Feb 27, 2017 - 03:38 AM
Hi, Tim. "Seine kleinen Fische" is a subject phrase ("Fische" being the subject of "sind"), therefore it is written in the nominative case. "Seine" is the nominative form for the possessive pronoun sein when used with a plural noun, as you know. Now, you remember the new rule we learned in level 3, lesson 12. Nora tells us about 8 minutes into the tutorial: "We know adjectives end in -EN after masc. accusative nouns. Well, the same thing also happens in two other cases. First, adjectives end in -EN in a dative case, so adjectives always end in -EN after any article in the dative case." Secondly, she adds after about a minute or so: "And adjectives also end in -EN when they come after plural articles . . .THIS IS TRUE FOR ALL THREE CASES." (Of those we've learned so far, that is). It makes more sense when watching the tutorial and the examples she gives. I had to go back and watch it again later in that lesson when I kept noticing the EN seeming to pop up everywhere!