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"Sie spielt mit dem Herzen."

February 5, 2013



why "she plays with the hearts" is wrong?


that would be 'den Herzen'.


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


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).


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?


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.


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


let's hope it's metaphorically


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

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