Learn German A1: Possessive Adjectives Lesson 14

Learn German A1: Possessive Adjectives Lesson 14

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Learn German A1: Possessive Adjectives Lesson 14. By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll own German possessive adjectives ” Unser” & ”Unsere” & ”Euer” & ”Eure”! And all of this gets you one step closer to being a better German speaker and becoming fluent.

While, German possessive adjectives ” mein” & ”dein” are explained in details in Learn German A1 Lesson 9.

Meanwhile, German Possessive adjectives ” sein” & ”ihr” are explained in details in Learn German A1 Lesson 10.

Fertig? Los! (Ready? Go!)

Introduction to Unser/Unsere

In English, we say our brother and our sister. In German, it’ unser Bruder and unsere Schwester. Just like with mein, dein, and ein!

unser Opa: (our grandpa)

Unser Großvater ist 80 Jahre alt. (Our grandfather is 80 years old.)

While, “Unser” is the possessive adjective belonging to “wir” (we).

unsere Oma: (our grandma)

Das ist unsere Oma. (This is our grandma.)

Meanwhile, In spoken German, “unsere” is often pronounced like this: “unsre”.

As you can in up given examples, “Unser” is for masculine nouns. “Unsere” is for feminine nouns.

Masculineunser Onkel (our uncle)
Feminineunsere Tante (our aunt)
Pluralunsere Cousins (our cousins)

Unser Nachbar ist sehr leise. (Our neighbor is very quiet.)

Unsere Mutter ist Ärztin. (Our mother is a doctor.)

Learn German A1: Possessive Pronouns Lesson 12

Introduction to Euer/Eure

euer Onkel: (your uncle)

Euer Onkel ist unsympathisch. (Your uncle is not likeable.)

Pay attention to the pronunciation of “euer” – it sounds like “oya”. We use “euer” before a noun to say that it belongs to you (plural).

eure Tante: (your aunt)

Eure Tante ist extrem freundlich. (Your aunt is extremely friendly.)

To remember the spelling of ”eure”, think of “Euro” and just replace the “-o” with an “-e”. There is no middle “e” – it isn’t “euere” – because the word “eure” is easier to pronounce.

Masculineeuer Onkel (your uncle)
Feminineeure Tante (your aunt)
Pluraleure Cousins (your cousins)

Ist das unsere Pizza oder eure Pizza? (Is this our pizza or your pizza?)

Und hier sind eure Croissants! (And here are your croissants! )

Recap of Possessive Adjectives

“mein/e”, “dein/e”, “unser/e” etc. are called possessive adjectives. They say what belongs to whom.

Farri: „Ist das dein Kaffee oder mein Kaffee?“
(Is this your coffee or my coffee?)
Jenny: „Das ist dein Kaffee.“
(This is your coffee.)

Every possessive adjective belongs to a pronoun.

Ich (I)mein/e (my)
du (you)dein/e (your)
er (he)sein/e (his)
sie (she)ihr/e (her)
wir (we)unser/e (our)
ihr (you plural)euer/eure (your)

We use “sein/e” both for “er” and for “es.

er (he)Der Enkel liebt seine Oma.
(The grandson loves his grandma.)
sie (she)Die Enkelin liebt ihre Oma.
(The granddaughter loves her grandma.)
es (it)Das Baby liebt seine Oma.
(The baby loves his/her grandma.)

All versions of “sie” take “ihr/e“: the singular, plural and polite “Sie”.

For the polite “Sie“, we spell “Ihr/e” with a capital I.

sie (she)Die Enkelin liebt ihre Oma.
(The granddaughter loves her grandma.)
sie (they)Die Enkelkinder lieben ihre Oma.
(The grandchildren love their grandma.)
Sie (you, formal)Hr. Huber, wo wohnt Ihre Oma?
(Mr. Huber, where does your grandma live?)

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