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Adjectives used as nouns - Easy Learning Grammar German

  • All adjectives in German, and participles used as adjectives, can also be used as nouns. These are often called adjectival nouns.
  • Adjectives and participles used as nouns have:
  • a capital letter like other nouns
Der neue Angestellte ist früh angekommen.The new employee arrived early.
  • weak, strong or mixed endings, depending on which article, if any, comes before them
Sie ist die neue Angestellte.She is the new employee.
Das Gute daran ist, dass ich mehr verdiene.The good thing about it is that I’m earning more.
Es bleibt beim Alten.Things remain as they were.
Key points
  • Adjectives in German, and participles used as adjectives, can also be used as nouns. These are often called adjectival nouns.
  • Adjectival nouns begin with a capital letter and take the same endings as normal adjectives.

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