I'm studying Japanese at University (first year) and the only thing I can't get my head around so far is い adjectives.
I understand how and what factors are needed to conjugate them, but do you only conjugate い adjectives if they are at the end of the sentence working like a verb or do you also have to conjugate them if they are before a noun? I've been told different answers to this so it's a little confusing.
Also, in my Basic Kanji Book which we use to learn Kanji, two examples of ''a new car'' are given in different places - 新しい車 (read as あたらしいくるま) and 新車 (read as しんしゃ). Are there certain conditions needed to decide which one to use?
I know that I'm probably asking simple questions here and I'm probably just being silly by not thinking about this in the right way but I've tried understanding them by studying and searching online but I'm still confused so I would be really grateful if someone could explain where I'm going wrong.