https://www.duolingo.com/LauraDemarch

Possessive pronouns

I just completed the possessive pronouns and within the session I just can't figure it out how I should use -e in the end of the pronoun. If anyone could comment, I would highly appreciate.

July 5, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/LauraDemarch

After some search, I think that the explanation could contain a table like this Table: German possessive pronouns in the nominative case

Nominative - possessive refering to masculine/neuter - possessive refering to feminine Ich - mein - meine du - dein - deine er - sein - seine sie - ihr - ihre es - sein - seine wir - unser - unsere ihr - euer - eure Sie - ihr - ihre

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxBabel

Possessive pronouns follow the pattern of the definite article (der, die, das...) for their endings. So they always have some ending.

Possessive adjectives follow the pattern of ein/kein.

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dsjanta

German possessive pronouns and not only -e, but other endings, too. It all depends on the gender, case and number of the word that the subject possesses.

But in short, pronouns get -e before feminine nouns and nouns in plural.

For example: mein Bruder (masculine) - my brother mein Handy (neuter) - my cell phone

meine Schwester (feminine) - my sister meine Uhr (feminine) - my clock

meine Eltern ( plural) - my parents meine Sache (plural) - my stuff

Of course, all of these words get different endings in different cases - this only applies to feminine and plural nouns in Nominative and Accusative.

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean

It's worth noting that there are possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives, or as this post calls them, dependent and independent possessive pronouns; which are two separate particles that decline differently.

  • Possessive adjectives/dependent possessive pronouns decline like the indefinite article - ein

  • (Independent) possessive pronouns decline like the definite article - der, die, das

July 5, 2017
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