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Confusion with seinem and two masculine nouns in the same sentence

Yes, the sentence indeed is ambiguous, but no, this is not an issue at all. In fact, most sentences in most languages are in (partly) ambiguous. Our brains just automatically resolve most of these ...
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Confusion with seinem and two masculine nouns in the same sentence

You're right, both can be meant, son or plaster. Use »dessen« to remove the ambiguity. Plötzlich wollte mein Sohn aber doch den Gips vor dessen Untergang bewahren. Now it's clear that »dessen« ...
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Is "ein Herz wie das meine" an antiquated or colloquial use of the possesive pronoun?

No. It's perfectly right. You are also right supposing that the case is accusative and the gender neuter. You are wrong, however, using meinem (is dative). In the Wiktionary table, cf. Nicht-...
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The use of "-en" in a specific phrase

First of all: to figure out the meaning by using translation apps, you need to take care of right spelling. In German there is a big difference between befehlen and Befehlen. The former is a verb. The ...
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"Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde" in Bach BWV 158

It is an archaism. The genitive pronoun form used to be «dein» (similarly, also «mein»). The form «deiner» (and «meiner») had become common by the 18th century, while Luther in the 16th century still ...
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Can possessive pronouns ever come on their own after a noun?

For example, in English (though one may find it increasingly outdated to do so), one might intentionally place their possessive pronoun after a term of endearment, when addressing another ...
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Why is it "für ihren Bruder" but not "für ihr Bruder"?

Short answer: für asks for the accusative case, Bruder is singular masculine, so one has to use ihren there, because this is the accusative masculine singular inflection of ihr. Additional comments: ...
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Masculine possessive adjectives ending in nominative

The possessive pronouns (mein, dein, sein, ...) stay the same if followed by a masculine noun, not necessarily directly followed. mein Hund mein schöner Hund mein schneller, schöner, toller Hund If ...
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“Wir kaufen ein Geschenk für unsere Tante.” – why “unsere”?

The preposition für requires the Akkusativ. See here: Source Thus the correct answer is indeed für unsere Tante.
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When to use sein or ihr?

Its the same as in English: The pronoun refers to the sentences subject, which is male: Walter hat gerade Maria geheiratet. Er (Walter) liebt seine (eigene) Frau sehr. Walter just has ...
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Warum heißt es „ihrer“ und nicht „ihren“?

The sentence is parsed this way: "in einer (Dativ, singular) ihrer (Genitiv, plural) Familien". In English it would be "in one of their (or "of her"!) families". Note that "in einer Ihrer (...
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Zweideutige Possessivpronomen?

Es hängt im Beispielsatz nur am Komman, dass "der Dieb" ein Einschub ist und nicht eine dritte Person, deshalb ist die Ausgangssituation bei flüchtigem Lesen schon nicht ideal. Ich ignoriere jetzt ...
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Is "ein Herz wie das meine" an antiquated or colloquial use of the possesive pronoun?

This use is as much antiquated as it is lyrical. It definitively is not colloquial. Some may use that occasionally but its by far not the norm.
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One adjective for two singular nouns (same gender)

Your second alternative doesn't work in German unfortunately, although it would seem logical. The attributes have to be congruent with the nearest noun. So it has to be mit ihrer üblichen Schönheit ...
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Diese Leiche und seine Umstände

The word “seine” refers to “ihr Tod”, and “Tod” is masculine. Replacing “seine” the sentence would become Und die Umstände ihres Todes sind so schön mysteriös.
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Where to use or omit possessive adjectives in German vs. English

I am not completely sure about this but the rule seems to be that the dative is used instead of the possessive if the possession is inalienable. There is a Wikipedia article about this: https://en....
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Why is it "in meinem Herzen"?

Herzen is not only the plural (in all cases), but the dative singular form, too. It belongs to a group of nouns called “weak”; see, e.g., German for English speakers or canoonet.
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Do I need to repeat the possessive pronoun for a second substantive?

As far as I know, there is no grammatical rule saying that there has to be a possessive pronoun before each element in such a kind of enumeration. I rather consider it a convention, though it does ...
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Do I need to repeat the possessive pronoun for a second substantive?

It is actually important to have the possessive pronoun in front of each word to emphasize that the roles are applying to two different persons. Usually that would be clear from the number of the verb,...
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der Ihren – Alternative form of a possessive pronoun (ihr-) used for emphasis?

As you correctly said, "der Ihren" is a nominalised possessive adjective which comes from the pronoun "ihr". It is used as an genitive attribute to "den Wohlstand". Not ...
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Can possessive pronouns ever come on their own after a noun?

There's no such construction as "Schmetterling meines" in German, but there at least exists something that's even more similar to the English pattern: Das ist der Schmetterling von mir. ...
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Understanding "aber des einen seins war blind"

Your reading A seems to be correct (I must, however, admit I don't really understand your reading B) Des einen seins can be ripped apart to "Das Seine des einen" and is a kind of grammatical ...
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Is "ein Herz wie das meine" an antiquated or colloquial use of the possesive pronoun?

In your example, meine is a possessive adjective with a regular weak ending -e (just as in das kranke Herz). The more modern form would be ein Herz wie meins with a neuter possessive pronoun (...
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How do "attributiv" and "nicht attributiv" work?

Wiktionary is a bit of a mess here. Usually, attributive vs. non-attributive is a distinction made for adjectives. Attributive adjectives accompany a noun and show agreement, non-attributive ...
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How could sein be the correct possessive in this case?

English "sight" means "seeing something". It is a process. This is "Blick" in German. The eagle has the prey in sight. Der Adler hat die Beute im Blick. But German &...
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Why Deine Zauber?

You may want to look at the verb: "binden" is a plural form. You're maybe expecting Dein Zauber bindet wieder. But in this case, "Zauber" is in plural, and therefore, the article ...
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Why Deine Zauber?

It's plural. It is not one magic spell, but many spells Your spells rebind what fashion has strictly divided If it was only one spell, it would be Dein Zauber bindet wieder, ... So also the verb ...
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Is "Wo ist dein Kamera?" correct? (usage of 'dein/deine')

Du wolltest doch fotografieren. Wo ist deine Kamera? Is correct. Not 'ph' but 'f'. You will (actually) always use 'deine' when the reference is feminine. When it is masculine or neutral it is just '...
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Dies vs Diese - what is the rule to follow

I could be wrong but, generally: If the second word in the sentence is either 'sind' or 'ist' then you use 'dies'. If the second word in the sentence is not 'sind' or 'ist' you use 'dieser/diese/...
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Das ist eine unsere Stärken vs unserer Stärken

This is correct: Das ist eine unserer Stärken. This is one of our strengths. The part »unserer Stärken« (of our strengths) is in genitive case. This grammatical case is used for many ...
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