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I am curious what kind of grammar law fits the adjective conjugation for drittgrößte. Is it a strong or weak adjective conjugation? What confuses me is that, in my grammar book, it is mentioned that after numbers there is a strong adjective conjugation while in this case, Stadt is female and there is also a die.

München ist die drittgrößte Stadt Deutschlands.

  • What would you expect? Furthermore there is no number in this sentence... – Eller Dec 21 '16 at 22:43
  • Since there could only be one "drittgrösste" there is always a definite article or adjective in singular connected with it, and therefore you don't have to think about any strong conjugation of the word, it would always be weak – Beta Dec 22 '16 at 6:44
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Dritt- isn't a number but a prefix for the superlative of groß. That's the same as in English, e.g. in second largest second isn't a number (a count) but a position on a chart.

An example with a number:

Drei große Städte in Deutschland sind Berlin, Hamburg und München.

You can see it's strong flexion because the plural is not built with -en.

An example with a number and superlative:

Die drei größten Städte in Deutschland sind Berlin, Hamburg und München.

See how the flexion gets weak because of the (required) article in front.

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