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"Der Vogel hat ein weißes Ei."

Translation:The bird has a white egg.

July 25, 2014


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    Can someone explain the different forms of "weiß" to me? I'm trying to figure out when they're meant to be used.

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    I'm also learning german and i am as lost as you are, but i have noticed a pattern: these changes have something to do with the gender of the word relative to the colour.

    Ei, is neuter. The preposition for a neuter word is Das. Ends up in S. And so does the colour. WeißeS.

    If it was a feminine word, which the preposition would be Die, who ends up in E. The colour would end up in E too: Weiße.

    And if it was a masc. word, which the preposition would be Der/Den/Dem (depends on the case), the colour would end up in the same way: Weißer/Weißen/Weißem

    This is how i've been addressing this stuff, and it's been working out so far. But i am not sure. If someone understand it any better please feel free to explain. =D


    There are three different inflections: strong (with no definite article: die der das) weak (with a definite article) and mixed (indefinite article: ein kein or possessive: mein sein). You can find a very clear explanation with the complete table for the four cases here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_declension in Attributive adjectives. To end up: everything depends on gender, article and case.


    This is my best shot at coming up with a way to memorize all of this.



    Mixed inflection,accusitive case,singular neuter. that brings ein(-) weiß-ES ei. see german declention attributive adjective on google.


    These words you say... What?


    Don't use Google; use Startpage or DuckDuckGo.


    He wants to say that when the noun has article "ein" the adjective after it ends on -es (ein weißES Ei). Hope you understood my point, I'm not exactly familliar with english...


    only when it's a neuter noun


    What is a different way to spell weibes


    If you can't type the "ß" letter, you can write it as "ss" - "weisses"


    What does it means?


    Birds lay eggs. The eggs are not always white. This bird's egg is white.


    Since "ein" shows the gender, I don't understand why this is "weißes" and not "weiße".


    It doesn't show the gender very well - ein could be masculine or neuter.


    I think I found the answer. "ein" is a weak determiner, therefore the adjective needs to be strong.


    What is the difference between weiße, weißes, and weißen and how does one know when to use them?

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