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Sie besucht ihre Verwandten.

Hiya,

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?

Thanks,

Theo

April 22, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/7hAu0bvY

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:

https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/Verwandte

have special look at the third part of the Table:

gemischte Deklination (mit Possessivpronomen)

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/theotree

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."

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie

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

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

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AHA3006

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.

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie

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.

April 22, 2018
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