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"Ihre Mutter und ihr Vater"

Translation:Her mother and her father

November 10, 2017



When so you need to add an "e" at the end of ihr?


because that is the feminine form of "ihr".

quick summary:

der Hund / die Katze / das Haustier


  1. Person: mein Hund / meine Katze / mein Haustier
  2. Person: dein Hund / deine Katze / dein Haustier
  3. Person:
    feminin: ihr Hund / ihre Katze / ihr Haustier maskulin: sein Hund / seine Katze / sein Haustier


  1. Person: unser Hund /unsere Katze / unser Haustier
  2. Person: euer Hund / eure Katze / euer Haustier
  3. Person: ihr Hund / ihre Katze / ihr Haustier


So ihr Hunt can mean her dog or their dog?


ihr Hund can indeed mean either "her dog" or "their dog".


Am I the only one that. Thought the voice is too fast?


You could use the turtle. : )


My turtle doesn't work. :(


The turtle is not working right now. Nov. 20th, 2017


Why is "Their mother and their father" not accepted?


That translation is fine.


Exactly, i think that maybe mother and father is threatened in this case as "possessive", in possessive pronouns Sie turns into Ihr


I am a little confused on when Ihr means their, when it means her and when it means your?


When it means "your" (belonging to the polite "you"), it's always capitalised, even in the middle of a sentence: Ihr.

"her" or "their" is lowercase, ihr -- except of course at the beginning of a sentence. There is absolutely no way to tell the difference between "her" or "their", except for context.


What is the difference between "ihre" and "ihr"?


Ihr can have multiple meanings but I believe the difference in this case is because of the grammatical gender of the words.

Mutter is feminine and Vater is masculine, hence ihre and ihr, eine and ein, die and der.

Ihre is also used for plurals, e.g. ihre Jungen.


Why can’t it be His mother and his father?


Because then it would have been seine Mutter und sein Vater.

The ihr- shows that it is “her” or “their” mother and father.


Is the "ihr" required here?

If yes, is it because the genders of Mutter and Vater differ, or would a possessive pronoun still be required even if the nouns had the same gender? E.g. if Vater were changed to Schwester, could it be "Ihre Mutter und Schwester"?


Is the "ihr" required here?


is it because the genders of Mutter and Vater differ

That's definitely one of the reasons it sounds wrong to me.

could it be "Ihre Mutter und Schwester"?

That sounds to me like "the person who is both her mother and her sister".

I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility of using it for "two people: (a) her mother, (b) her sister". But if you want to be clear, I would use the possessive determiner twice.


Can it not also be YOUR motherand YOUR father? (from Sie - you, formal)


Can it not also be YOUR motherand YOUR father? (from Sie - you, formal)

No, it can't. Sie is capitalised in all of its forms.

Thus ihr Vater can mean "her father" or "their father" but never "your father" (= Ihr Vater).


I missed that, thank you for correcting me.

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