Adjectives ending in –er

 

Adjectives ending in –er

 

If the adjective stem ends in diphtong + er, the unstressed e of the final syllable is omitted, when the adjective functions as an attribute to a noun. This is also the case for foreign adjectives ending in an unstressed –er.

 

  Examples
teuer
teure Kleider
makaber
ein makabrer Witz

 

 

All other German adjectives that end in an unstressed -er or -en, retain the e of the stem.

 

  Examples
sicher
eine sichere Methode
eben
ein ebenes Gelände