https://www.duolingo.com/stbenjam

"Ich trage zwei verschiedene Schuhe."

January 29, 2013

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/philster043

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?

May 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/philster043

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.

May 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaJH

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!

August 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/stbenjam

It should probably be wear, not carry...

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/elae

Tragen can mean both wear and carry.

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/stbenjam

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

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/elae

Ah, gotcha. Wear should definitely work.

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

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

April 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lavely

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?

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Levi
  • 2014

@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

July 4, 2013
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