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ihre or Ihre ?!!?


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hi all

I would like to know when you have to write ihrer in capital letters and when not.

examples:

if I want to say: "Leider konntne mich Ihre Qualitäten konnten mich nicht überzeugen", do I need to write ihre or Ihre ??

What about the following sentence:

"Das Haus ihrer Schwester ist sehr schön" and "Eine ihrer Hauptaufgaben wird die Unterhaltung unserer CMS-Systems sein".

This stuff freaks me out. please help.  :doubtful:

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if I want to say: "Leider konnten mich Ihre Qualitäten nicht überzeugen", do I need to write ihre or Ihre ??

Well, it depends on whom you are adressing this. If you write this to a friend of yours and the actual person is someone else, ihre is NOT going to be in capital letters. If you write this sentence to a candidate that is searching for a job in your company, then it is going to be Ihre, as you are directly adressing this person!!!

What about the following sentence:

"Eine ihrer Hauptaufgaben wird die Unterhaltung unseres CMS-Systems sein".

Here it is the same as above. If you are directly adressing this person, it is going to be Ihrer and if not it is ihrer.

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It's only capitalized when you're speaking formally. 

In all other instances, it's lowercase.  Also, the word Ihnen is capitalized when speaking formally as well.

When I was first learning German, this is the resource I used to memorize pronouns:

http://german.speak7.com/german_pronouns.htm

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