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The below is lines from "Das Wirthaus" in "Winterreise" by Schubert.

Ihr grünen Totenkränze
Könnt wohl die Zeichen sein,
Die müde Wandrer laden
Ins kühle Wirtshaus ein.

I think:
"Die müde Wandrer laden" should read "Die müden Wandrer laden."

Am I wrong?

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I believe you're wrong because the noun is in singular

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Thanks for a prompt response, evfokas.
As you say, I was wrong, but not because "Wandrer" is singular. Exactly opposite. Because it is plural.
If it is singular, it must be "müden Wandrer" because Wandrer is a male("Wanderin" for female). (In addition, the songs in "Winterreise" are about the one and the same young man.)
I was mistaken because I took "Die" before "müde" as an article, which is actually a "relative pronoun." Without an article, an adjective must be "müde", a strong flection instead of "müden", a weak flection.

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Yes I think you're right, it kind of confused me a bit.
I checked it and you're right I expected Wändrer to be the plural

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For starters, the noun "Wandrer" is not in singular, but it's not that obvious because the singular and plural forms of "Wandrer" are identical.

To come back to the question: both "müde" and "müden" could be correct. But based on the context "müde" is the proper choice. Let me try to give an approximate translation of that stanza:

You green deads' wreaths
Might well be the signs
THAT invite tired wanderers/travellers
To the chilly inn

The reason why I capitalised "that" is that that's the distinguishing feature. It's a relative pronoun, relating to the wreaths being the inviting signs, if you will. So "müde Wandrer" is accusative plural, hence "müde" is the right form.

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Thanks, Floele.
You are absolutely right.
I noticed your point just a little earlier and corrected my former comment.
Anyway, thank you very much.

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germany is always easy to learn ,and hope you can insist on learning it

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Without an article, an adjective must be "müde", a strong flection instead of "müden", a weak flection.

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a strong flection instead of "müden", a weak flection.