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Still on 'Rot' and 'Rote'

Thanks, but I'm still not getting it. I tend to think that both 'rot' and 'rote' are adjectives in both sentences, no? So, if I say "Die Jacke ist gut" would gut be considered a noun?

August 16, 2012



It depends entirely on word order. "The noun is adjective" vs "The adjective noun"

In the first instance, you're always going to use the base adjective. It will always be "rot". In the second instance, the adjective's ending will change depending on the gender of the noun (and whether it's nominative/accusative/dative). Rote, roter, roten, rotes. This happens no matter what adjective. "Die Jacke ist gut" vs "Die gute Jacke".

Make more sense?


Wow - never figured it. Thanks alot.

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