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INDEFINITE PRONOUNS (Die Indefinitpronomen)

Indefinitpronomen ein bißchen, ein wenig, ein paar

These are fixed expressions.

The components bißchen, wenig, paar remain undeclined.

Ein bißchen, ein wenig = etwas.

Ein paar = einige wenige = etliche

Indefinitpronomen einer, eine, eines
No plural Maskul. Femin. Neuter
Nominativ einer eine ein[e]s
Akkusativ einen eine ein[e]s
Dativ einem einer einem
Genitiv ein[e]s einer ein[e]s


Indefinitpronomen einige, etliche
No plural Maskul. Femin. Neuter
Nominativ einiger, etlicher einige, etliche einiges, etliches
Akkusativ einigen, etlichen einige, etliche einiges, etliches
Dativ einigem, etlichem einiger, etlicher einigem, etlichem
Genitiv einigen, etlichen einiger, etlicher einigen, etlichen


Indefinitpronomen etwas

Etwas is an indeclinable neuter. Etwas is used alone, or as attribute usually to a noun. Etwas is used for a thing not further defined, similarly as something. Examples:

Sometimes etwas is shortened to was . Example:

Indefinitpronomen jeder, jedermann, jedweder, jeglicher
usually only Sing. Maskul. Femin. Neuter
Nominativ jeder jede jedes
Akkusativ jeden jede jedes
Dativ jedem jeder jedem
Genitiv jedes jeder jedes
jeden after plural reference noun


  1. jed-, jedermann means all beings or things of a whole set of beings or things. However, jedermann can be used only for persons. Negation: keiner, niemand .
  2. Following are illustrating examples of jed-.

  3. Let us compare the German definitions with those of Webster for American English.

  4. Emphasis is lent through the amplifier einzeln (en, e, es). Examples:

    Jed- is declined as adjectiv of Type III (mixed), when used in conjunction with ein-.

Indefinitpronomen jemand, niemand

Jemand/niemand = someone/no one may be used undeclined. Examples:

However, undeclined use is not acceptable in the genitive case. Example:

The Indefinitpronomen kein
  Singular Plural
Maskulin Feminin Neutrum M, F, N
Nominativ keiner keine kein[e]s (in place of a noun)
kein (accompanying a noun)
Akkusativ keinen keine kein[e]s (in place of a noun)
kein (accompanying a noun)
Dativ keinem keiner keinem keinen
Genitiv keines keiner keines keiner


The Indefinitpronomen man

The Indefinitpronomen manch

The Indefinitpronomen mehrere

The Indefinitpronomen meinesgleichen
  1.Person 2.Person 3.Person
vertraulich höflich Maskulinum, Neutrum Femininum
Singular meinesgleichen deinesgleichen Ihresgleichen seinesgleichen ihresgleichen
Plural unseresgleichen euresgleichen ihresgleichen

meinesgleichen, ...etc. = jemand, ein Mensch, Menschen wie ich, ...etc.
The pronouns are used to represent a noun (+ article). Examples:

The Indefinitpronomen nichts

The Indefinitpronomen sämtlich

sämtlich accompanies a noun (+ article) and is declined as Akjektiv Typ I (stark). Examples:

The Indefinitpronomen welch

represents a preceding noun and is declined as Adjektiv Typ I (stark). Genitiv Singular should be avoided. Examples:

The Indefinitpronomen wer

stands mostly by itself. Genitiv is not used. Akkusativ is wen, and Dativ is wem. Examples:

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