New answers tagged nominalization
Like s6robat said, this is "Substantivierung". When you want to refer to something only by one of its properties, you can use that. A: Was willst du zum Geburtstag haben? B: Nur etwas Kleines. But the same goes for nichts, viel, wenig: A: Was sagt man so über ihn? B: Nichts Gutes? / Viel Gutes? / Wenig Gutes? Like deve pointed out in a ...
First off, the -es ending of an adjective is the indefinite neuter nominative declination, e.g. ein schönes Wochenende, ein rotes Fahrrad, … There are two more occasions where the -es ending is added to an adjective: 1) The adjective is used as a noun (nominalised/substantiviert) and in the nominative case. Adjectives used as nouns always have the neuter ...
It's just the usual neuter form of the adjective after an indefinite article, the same as in "ein trauriges Kind". ("etwas" is neuter.) Sorry, this was incorrect: it's the "no article" form, not the "indefinite article" form. The difference is only visible in the dative case ("einem traurigen" vs. "etwas traurigem").
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