German adjective endings – an infographic

A while ago I wrote a blog post about using crib sheets When is cheating not cheating? – not the ones you would use in an exam, but sheets with useful information for German learners.

I thought about it recently when some students of mine were doing some exercises about prepositions and also about adjective endings in all the cases. What made it more complicated, sometimes they needed the definite articles, sometimes the indefinite articles and other times no articles. Work we had previously done in a book had nice tables for each of those. We would have liked to see them all in one place.

So, this blog post will have just that – an infographic with all the cases, adjective endings and articles on one sheet.

I don’t believe in students learning these grids by heart. I want students to be able to make their own sentences, and if that means having a peek at an information sheet, do it!

Go ahead, use it and if you found it useful, tell me if there are other infographics you’d like me to attempt.

But first, here are the three tables on their own:

nom.der nette Manndie nette Fraudas nette Kinddie netten Kinder
acc.den netten Manndie nette Fraudas nette Kinddie netten Kinder
dat.dem netten Mannder netten Fraudem netten Kindden netten Kindern
gen.des netten Mannesder netten Fraudes netten Kindesder netten Kinder
Adjective endings before a noun & after the definite article

nom.ein netter Manneine nette Frauein nettes Kindmeine netten Kinder
acc.einen netten Manneine nette Frauein nettes Kindmeine netten Kinder
dat.einem netten Manneiner netten Fraueinem netten Kindmeinen netten Kindern
gen.eines netten Manneseiner netten Fraueines netten Kindesmeiner netten Kinder
Adjective endings before a noun & after the indefinite article

nom.deutscher Weindeutsche Bratwurstdeutsches Bierdeutsche Süßigkeiten
acc.deutschen Weindeutsche Bratwurstdeutsches Bierdeutsche Süßigkeiten
dat.deutschem Weindeutscher Bratwurstdeutschem Bierdeutschen Süßigkeiten
gen.deutschen Weinesdeutscher Bratwurstdeutschen Bieresdeutschen Süßigkeiten
Adjective endings before a noun, but not following an article

And now a little prettier ☺

You can also download it as a PDF from here

And don’t forget, adjectives AFTER a noun don’t change and don’t have any extra endings!

PS. If you need more help with the four cases in German, check out my online course: German grammar – the four cases. It might just be what you need, so go on, have a look.

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