Given the following sentence:

Das ist der perfekte Ort.

Why does perfekt end with an e? I thought that nouns following ist are in the nominative case and that an adjective following the definite article before the noun would not take an ending?

I know Ort is not in the accusative case because then perfekt would take en as in:

Er ging an den perfekten Ort.

So the fact it picks up an e in the first sentence confuses me. What do I need to update regarding my knowledge involving the declination of adjectives?

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    You are that it is nominative and also to take the article into account, but “no ending” is something that you must have misunderstood: de.wiktionary.org/wiki/Flexion:perfekt You can look up other adjectives to see that -e is not an exception either.
    – Carsten S
    May 23, 2019 at 5:42
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    @CarstenS I guess you wanted to start you comment with "You are right that..." ?
    – Arsak
    May 23, 2019 at 5:53
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    @Arsak, right, thanks. It is too late for an edit now.
    – Carsten S
    May 23, 2019 at 6:02
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    @KilianFoth it is ein grosses Meer May 23, 2019 at 7:22
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    Sorry, fixed... Why would you think that the nominative case would not take an ending? It can take -e, -er, -en, -es ... in fact, most of the few endings we do have appear in the nominative: Der grosse See; ein grosser See; die grossen Seen; ein grosses Meer... May 23, 2019 at 8:04

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You have misunderstood adjective declination.

Adjectives used before a noun are declined in every case (including the nominative). You can find a complete reference here.

Adjectives used as a predicate are not declined:

Der Ort ist perfekt.

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