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

What's the difference between "dein" and "eure?"

They both mean "your", yet it's incorrect if you use one rather than the other at times. What's the reason for this?

May 13, 2015

8 Comments


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

The difference is between the second-person singular and plural. "Dein" is as "du", in that it refers only to one person (second-person singular). "Euer" is from "ihr", which refers to a group to whom you are speaking (second-person plural). So, when you use "du", also use "dein"; when you use "ihr", also use "euer".

An English example might be: "Dein Essen" - "Your food." "Euer Essen" - "You guys' food."

May 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G0108

Dein is for du and euer is for ihr. In the feminine dein changes to deine (same thing in plural) and for euer it changes to eure (same thing in plural). Keep in mind these are the nominative versions. You can find all of them here

May 13, 2015

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

Adding to the other comments there is one thing you need to pay attention to. The form of German possessive pronouns follow two "objects", the thing owned and the owner.

The base form follows the owner: My - Mein, Your (singular) - Dein, His - Sein, Her - Ihr...

The ending is determined by the object owned.

Male: Mein Tisch

Female: MeinE Katze

Neuter: Mein Haus

Plural: MeinE Finger

And when used as an object in a sentence they additionally follow the case declensions, of course.

What I really want to say here is: It is not only a difference in numerus (dein - singular, eure - plural) here but also in the object owned. "dein" can be (in nominative) for male or plural objects, "eure" for female or plural. So both can be used for a number of objects owned but couldn't be used for a single item owned.

May 13, 2015

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

YOu get confused because in English you use the same word to mean a person you are talking to, as well as a group of people you are talking to. Besides, you don't make the difference between formal and informal. For us spaniards, it's easier because we have "tú" (singular informal you), "usted" (singular formal you), "vosotros" (plural informal you) and "ustedes" (plural formal you). "dein" is singular informal (for "du") and eure is for plural informal (for ihr).

May 13, 2015

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

Oh, I see now. I should've figured that. I forget at times.

May 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christians106841

Thank you for asking this.

April 18, 2017

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

You is the only language that doesn't differentiate between you and you (plural). Thanks for this post, very helpful

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam696384

vielen dank

April 17, 2018
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