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Comparisons in German

Hi! I am doing the Comparisons unit and I do not understand when to use what. There's different versions of each word, like großen, großer, großere. When do I use which? Is there rules similar to the way it was teached in the colour unit with the inflections? Any help? Thank you :)

August 27, 2017

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

Yes, just like with colors. 'groß' means big. 'größer' (with the umlaut) means bigger. Treat them as adjectives and add the appropriate inflectional ending.

Ein großes Haus = A big house

Ein größeres Haus = A bigger house


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luli60

Danke schön!
Does anyone have a table, or something with all the endings and when to use them?


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

I found the following page extremely helpful for understanding adjective endings and it has a nifty flow chart: http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar/adjektivendungenexpl.html

It is hard to remember at first but I believe the key point of an adjective declension is that it should identify the gender of the noun it is describing. Such as in MaxBabel's example, where an 'es' is added because the article 'Ein' could be male or neuter, so the 'es' indicates that 'Haus' is a 'das' word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luli60

Right, it makes sense what you say about having to indicate the gender. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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