I just don't understand the concept here. We have the noun, das Glück. It should be in akusativ form when its used with "viel". And neutral akusativ form for viel is vieles... How come we end up with viel glück?

  • Glück is not special in this regard - it's also "viel Wasser", for example.
    – Hulk
    Nov 28, 2022 at 16:11
  • Yup, and I would ask the same thing for that too :D I'm trying to understand the concept so I can apply it to other nouns – Nov 28, 2022 at 16:32

1 Answer 1


The keypoint here is that Glück is an uncountable noun. If viel is followed by an uncountable noun, it is not inflected.

Compare this to the examples listed on Duden under 1 b)

jemandem viel Vergnügen, viel Glück, viel Spaß wünschen
viel Arbeit, Geld, Geduld haben
das kostet viel Zeit, Mühe
viel Wein trinken
jemandem mit viel Verständnis, viel Liebe begegnen
mit viel gutem Willen schaffst du es

This changes however, if you use viel together with an Artikel

Das viele Glück hat ihm dennoch keinen Reichtum beschert (even though he was often lucky, he did not become rich afterall)

  • thank you for your answer. I understand your point for this example but then, there is "vielen Dank" which doesnt follow Artikel neither. Dank here is also an uncountable noun... I'm confused at this point, whats the trick here? Nov 28, 2022 at 16:24
  • Okay turns out I had lack of understanding the difference between adverbs and adjectives. All clear now. Thanks again! Nov 28, 2022 at 16:45

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