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"The newspapers are small."

Translation:De kranten zijn klein.

August 2, 2014



I cant access the link above with the explanation.


So dutch adjectives do not change with number?


Normally they do. In this sentence though, 'klein' is a predicate adjective and therefore the adjective doesn't get the -e. (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3888221)


So is that kind of like the 'accusative' case of the adjective?


No. Predicative just means that the adjective is used after a verb (usually a form of be). Dutch adjectives do not change at all when they are predicative, for example in "It is big" het is groot and "they are big" zij zijn groot

When adjectives are used before a noun (to modify the noun directly), they are called attributive, and then you must sometimes add an -e as described by the rules in the Tips & Notes and in the discussion linked to above.


So when it's attributive, add e on the adjective and when it's predicative, don't add it???


Yes! Unless it's an indefinite "het" noun (e.g. een huis).

As I gather, this is the only exception to adding the attributive -e.


I wish I had known that!

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