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"Our big plate is green."

Translation:Unser großer Teller ist grün.

January 5, 2013



Can somebody please link to a resource that explains how groß changes in various contexts. (e.g. groß, große, großer, etc.)? For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. Thanks in advance


Here's my own take on it. I got rid of the notion of "weak" declensions simply by observing that the adjective is weak when the determiner is strong and the adjective is strong when the determiner is weak (i.e. doesn't have a dieser-word ending) or missing. It was easier for me, anyway, and more general too.



What a beautiful and useful page! Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.


There's a separate topic in German based on 'Adjektivendungen' which relates to the endings in an adjective in different situations and different cases.

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    Wikipedia has an excellent article on german adjectives:


    I am so glad that I did not have to learn this actively. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gro%C3%9F#Declension


    Unser=article; Teller=masculine; Unser Teller=nominative.

    So if the correct adjective form is "großer" and not "große" does that make "unser" similar more to the article "ein" than to the article "der"...?

    Thanks in advance.


    Correct. "Unser" is a possessive pronoun, and the possessive pronouns behave like the indefinite article "ein".


    Great question


    Can anyone explain me this sentence of duolingo : Der große Fisch = The big fish


    I think not. If you relate to whom it belongs, the article is "the", not "a". Anyhow, it seems here like strong inflection, because you have no 'der' or 'ein'.


    Not so. The possessive pronouns, which include "unser", behave like the indefinite article ein. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_articles


    Shouldn't it be grosses? I thought grosser meant larger.


    groß -> größer (comparative) But this is not comparative. Here "groß" is only inflected. Teller is masculine -> "großer"


    Unser is indefinite possessive, so the inflection is großer Teller


    but thanks for the explanation!


    Hmmm, another one of those things we're supposed to know without them ever telling us.


    Duo does tell you by saying, Wrong and then showing you their interpretation of their exercise, which is often questionable. It's a hate/love relationship with Duo but i still play along for some reason.


    I am confused with all this. When we use "unser" and when "unsere"?


    "Unser" is a deceptive word. It's an ein-word root -- all of it, including the final "er". So think what you would do if you had an ein there, and then substitute "unser" for "ein".

    Here, you'd say "ein großer Teller." So it's "unser großer Teller."

    (Note that großer is being a good adjective here, and telling us what the gender is with its nice -er masculine ending, because "ein" just isn't up to that job.)

    If it was accusative, it would be "einen großen Teller" -> "unseren großen Teller"


    Was uber unserer grosse teller?


    Damn, ok, I assumed 'our' was a definite article as it stated the specific plate, but your saying that is an indefinite article and therefore is of 'mixed inflection'?


    Pretty much, it's a possessive pronoun, so behaves like the indefinite article. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_articles


    Pay attention to the gender of the object. Plates are masculine so they must be preceded by unser. Feminine objects are preceded by unsere


    Except that "unser" isn't inflected here -- "unser" is the root. If it were inflected, it would be "unserer". See my other comment in this thread.


    Up to now you accepted the ss instead of the character found only on German keyboards. Where did you indicate the change in YOUR rules?


    You have the ß caracter under the answering space, along with all the letters with umlauts...


    If anyone cares, if you press alt + 0 + 2 + 2 + 3 on the num pad (alt+0223) you get the ß also.


    All that for one letter?!?!?!? It's soooo much easier on my Croatian keyboard :D

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