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Colors is the forty-second (assuming left to right) skill in the German language tree. In these four lessons, the student of German is introduced to the various colors. But more importantly, the student learns all about inflection of German adjectives!

Tips and NotesEdit

German adjectives have endings depending on the case and gender of the noun, as well as based on the word (or lack of a word) preceding it. There is no ending if it is used in the predicate, as mentioned earlier. Therefore, there are three tables below:

Strong InflectionEdit

Strong inflection is used when there is no article preceding it or if it is described as a quantity (i.e. a number or a phrase such as "a few" or "several").

Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative -er -e -es -e
Accusative -en -e -es -e
Dative -em -er -em -en
Genitive -es -er -es -er

Mixed InflectionEdit

Mixed inflection is used when there is a possessive pronoun (meindein, etc.) or ein.

Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative -er -e -es -en
Accusative -en -e -es -en
Dative -en -en -en -en
Genitive -en -en -en -en

Weak InflectionEdit

Weak inflection is used in all other cases, particularly with der.

Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative -e -e -e -en
Accusative -en -e -e -en
Dative -en -en -en -en
Genitive -en -en -en -en

LessonsEdit

Lesson 1Edit

  • die Farbe = color, paint
  • rot = red
  • grün = green
  • blau = blue
  • schwarz = black
  • gelb = yellow
  • weiß = white

Lesson 2Edit

Inflected forms of the above.

Lesson 3Edit

  • das Rot = the red one (any color can be substituted)
  • farblos = colorless

Lesson 4Edit

  • braun = brown
  • grau = gray
  • bunt = colorful
  • pink = pink

ReferencesEdit

Duolingo lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Colors

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