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Kleiner versus kleinere?

I'm using an app and it explains the comparitive to Klein is Kleiner. Then when I go to the practice page (it's a full in the blank) it says "Peter is the smaller child. Peter ist das (blank) Kind." I write "Peter ist das kleiner Kind." It said I was wrong the answer is "Peter ist das kleinere Kind" Where did that extra e at the end come from? Why is it added?

Feb 21, 2015 5:27 PM
Comments · 4

Pudge, alas, adjectives take endings according to gender, case and...

...presence of articles and some other determining words with similar properties:-/ They try to expain the underlying logic in the article above.

February 21, 2015

The "e" comes from the (weak) flexion of the adjective according to the (singular) number , (neuter) gender and (nominative) case of the noun "Kind".

February 21, 2015

Peter ist das "kleinere" Kind. but that does not even sound very well. we would say "Peter ist das jüngere Kind" (younger)

February 25, 2015

The folks above are correct. In German, even the adjectives follow a declension pattern.

February 21, 2015
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