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German Plural Nouns With -E Endings

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Most German nouns that consist of one syllable will add -e to form plurals in all genders. Some nouns will also have umlaut changes.

Example 1:
der Schuh (the shoe, singular) ---> die Schuhe (plural)
Ich habe meinen Schuh verloren. (I lost my shoe.)
Ich habe meine Schuhe verloren.

Example 2:
die Wurst (the sausage, singular) ---> die Würste (plural)

Ich esse eine Wurst. (I’m eating a sausage)
Ich esse die Würste.


The only time a different plural ending is added, is during the dative. In this case, the noun always adds an -en ending. See chart below for a summary of this plural group in all cases.

Plural Nouns With -E Endings

Case Singular Plural
nom.
acc.
dat.
gen.
der Hund (the dog)
den Hund
dem Hund
des Hundes
die Hunde
die Hunde
den Hunden
der Hunde
nom.
acc.
dat.
gen.
die Hand (the hand)
die Hand
der Hand
der Hand
die Hände
die Hände
den Händen
der Hände
nom.
acc.
dat.
gen.
das Hemd (the shirt)
das Hemd
dem Hemd
des Hemdes
die Hemde
die Hemde
den Hemden
der Hemde
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