German Possessive Articles and Adjectives

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In German, it’s important to know possessive adjectives: important words like my, your, his, her, its, our, and their. Whether you’re referring to a pet, a car, a snack, or whatever … start using more descriptive words to show belonging...

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Possessive adjectives (also called possessive articles) show possession. In English, these are: mine, your, his, her, its, our, your (“y’all’s”), and their. These pronouns have endings that match those of the indefinite/negative articles (altogether known as “ein” words), as shown in the tables below.

Nominative

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Accusative

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Dative

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Genitive

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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The CEFR is an international standard used to describe language ability. Here are specific details of the CEFR for this topic.

General Explanation:

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Specific Capabilities at this Level

Writing:
I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
Spoken Production:
I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
Spoken Interaction:
I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I’m trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
Reading:
I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
Listening:
I can recognize familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.