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Hello my dears

I would like to know which of "something new" or "something new" is correct.

I found "something new" in one corpus, but "something delicious" is written in another sentence.

Do you write the first letter in lower case when it comes to the adjective "new" or "special"?

I would be very grateful if someone would explain a little more about this and correct the following sentences!

- I heard something new from him.
- I haven't heard anything new from him.

- I ate something delicious in the restaurant in Nordstadt.
- I didn't eat anything delicious in the restaurant in the north of the city.

- I bought something special for his birthday.
- I didn't buy anything special for his birthday.

Many thanks in advance!

may
Marksman



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I would capitalize everything in these examples, so:

- I heard something new from him.
- I haven't heard anything new from him.

- I ate something delicious in the restaurant in Nordstadt.
- I didn't eat anything tasty in the restaurant in Nordstadt.

- I bought something special for his birthday.
- I didn't buy anything special for his birthday.


I mean that the vocabulary is substantiated here. However, if you have a noun in the preceding sentence to which an adjective, for example, refers, then you write it in lower case, for example:

"Yesterday my old TV gave up the ghost. So today I bought a new one."

In the second sentence, the noun "television" is swallowed, but "new" still refers to it and is therefore written in lower case.


I'm pretty sure it is, but not 100%. So if I should have made a mistake somewhere, I am of course welcome to correct me.
Dan




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Here is the official rule: http://www.duden.de/sprachwissen/rechtschreibrechte/gross-und-kleinschreibung#K72

In short: nouns adjectives are capitalized. "Something" and "nothing" indicate the noun usage.
So "something / nothing new", "something / nothing tasty", "something / nothing special" etc.

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Todius




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MUSEN should use this new spelling.
In the old spelling one should have written "something / nothing new, delicious, special" etc.
No wonder if May has found "something new" in an old source.
may



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Thank you Dan and Todius!

I read the link and understood the rule.
I think I learned German under the old spelling!

I always have to try to think about the new spelling a little more often ...

Arigatou!

may
Niremori



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Todius wrote:In the old spelling one should have written "something / nothing new, delicious, special" etc.
No wonder if May has found "something new" in an old source.


No, even according to the old spelling, adjectives and participles after words like 'something', 'everything', 'a lot' etc. were capitalized because they already stood for a noun back then.

niremori