Relative Pronouns in German Grammar

Introduction

Relative pronouns introduce relative clauses. Learn about relative pronouns in German grammar and practise using them in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive with Lingolia’s online lesson and exercises.

Table of Relative Pronouns in German Grammar

The table provides an overview of masculine, feminine, neuter and plural relative pronouns in all four German cases.

masculinefeminineneuterplural
nominative der/welcher die/welche das/welches die/welche
accusative den/welchen die/welche das/welches die/welche
dative dem/welchem der/welcher dem/welchem denen/welchen
genitive dessen deren dessen deren
Example:
Die Polizei sucht den Mann, der die Bank überfallen hat.The police are looking for the man who robbed the bank.
Das ist der Mann, dessen Hut weggeflogen ist.This is the man whose hat blew off.
Wer ist der Mann, dem wir begegnet sind?Who is the man that we met?
Der Mann, den wir gegrüßt haben, ist mein Lehrer.The man whom we greeted is my teacher.