friend- plural

hello, I wonder why sometimes the form "Freunde" is used for plural and other times the form "Freunden"?

thanks mimi

August 11, 2012

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It depends on the case. "Freunde" is used for the nominative, genitive and accusative plural; "Freunden" is used for the dative plural. In the dative plural, all nouns get an extra "-n".

The only exception are nouns whose "basic" (= nominative) plural form, i.e. the one you find in a dictionary, ends in "-n" (e.g. "Frauen") or "-s" (e.g. "Autos"). These nouns don't get an extra "-n" in the dative plural.

August 11, 2012

thanks ! :)

August 11, 2012
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