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Plural/Singular Elefanten

I think this question might have been asked before, but I cannot locate it; but in sections for refreshing vocabulary and grammar, this sentence appears:

"Ein Vogel sitzt auf dem Elefanten.

I thought "Elefanten" is plural, so should the question be stated as:

"En Vogel sitzt auf dem Elefant"

If not, please explain.

Thanks

June 7, 2012

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kingfruity

Elefant is one of an irregular set of nouns that change their ending depending on what case they are in. When Elefant is in a case other than the nominative (as here in the dative), it will the ending -en. It also has this ending in the plural. Have a look at this link: http://www.vistawide.com/german/grammar/german_nouns03.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shisoik

Well, if it helps they do have something in common. They are typically masculine nouns ending in -e (der Löwe), -ant (der Kommandant), -ent (der Präsident), -r (der Bär), -t (der Architekt).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qbufm07

Thank you. How do you know which nouns fall under the "weak noun" set?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kingfruity

I'm afraid you just have to learn them - isn't learning German fun haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qbufm07

Ja, das ist recht!

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