Great way to remember adjective ending rules

From jess1camar1e in a discussion here: --

-Big 3 get an -e (der, die, das) der alte Mann, das kleine Kind, die schöne Frau

-Changin' gets -en (plural and case changes) den alten Mann (accusative), der schönen Frau (dative), die kleinen Kinder (plural)

-No 'the'? Adjective takes over (no 'der' word or just an 'ein') Kaltes Wetter gefällt mir nicht (das Wetter). Ein guter Mann ist schwer zu finden (der Mann).

Note changin' means the definite article differs -- has changed -- from its nominative singular form (der, die, das).

July 27, 2013


Excellent. Adjective endings have to be the single most difficult thing to learn in this language. Even after a year of learning German I still keep getting them wrong!

December 28, 2013

Ich danke dir fur (dieses). Sorry, i ask myself, in this sentence, if "diese-s" would change like adjectives do, because i am thanking "das".. so, should be dieseS?

January 26, 2014

No, diese, dieser, dieses are pronouns, called demonstrative pronouns, and in a sentence one treats them just like the direct articles der, die, das. See:

So masculine accusative would be: diesen alten Mann.

But I don't think you'd use a demonstrative pronoun here. You'd either say "Ich danke dir" or you'd say "Ich danke dir für die Erklärung". I am not a native German speaker, though...

January 28, 2014

Patricia, What about changes to the ending of the noun? Any tips? I was specifically thinking of "die kleinen Kinder" which I have seen written as "die kleinen Kindern". That was in the dative case.

January 22, 2016

Thanks! It is very helpful.

July 27, 2013

thank you for the tips!

July 31, 2013


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December 8, 2013

Very much appreciated!

January 3, 2014

This advice has saved me day in, day out! Thanks! _/_

March 23, 2014
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