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Possessive Adjectives


I. Theory

German, like English, uses possessive adjectives which correspond to subject pronouns as a way of expressing ownership in similar ways. Examples of possessives in English are: my, his, her, their, etc. In English, these words are invariable - for example, we say “my friend,” “my friends,” “my friend’s mother.”

In German, these pronouns take various forms based on the gender, number, and case of the noun they are describing.

mein Haus
my house

meine Entscheidung
my decision

in unserer Wohnung
in our apartment

für seinen Sohn
for his son

II. Possessive Adjectives Chart

In the chart below, we see the possessive adjectives that correspond to each pronoun:

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