"In Wirklichkeit warten wir nicht, bis die Hände oder andere Körperteile auf natürliche Weise trocken werden".

Why in this sentence the adjective ("trocken") doesn't have any ending? I thought that in this case the adjective should have got the ending, which is dictated by plural nouns. So, it could be this way: "... bis die Hände oder andere Körperteile aud natürliche Weise trockene werden". Here I have applied the Nominative case ending of plural adjectives when they are used without any article.

  • The adjective "trocken" relates hier not to "Hände" but to "werden".
    – Eller
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 11:59

1 Answer 1


Let's start with a simple sentence.

Die Hände sind trocken.

When an adjective is used as complement of the copular verb (here to be), it's not declined.

Werden (to become) is another copular verb.

Die Hände werden trocken.

In your sentence the structure is more complicated but this doesn't change that trocken is just the complement of werden.

More on copular verbs (in German) in a related question: "Der Berg ist hoch." Adjektiv oder Adverb?

  • Maybe you could include in your answer that adjectives aren't marked in German when they become adverbs. In contrary, it's the absence of any ending/marking that makes them an adverb.
    – Janka
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 14:48
  • @Janka Except, it's not an adverb.
    – Em1
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 19:47

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