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"Ich trage zwei verschiedene Schuhe."

January 29, 2013



I'm somewhat having difficulty understanding when a plural adjective in accusative is "undefined" as opposed to "indefinite" and "definite." In past sentences we've had:

  • Er hat Pferde in verschiedenen Farben
  • Wir laufen mit drei verschiedenen Katzen

What makes these sentences different from this one where this one is "strong" and therefore only requires an "-e" ending?


Never mind, I just realized these two were DATIVE sentences. No wonder I was confused. I thought this was supposed to be a lesson for accusative adjectives! Oh well, now I know.


Yes, they throw in counter-examples for EXACTLY this reason. Because in the real world, the adjectives won't come at you neatly sorted into accusative and dative; learning the difference on the fly is one of the skills we need.

Used to bug the heck out of me in school language classes. Of course I can do the exercise when all of the examples are the same!


It should probably be wear, not carry...


Tragen can mean both wear and carry.


Sure, I know, but wear makes more sense... Anyway, both should be accepted. "Wear" was marked as wrong.


Ah, gotcha. Wear should definitely work.


It works now. "I wear two different shoes" is accepted.


I had previously thought that adjectives for plurals ended with -en, but in this instance it is not the case. Have I been mistaken, is this a special case or something?

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@lavely : When plural, it is always -en ending except for strong inflection (no preceding article). This uses strong inflection - have a look at the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_adjectives#Weak_and_strong_inflection

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