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German Plural Nouns With –ER Endings

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Nouns in this group add –er when plural and are mostly either masculine or neuter. There may also be some umlaut changes.

Example 1:
das Kind (singular) ----> die Kinder (plural)
Die Mutter liebt ihr Kind. (The mother loves her child.)
Die Mutter liebt ihre Kinder.

Example 2:
das Buch (the book)
---> die Bücher

Er liest das Buch. (He reads the book.) Er liest die Bücher.

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

Plural Nouns With –ER Endings

CaseSingularPlural
nom.
acc.
dat.
gen.
der Mann (the man)
den Mann
dem Mann
des Mann
die Männer
die Männer
den Männern
der Männer
nom.
acc.
dat.
gen.
das Kind (the child)
das Kind
dem Kind
des Kindes
die Kinder
die Kinder
den Kindern
der Kinder
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