2New terminology: Classic articles: Non-classic articles: Classic articles are definite and indefinite articles that have a clear indicator as to what the gender is of the noun that follows it. Classic articles also have not been altered from their original form. Ex. der (cl.) becomes den (non cl.)Non-classic articles are definite and indefinite articles that have been altered from their original form. Ex. When das (cl.) becomes dem (non cl.)
3Examples of classic and non-classic articles: DieDerDasEineDie (used as plural)DenDemDer (used as fem. dat. or gen.)DesEinenEinemEinerEines
4Ein__ großes Fest Notice there’s nothing here! The word ein has no ending and is neither classic nor non-classic, and it is neither strong nor weak. It is nothing.Ein__ großes FestNotice there’s nothing here!
5Strong vs. Weak Endings: A strong or weak ending could be on an article or an adjective. A strong ending gives clear indication of the gender and case of the associated noun. Ex. Der braune Hund. Der lets you know the noun is masculine and in the nominative case. Ex. Stilles Wasser. The –es on the end of Stilles lets you know that Wasser is neuter and nominative.A weak ending does not give clear indication neither gender nor case. Ex. Der braune Hund. The –e in braune is a weak ending. It does not indicate gender nor case. Ex. In der großen Schule. –en is a weak ending. The der is what indicates feminine and dative. The –en indicates nothing.
6Weak endings only serve the purpose of maintaining the correct rhythm of a sentence.
7The word kein has the same rules as the indefinite article, “ein” Keine SchuleEs spielt keine RolleSie hat keinen blauen Rock gekauft.Mit keinem gelben Auto
8All of the possessive articles follow the same rules as the indefinite article “ein” as well. The possessive articles are:MeinDeinSeinIhrEuerUnser
9Zum Beispiel: Tampa ist meine schöne Stadt. Sie hat sein blaues Hemd geliehen.Suzi hat bei Karstadt ihren neuen Rock gekauft.Wir leben in unserem großen Haus.
10The following words are just like die, der, das: Dieser, starting a sentence with “this”Jeder, eachMancher, starting a sentence with “some”Solcher, starting a sentence with “such a”Welcher, which