Can anyone help me?
So I'm using this site alongside another to learn German, and I have gotten to -en endings in German for words such as diese and ein. Can anyone direct me to a name for this rule or explain it to me? I'm so confused and I can't really move forward until I figure this out.
The base word is Dies. In the nominative case:
-er = Masculine, e.g. Dieser Mann = this man
-e = Feminine, e.g. Diese Frau = this woman
-es = Neuter, e.g. Dieses Wasser = this water
-e = Plural, e.g. Diese Katzen = These cats
-en would be an accusative ending for Masculine singular nouns.
e.g. Ich mag diesen Mann = I like this man.
(I think I got this right, but I am a learner as well. If I made any mistakes, someone please correct me. Thanks.)
You need to know the German cases, or at least the nominative ,to move on.
Maybe this site can help you to understand them better: https://easy-deutsch.de/en/nouns/cases/
For your two examples I can link you to another website:
Demonstrative Pronouns (dies-): https://deutsch.lingolia.com/en/grammar/pronouns/demonstrative-pronouns
Articles + Indefinite Articles (der, die, das + ein-): https://deutsch.lingolia.com/en/grammar/nouns-and-articles/articles-noun-markers
I hope I could help you abit with those links