Alle vs allem
May 1, 2019
May 2, 2019
However "everyone" is treated as plural so vor allen would be in front of everyone.
I hope I got all this right, maybe Liss will comment.
May 8, 2019
Aller is a complicated word. But you are on the right track, sfpugh!
Aller actually has both singular and plural forms, however:
Note that the genitive form alles is used when the noun does not take an -s ending in the genitive, and the genitive form allen is used when the noun does take an -s ending in the genitive.
You are also correct to say that the form all is used before possessive adjectives (e.g. "my," "his"), definite articles (i.e. "the") and demonstrative adjectives (e.g. "this," "that"), sfpugh. Note, however, that you may still sometimes see the inflected forms in the table above used in these situations. This would be a lower style register.
I hope that this clears up your question, RexV!
May 9, 2019
Would I be right in thinking it is normally used in the neuter alles - "everything" even the German national anthem. Are there examples of use in the singular masculine and feminine forms or is it only used for things?
May 13, 2019
Yes, it's safe to say that the most common singular form would be the neuter alles, as in Ich habe alles gemacht "I have done everything" or Ich wollte dir für alles danken "I wanted to thank you for everything." It also appears in set phrases, like trotz allem "in spite of everything."
The other singular forms are much less common, and you're unlikely to see them by themselves. You will generally only see them in select phrases, such as aller Schmerz dieser Welt "all the pain in this world" or mit aller Kraft "with all (your) strength."
I hope that that is helpful!
Bis zum nächsten Mal,
May 14, 2019
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April 26, 2020
I assume you are referring to this phrase:
I think Allem is capitalised because it is functioning as a noun, on the other hand the Duden proof reader sees it as an error - but it isn't infallible.
April 27, 2020
It is actually a typo in the lesson. All and all its forms should always be lowercased. The only time you would find it capitalised would be the idiom "mein Ein und Alles" meaning "my one and only".
Our apologies for the error, I will pass this on to the development team to be fixed.
April 27, 2020
In that case there are typos in 12.3
The phrase appears correctly in 12.2
Maybe even Germans get confused by this :)
April 28, 2020
thank you very much for pointing that out! I have also passed this on to be fixed. Our apologies for the error.
No wonder Germans say "Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache." - "German language, hard language."
Bis zum nächsten Mal.