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3.7Possessiveadjectives
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Possessive adjectives are those adjectives which refer to ownership, such
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as "your" and "his" in "What is your name?" or "What is his name?". We
3.1Conversation:
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have already met some of them in the German equivalent of these
3.2Howoldareyou?
questions "Wie ist Ihr Name?" or "Wie ist sein Name?". The full list of
3.3Conversation:
possessiveadjectivesisasfollows:
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3.4Pluralsof Grammar9:Nominativeofpossessiveadjectives
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3.5Indefinitearticles Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
3.6Theaccusativecase My mein meine mein meine
3.7Possessive Your dein deine dein deine
adjectives
(sing.) Ihr Ihre Ihr Ihre
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3.9Background: His sein seine sein seine
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Her ihr ihre ihr ihre
3.10Vocabulary:
TheFamily Its sein seine sein seine
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Our unser unsere unser unsere
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theirdogs Your euer eure euer eure
Exercises (plural) Ihr Ihre Ihr Ihre
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Their ihr ihre ihr ihre
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Once again, we find that the endings on all possessive adjectives change
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when they are in the accusative. We require a second table to explain
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Grammar10:Accusativeofpossessiveadjectives
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Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
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VocabularyList My meinen meine mein meine
GrammarLectures Your deinen deine dein deine
GermanDialects (sing.) Ihren Ihre Ihr Ihre
GermanFootball His seinen seine sein seine
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Her ihren ihre ihr ihre
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SchoolofLanguages (plural) Ihren Ihre Ihr Ihre
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Find! SiteMap 1) Be very careful to distinguish between Ihr (= "your" (polite)) and ihr
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2) The spelling of the various forms of euer, which means "your" when
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When an ending is added to "euer", the second "e" of the stem
disappears.

So whilst "your child" is "euer Kind", "your children" translates as "eure


Kinder",and"yourcat"is"eureKatze".

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