Is there any list of irregular adjectives that don't suit the Adjektivdeklination chart(rules)? (My question is not about Komparativ and Superlativ adjective forms)


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There are surprisingly few irregular German adjectives, but there are some. First, gut has irregular comparatives: besser and besten. Others such as stark add an umlaut in comparatives. One adjective, hoch, has an irregular attributive form hoh-. I don't know if that's the only one of that type, and it's not much of a change. The declension rules work for hoh-, you just start with a different stem.

  • Thank you for your answer but I was only asking about Adjektivdeklination rules(putting suffixes end of the adjective according to article)(not about Komparativ and Superlativ forms). Commented Jun 15, 2022 at 15:27
  • @Sukru Araci: I mentioned attributive forms in the second half of my answer. Declension covers a lot of ground, but I think I touched on everything.
    – RDBury
    Commented Jun 15, 2022 at 15:30
  • Oh, I've now realized. Thank you very much, I wish it is the only exception in rules :) Commented Jun 15, 2022 at 15:48
  • By the way, is there any list on the web for adjectives that is irregular ones like your example "hoch". (I've found for Komparativ and Superlativ but I couldn't find for Adjektivdeklination.) Commented Jun 15, 2022 at 16:01
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    @Jonathan Scholbach: I was thinking about declining with respect to gender, case, and article. But your right, it's also irregular in comparisons: hoch, höher, höchst.
    – RDBury
    Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 3:36

To add to the existing answer, there are also some invariant adjectives in German. Those adjectives always have the same form. Some adjectives are really nouns, for example "extra", "klasse", "scheiße", "1a" (all of them colloquial), some are prefixes like "trans", "hetero", "cis". Since those two classes of words can be put before a noun, they work like adjectives. As they are consired adjectives, they are written separately and in lower case. For example:

ein klasse Stürmer, ein cis Mann, ihr Stürmer ist klasse

Another class of invariant adjectives is formed of colors. The colors "lila" and "rosa" are also invariant.

ein rosa Stift, ein lila Papier

In colloquial speech, they sometimes are declined normally. To break hiatus, an "n" is inserted:

ein rosaner Stift, ein lilanes Papier

See also the linked question about invariant adjectives.

  • Then, I will have to learn the constant adjectives first. Thank you. Commented Jun 15, 2022 at 19:27
  • Many, if not most uninflected adjectives are easily recognizable by their non-standard ending. This applies to rosa, lila, prima.
    – RHa
    Commented Jun 16, 2022 at 9:06
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    It should be noted that the usage of cis/trans is still in flux. So "ein trans Mann", "ein Trans Mann" und "ein Transmann" can all be seen. Commented Jun 21, 2022 at 13:46

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