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Complete declination table

[deactivated user]

    So I heard you like to decline nouns, articles and adjecives, so I put all the forms in a table in my evernote, so you can decline everything while you learn German.

    The table contains all possible forms. There is no linguistic terminology at all, only phrases. There is emphasizing of logic behind the inflections. There is small font to make it readable on mobile. There are some pictures.


    Please let me know if I missed something or put something wrong.

    September 16, 2017



    Good job.

    As far as I'm concerned "Flektierung" is not a German word, we were taught "Flexion".

    I'd also like to say that "ein Zeug" is most unusual, you wouldn't say that in German.

    The phrases as in "mögen grosses Pferd" are quite odd, too. In that particular case I'd expect "Ich mag das grosse Pferd"

    Nice layout, though :)

    [deactivated user]

      To make it compact, I want to live just single word to mark a case. The context 'without article' is not quite clean for me. Can you suggest some phrases for 'no article + adjective + accusative|dative'?


      1) Concerning the phrases beginning with 'mögen', 'geben', 'Zeug':

      Off the top of my head I can't think of any natural sounding sentences in your desired format 'no article+ adjective + case'. I feel it needs a personal pronoun for the verbs and an article for the nouns: "Wir mögen ein großes Pferd / einen großen Hund / eine große Katze / große Tiere" (indefinite article here). "Das Zeug eines großen Pferdes / eines großen Hundes / einer großen Katze / großer Tiere".

      2) Concerning the word choice 'Zeug':

      You could replace it with another neuter noun, 'das Haus'. Works fine with content, too. Animals love to have houses! ;)

      Hope I could help!

      [deactivated user]

        Concerning zero-article I was adviced to put something uncountable there. Probably, some food.

        And then I can replace Zeug with Essen.

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        qwiglydee, so are you going to reform your declension table? Also, I don't think declination table is the correct term here. I'd like to see your new table if you make changes to it. Vielen Dank!

        [deactivated user]

          Yes, im going to replace 'zeug' and no-article row. I just have to think out something. I believe that updates will be visible immidiately.


          That's great ... but in case you were thinking "I wonder if this would be more useful as a hat...", someone's already thought of that:


          [deactivated user]

            On the hat at the right of das/der/die there is a table of "3rd peronal pronouns (w/pass instead of Gen)" ❤❤❤ is this?

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            It says (w/ Poss in place of Gen); I don't know enough but does it mean "with Possessive in place of Genitive"?

            [deactivated user]

              is it really some form ofdeclination, or just a joke?

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              The German genitive case is the case that shows possession and is expressed in English by the possessive "of" or an apostrophe ('s). The German genitive case is also used with the genitive prepositions and some verb idioms. The genitive is used more in written German and is hardly used in spoken language. So I don't think it was a joke.


              With the personal pronouns, there are genitive case forms: meiner, deiner, seiner, ihrer, unser, euer, ihrer ... for example "Das ist das Haus meiner", "Ich mag den Hund deiner"

              ... but they're so archaic they're almost always replaced with the possessive adjectives (sometimes called possessive articles), which look very similar but themselves take variable suffixes to reflect the case, gender and number of the possessed noun, eg. "Das ist mein Haus", "ich mag deinen Hund"

              The deinen above, for example, is functionally equivalent to the genitive form of "du" ("deiner") but is also inflected to show that "Hund" is masculine and accusative. That's why they can't be called genitive - because they can be in all of the cases reflecting the possessed thing, incl as the genitive itself (eg. deines Hundes).


              Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.


              Thank you for sharing


              thanks for posting this. has anyone found any good sources that give clear and short explanations for German grammar forms?

              [deactivated user]

                I've explored dozens of sources. This table is shortest of what I could gather from them.

                As for "explanation" - there could not be any. Language has no logic behind it. It just happens its way, just as a natural phenomenon. Understanding without logic - that's what make learning languages amazing :)

                [deactivated user]

                  Updated the table to make it kinda more natural and logical.

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                  I'd like the English equivalents. I get lost otherwise.

                  [deactivated user]

                    Probably, I should take examples from first duo lessons.

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