In the sentence, "...und der in einer kleinen Stadt in Deutschland lebte...", why is ein written with an 'er' ending, and why is klein written with an 'en' ending?

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    Hi Richard! This question is too broad. You will have to look into how cases work in German. One starting point is here: german.stackexchange.com/questions/75997/…
    – Jonathan Herrera
    Commented Jan 16 at 14:59
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    Does this answer your question? Motivate cases for speakers of languages without them
    – Olafant
    Commented Jan 16 at 15:01
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    Please add some additional information as to what about these endings you find problematic. Potentially relevant: german.stackexchange.com/q/54730.
    – David Vogt
    Commented Jan 16 at 15:35
  • The "einer" instead of "ein" is due to the dative case here. But if you don't know the German case system that's not going to help much and I suppose the other comments are encouraging you to learn about it first. The "kleinen" instead of "klein" is due to German adjective declension, which is a whole topic in itself. The upshot is German uses a lot of word endings compared to English, and understanding them would require more explanation than would fit in one answer. I think once you get the basics of German grammar down the answers to your questions will be obvious to you.
    – RDBury
    Commented Jan 16 at 18:00


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