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mit dem Autoren

I don't understand why "Die Herausgeberin isst mit dem Autoren" is correct, as far as I know der Autor is masculin, so "mit dem Autor" would be the correct dativ form. Why "mit dem Autoren", then?

April 15, 2012

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

Simple answer: The sentence "Die Herausgeberin isst mit dem Autoren" is wrong. The correct sentence would be indeed "Die Herausgeberin isst mit den Autoren".

Maybe this will help (even with "Kunden"):

"der Autor" => "the author"

"die Autoren" => "the authors"

"der Kunde" => "the customer"

"die Kunden" => "the customers"

So, while both "mit den Kunden" (customers) and "mit dem Kunden" (customer) is correct, for the author is has to be "mit den Autoren" and "mit dem Autor".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doc9139

Some masc. nouns add an -en or -n ending in the dative. so ... mit dem Autoren - with the author ... mit den Autoren - with the authors


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

add to it, "Der Vertreter spielt mit dem Kunden.". Got this wrong seconds after the last post.


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

Agreed, there are many of those Dativs wrong.


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

But is it really a mistake on the part of duolingo? A google search for "mit dem Kunden" returned 97 million results whereas one for "mit den Kunden" returned only, 70.6 million results. May be there is something more than a mere bug??


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

Let's see if someone else can give us an insight!


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