"Sie spielt mit dem Herzen."

February 5, 2013


why "she plays with the hearts" is wrong?

February 5, 2013

that would be 'den Herzen'.

February 5, 2013

So is "herz" one of those nouns that gets inflected, like elefanten?

February 28, 2013

Indeed, it is. Not only is it weakly declined, but it's also the only neuter noun that is weak - what's more, it's irregular even for a weak noun (the extra -s in the Genitive and the completely unique lack of declension in the accusative singular).

Let me just decline it for you:

  • Nominative: das Herz - die Herzen
  • Accusative: das Herz - die Herzen
  • Dative: dem Herzen - den Herzen
  • Genitive: des Herzens - der Herzen

Note: In casual speech, Herz can alternatively remain uninflected in the Dative singular, but not in certain fixed turns of phrase, such as mit halbem Herzen, im Herzen, von Herzen or eine Operation am offenen Herzen (among others).

November 13, 2015

I really question the use of sentences that verge on nonsensical. In English the only likely meaning would involve another person and be "his" or "her" heart. Surely there's enough trouble learning likely sentences as fending off the confusion of highly unlikely sentences. Is there a better place to post such a critique?

August 26, 2013

What does the sentence mean?! Does she play 'by heart', perhaps. I can't see someone play around with a heart unless its's that of a cadaver.

June 28, 2013

It can be used metaphorically: to play with someone's feelings or maybe it's a gingerbread heart.

June 28, 2013

let's hope it's metaphorically

July 29, 2013

i guess, it's a heart surgeon and she likes to juggle.

August 20, 2013
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