Lesson 1,1

Peter-B6

Peter-B6

In this lesson, I find the phrase "Du sprichst gut Deutsch." In the Practice section under Extra Vocabulary, I see "Du sprichst gutes Deutsch." Why is this different?
Paul-Weber

Paul-Weber

Hello Peter, Both versions are correct. In "Du sprichst gutes Deutsch" could have been "ein" as "du sprichst ein gutes Deutsch". In that case the accusative adjective ending reflects the gender and case of the noun that follows. The adjective ending -es correspond to the article "das". In the sentence "Du sprichst gut Deutsch." gut subscribes the verb "sprechen". Hope that makes sense! Paul
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Michael-B15

Michael-B15

Hello, I have a question related to this topic. Why is the sentence 'sie wollen sich fuer die zeit eine kleine wohnung mieten' like so when on looking at the adjective endings for indefinite articles the eine kleine part of this sentence is accusative and therefore should be einer kleinen? also should it not be der zeit as that is dative..or not. Help me Thank you
Paul-Weber

Paul-Weber

Hi Michael, Sorry for late reply. You are right the masculine article changes from der/ein to den/einen. '...eine kleine Wohnung' is accusative case but since the accusative only changes in the masculine gender, the feminine, neuter or plural is hard to identify as accusative. 'Sie wollen sich fuer die zeit eine kleine wohnung mieten' = 'they want to rent a small apartment for that time.' For the nominative case you ask who wants to rent an apartment? They do. To whom (dative case)? Themselves Hope that helps! Paul

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