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Can anybody explain me in very simple way?

by markok1988, September 9, 2014

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markok1988 (User's profile) September 9, 2014, 12:40:41 PM

i am learning german and i got one example which i really dont understand. I will be very happy if somebody can little help me.

Here is example

96 Prozent DER/DES/DEN Deutschen sehen täglich fern.

In this exercise i have to decide for DER DES or DEN. Correct answer is DER but i don't know why. HELP PLEASE ridulo.gif


stomatolina (User's profile) September 10, 2014, 9:20:59 PM

96% Njemaca - koga, cega? Njemaca-genitiv mnozine= der Deutschen
Die,der, den,die -promjena clana u mnozini. Nadam se da ne grijesim. Lp!

RobW (User's profile) September 14, 2014, 11:59:13 AM

In english

96 % of Germans watch television.
The word of in this sense means the case will be genitiv. The word Deutschen/Germans is plural.
Genitiv singular: des, der, des
Genitiv plural: der
Therefore 96% der Deutschen sehen täglich fern.

MaHja (User's profile) September 14, 2014, 7:52:14 PM

Hallo markok1988

The right word is DER Deutschen, because it's plural.

Here on short:

For the begining you have to understand the questions.
1. Nominativ (wer oder was (Who or what)?)
2. Genitiv (Wessen (whose book is this?) and also who or what if there is sentence like this example: there is a lot of people)
3. Dativ (Wem (to who - for example: with who am I going somewhere?))
4. Akkusativ (Wen oder Was (for example: who or what is missing?))

And now the rest: we know in german three forms
1- femininum ("woman"/weiblich)
for example: Die Katze (a kat), Die Frau (a women) etc. Word: DIE
2- masculinum ("man"/männlich)
for example: Der Mann (a man), Der Stuhl (a chair) etc. Word: DER
3- neutrum ("no woman/no man" )
for example: das Mädchen (a girl), das Fenster (a window) etc. Word: DAS

There is no easy way - you have to learn which word (der, das or die) is the right one.

And in the end: how to use that all: You have to remember the endings:i
DER (singular)
Nominativ: der
Genitiv: des
Dativ: dem
Akkusativ: den

DIE (singular)
Nominativ: die
Genitiv: der
Dativ: der
Akkusativ: die

DAS (singular)
Nominativ: das
Genitiv: des
Dativ: dem
Akkusativ: das

DIE (plural)
Nominativ: die
Genitiv: der
Dativ: den
Akkusativ: die

So in your case - you have a lot of Germans (Deutschen), that's plural (a lot, many) - you have to ask yourself: a lot of who? - that is genitiv - so you have genitiv and plural, there is no other option like DER
We also known starke (strong), schwache ("weak") and gemischte (mixed) Deklinationen (declensions) - but about that another time - it's enough for now.

Hope this helps ridulo.gif

Amaria (User's profile) November 18, 2014, 2:04:09 PM

I'm a beginner in learning Deutsch and I found your answer very helpful. Thanks maHja! ridulo.gif

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