Basically it seems that die Erwachsene is a female and der Erwachsener is a male.
Erwachsene is also the plural of Erwachsene and Erwachsener according to wiktionary.
Thank you! I often stumble over this word and thinking about it in this way makes sense to me and is quite helpful.
Beth, the first time I saw this I thought it sounded like Earwax! So to remember it i just think of an adult with a lot of earwax! :~D
By the article and/or the verb.
der Erwachsene has to mean "the adult" (one of them, possibly male, possibly of irrelevant gender).
die Erwachsene has to mean "the female adult".
die Erwachsenen has to mean "the adults".
Erwachsene (without article) has to mean "adults".
And the verb would also tell the difference, e.g. der Erwachsene isst = the adult eats but die Erwachsenen essen = the adults eat.
Indeed. Der erwachsene Mann - die erwachsene Frau - das erwachsene Kind.
I think it'd be "Ich bin ein/eine Erwachsener/Erwachsenerin," depending on your gender. Alas, I could be totally wrong.
You're wrong according to wiktionary in a way...
Erwachsenen is only the plural when it isn't strong declension, and when it is strong declension datitive.
FYI My only mistake was not to list all the possible permutations - in keeping with the best Duolingo tradition.
Here The word is given as Masculine, previously as femine (But actually only plural...), comments say it is Adjective,
Duo, what's wrong, please... Help!
The hover-over says adults- this is the way I learned it- yet it says that its wrong. Why?