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Sie besucht ihre Verwandten.


I just found this sentence in an exercise about declining nouns:

"Sie besucht ihre Verwandten."

Why is "Verwandte" being declined here?

As far as I can see it's a plural (Verwandte) in accusative case. This calls for no extra declination and therefor no "n" at the end, right?



April 22, 2018



der Verwandte- singular male (one male relative)

die Verwandte - singular female (one female relative)

die Verwandten plural (more than one relative)

ein Verwandter -sing male

eine Verwandte- sing female

Verwandte -plural

mein Verwandter - sing male

meine Verwandte - sing female

meine Verwandten - plural

here is table about the declination of Verwandte:


have special look at the third part of the Table:

gemischte Deklination (mit Possessivpronomen)


Ok, I think I've got it:

"Adjektive und Partizipien, die nominalisiert, also zu Nomen werden (verwandt - der Verwandte), werden wie Adjektive abhängig vom Begleitwort (Artikel, Pronomen) dekliniert."


I think you're right https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/Verwandte

I was stuck for quite a time for similar reasons on "Erwachsene".


The nominative plural is "Verwandten" not "Verwandte".

Without the possessive the sentence above is "Sie besucht Verwandte". With the possessive (or an article) the declension is with end- "n".

"Sie besucht ihre Verwandte" would mean she's visiting one female relative. "Sie besucht ihren Verwandten" would mean she's visiting one male relative.


It's an accusative :) And as to the reasons why the plural is different with or without article, see OP's answer to their own post: it's a adjective used as a noun, that retain the qualities (and declension) of the adjective.

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