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Der Hund ist deiner.

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Is this considered to be informal speech; or am I taking things too far and this is considered to be regular speech? Would you say this to your teacher?

Danke.

May 24, 2018

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

yes it is informal speech since deiner is a (possesive) form of du.

in formal speech this would be:

Der Hund ist Ihrer. (Ihrer with capitalized I. otherwise it woud mean the dog is hers.)

for teachers we use formal speech in german.

May 24, 2018

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Thanks a lot. I used the example of talking to a teacher for just this reason.

May 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sweilan1

A few years ago I spoke to a native speaker and he said that form isn't really used. Germans would normally say "Das ist dein Hund".

May 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mia797420
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Your're right, it sounds much better to say "Das ist dein Hund."

But without a pronoun you could use this kind of phrase, for example when passing a pencil to someone: "Ich glaube, das ist deiner." (I think that's yours).

May 24, 2018

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we do use it ...sometimes... like for example: you are out with friends then someone brings coffee for everyone in the group, another person was away for some minutes, when he/she comes back someone might say: "der Kaffee da ist übrigens deiner". (by the way, that coffee is yours.)while pointing to the last cup in the middle of the table.

May 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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Interesting, thanks. Then, would the given exemple work in this situation: a child comes back home from school, is greated by the lovely dog his parents have planed to surprise him with. "Where is it from, I like him…", he says; and the parents reply "Der Hund ist deiner."

May 25, 2018

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it would work. but since the dog has been subject already i would shorten it to "das ist deiner".if i choose this phrase though i might rather go with: "er gehört dir."

May 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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Thanks! Actually, I had to rephrase a good part of my scenario so that it didn't naturally end with "er ist deiner", as this was too close to the information already provided by Mia. That's were a native is invaluable in navigating what's grammaticaly correct, but may or may not be used.

May 25, 2018

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sorry in the end it still turned out like this.

May 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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No problem at all, you took from your time to make me a step closer to fully understand your beautiful language. That's all I wanted. Thanks again.

May 25, 2018
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