I'm learning about the different adjektivdeklination, and I tried to come up with my own sentence, using adjectives.

Meine hübsch Mädchen besucht kein klein Museum.

By my understanding, there should not be an added ending on hübsch neither on klein, since I have choosen to use mein and kein.

I have the following table (see below), but after reading on https://deutsch.lingolia.com/de/grammatik/adjektive/deklination it seems that I may have misinterpreted my own table.

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    Yes, you have misinterpreted your table, or it is wrong. Also, Mädchen is neuter.
    – Carsten S
    Jan 19, 2017 at 19:27
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    "Mein hübsches Mädchen besucht kein kleines Museum"? @carstens
    – Olba12
    Jan 19, 2017 at 19:29
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    Yes, even though that is a strange thing to say ;)
    – Carsten S
    Jan 19, 2017 at 19:30
  • @CarstenS Wow? Why? It looks to me exactly like a tricky example sentence from a German school textbook. :-)
    – peterh
    Jan 20, 2017 at 8:19
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    And "mein hübsches Mädchen" is also slightly creepy.
    – Carsten S
    Jan 20, 2017 at 9:34

2 Answers 2


I hope the following jpg will help. I did it myself, you may use it as you like. Übersicht über die Deklination von Adjektiven



Which adjective-ending you use depends on whether or not you find an article-ending in front of the adjective.

E.g. in the sentence:

  • Ich sehe einen grünen Frosch.

you find "einen" with the ending "-en" in front of grünen.

In the sentences:

  • Ich sehe [X] ein grünes Auto.
  • Ich sehe [X] grüne Autos.

you don't find any article-endings [indicated by the X]


Once you have figured out whether or not there's an article-ending in front of the adjective, you "only" need to apply the following rules:



  1. Once -en always -en
  2. Adjectives in Plural Dative or Genitive always -en
  3. After der / das / die always -e


  1. Ich sehe einen grünen Frosch [einen ends in -en so grünen has to end in -en as well.]

  2. Plural: Ich sehe die grünen Frösche.

    Dativ: Ich helfe dem grünen Frosch.

    Genitiv: Ich esse die Beine des grünen Frosches.

  3. (der = masculine): Der grüne Frosch ist lecker (+).

    (das = neuter): Das grüne Auto ist schnell (+).

    (die = feminine): Die grüne Blume ist schön (+).

(+) Adjectives at the end of a sentence never get any ending.


"simply" add the ending that a regular article would take if it was in the adjectives place. A couple of examples:

  • Ich sehe [X] grüne Autos. <-- grün gets the same ending as a "die" would get in its place
  • Ich habe ein grünes Auto. <-- grün gets the same ending as a "das" would get in its place

This is just a rough overview of a really logical and beautiful technique which is much better explained and visualized in a video I made for those interested.

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    Jan 20, 2017 at 19:38
  • Dear @Takkat. The question is what you consider self-promotion:The video is free of charge and the best out there. Any former answer is simply way more complex and doesn't help the user as good as my answer. Now, I of course could ask a friend to post this under her name and you wouldn't consider it self-promotion. But I don't work like this. I offer solid advice to help the learner / user. What would your suggestion be here? That I ask others to share my expertise? It would also help me if I could see what you have taken out so that I can avoid such content in the future. Jan 21, 2017 at 11:37
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