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Speaking of poetry or ease of speech, is there a common way of shortening adjectives? An example of my question using a noun instead of an adjective would be saying "mei-" perhaps, instead of "meine," to not confuse with "mein?" But my question relates to adjectives.

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    But mein is not an adjective. Do you mean pronouns??
    – Beta
    Oct 10 '17 at 16:27
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    Could you explain a bit more? I'm not sure I fully understand the question.
    – Stephie
    Oct 10 '17 at 16:44
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    I have hopefully clarified the question and suggest that it NOT be closed.
    – Tom Au
    Oct 11 '17 at 1:22
  • I do not understand. Where do people say «mei» instead of «meine» while keeping «mein»? I have never heard of that, but I know there are dialects that use «mi» for both, or others that use «mini» for «meine» and «mi» for «mein».
    – mach
    Oct 11 '17 at 5:42
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This isn't about grammar but about creating a mingle of sounds hardly understandable.

There is no rule but flattening all vowels sticking out, omitting the -e, du and shortning -en and even ein to 'n is typical. Often parts of compound words are skipped when they can be guessed from context.

Ich brauche ein neues Auto. – Hast du schon einmal über einen Gebrauchtwagen nachgedacht?

'ch brauchn'neus Auto. — Hast'schoma über'n Gebraucht'n nachj'dacht?

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    +1, but this is also a matter of dialect. "Nachj'dacht" sounds like Brandenburg or Berlin to me, and I assume someone from Bavaria will use different contractions.
    – Philipp
    Oct 10 '17 at 16:39
  • Bavarian e.g.: "Host iban Brauchtn aa scho noochdocht?" Oct 10 '17 at 18:53
  • @Philipp there's the "icke" for "ich" missing for the Berlin dialect ;) :D Oct 11 '17 at 9:09
  • In Swiss German, the full form may be: «I bruuchen es nöüs Outo. – Hesch scho mal überne Pruuchtwage nachetänkt?» This might be shortened to «I bruuch’s nöüs Out’. – ’sch scho mal übern’ Pruuchtwag’ nach’tänkt?»
    – mach
    Oct 11 '17 at 21:56

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