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I thought different adjectives are used for different genders...for example, for femine, its große for the original and größere for bigger. does it work this way... Like, großer and größere, großer and größeres, grob and größeren ...but what about groß and großes and größer..

7/22/2012, 5:56:09 AM

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In adjectives there is no difference caused by gender. The endings are connected to the gender of the corresponding noun. I see you also use groß>größer. That has nothing to do with the endings, so I'll leave that out. Der große Mann; die große Frau, das kleine Kind, die kleinen Kinder. Gender is not expressed by the adjective, but by the article. The ending of the article depends on the kind of article before it, the case and the gender of the noun behind it.

7/22/2012, 11:45:13 AM

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Thank you for your attention. However, maybe I didn't express my question clearly...I'm not asking about gender of nouns, but the difference between adjectives. For example, we say großer Teller, großes Schwimmbad, großer Elefant...what is the difference between großer and großes... and for the comparitive forms, there are größer, größere, größeres, größren, what is the difference between them?Thank you for your attention and I hope I haven't brought too much trouble.

7/22/2012, 12:09:04 PM

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No trouble at all. When questions become trouble I simply don't react. I will try again.The form of an adjective is influenced by several things. 1 what kind of article precedes it. 2. what case should be used. 3. the gender of the noun. A big man passes us. = Ein großer Mann überholt uns. 1: ein; 2 Nominativ, 3 masc. I call this big man = Ich rufe diesen großen Mann 1 dies-; 2 Akkusativ, 3 masc. Later I give his nice wife some apples = Später gebe ich seiner lieben Frau einige Äpfel : 1: seine; 2 Dativ; 3 fem. I could explain all of it on this forum but you would probably lose your way. Because those rules are very clear to me, I never go to any website for explanations. As far as I remember from other people there are several websites, find them and take it one step at a time. It really is not easy, but totally doable, because I learned it too.

7/22/2012, 3:16:32 PM
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