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Suppose I want to say "a book or two" in German

Ich werde morgen ein oder zwei Bücher kaufen.

Is this okay? I'm wondering since "ein" doesn't go with "Bücher". If not, how could I say this phrase?

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    That's exactly as it should be. – Em1 Jan 17 '14 at 14:17
  • In spoken people might skip the "oder" and just say "ein zwei Bücher" – Emanuel Jan 17 '14 at 18:43
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this is 100% correct.

You might as well say "ich werde morgen ein Buch oder zwei Bücher kaufen", but usually you just leave the singular out like you did.

If there's more than one, you use the plural.

  • To be more precise: If it is not exactly one, then you use the plural. (Be aware, that *kein* can stand for 0 or *not one*, so it can demand singular or plural.) – Toscho Jan 17 '14 at 16:14

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