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Genitive object

The genitive object is an object in the genitive case. It modern German, genitive objects are relatively infrequent. They are mostly used in literary and formal language.

Besides the general characteristics of objects (see there), genitive objects have the following features:

case = genitive
The genitive object is usually a noun, a noun phrase or a pronoun in the genitive case:

Zu Allerheiligen gedenken die Katholiken der Verstorbenen.
Ich erinnere mich
dieses für alle sehr schwierigen Augenblicks sehr gut.
Ich erinnere mich
dessen sehr gut.

The genitive object answers the question wessen.

alternative constructions
In modern German, alternative constructions are often used instead of a sentence with a genitive object:

Ich erinnere mich an diesen schwierigen Augenblick.
Instead of: Ich erinnere mich dieses schwierigen Augenblicks.
Sie schämten sich
für ihre Herkunft.
Instead of: Sie schämten sich ihrer Herkunft.

genitive objects governed by adjectives
Genitive objects that are governed by an adjective are rare:

Wir waren uns der Probleme bewusst.
Er ist sich
seiner Sache sicher.

See Valency of adjectives.

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