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,
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