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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.

September 11, 2017



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.)


Thank you for the summary. I'll probably be referring back here when I am confused again.


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


Thank you! I'll check them out. I need all the help I can get


I'm not rlly sure cos I'm still a beginner because I'm trying to improve my German while learning it at school. Keep trying tho practice makes perfect!

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Übung macht den Meister. Idiom for "Practice makes perfect". Duo has this idiom for "Practice makes perfect": Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen.

I wonder if the second one is really used that much. Any native speakers out there that can answer this?


Yes, both of the idioms are very common in Germany and are used quite frequently.

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