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     Table of Contents Chapter 16 16.3.6 declension of ihre (3rd person plural)
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Chapter 16: Possessive Pronouns

  16.3.6 declension of ihre (3rd person plural)

The declension of the 3rd person plural is identical with the declension of the 3rd person singular feminine. This would be quite obvious, because they have the same possessive pronoun: ihr

Possessive pronouns
    German English
    feminine masculine neutral  
  Nominative ihre ihrer ihres theirs
  Genitive not used * not used * not used * of theirs
  Dative ihrer ihrem ihrem to theirs
  Accusative ihre ihren ihres theirs
           
  Nominative ihre ihre ihre theirs
  Genitive not used not used not used of theirs
  Dative ihren ihren ihren to theirs
  Accusative ihre ihre ihre theirs
     

* In common language, the Genitive of the substantival possessive pronoun is not used. There is another form of a possessive that could be used (der ihrige, die ihrige, das ihrige), but it sounds really antiquated. If you want to form a Genitive of ihre it is mostly done like in English.

Das ist der Schlüssel von ihrem (Auto etc.).
This is the key of theirs. (their car etc.)

The same could be said with a real Genitive and ihrige (it's just not used commonly):

Das ist der Schlüssel des ihrigen.
This is the key of theirs.

  Example: die Schachtel (= box) possessed object => feminine, singular
Ich sehe meine, aber ihre nicht.
I see mine but not theirs.
 

  Example: das Kleid (= dress) possessed object => neutral, singular
Du kannst mit ihrem hingehen.
You can go with theirs.
 

  Example: die Häuser (= house) possessed object => neutral, plural
Ich sehe meine, aber ihre nicht.
I see mine but not theirs.
 

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