1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: German
  4. >
  5. "Eure Frau."

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJMcGuckin

"Eure Frau."

February 17, 2013

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rpaditham

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Just_Living

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/muitosabao

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geralsv

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatriciaJH

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shiroryuu

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/odi_et_amo

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'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElDestello

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJMcGuckin

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Menschenkind

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatriciaJH

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaltwasser

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VirgilSchmidt

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfyr

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElDestello

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfyr

Alright thanks, that makes sense


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evei

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

Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.