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Groot or grote?

If I look for this on here, all I find is huge long explanations that take a ton of patience to understand. There's got to be some easy way to know this. PLEASE help.

3 years ago

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Learning a language takes patience!

The most concise explanation can probably be found in the Tips Notes of the Adjectives skill. For slightly more details, take a look here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3888221

In short, there are four cases. Important is whether the noun is de or a het-word, and whether there is a definite or an indefinite article/determiner present. Here are all four:

  • De grote man
  • Een grote man
  • Het grote kind
  • Een groot kind

Then there is a final, separate case where the adjective doesn't come in front of its noun:

  • De man is groot
  • Het kind is groot

And then of course there are a bunch of exceptions that can be found in the long, boring explanations.

3 years ago

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Thanks! I've thought of something, please tell me if it is accurate: Any "het" word must have the "het" present in order to use the -e at the end of the noun defining adjective. Any "de" word will always have the -e present. If the adjective follows the verb like in "The boy IS..." then it will drop the e, no matter if the word is "het" or "de." I hope that was simple enough

3 years ago

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Yep, that's all correct!

There some things other than "het" which also give an adjective an -e before a het-word. These are possessives (my, your, our, etc) and determiners (this, these, those, etc), but you'll encounter those later in the tree.

3 years ago

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Thanks so much! Or should I say: Dank je wel!

3 years ago
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