Der Bruder eines/des neuen Nachbarn arbeitet bei Mercedes Benz.

sfpugh September 6, 2017, 8:46 am
 I am confused by this sentence from 10.8 on adjectives.
Der Bruder eines/des neuen Nachbarn arbeitet bei Mercedes Benz.
The new neighbor's brother works for Mercedes Benz.
My problem is "eines/des neuen Nachbarn"
Leaving aside that there is no hint that eines/des alternatives are required.
eines/des are both masculine genitive singular
Neuen could be various things including genitive singular or plural.
Nachbarn is plural  and I am not clear about genitive endings for nouns in the plural.

Why are eines and des singular and Nachbarn is plural?
 
Der Bruder eines/des neuen Nachbarn arbeitet bei Mercedes Benz.
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor September 14, 2017, 10:19 pm
Hi sfpugh,

Nachbar is tricky, because it can be both a strong or a weak noun, hence:

Singular
der Nachbar/Nachbar
den Nachbar/Nachbarn
dem Nachbar/Nachbarn
des Nachbars/Nachbarn

What you see in the sentence is the weak declension.

Hope this helps!

Lucia
Der Bruder eines/des neuen Nachbarn arbeitet bei Mercedes Benz.
sfpugh September 15, 2017, 7:52 am
Thank you for the explanation.
Der Bruder eines/des neuen Nachbarn arbeitet bei Mercedes Benz.

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