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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lorcy

"Eure Männer"

January 27, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lorcy

Can anyone clarify why "Your husbands" is incorrect here? Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OfekRELE

having more than one husband is incorrect dude,


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qwety

Boring social construct; invalid rule for some groups of people even in Germany <http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/2011/08/german-public-tv-tells-our-story.html>.

To answer the question, I suspect "Your husbands" is fine grammatically, since "your men" is acceptable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kianoosh

Since "Eure" is plural possessive pronoun, having more than one husband is correct for more than one woman. each husband for each woman


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miriam0216

That's what I thought!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikethespikeus

Should be 'all of your men' since it is second person plural! The plural is not necessarily understood. Especially sine dein and euer explicitly suggest the difference between singular and plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris133

What really is the difference between this "Your - Eure" which seems to have no gender, and the other "Yours - like Deine and Dein". Gosh!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kianoosh

Unlike English, German has different pronouns for the singular "you, your" (du,dich,dein,deine etc) and the plural "you, your" (ihr,euch,euer,eure etc.). Germans also use a pronoun for formal "you, your". All these pronouns are used for both genders.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris133

They are used for both genders right, and also depending on the singularity and pluralities right? Please correct me if I'm wrong Thanks Kianoosh!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kianoosh

Yes, exactly. They depend on the singularity or plurality. Bitte!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris133

Cheers Kianoosh!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chitresh_Chahar

Danke, very helpful


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pratcliff

I'm having trouble visualizing this module as a standalone instruction. Are words like Eure impacted by who is being addressed (plural, singular, formal) or by the plural or singular of the Noun it's describing, or both?

For example, are you addressing one person with two men or an audience full of couples and speaking specifically to the women about the men they're with?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schorschi

"Eure" in itself is addressing multiple people. So, "eure" can be used in combination with either a plural or feminine noun. For instance, "Eure Frau" (since Frau is feminine) or "Eure Frauen" or "Eure Männer", since "Frauen" or "Männer" is plural.

If you were to address a group of men and women combined, you'd not be able to address just the women or men alone with any word construct, i.e. the word stem "euer" is not specific to the gender of the addressees. You could only address them as a whole.

If you were addressing a single person, you'd say "Dein," for instance, as in "Dein Mann" (your husband) or "Deine Männer" (your husbands or your men). "Euer Mann" would mean "your man/husband", for instance, if you were addressing multiple women who were once married to (or had) the same man. But theoretically you could also address men with that, for instance, a political party's (male) candidate for election would be "Euer Mann."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BestederBesten

I've seen "euer" but never "eure" in my german classes, what is the difference between them?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schorschi

"Eure" is used in combination with feminine and plural nouns, e.g. "Eure Frau" (feminine), "Eure Männer" (plural).

"Euer" is used with masculine or neuter nouns: "Euer Auto" (neuter), "Euer Mann" (masculine).

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