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der Genitiv The genitive case in German shows possession and is expressed in English by the possessive "of" or an apostrophe-s ('s).

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2 der Genitiv The genitive case in German shows possession and is expressed in English by the possessive "of" or an apostrophe-s ('s).

3 The genitive is used more in written German than in spoken form. In spoken, everyday German, von plus the dative often replaces the genitive: Das Auto von meinem Bruder = My brother's car. – (The Car of my brother)

4 Definite Articles (the) Fall Case Masc.Neu.Fem.Plur. Nomderdasdie Gendes (-es/s)*der Indefinite Article (a/an) Nomein einekeine Geneines (-es/s)*(k)einer *Note: Some masc. nouns add an -en or -n ending in the genitive and in all other cases besides the nominative. Adjective endings: In the genitive case, adjectives almost always have an -en ending. Examples: des neuen Autos, der hohen Kosten Take a good look at this chart Take a good look at this chart.

5 Take another look at how the definite articles change. der die das die (plural) des der des der

6 Take another look at how the indefinite articles change. ein (der word) eine (die word) Ein (das word) eines einer eines

7 If the noun being written in the genitive is a der (masuline) or das (neuter) noun, then the noun itself will take either an s or an es ending. If the noun is more than one syllable long, it will normally just take an s. The time of my life – die Zeit meines Lebens The circle of life – der Kreis des Lebens If the noun is one syllable long, it will normally just take an es. My friends car – das Auto meines Freundes The title of the film – der Titel des Filmes Feminine & Plural nouns do not take any additional endings.

8 The Genitive case is also used with certain Genitive prepositions The Genitive case is also used with certain Genitive prepositions. während statt / anstatt außerhalb innerhalb trotz wegen while / during Instead of outside of inside of despite / in spite of because of

9 Übung macht den Meister! – Practice makes perfect 1) The war of the stars. (die Sterne / der Krieg) 2) He is the master of the game. (der Meister / das Spiel) 3) It is the end of the world. (das Ende / die Welt) Der Krieg der Sterne. Er ist der Meister des Spieles. Es ist das Ende der Welt.

10 Additional Note When showing possession with the names of people, countries or cities, German adds an s (without an apostrophe): Das ist Jakobs Haus. Das ist Wilfrieds Buch. Das ist Atlantas Flughafen.


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