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I am teaching a teenager preceded and unpreceded adjectives in the nominative and accusative cases. I need lots of sample sentences for her to translate from English to German... and then I need to be sure she did them correctly. Do you have any ideas for resource materials (worksheets, study books, etc.) Would you mind checking these sentences that I worked on for her to make sure I am correct? Thank you!

1.   Ich habe mein langes, braunes Kleid zerrissen.
2.   Ich habe den neuen, kurzen, gelben Mantel zerrissen.
3.   Ich habe viele, alte, lange Kleider zerissen.
4.   Ich habe keine neuen, gelben Kleider zerissen.
5.   Ich habe die alten, braunen Kleider zerissen.
6.   Ich habe einen langen, braunen Mantel zerrissen.
7.   Das zerrissene Kleid ist braun.
8.   Ich habe ein altes, zerrissenes Kleid.
9.   Ein lauter Krach ist nicht so laut wie ein lauterer Krach.
10.   Der lauter Krach ist nicht so laut wie der lauterer Krach.
11.   Der große, schöne Mond scheint.
12.   Der lustige Mann lächelte.
13.   Die schöne Musik ist laut.
14.   Die schönere Musik ist lauter.
15.   Die schönsteste Musik ist am lautesten.
16.   Ich habe die schönsteste Musik gehört.
17.   Dieses schöne Haus ist alt.
18.   Hast du dieses schöne Haus gesehen?
19.   Ein schönes, altes,grünes Haus ist billiger als ein schönes, neues, grünes Haus.
20.   Wie viel kostet dieses alte Haus?

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Hi Sally,

most of your sentences are just fine. For the three that were wrong, here are the corrections:
10. Der laute Krach ist nicht so laut wie der lautere Krach.
15. Die schönste Musik ist am lautesten.
16. Ich habe die schönste Musik gehört.
As you can see, the main issue was not so much preceded/unpreceded but rather the superlative.

A German website with exercises is 4teachers.de. You must register but it's free.
Try this link for the DaF page: http://www.4teachers.de/?action=show&id=6082
There should be something on there that you can use.

For fun with adjective endings, check out Brad Yoder's "Das doofe Fischlied". It's annoying yet hilarious.

I hope this still helps,
Cornelia

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