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"Die ersten drei haben Bücher."

March 2, 2013

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

Why is it 'ersten' and not 'erste?'


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

It is plural. The first three...there are three of them. http://goo.gl/YZtHl


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

Very helpful, thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiernan.anderson

Shouldn't drei be capitalized since it acts as a noun? or is that just an exception to that rule


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

German orthography rules say that cardinal numbers below a million are generally not capitalized, even if they have the characteristics of a noun. (There are a few exceptions, e.g. the numbers on a Dice, school grades, numbers in names, like Elisabeth die Zweite...).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

kiernan: Great observation. And really clear explanation from NosAstra thank you both


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

have been using:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German thank you Hohenems but still don't understand the "ersten" I noticed you mention it is plural which I get but plural what?

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