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Hast du kein Größeres?

Do you not have a bigger one? Can someone explain why "Größeres" is spelled this way? Why the capital, why the "es" on the end?

Maybe I'm tired and I'm just not seeing it, but it seems like there was no explanation for this one.

Thanks in advance!

November 28, 2012

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kyky

"Größeres" is capitalised because it is nominalised. "-es" because it refers to something neuter (like "das Buch"). "A big X" -> "Ein großes X" "A bigger X" -> "Ein größeres X" "A big one" -> "Ein Großes" "A bigger one" -> "Ein Größeres" You only use such a sentence if it is clear, what the nominalised adjective refers to (as in English).

November 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Also, I should note that there is no context. The sentence was on its own so there is no way of telling what the original noun was (meaning what "a bigger one" refers to) and therefor gender.

November 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/jbxf

This is a tricky thing. You're right about the gender. Consider these three words: "der Größere", "die Größere", "das Größere". But these three have definite articles. What if we change that? That leaves us with these choices: "Ein Größerer", "ein Größeres" and "eine Größere". So it must be neuter.

The suffix "-es" does not only stem from gender, it also comes from the word's case. The word "Größeres" is in accusative case ("etwas Größeres"). There is a table about this on wikipedia: "No article: -en (m); -e (f); -es (n); -e (pl)." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accusative_case#German_adjectives

If the object in this sentence was masculine, the sentence would be: "Hast du keinen Größeren?"

December 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/kyky

Neuter and masculine are not the same. "der Tisch" -> "ein Größerer"

December 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/jbxf

Thanks for the hint. I fixed my answer.

December 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/kyky

You're welcome :)

December 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Thanks! This was the answer I was looking for!

December 9, 2012
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