Superlative forms

coolcader

coolcader

In lesson 3.6 , there are two superlative forms,am ____+sten and der/die/das _____+ste . Which form should be used in general ? What time should each form be used ? Coolcader :)
Byron-K21

Byron-K21

Hi Coolcader, From what I can tell, there are some differences depending on the part of speech. For example predicate adverb versus predicate adjective. Er singt am besten. (predicate adverb) Er ist der beste. (adjectival noun) The article I read is pretty technical grammatically. There are many more examples. There might be some cases where either form is correct. Perhaps a native speaker can help us out.
coolcader

coolcader

Hi Byron, Thanks for the reply. That makes sense to me. Sure it would be great if any native speakers could chime in.
Paul-Weber

Paul-Weber

Hi Coolcader, Referring to your question about which form should be used in general. Both versions are fine to use in spoken as in written German. Cheers Paul

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