"Die Anfrage der Familie ändert die Beziehungen des Mannes."

February 15, 2013


Why is mannes used here?

February 15, 2013

"des Mannes" = of the man = the relationships of the man. If you're asking about the ending, check out the links I gave to mjtischer in this thread. Taken from the first link "The genitive form of most neuter and masculine nouns in German is fairly predictable, with an -s or -es ending."

If you're interested, here is the inflection table for "der Mann":

February 25, 2013

Can someone explain why Familie isn't followed by an 's' (Families)? The genitive nouns I've seen so far have all followed this rule

February 19, 2013

Why, because it's not a German word. Read up on genitive here (the rule for "Familie" is in part 2, the second link):

This link, in case you want it, shows the inflections for "Familie" in all cases:

Hope that helps!

February 25, 2013

As far as I understood, only masculine and neuter nouns add -s in the Genitive. Die Familie is feminine, so in the Genitive "die" changes into "der". The noun does not add an ending.

April 8, 2013
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