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Possessive Pronouns lesson


I believe that the Possessive Pronouns lesson should be re-labelled as Possessive Adjectives. The reason is because most of the lesson content contains words that come before the noun - e.g. 'mein Hund' = 'my dog'. However, they do not replace the noun itself. A possessive pronoun would be, for example, 'meiner', which means 'mine', and goes in the place of the noun.

There is nothing on Duo (that I could find) that explains the difference between the two, and I feel that possessive pronouns are barely covered at all. I've looked ahead in the course and did not see any other lessons that looked as though they brushed on this (though I can't see all of them so it's hard to say).

I found this misleading and actually became very confused when I looked it up and thought I was learning the language wrong. Please can you look into this and consider a correction?

Thank you!

September 3, 2017



The term possesive pronoun (in German Possessivpronomen, besitzanzeigendes F├╝rwort) is correct. Words like "my" or "your" refer to the owner of the noun following it, showing the possession. In German, you can either say "Das ist mein Hund", "This is my dog" or "Der Hund ist mein", "The dog is mine." Besides, there are also a couple of other pronouns (both in English and German) like personal pronouns (I, you, he, she) and reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, himself).


Unfortunately, I don't agree, as the word 'mein' doesn't replace the noun, which in this case is 'Hund'. See below for an explanation:

Pronoun: http://www.germanlanguageguide.com/german/grammar/pronouns.asp

Possessive adjective: http://www.germanlanguageguide.com/german/grammar/possessive-adjective.asp

These are two things that are not clearly distinguished between in the lesson, which is why I have asked for clarity.

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