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"I have a better question."

Translation:Ich habe eine bessere Frage.

January 7, 2018



What defines the difference between besser and bessere? Why is it not "Ich habe eine besser frage"?


It has to be "bessere", because the word "Frage" is a feminine word. Here we have the German case called accusative.

Ich habe:

  • einen/den besseren Bus. masculine word (bus)
  • eine/die bessere Bahn. feminine word (train)
  • ein/das besseres Auto/Fahrrad. neuter words (car, bicycle)
  • viele bessere Fahrzeuge. plural (many vehicles); but: Ich habe die besseren Fahrzeuge. (the better vehicles)

(The ending is defined by the words gender, by plural/singular, by the defined article (der,die,das) versus the indefined article (ein, eine, .../viele), by the grammatical case.)


Why doesn't "bessere" use ß (the scharfe)?


Why doesn't "bessere" use ß (the scharfe)?

ß is only used after long vowels and diphthongs.

None of the vowels in bessere is long; they are all short.

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