I have already memorized the basic Adjektivdeklination but there are words that can work like an article like:

jed(-), all(-), einig(-), manch(-), dies(-), jen(-), welch(-), solch(-), and etc.

These exceptions are starting to confuse me in situations where I ask myself which ending I should be using for the adjective accompanying these words. Do you guys have a comprehensive book/website/reference that contains what I'm talking about? Or if one of you guys has already noticed this and did write all about it, please share it with me.

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    Instead of der and ein you need to think about so-called der-words and ein-words. The der-words decline like der (of course) and adjectives behave as if following der itself when they follow a der-word. Similarly for ein-words. See the UW-Madison pages here, here and here. In fact use the whole site as a reference for a lot of things.
    – RDBury
    Commented Sep 23, 2020 at 19:02
  • You just saved me. I can't thank you enough. Commented Sep 23, 2020 at 20:20
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    @RDBury: Why don't you write this as an answer? Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 5:48
  • @Hubert Schölnast -- It's not really an answer is it? basically just some links to another website. Anyway, I thought that someone with more expertise would have given a complete answer by now. That's assuming that it hasn't already been answered in another question; this site gets a lot of questions on declining adjectives.
    – RDBury
    Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 17:31
  • You can have a look at any pages explaining der-Wörter and ein-Wörter, like for instance these ones which explain very well: 1 2
    – äüö
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 11:54

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Such so-called der-words or ein-words let the phrase decline in the same way as with "der" or "ein".(1)(2) For example (a few ones from the words in your question):

  • der schöne Mann / jeder schöne Mann / welcher schöne Mann, ein schöner Mann / welch ein schöner Mann
  • die schöne Frau / jede schöne Frau / solche schöne Frau, eine schöne Frau / solch eine schöne Frau
  • das niedliche Kind / jedes niedliche Kind / manches niedliche Kind, ein schönes Kind / manch ein schönes Kind

You can see all following adjective suffixes are appropriatly equal. Look at how they end and imagine it behaves equally to der|die|das or ein|eine|eines, respectively.

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    once again transferred from the comment, but I hate it if questions remain unanswered.
    – äüö
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 23:02

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