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"Wir" vs. "Uns"/"Unser"/"Unsere"

Hello everyone,

What is the difference between "wir" and "uns" or "unser(e)"?
I suspect that "uns" etc. is used in possessive circumstances.

Thank you! AP4418

May 2, 2018

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/npLam

..."I suspect that "uns" etc. is used in possessive circumstances."

Sorry if anyone has already said this, and I missed it, but whilst the possessive stuff has already been covered by others, it might be worth mentioning that uns can just mean us (as in: er kommt mit uns).

You also see uns a lot with reflexive verbs; things like:

Wir bürsten uns die Haare, where the sense is closer to: “We brush ourselves the hair,” than a possessive: "We brush our hair "
(at least that's how i see it; my grasp of reflexive verbs has always been a bit dodgy )

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Oh thank you! That's adds another brick to my "Uns" house! Never mind, everyone learns, you'll have your "aha!" moment some day! Good luck to you!

May 2, 2018

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:)

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mhmdtrbls

that was amazing thanks

September 27, 2018

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

exactly as you assumed. uns, unser, unsere is always used when it is about a possession. like:

Das ist unser Haus - this is our house

Das ist unsere Katze - this is our cat

Das Boot gehört uns - this boat is ours

etc.

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmbka

Wir is a personal pronoun, standing in for instance for "Jane and John".

Unser etc. is a possive pronoun, preceding a noun, as 7hAu0bvY explained.

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

I'm getting a pretty alright grip on this thing! Lol! Thank you!

May 2, 2018

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OK, thanks, that's great. Could you give me all the conjugations please?

May 2, 2018

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

you mean the declination?

Nominativ:

m= unser; n= unser: f= unsere; Plural: unsere

Akkusativ:

m= unseren; n= unser; f= unsere; Plural: unsere

Dativ:

m= unserem; n= unserem; f= unseren; Plural: unseren

Genetiv:

m= unseres; n= unseres; f= unserer; Plural: unserer

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

That's great! Thanks!

May 2, 2018

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i just realized: what i gave you above is not all. according to different situations ( like noun with article or without etc.) you need a different way to decline it. here is a link with the whole table. it is in german though

http://www.canoo.net/inflection/unsre:Pron:Poss:1st:PL

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

In the last row (genetiv) there isn't a feminine declination. Is it supposed to be like that?

May 2, 2018

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the feminine for the genetive is unserer. i forgot to put a f= before.

May 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Thank you so much! This is great!!

May 2, 2018
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