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"Wo ist mein weißes Hemd?"

Translation:Where is my white shirt?

March 17, 2013



Note: The es in weißes is because:
1. Mixed-inflection behind possessive determiner mein.
2. Hemd is neuter noun.
3. Nominative case behind ist

May 27, 2015


Kindly explain inflection, all the tips & notes do is give the kinds of inflection - strong, mixed, and weak, but what exactly does inflection even mean? this is so confusing.

April 5, 2016


Need an explanation for this note.

February 5, 2016


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_declension#Attributive_adjectives Look at the table for mixed inflection. This is mixed inflection, because of the mein.

September 29, 2013


a colour is an adjective therefore it is treated as such. 1) If it precedes a masculine noun add -r or -er 2) if it precedes a neutral noun add -es 3) if it precedes a feminine noun, add -e

To remember it, just think of der, die and das. They all end in -r,-e, and -s

March 9, 2016


Here is a link with a compilation of best explanations and useful comments/replies about adjectives: http://www.mediafire.com/view/h3843u13cx4jleg/adjective_with_Nouns_-_German_from_Duolingo.txt spread this on other comments, do other people a favor :) Good luck learning!

September 24, 2015


I made flashcards with some of these sentences on Quizlet. I included the declension tables relevant to each sentence. It might help you. If interested, feel free to check them out here:


October 6, 2016


Why not "Where is my white blouse?" Is there another word for "blouse" specifically, or should it come under "Hemd" as well?

June 21, 2016


The word for blouse is die Bluse. I think the sentence would then be:

Wo ist meine weiße Bluse?

October 6, 2016


Is weißes Hemd nominative or accusative here?

October 6, 2016



February 3, 2018


Where is my super suit

October 29, 2019


Please is meines weiße hemd correct

November 3, 2019


Why is there an ess at the end of weiße?

March 17, 2013


It's an adjective ending!

March 17, 2013


But what is the rule for its use instead of weiß or weiße? Hemd is neuter and in the nominative case

March 17, 2013


"weiß" with no ending is a predicate adjective only ("Das Hemd ist weiß"). The "e" ending marks too many different gender and case combinations for me to list here. Unfortunately, adjective endings in German are not intuitive and thus not really suited for duolingo's approach. I recommend using a textbook or other website with explicit grammar instruction. That's really the only way to learn them!

March 18, 2013


There is no need to open up a book to understand the declinsion of German adjectives. It's actually very easy to understand if you follow the three rules that I have listed below. They have yet to fail me. I didn't create them, another user did but I forget her name, sorry. Here is the exact quote:

"Easier way to know adjective endings (my teacher side is coming out)! I have 3 rules for being able to add (or recognize) the correct ending when an adjective precedes the noun.

-Big 3 get an -e (der, die, das) der alte Mann, das kleine Kind, die schöne Frau

-Changin' gets -en (plural and case changes) den alten Mann (accusative), der schönen Frau (dative), die kleinen Kinder (plural)

-No 'the'? Adjective takes over (no 'der' word or just an 'ein') Kaltes Wetter gefällt mir nicht (das Wetter). Ein guter Mann ist schwer zu finden (der Mann).

Now the only tricky part is knowing which 'the' word your noun has :)"

January 26, 2015


Thanks -- there are indeed algorithms you can learn to determine the adjective endings (I often teach one very similar to yours, based on a flowchart). The problem is, you still have to have a very good grasp on the case system and the genders of nouns. My students struggle with this considerably, and I find that none but the very best are able to use algorithms like this one correctly.

The larger problem is that in actual speech, running through these algorithms in your mind in real time is impossible. The endings simply have to become second nature!

January 31, 2015


You can't run through the entire delcinsion table in real time either, can you? No matter how you go about figuring out the adjective endings, whether it be through a small list of rules like those that I copied/pasted or through a long declinsion chart, they still have to become second nature for you to use them in real time. So I don't see how that is a problem with his method at all. I see your comments all over talking about how hard this is and how people will have to take a university course to figure it out, but that is simply not true whatsoever. I don't understand why you want to make people think this is so much harder than it actually is. Once you know a few basic rules, it's one of the easiest aspects of German grammar to understand.

February 1, 2015


Do all adjectives end with 's, es, en' ?

March 18, 2013


This page has helped me a lot with adjective endings, and is really simple to learn without complicated charts to memorize. Take about 10 minutes to read it and I think it will help you too. :)


March 4, 2014



March 4, 2014


A great resource for case and gender endings can be found over at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/grammatik/Basic_Chart.html

As it is not intuitive, it must be memorized.

February 1, 2014



March 4, 2014


The UMICH site is amazing. Worth it's weight in lingots. Thank you for posting this!

November 17, 2019


No. The German system of adjective endings is anything but intuitive to most beginners, and is not really suited to the inductive learning approach (which is what duolingo uses). To learn to use adjective endings correctly, you'll either have to do some serious self-teaching outside of duolingo, or take a university-level course!

March 18, 2013



March 18, 2013



September 28, 2013


I'm not good at this grammar stuff but on another explanative post someone who knew grammar said that in German, with NEUTER nouns it is the -ES ending. I can't remember about the -ER endings and the -EN and the -EM endings, I'll keep checking, one is masculine, one is feminine...etc. EDIT: see Hutcho66 below for a better explanation!

September 8, 2013


Yeah, sorry, both this explanation and hutcho66's are woefully incomplete. Purchase a good German textbook or look at a website like "about.com" if you want to dive into the complexities of this issue. If you memorize rules like the one above, you'll mess yourself up in the long term.

September 8, 2013


how would you say: my WHITEST shirt? (as in " whiter than other")

February 12, 2017


So why isn't the correct declension "meines weißes Hemd"?

June 6, 2013


No, possessive 'adjectives' aren't actually considered adjectives in German, they are articles like der, diese, ein, keine etc. They inflect in the same way as 'ein'. So since Hemd is neuter, it takes (when singular) mein in nominative and accusative, meinem in dative and meiner in genitive.

July 3, 2013


Where is my super suit?!

January 8, 2015
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