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"Which cat is yours?"

Translation:Welche Katze ist deine?

October 19, 2019



Why deine and why not deines ?


The German possessive pronoun deiner is declined in order to match case, gender and number of the associated object (i.e. the noun and its associated possessive determiner that is replaced.). Deiner is the base form that is to be found in dictionaries. All base forms are singular, nominative, masculine. Deine (etc.) is just a declined form of deiner.

Back to the example sentence:

  • Instead of saying "Welche Katze ist deine Katze?", deine Katze needs to be replaced by the appropriate variant of deiner in order to avoid repetition. Deine Katze [die Katze!] is feminine, singular, nominative. Thus the appropriate form of deiner is deine.

Here's the declension pattern that you have to memorize [all forms are quite similar to the possessive determiner dein. Don't mix that up]:

Sg. Maskulinum Sg. Femininum Sg. Neutrum Plural
Nominativ deiner deine deines deine
Genitiv deines deiner deines deiner
Dativ deinem deiner deinem deinen
Akkusativ deinen deine deines deine


Because Katze is nominative singular feminine and the form of "deiner/deine/deines" has to agree with Katze in case, numerus and gender.

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