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keine and keinen

what is the difference between Keine and Keinen?

July 15, 2012

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It's similar to the difference between "eine", and "einen".

Ich habe einen Sohn. Ich habe eine Tochter

Ich habe keinen Sohn. Ich habe keine Tochter

July 15, 2012

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keine is used for subjects that are feminine or plural. Keinen is used for direct objects that are masculine in the accusative case. For reference of all (k)ein- forms, see this chart: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/keinen Nominative: Subject Genitive: advanced German... used for forming sentences with "of" in them. "None of the, all of the, etc." Dative: used when you use one of these words: aus ausser bei mit nach seit von zu gegenueber and when you want to show physical possession (IE My mom has the keys [in which "The" would be dative because the keys are being in physical possession by someone.]) Accusative: used for direct objects (an object in a sentence that is not the subject) This is one of the many walls you will face as a German learner... but don't lose hope! Once you overcome these walls you are that much closer to speaking finely polished German.

July 15, 2012
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