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"Eure Frau."

February 17, 2013



This sentence and the English translation "your wife" does not make sense here. "Eure" is plural form of "your". This sentence could make sense only when talking to a bunch of men having one wife, as in a polyandry relationship. Not a situation you would come across in German parts of the world. On the other hand "Eure Frauen" could be right and make sense.


I'm thinking that people are sharing the same wife ...


Although this doesn't make much sense, the wife of a group of people. Would make more sense, Eure Frauen.


Maybe it could be "Your woman" as in part of a family. Like saying it to a man and their child...


Yes, or a particular woman who is being searched for -- "there's your woman."


My grammar book said that eure could be written like euere. Is this true? (it is an ooooold book)


I've seen that too and it's not a typo. The nominative form is "euer". When you add an ending that 2nd 'e' gets dropped. I suspect it is because it is more awkward to pronounce 'euere', so that form doesn't get used much, especially in speech.

There are a few words that this happens to. "dunkel" means "dark". When you add endings, you drop the 'e' before the 'l', z.B. "dunkles".

I don't remember if there is a specific rule to help identify these situations. Maybe it's when there's an 'l' or 'r'.


I can't seem to discern this eure pronunciation. It sounds like 'aughe' with the 'r' being weirdly guttural. Can someone please shed any light on this?


is Eure used to mean "your" as a singular or plural form, or both depending on the context?


Plural. your in singular would be 'dein/deine'


Eure is the possive pronoun for you-plural -- second person plural. It's never singular.

Here is the best, clearest page I've found on this topic: http://german.speak7.com/german_pronouns.htm I pasted them into a document, cleaned up the formatting, and color-coded all the confusing hononyms. (I didn't bother with all the future and past tenses etc.

I do my best to remember or figure out where in the table the word I want is, enter it into the exercise first, and then look it up to confirm if I'm unsure -- I find if I look it up without thinking about it, I don't learn anything.


Dein Frau oder Eure Frau ;;;;; Ich ben "lost "


In reality, I believe it should be DeinE Frau ; with the E at the end of dein. The lesson here just matched to words together for the sake of practicing. IMHO.


Does Eure not change with the gender of the noun? Like sein changes to seine when the noun is feminine. Does this?


Eure is the feminine form. The masculine and neuter form is euer, for this present nominative scenario that is.


Alright thanks, that makes sense


I was thinking the same, although maybe in some cultures people would share wives ..

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