In Context: Nominative Articles and Adjectives

It helps me to understand German grammar if I have an example to work from.  These are intended to be grammar examples only: they reflect possible, correctly declined phrases rather than phrases that Germans are likely to use in everyday conversation.  The idea is that by changing only the key parts of a sentence, the grammatical meaning becomes easier to understand intuitively.  At least, I think it helps me…

Singular, definite article

Example phrase: __________ bringt mir ein Eis.

Possible subjects:

  • Die kleine Frau
  • Der kleine Mann
  • Das kleine Mädchen

Singular, indefinite article

Example phrase: __________ bringt mir ein Eis.

Possible subjects:

  • Eine kleine Frau
  • Ein kleiner Mann
  • Ein kleines Mädchen

Singular, no article

Example phrase: __________ schmekt mir gut.

Possible subjects:

  • Deutscher Eis
  • Deutscher Kuchen
  • Deutsche Torte

Plural

Example phrase: __________ bringen mir ein Eis.

Possible subjects:

  • Die kleinen Frauen
  • Keine kleinen Frauen
  • Kleine Frauen

Since all genders use the same form in plural, “Frauen” here could also be “Männer” or “Mädchen.”