbers, ...
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“Belange von Minderheiten” – why “von” and not a genitive?

The use of von makes the statement more general. This is not special to German, the same exists in English: Die Belange von Minderheiten sind zu schützen. The interests of minorities need to be ...
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Korrekte Genitivform bei Vereinsnamen, die einen Ort enthalten

Korrekt ist Variante 1 des Golfclubs Hintertupflfing Als klarste Referenz dafür habe ich eine Seite bei canoo.net gefunden. Sie ordnet diese Art von Namen als enge Apposition ein, bei der die ...
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Gibt es etwa die Genitiv-Version von „trotz allem“ gar nicht?

Die Genitiv-Form kommt vor allem in Formulierungen wie den folgenden vor: Trotz aller Versuche Trotz allen/alles Geschreis Die Form trotz alles Geschreis ist anscheinend (siehe http://www.duden....
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Sein + Dative, Genitive or Nominative

You cannot use nominative in this example - Henry and I are not opinions Henry und ich sind Lehrer. Would be using nominative, just as in English. Just as well, verschiedener Meinung is not dative ...
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