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

February 15, 2013

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Why is mannes used here?

February 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

"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":

http://goo.gl/xDxGs

February 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mjtischer

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

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

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

http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa020211a.htm
http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa020211b.htm

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

http://goo.gl/fwwSd

Hope that helps!

February 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kedi007

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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