"This chair is too small."

Translation:Dieser Stuhl ist zu klein.

April 28, 2018



Why is it 'dieser Stuhl' instead of 'dies Stuhl'?

April 28, 2018


When dies is used before a noun, it gets an additional ending which is the ending of the corresponding definite article:

der Stuhl -> dieser Stuhl

die Tür -> diese Tür

das Kleid -> dieses Kleid

die Leute -> diese Leute

April 28, 2018


thanks dude or girl

January 17, 2019


I really appreciate this explanation since I've been confused by similar usages on numerous occasions. I don't recall of Duo teaching us this.

March 2, 2019


Thanks for thorough explanation

May 5, 2019


Thank you relox84 I understand that. However I don't understand what is Dative about this sentence.

October 12, 2018


Nothing is in dative here: "dieser Stuhl" is nominative, dative would be "diesem Stuhl"

October 12, 2018


Nothing dative here and that's the point. See, "zu" is one of the dative prepositions (which is what this lesson is about) but it isn't used as a preposition here in this sentence and Duolingo is trying to teach you that it also means "too" and not to confuse it with "zu" the dative preposition.

Basically, Duolingo is telling you to pay attention to the different usage of "zu" and not to always treat it as a dative preposition; hence, you don't trigger the dative case.

December 16, 2018


Isn’t klein used for people and kurz used for object? That is what duo taught me last lesson!!!

October 31, 2018
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