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"Er hört während seinem Dienst Musik."

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February 2, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.
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"während" is a genitive preposition, so the sentence would correctly be: "Er hört während seines Dienstes Musik."

Am I right?

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

Absolutely, yes.

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Yes, you're right. (Although you'll sometimes hear the dative construction used by native speakers - especially on the internet and by teenagers -, it is considered wrong)

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ArmasUkkoM
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You are right, but still you can hear things like that quite often in Germany. Also "wegen" when used as a preposition is more often used with the dative instead of the genitive. In written language it is still considered a huge mistake.

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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The Duden doesn't even consider the dative construction as colloquial. It should be avoided even in informal speech. [I know you know, I stress thist just to counter confusion among non-native readers of this thread ;-)] But I agree that not all native speakers are that picky about it.

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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Just chiming in to say that "während des Dienstes" and "während dem Dienst" (if you're not too fussy) sound slightly more natural.

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Thanks. For my ears, 'während dem Dienst' sounds almost acceptable in colloquial speech while "während seinem Dienst" is just awful ;-)

February 2, 2013

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Okay thanks for all of the clarification!

February 2, 2013
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