Endings added to comparative adjectives

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Endings added to comparative adjectives

Reminder: the comparative is formed by adding the ending ‑er to an adjective.

Ich bin kleiner als du. (klein kleiner)

I am shorter than you.

If a comparative adjective comes before a noun, it must take an ending, just as other adjectives do. We add the following endings after the ‑er:

  • After der, die, das, etc. we add ‑e or ‑en as specified in this table: Adjektivdeklination 1.

der schöne Garten der schönere Garten

the beautiful garden the more beautiful garden

die große Tasche die größere Tasche

the big bag the bigger bag

  • After ein, eine etc. we add the endings shown in this table: Adjektivdeklination 2. In most cases, the endings are the same as the ending of the corresponding definite article (der, die, das, etc.).

der: ein schöner Abend ein schönerer Abend

a beautiful evening a more beautiful evening (masculine)

das: ein schnelles Auto ein schnelleres Auto

a fast car a faster car (neuter)

die: eine nette Ärztin eine nettere Ärztin

a nice doctor a nicer doctor (feminine)

  • If there is no article, we add the ending which you would normally find at the end of the definite article (der, die, das): Adjektivdeklination 3.

die Neuigkeiten: große Neuigkeiten größere Neuigkeiten

big new features bigger new features (plural)

dem Regen: bei starkem Regen bei stärkerem Regen

during heavy rain during heavier rain (masculine, dative)


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