https://www.duolingo.com/amirk

Die Jacken von den Mädchen sind da

I dont quite understand something here - this is a genitive case (whose jackets are those) so how come it is not "der Maedchen"?

July 2, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/Drekir

Though in English you apply Genitive, in German, there are two ways of denoting possession: direct Genitive (the girls' Jackets) and using von (the Jackets of the girls). Von however ALWAYS takes dative; hence it is den Mädchen (dative-plural).

Using genitive, the sentence would be:

"Die Jacken der Mädchen sind da."

July 2, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle

There are different ways to talk about possessions in German:

  1. genitive ("die Jacken der Mädchen")
  2. von + dative ("die Jacken von den Mädchen")

The second option is more colloquial.

July 2, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/amirk

That really helped. Thank you!

July 2, 2012
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